Without volunteers Hope’s Front Door would not be able to provide services to the community’s most vulnerable population. We often say volunteers are the “heart and soul” of the organization. We are honored to be a place our neighbors in need feel comfortable and welcomed to come for assistance. They often feel as if they are facing financial or health crisis alone . . . they feel invisible. One of the greatest things we do at the Hope’s Front Door is listening to those in need tell their stories, sharing in their struggles to rebuild or stabilize their living situations. There are many ways to help our neighbors feel “seen”:
- Special Assistance Volunteer (contacting clients with needed medical assistance)
- Client Follow-up
- Research (Gather resources and information to help educate clients on their road to self-sufficiency).
- Data entry
- Office administration
- Special projects
- Job Coaches
- Committee Opportunities
What these two programs have in common is education . . . knowledge is key! We want to make sure our clients have the necessary building blocks to make informed decisions. That one missing piece of valuable information can mean continued struggle and an unstable household for them. The WIMOH looks forward to continuing these programs during 2011 and beyond.