What can be done for the homeless?

Rethink Homelessness on February 19, 2015

What can be done for the homeless?

How can I help?

These are questions we hear on a regular basis as the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness works to bring awareness of the plight of our neighbors in need. There are so many people we have met who dedicate their lives to helping others, there are others who feel called to minister to people in need, and others who dedicate their profession to working for nonprofit agencies who have a mission to bring relief and change to people in our community.

If you have never volunteered for a cause or in the community it is never too late to start.

The gift of your time can change lives.

In addition to being a great way to help others and give back to your community, volunteering has many other benefits as well including:

Networking– volunteering can help you to meet new people and expand your network. This can be great if you are looking to make new friends or look for a job. Networking is also a great way to expand your opportunities for enhancing your work life.

Resume Building– Volunteering can enhance your resume by keeping your current skills sharp and learning new skills. It has been shown that people who volunteer are more likely to obtain employment and promotions. A study published on nationalservice.gov (2013) shows a 27% increase in the likelihood of obtaining employment if you have volunteered.

Health Benefits– Carnegie Mellon published a study in Psychology and Aging (June 2013) which showed for volunteers over 50 there was a decrease in depression, lower blood pressure, and less stress. The study did indicate that people who volunteer may be more likely to lead a healthy life style, but that the findings showed that volunteering 200 hours a year made people healthier in general.

This year, it the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness’ best online casino goal to raise 1000 new volunteers to help in the community alongside many of our wonderful nonprofits who cannot do their work without community support. We encourage you to learn about the opportunities to volunteer and get involved today.

Let us know where you are volunteering and tell them you were sent by the ReThink Change Campaign.

Be on the lookout on this blog for events and opportunities that we hear about.

Be a virtual volunteer by sharing posts, sharing events, and sharing the ReThink Homelessness campaign.

Some places you can look for volunteer opportunities are:

http://volunteermatch.com

http://hfuw.org/volunteer

http://cffound.guidestar.org/find

Here are some places you can reach out to today:

Hope Helps in Oviedo– Hope is opening a new thrift store and resource center. They need volunteers to help with prepping the buildings and the move. They are always looking for volunteers for the pantry and thrift store. http://hopehelps.org

Harbor House– Harbor House has a variety of volunteer needs from answering the hotline (extensive training needed) to representing them at events. Details and the application can be found at http://www.harborhousefl.com/volunteer/.

Matthew’s Hope in West Orange– Matthew Hope has many opportunities including sorting donations, serving as an advocate to guests, and teaching classes. There is a small background check fee. http://www.matthewshopeministries.org/volunteers/

Christian HELP/Central Florida Jobs Initiative– The pantry at Christian HELP is in need of volunteers to sort and put away food as well as serve clients. There are also opportunities for teaching classes, mock interviewing, computer assistance and more. http://christianhelp.org/serve.htm or volunteer@christianhelp.org

Community Food and Outreach– There are many opportunities to help in the thrift store and cost share pantry. Information can be found at http://communityfoodoutreach.org/volunteer/.

If your organization has volunteer opportunities you would like to share, please put them in the comment section. CFCH does reserve the right to delete any posting without notice.

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