Save the dates! CVA Training Winter session is starting Friday, January 13th, 2017!
It will be hosted in the Wright Connection from 10am-12noon with a guest speaker coming at 11:20 for a luncheon presentation. (Jan. 13th) Week #1: Mandatory reporting with Nicole Lusker from Kent County. She will share about what areas we should be looking for when we maybe with an at risk person. (Jan. 20) Week #2: Our own Lori Potter will be sharing about Human Trafficking and (Jan. 27) Week #3:Mary Sepanik from Westpointe Cradle of Grace, she is our new connection to this wonderful resource, a resource that all of our single mom clients can be a part of. So let’s get to know Mary and let’s get our girls involved.
Training is highly recommended for all new CVA’s and recommended for seasoned CVA’s to sharpen skills and a way to connect with others and strengthen our mission to the community.
February’s line up TBA, save the dates of FEB. 3rd, 10th & 17th also!
Volunteering at HELP has many faces!
You may be surprised to discover that people of a variety of ages and walks of life volunteer with us in the way that best suits them. Look over our suggestions below, and perhaps you will find the perfect fit - or discover a new way that you can put your gifts to good use.
Deb and her husband John are empty-nesters with two grown daughters, one of whom is married and has a son. They have been spending some of their time caring for their aging parents. When they have time, Deb & John also like to travel, golf and Deb enjoys spendingher time cooking & baking. She learned about Help from a friend who invited her to see October Baby and after her friend told her about Help, she took a tour of the facility and was hooked after making her first layette! She has been with us for about 4 years. Deb’s role at the center is that of a Client Volunteer Advocate, but in asking her to describe what she does, her answer goes beyond that. She describes how when a client comes in in need of service, everyone that is available is listening with loving ears, then everyone scampers off to take care ofwhatever needs to done. When asked what her favorite thing about volunteering at Help is, Deb replied that she loves that everyone here is a sister in Christ. You hear that often in life, but that you don’t really appreciate it until you experience it for yourself. You think that you are here to help others, but the truth is that you are gaining back much so more than you give. When you are in the right place, everything just clicks. The thing that gives her joy every time she comes in here is the painting that hangs in our office entitled “Jump for Joy.” Part of the mission here at Help is trying to change hearts and minds about pregnancy, so that when ladies come in overwhelmed they leave with a whole new outlook. When she acknowledges just how hard it can be and embrace them, their tanks are filled and in turn, it reinvigorates her to be able to do it again for the next person that comes her way.
Our next training/continuing education session doesn't begin until September 16th, but you can still volunteer and begin shadowing right away. Fill out the for below or call us today!
Interested in volunteering?
We are blessed to have a wonderful pool of volunteers at HELP. We can open our doors because of the active involvement of each of these dedicated individuals. We would like you to prayerfully consider supporting this particular community of women and babies by giving some of your time, on a weekly basis to support LIFE. Here is a general description of the different areas where volunteers are needed the most:
These women are trained to mentor the young women who face difficult circumstances and are in need of guidance.
These women can counsel the Spanish-speaking clients on a one-on-one basis after receiving training, or will assist a trained client advocate with translations.
Individuals who enjoy greeting the public, taking on general office tasks such as copying, filing, sorting forms, as well as setting up new appointments for our clients are greatly needed.
This special group of women like to do the “behind the scene” kind of jobs. Some wash and sort the material goods that come into the center, while others enjoy stocking the Loving Arms Boutique, or creating layettes to be offered to the mothers of newborns.
Our sewing group, Stitches in Time, keeps us stocked with quilts, blankets, bibs and burp cloths. If you have the time and the sewing talents, we would love to hear from you.
Off Site Opportunities
We have also had many generous donors come up with unique ways to offer their time at home in a variety of ways in order that they can make a donation to us. Some of these include hosting a direct sales party in which the proceeds are offered to HELP, gathering gently used baby items from their acquaintances to drop off, collecting diapers in a diaper drive...perhaps these ideas can help spark a few creative ideas of your own!
Please give us a call at HELP if you have interest in helping with any of the positions listed above or are interested in any one of the additional positions listed below:
• Boutique Assistant
• Layette Organizer
• Cleaning Crew