Big Bend Homeless Coalition 2729 West Pensacola Street P.O. Box 226 Tallahassee, Florida 32302 Phone: (850) 576-5566 Fax: (850) 577-0586 Volunteer Opportunities with BBHC & H.O.P.E. Community (H.O.P.E. Community is a transitional housing project of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition) Organize a “donation drive” for the homeless Work with a group of friends, co-workers, a service organization, business, church members or neighbors to organize a donation drive that will provide much needed items for people experiencing homelessness. Donation drives can include, but are not limited to: sock/ undergarments drive, a coin drive (with the goal of purchasing something such as hygiene supplies, books for children, a piece of needed furniture, etc.), towel/linens drive, blanket drive or any other team efforts you can dream up to get donations that will serve the homeless in our community (Wish Lists are provided upon request). These items will be used at HOPE Community, during outreach efforts and for individuals & families who have obtained stable housing. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Volunteer with the kids, families, or residents of HOPE: We need groups and individuals to commit to regularly scheduled activities with the children. Activities may include tutoring, reading, arts & crafts, games, music, sports or other educational and creative activities. Our current priority needs are for childcare and tutoring during the following hours: Monday-Friday, 3p-5:30p and Monday-Thursday, 6p-9p and during school holidays. Family and adult programs are welcomed too – family literacy, healthy communication classes, recreational activities, life skills seminars, days of pampering, field trips and outings (the park, fishing), cook-outs, game nights and parties. Host a “HOPE to Home Party” – great chance for you to use your creative energy! Your house parties and individual support will help us raise in excess of $1.5 million to finish HOPE Community and raise public awareness about this exciting, new, comprehensive approach to ending homelessness (see the website: www.BigBendHC.org). The Coalition will provide all the information and materials you will need and we are available to assist you in any way (including speaking at your party). Some examples are: Raise the Roof Party: Hire a band and host a fun outdoor party. Guests can contribute money that can be used to purchase building supplies for HOPE Community. Neighbor-to-Neighbor Party: People experiencing homelessness are our neighbors, our family & friends and our co-workers. Invite your “neighbors” to learn about homelessness and collect donations for our client assistance fund to help our consumers achieve their personal goals. Client assistance funds are used for such things as medical costs, identification, transportation, school and so much more. These dollars truly change lives! House Warming Party: Each guest is invited to contribute money and a house gift that will be given to HOPE residents when they move successfully into permanent housing. Baby Shower: Host a baby shower to collect gifts for the babies and small children who will move into HOPE Community. Provide a meal for individuals and families experiencing homelessness: HOPE Community will rely on volunteers from the community to provide meals to the residents of HOPE, 365 days of the year. This is a GREAT opportunity for your church or civic group to get involved and spend time with the residents! Groups prepare the menu (suggested menus available), do the shopping, and prepare either lunch (from 10-1) or dinner (from 3-6). Expected shopping costs are $150-300, which volunteer groups are asked to provide. Generally, a minimum of five people is needed to prepare and serve a meal to our 100 residents. There are also volunteer opportunities if you are not a part of a group but are still interested in helping prepare and/or serve meals on a regular basis at HOPE. Please contact our HOPE Program Director, LeMae DeVane, if you or your group is interested: (805) 205-6024 or LDevane@BigBendHC.org HOPE Community grounds keeping: We would love to have our community gardeners and other outdoors lovers to help us keep our campus beautiful. The Tallahassee Garden Club has adopted us as a community project and has done a great job landscaping, but we need help keeping it that way (weeding, spreading mulch, trash pick-up, etc.). If you or your organization would like to sponsor a gardening activity or help in a campus clean-up, our residents and staff would love to have you! “If only Big Bend Homeless Coalition had a penny for every time I searched the Internet…” Now it can! Search the web with www.goodsearch.com (a Yahoo! Powered search engine) and money from their advertisers will go to the Coalition without you spending a dime! Designate “Big Bend Homeless Coalition” as your preferred charity and click “verify” to begin raising money for the Coalition every time you use GoodSearch to search the internet!! Tell all of your friends & family!! Clerical & general office duties: We are a small office with a big job and we welcome ongoing volunteer community support in a variety of everyday office responsibilities such as: receptionist (current hours needed: M-F 8-11, T/W 3-5 on at least a once/week basis), filing, sorting donations from community members, sorting and prepare for use old technical equipment (computers, etc.), and providing quotes for rotating inspirational quote boards. This is a great way to learn about our agency, while also learning about homelessness, programs that serve people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of becoming homeless. Networking and volunteer recruitment: Help us recruit others to come and help out at HOPE. If you enjoy public speaking and networking, this is a great opportunity to get in touch with school, civic, and religious groups and recruit them to come volunteer at HOPE. We need particular help in recruiting groups to provide regular meals at HOPE. UPCOMING: We will be expanding our Board of Directors to include a fundraising committee. If you have experience with grant writing, capital campaigns and/or resource development and are interested in volunteering with this committee please contact us. If you have any particular skills, talents, or ideas you would like to share, we would love to know! You may also want to visit the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) website, particularly the “What YOU Can Do to Help End Homelessness” fact sheet: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/facts/you.pdf.
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