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Passion into Action: Deciding How to Serve

Posted on August 22, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Once you take the plunge into service, you may be surprised at how many ways you can help others. In fact, it might be a little overwhelming. There are over 400 hundred agencies looking for volunteers on our site alone. You know what issues you are passionate about. You want to do something to help. But how do you
decide on a service activity? This link leads you to a quick activity from the HandsOn Network that will help you narrow down what is a great fit for you. 
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Great Idea from the National Conference on Volunteering and Service

Posted on July 29, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Gretchen Jordan with Oregon Long Term Ombudsman recently returned from the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington D.C.  She learned of a wonderful program that she wanted to share with HandsOn and all HandsOn Partners. 

Paula Pratt works for Harvesters.org in Kansas City, MO.  They are a regional food bank.  They offer birthday parties to the general public!  There is a free space at their location where they book parties.  A cake is donated and for the parties there is an activity for the guests, such as packing food or cleaning off cans and a tour; (age specific tasks) and the guests also bring food in lieu of gifts.  

The staff only provides supervision around the activity, but it the parties are very popular.  They have youth of all ages attend, but also 40th and 50th parties too!

http://www.harvesters.org/GiveTime/Index.asp?Reference=BirthdayParties&~=

 

Thanks for sharing this awesome idea Gretchen!

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Fun in the Sun with Family Building Blocks

Posted on July 3, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

On Saturday, August 3rd Family Building Blocks will host the 4th Annual Riverfront Family Fest.  The highly anticipated event is open to the public 10:00-2:00 in Salem’s Riverfront Park.  Fun activities for all ages are available.  Valuable lessons in water safety, health and hygiene, healthy eating, sports safety, fire safety and bus safety are also available for kids and parents alike.  The event is an opportunity for Family Building Blocks to support the community in a free, fun way where families and young children learn more about safety and health with hands-on activities.   

 

Founded in 1997, Family Building Blocks is a private, nonprofit organization that works to break the intergenerational cycle of child abuse and neglect by providing services for high-risk families with young children.  It focuses on building successful and resilient children, strengthening parents and preserving families through comprehensive early childhood and family support services.

 

FBB provides a variety of services at their three facilities and in the homes of the families they serve.  These services include therapeutic classrooms, respite care, home visits and referrals to other social services in the area.  In 2012, 99% of the children who were involved in FBB’s core programs were able to live safely with their parents, thus avoiding abuse, neglect, and foster care.

 

Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities before and during Riverfront Family Fest.  Go to HandsOnW.org to sign up for a shift. 

 

Melissa Padron is the program manager for HandsOn Willamette—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or Melissa.Padron@mwvcaa.org

 

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Help Dogs and Humans through the Joys of Living Assistance Dogs

Posted on June 10, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising and training assistance dogs for placement in positions of service. Assistance dogs can be life-changing for veterans, injured police officers or firemen and people who are differently-abled.  Established in 2004 by Joy St. Peter, JLAD remains committed to raising public awareness about service animals and their significance for those who need their help.

 

Assistance dogs assist their owners with a variety of day-to-day tasks such as opening doors, retrieving dropped items, providing companionship and communicating an alert during emergency situations. The acquisition of an assistance dog can promote healing, independence and self-sufficiency. 

 

These specially trained dogs also participate in a variety of therapeutic techniques with their owners.  A simple walk with a dog or a game of fetch can have very positive effects both physically and emotionally.

 

JLAD operates with all volunteers and is always looking for puppy raisers. No prior puppy-training experience is required; volunteers need only provide basic puppy care—food, exercise, socialization and veterinary care—and participate in in-home training and classes.  To learn more and sign up to be a puppy raiser, visit HandsOnW.org

 

Melissa Padron is the program manager for HandsOn Willamette—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or Melissa.Padron@mwvcaa.org

 

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Marion Polk Food Share Launches a Youth Community Garden

Posted on May 31, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Marion-Polk Food Share is food distribution center that partners with nearly 100 direct-service charities.  They work with their network of partners to serve hungry families, children and individuals in Marion and Polk Counties.  Marion Polk Food Share (MPFS) has 6 different programs that work together to end hunger in our region. 

 

MPFS has a vast network of community gardens that offer a variety of goods and services to the community.  Community gardens help prevent families from needing emergency food and provide a much needed source of nutritious produce. MPFS supports a network of 50 gardens in Marion and Polk counties, ranging from school projects to urban farms to demonstration sites to neighborhood gardens.  They recently launched a Youth Farm on a two-acre vegetable farm in the heart of Salem.  The farm provides young adults with agricultural and business education while increasing access to fresh produce in the community. 

 

The MPFS Youth Farm, currently located at the Oregon School for the Deaf, will not only be an educational hub and a training center for the next generation of farmers, but also a local source for fresh, nutritious vegetables!

 

The MPFS Youth Farm will be involved in three specific projects for the 2013 growing season: managing a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model providing boxes of vegetables grown on the farm to 20 members for six weeks this summer, selling fresh produce at the Wednesday Farmers Market, and donating produce to the Marion-Polk Food Share. Check them out at the Salem Wednesday Market!

 

Exciting volunteer opportunities abound throughout the MPFS network community gardens! Their greatest need currently is for volunteers to help run afterschool gardening clubs. A basic knowledge of gardening and the passion to get children enthusiastic about fruits and vegetables is all that’s required. Visit HandsOnW.org to sign up.  With so many gardens throughout the region, there is bound to be one conveniently located near you. 

 

Melissa Padron is the program manager for HandsOn Willamette—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or Melissa.Padron@mwvcaa.org

 

 

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There’s Still Time to Sign up for the Superhero Dash!

