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Marina learned the hard way that the old saying is true: Sometimes you can’t go home. Marina’s childhood was marked by addiction – her parents’ addiction and her own. Fortunately, her probation officer saw her perseverance and determination and sent her to Koinonia Homes for Teens.
As a foster youth at Koinonia, Marina turned her life around, due in part to Koinonia’s participation in United Way’s financial stability initiative, which includes our $en$e-Ability project that helps foster youth become financially literate and build savings accounts for when they move out on their own.
Holiday Gift and Stocking Collection Event – Volunteer Opportunities are Full!
Hosted by United Way's Women in Philanthropy & Emerging Leaders Programs
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and supporters! Due to an overwhelming response, this event is now full!
In true holiday tradition, United Way’s Women in Philanthropy program is collecting holiday gifts and stockings for foster youth, and this year we are teaming up with United Way’s Emerging Leaders program!
We are hosting a heartwarming wrapping and stuffing party on December 5. We will stuff stockings with goodies, wrap presents, organize gifts and write personal notes for foster youth.
This will be the first time Women in Philanthropy and Emerging Leaders are co-hosting an event, so don’t miss out on a great opportunity to network with members from each group!
Complimentary appetizers and refreshments will be provided.
What’s next: When you arrive at Cal Expo you will check-in by last name to receive the location, directions to the project and your Day of Caring t-shirt. Enjoy the rally & power breakfast before you head out to your project.
Rally & Power Breakfast
Friday, September 13, 2013
Cal Expo – The Cove (enter at Main Gate – See map)
1600 Exposition Blvd.
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
8 a.m. Check-in @ Cal Expo for Rally & Power Breakfast
Pick-up Volunteer packet*/ Day of Caring T-Shirt
8:20 a.m. Program kicks-off
9 a.m. Breakfast ends/Head to volunteer projects
10 a.m. Volunteer projects begin
Project Description: Beautify The Emergency Children’s Shelter which serves runaway, homeless and youth experiencing extreme family conflict. Interior walls can use a fresh coat of paint and the outside needs clearing of weeds and brush near the main entrance.
Project Description: Landscape the designated children’s play area of the residential campus by overhauling the undeveloped area and assist in laying sod and other landscaping. This area will be a safe outdoor space where children can discover nature, exercise and practice their first steps.
Project Description: Volunteers will help build raised garden beds in the community garden and other various tasks at the off-site garden that provides fresh produce for the food bank.
Project Description: Friendship Park at Loaves & Fishes has 75 park benches for people to rest their weary soles, but with 600-800 people coming through every day the benches get worn out fast. Help with the painting and refurbishing all of 75 park benches, something it would take staff weeks or months do on their own.
Project Description: Spruce up the Transitional Living Center Playground and Garden! In 2012, a new playground and five raised bed vegetable gardens were added so that the 34 families living in this program could have a safe place to play and enjoy growing fresh fruits and vegetables. The organization takes pride in this area and want to keep it looking good. Help with some minor repairs including garden and playground maintenance, edging, pruning, touching up, weeding, raking, and planting new shrubs and winter vegetables.
Project Description: Multi-task at St. John’s! Help with organizing and taking inventory at the warehouse and donation center, assist the Chef with prepping and serving lunch and plan creative activities for children (i.e., games to promote critical thinking/following commands, simple science experiments etc.) for the day care.
Project Description: The 24-hour crisis line is staffed solely by a group of trained and dedicated volunteers who respond to nearly 4,200 calls each year. We are looking to transform* a small, sectioned off space in our office to serve as a kitchen area for volunteers during their shifts to store and prepare snack and meals.