Friday, December 19, 2008

Hands on Miami

HOT Projects

Pelican Harbor Clean Up
Come out for a fun-filled beach clean up day! Volunteers ride out in a boat to Pelican Harbor to clean up our beautiful bays and beaches. Family-friendly: minimum age with an adult is 8. (25-50 volunteers) Project # 26

* Neighborhood:Pelican Harbor (79th Street Causeway)
* Date: Saturday, December 20th· 9:00am - 12:00pm
* VL: Rob Hellestrae 305-613-8414 (cell)

Arsht Center Volunteer Orientation
This orientation is required for all HOM volunteers interested in being ticket takers and/or ushers at Arsht Center for Performing Arts. At the orientation, volunteers will learn about the Arsht Center and the roles they will play as volunteers. The volunteer leader will also go over details of the project, benefits, and attire. Following this orientation, volunteer must attend an additional training session with the center. Performances for the month will be announced at the orientation. Training sessions and performances are not HOM projects. Project # 17

* Neighborhood: Downtown
* Date: Saturday, December 20th· 10:00am - 11:30am
* VL: Evelyn Gigiras Sullivan 786- 468-2285 (w)

Restock the ReStore
Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells donated building materials, tools, furniture, and appliances to the public at discounted prices and all proceeds help finance Miami Habitat's housing building efforts. They need your help making their showroom presentable! Come help organize house wares, furniture and tools so that Habitat sells more goods to build more houses! Minimum age is 17 with an adult. Volunteers MUST be able to lift over 20 pounds. (10-25 volunteers) Project # 45

* Neighborhood: Northwest Miami-Dade
* Date: Saturday, December 20th· 1:00p.m-4:00pm
* VL: Leslie Hecker 305-992-6020

Join us for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!
Presented by Target
Help spread Martin Luther King's message of non- violence on January 17, 2009. Registration is Free!

Mission: To make Martin Luther King Day a "Day on, not a day off." Every year, Americans come together to recall Dr. King's life and message. Events like the ones being offered by HOM are designed to reaffirm his mission for the older generations who remember his dream, and the next generation that will keep it alive.

On Saturday, January 17, 2009, Hands On Miami will engage volunteers to beautify and revitalize Liberty Square, a public housing facility located in Liberty City. Volunteers will paint the apartments of senior citizens and people with disabilities and landscape the grounds of the facility.

Register online today! To sign up, please click here and click "Select a Project."
Happy Holidays from Hands On Miami!

The Hands On Miami office will be closed Dec. 24th- Jan. 4th. We will reopen Jan. 5th. Volunteer projects and orientations will not be scheduled during that time either. If you would like to volunteer during the holiday season, below are some agencies in need of your help! Please contact them directly for more information. Thank you for volunteering with Hands On Miami and we wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season and new year!

* Fair Havens Senior Center- 305-887-1565
* Community Partnership for the Homeless- 305- 329-3042
* Hebrew Home and Hospital for the Aged- 305-672- 6464
* Arch Plaza Senior Center- 305-891-1710
* Miami Rescue Mission- 305-571-2227

Community Cinema Independent Lens is in Miami!

Hands On Miami in partnership with Independent Lens, Florida International University's Center for Leadership and Service, Channel 2 your local PBS station and Generation Engage are excited to present the Community Cinema series, showing on Friday, January 23, 2008 beginning at 7:00pm at Florida International University's University Park campus in GC 140. Join us for free popcorn and screening of Tulia, Texas.