Posted on May 17, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Last June, HandsOn Willamette hosted our inaugural Super Hero Dash. It was a fantastic opportunity for our supporters to come together (in costume) to make our community stronger…and have a blast while doing it! This year’s event is complete with a 10k for runners only, a 5k run/walk and a 1k for kids 10 and younger.  Join us for a day of fun to support HandsOn and its 400 partner organizations who utilize volunteers. 

As we gear up for our 2nd annual Dash, we want to make sure that you will be a part of it. It’s really simple and easy to participate:

 

1. Go to HandsOnW.org and register today! You can also register in person at Gallagher’s Fitness.  It’s $25 for adults / $10 for kids before the Dash, and $35 for adults / $15 for kids to register at the event.

 

2. Share that you’re attending on Facebook, Twitter and to your friends in an email, encouraging them to register too. 

 

3. Figure out which hero you’re going to dress like! Come as Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash Gordon, Captain America, Buffy, whoever you want or create your own alter ego. Remember, this is the best part of the Dash!  You may even win a prize!

 

And be sure to invite your friends and tell them which Superhero you’re dressing as!

 

This year HandsOn teamed up with Girls on the Run.  Girls on the Run is a local organization that encourages healthy habits in young girls through mentorship and running.  You can join their efforts by signing up to be a running buddy with a girl in the program.  We also have a variety of other volunteer needs at the event.  Sign up at HandsOnW.org. 

 

We hope to see you and Superhero alter ego at the Dash on June 1. Your support helps HandsOn Willamette continue to mobilize volunteers to do good in our community.

 

Melissa Padron is the program manager for HandsOn Willamette—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or Melissa.Padron@mwvcaa.org

 

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World Beat Festival Volunteers Needed!

Posted on May 17, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Salem’s annual celebration of our cultural diversity celebrates its 16th year when the World Beat Festival takes place at Riverfront Park on June 29 and 30 this year. Oregon’s largest multicultural event, with 30,000 attendees, the Festival welcomes 400 volunteers each year over the weekend. These volunteers make the Festival actually happen, coordinated by 150 more volunteers who invest their energy year-round in planning and organizing.

 

“The Festival epitomizes how a successful non-profit grows precisely because it’s a grassroots movement of people motivated purely by their passion – a belief that Salem can be a more successful community if we take the time to celebrate and learn about the people from all over the world who call Salem their home” said Graham Morris, one of only two staff that coordinate the volunteer-driven organization.  Volunteers are needed for everything from set up and clean-up to greeting guests and vendors to sound checks and the children’s activity area. 

 

Each April the Festival starts gearing up the call for volunteers. “This year at the Festival we are focusing on Japanese culture,” said Morris.  There are still plenty of volunteer options available.  Visit HandsOnW.org to sign up.  If you prefer to sign up over the phone, call the World Beat office at 503-581-2004. 

 

Melissa Padron is the program manager for HandsOn Willamette—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or Melissa.Padron@mwvcaa.org

 

 

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Join the National Child Awaremess Month Youth Ambassador Program

Posted on May 3, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Originally posted by Youth Service America

Are you a young leader who wants to take your campaign or mission – or maybe your Global Youth Service Day 2013 project – to the next level? Then apply for the National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Program (NCAM).

A project of YSA (Youth Service America) and Festival of Children Foundation, this year-long Ambassadorship will train youth (ages 16-22) to combat critical issues facing youth. The Youth Ambassadors will serve as community leaders, raising public awareness and leading change around their issue area.

51 Youth Ambassadors will be selected – one per state – creating a powerful national network of young people who raise their collective voice in service to other youth. Each Ambassador will receive $1,000 grant and will be flown to Washington D.C. for a leadership training program. Apply by June 16 at www.YSA.org/grants/NCAM

YSA Grants staff will present two webinars for youth, adult mentors & parents interested in the program. Each webinar will provide an overview of the program, eligibility requirements, examples of strong applications, and information about the leadership training in DC.
Tuesday, May 21 at 5:00pm Eastern – Register here.
Thursday, June 6 at 5:00pm Eastern – Register here.

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The HandsOn Superhero Dash Saturday, June 1st

Posted on April 15, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Last June, HandsOn Willamette hosted our inaugural Super Hero Dash. It was a fantastic opportunity for our supporters to come together (in costume) to make our community stronger…and have a blast while doing it!

As we gear up for our 2nd annual Dash, we want to make sure that you will be a part of it. It’s really simple and easy to participate:

1.Click here and register today! It’s $25 for adults / $10 for kids before the Dash, and $35 for adults / $15 for kids to register at the event.

2. Share that you’re attending on Facebook, Twitter and to your friends in an email, encouraging them to register too.

3. Check out the route and decide if you’ll be walking, running (or flying with your cape) the 5 or 10K course. Both courses start at the Riverfront Park in downtown Salem.

4. Figure out which hero you’re going to dress like! Come as Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash Gordon, Captain America, Buffy, or whomever your heart desires. Remember, this is the best part of the Dash!

And be sure to invite your friends and tell them which Super Hero you’re dressing as!

We hope to see you and Super Hero alter ego at the Dash on June 1. Your support helps HandsOn Willamette continue to mobilize volunteers to do good in our community.

See you on the 1st:

 

For more information or to sign up to volunteer at the event, click here. 

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Global Youth Services Day April 26-28th

Posted on April 8, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Global Youth Services Day (GYSD) is celebrating its 25th national day of service April 26-28th.  Held the last weekend in April every year, GYSD mobilizes youth around the global to make their voice heard through volunteerism.  Established in 1988 by Youth Service America, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.  (more…)

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