Help give Seacoast families a brighter future

Volunteers making a difference at Cross Road House.

Volunteers making a difference at Cross Road House. Courtesy photo

Posted Apr. 24, 2016 at 3:15 AM

Many people in the Seacoast are struggling to provide basic needs such as food and housing for their families. The agencies listed below provide services to lift families out of poverty and into financial stability. Volunteers are sought to work in a thrift store, prepare meals, clean up a home, and help families in crisis. By volunteering, not only will you provide immediate assistance to those in need, but you’ll also help to strengthen families’ futures so that they can become permanently self-sufficient. Find these and many other volunteer opportunities on Volunteer HQ at www.supportunitedway.galaxydigital.com or contact United Way of the Greater Seacoast at www.uwgs.org or 373-9118 for information.

Sales associate needed

The mission of Fair Tide is to provide short-term, affordable housing in a safe, dignified setting for people who are homeless. Fair Tide, with help from the community, provides advocacy, support and referrals to assist residents in their move toward permanent housing and financial stability. Fair Tide needs a sales associate for its thrift store that helps support its programs. This position will maintain the sales floor by ensuring it is clean, uncluttered, and navigable; tagging and pricing merchandise; and keeping sales racks and shelves stocked and neat. The ability to run a cash register and perform other activities to support the smooth running of the thrift store is also required.

Contact: Barbara McGaughey, thrift store director, at (207) 439-6376 or [email protected]

Location: Kittery, Maine

Serve dinner to the homeless

Cross Roads House provides safe and supportive emergency and transitional shelter to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. In conjunction with other service providers, Cross Roads House encourages its residents to move with dignity and purpose to stable and decent housing. Have you ever considered volunteering at Cross Roads House? Seven nights a week, volunteers prepare and serve dinner to the residents. Join the team of volunteers as a cook, server, or prep assistant. Find out more by attending a volunteer orientation, which includes a shelter tour, an overview of kitchen operations, volunteer expectations, and a chance to see volunteers in action. For information about Cross Roads House’s program and the date of the next orientation, contact JoAnn Rohde. Volunteers are asked to attend a one-hour orientation program before applying. Please note young adults must be out of high school and 18 or older.

Contact: JoAnn Rohde, volunteer coordinator, at 436-2218 or [email protected]

Location: Portsmouth.

Gather a team to beautify a home

The mission of Families in Transition is to provide safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. You can help by getting a team of family, friends, and co-workers together to help clean, paint, and do outdoor landscaping/clean up at their Dover property to help ensure that the women served have a safe, beautiful place to call home while they work on recovering from homelessness. FIT believes that having a home is a basic human right and is fundamental to becoming an engaged and contributing member of the community. This volunteer role will require some heavy lifting and manual labor including cleaning, general office work, and gardening and landscaping.

Contact: Emily Melhorn, volunteer, at 641-1143 Ext. 357 or [email protected]

Location: Dover.

Help families through a tough time

The Family Reception Center strives to provide a comfortable, trusting and supportive environment where inmates’ families and friends may come before and/or after visits to receive validation, support and resources that may lessen the negative impact experienced through incarceration. Volunteers will provide support to inmates’ families and friends on a regular basis and also assist with special quarterly events for kids such as Santa’s visit with presents, Easter baskets, summer barbecue with special activities for kids, and stuffed animals given on a child’s first visit. There is a volunteer handbook as well as hands-on training and orientation with coordinator or another seasoned volunteer. Familiarization of resource materials that are passed out to the adults is also needed. A new volunteer stays with another volunteer until they are fully comfortable. Children are not left alone with volunteers at any time. A family member over 18 years of age is always present.

Contact: Rodney Smith, jail industry director, at 749-3289 or [email protected]

Location: Dover.

Support members of military, families, and veterans

The American Red Cross has a variety of opportunities for individuals to help with their Services to the Armed Forces programs. The SAF volunteer members attend events and programming put on by the SAF management team. These include Memorial Day and Veterans Day events, as well as homeless veteran stand downs and events put on by veteran service partners throughout New Hampshire. These events support military communities, service members, veterans and military families and volunteers support is a critical component of their success. SAF volunteers are encouraged to learn about the specific programs within SAF and other volunteer roles in an effort to recruit for key positions. Volunteers should have an interest in serving and supporting military members, veterans, and military families.

Contact: Helen Long, volunteer services officer, at 724-8008 or [email protected]

Location: Various.

LEND A HAND: These and hundreds of other opportunities to volunteer or donate goods have been brought to you by the United Way of the Greater Seacoast’s Volunteer HQ, sponsored by NextEra Energy Seabrook. www.supportunitedway.galaxydigital.com

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