About the film: A lone undercover cop moves into a small farming town. By the end of the blazing summer of 1999, 46 people are arrested for selling cocaine--nearly all of them African American. It was heralded as one of the biggest drug busts in Texas history, until a team of lawyers set out to uncover the truth.Please note: you may sign yourself up to attend this event as you would sign up for a regular service project, or you may just show up to the event.
For more information about the Community Cinema please click here! or contact Judie Stork at or 305-646-7462.
New Policy for County projects

Due to a new county ordinance, beginning in Jan 2009, HOM volunteers will be required to provide a Social Security or Driver's License Number along with their name during signing in at all projects related to Miami Dade County Parks and Recreation. At present, that includes the Calendar projects Zoo Beautification and Pelican Harbor Clean Up. All volunteers will be asked to provide this information on a separate sign in sheet at all Parks projects. In addition, after having volunteered at any Miami Dade County Parks project three (3) times within six (6) months, volunteers will be required to be fingerprinted and go through a background check with the County. Thank you for your flexibility on this issue and for volunteering!
Are YOU a Leader?

Take a lead with Hands On Miami and become a Volunteer Leader (VL) for a calendar project or new volunteer orientation! HOM is looking for a few good volunteers who are ready to step up to the plate and support projects as a leader. Starting in September, we will be holding monthly VL trainings. If you have any questions, would like to see a list of projects and orientations that are in need of VLs, or want to set up a one-on-one training, please contact Lucia Goyen at 305-646-7255 or

When: Wednesday, January 14th
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Where: United Way Executive Conference Room

Sign up here!
Volunteer Opportunities
LOVE cures Charity art auction
Date and Time: Feb 5th 5pm-10pm (dress in black)
Location: Miami Art Space 244 NW 35 St Miami Fl 33127
For more information, contact Carolina Salazar 786-395-6307 or

Miami Rescue Mission- Winter Recess
Come help Miami Rescue Mission with their winter camp for kids during the holidays! Minimum age to volunteer is 16.
Dates: Dec. 23rd, 24th (1/2day), 26th and 29th from 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: 2020 NW 1ST AVE. MIAMI, FL 33127- 4902
For more information, contact Melissa Singh at 305-571-2227 or

The Seedlings of Hope Children's Festival
The Mustard Seed Initiative, Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that utilizes music, dance, art and storytelling to educate and uplift South Florida's youth.
Date and Time: Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 2-6pm for set-up; Feb.7, 2009 7am-7pm
Training will be Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 2pm
Location: 5 Acres Ranch 22900 SW 152 Ave, Anderson Corner, The Redlands
Directions: From US 1- go south on US 1, make a right (west) on SW 232 St/Silver Palm Dr, Continue west to Anderson Corner, Make a right at 152 Ave. Ranch will be straight ahead on your left.
From turnpike- go south on Turnpike, exit Quail Roost, go west on Quail Roost (must pass Eureka at turnpike exit), make a (south) at SW 152 Ave, Ranch will be on your right before you intersect with SW 232 St/Silver Palm Dr.
For more information, contact Laurie Johnson 305- 247-8252 or

Empowered Youth is seeking volunteers.
On-site Coordinator: This position will entail being the coordinator on the ground at the Troy Academy Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. You will be working directly with the youth, the staff, and coordinating the Empowered Youth activities scheduled at the school each day. Community Outreach/Job Development Coordinator: This position will entail networking with the community, attending Rotary and Chamber of Commerce Meetings and making presentations to businesses and organizations to secure opportunities for our youth to get internships and jobs when they graduate from our 5-step post-detention program. Clearance Coordinator: This position will entail working with volunteers to be sure that everyone receives the level 2 clearance that is required for all active participants of our program. Mentoring Coordinator: This position will entail recruiting men and women to be mentors for our youth, and working with the Clearance Coordinator to be sure that they all receive volunteer packets and the required clearance. Basic Life Skill Tutors: we have an opportunity to tutor youth in the basic life skills (math, language, literacy - the basic reading level of these kids is third grade). Tutors are needed 3-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mentors: One of the most critical steps in our 5-step program is that every youth will be assigned a mentor. A detailed outline of the position will be provided upon request. Join us in helping these kids to break the cycle and having the lives and futures they deserve.For more info, contact: Colleen Adams, (786) 317-4160 or

Contact Information
phone: 305-646-7200

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