Sunday, December 14, 2008

Volunteer where you're needed this week!

HOT Projects

Habitat for Humanity
Take part in the worldwide effort of Habitat for Humanity! From painting walls to laying sod, you can help a low-income family realize the dream of owning a home. No experience needed. Family-friendly: minimum age with an adult is 16. (7-9 volunteers) Project # 15

* Neighborhood: Kendall
* Saturday, December 13th· 7:30am - 1:00pm
* VL: Leslie Hecker 305-992-6020

Viva Vizcaya!
Help Vizcaya maintains its historical gardens for all of Miami to enjoy. Volunteers will have the opportunity to landscape and beautify the grounds. Family-friendly: minimum age with an adult is 16. Spanish-speaking volunteers especially welcome. Project # 31

* Neighborhood: Miami- Coconut Grove, Coral Gables
* Saturday, December 13th· 9:00am - 11:00am
* VL: Efren Salgado 305-323-6747

Zoo Beautification
Help MetroZoo maintain the gardens and exhibitions at the park. After volunteers are done re-planting and doing various tasks to help beautify the zoo, they are welcome to enjoy and walk around the Miami Metro Zoo! Family- friendly: minimum age with an adult is 16. (20-25 volunteers) Project # 32

* Neighborhood: Miami- West Central
* Saturday, December 13th· 9:00am - 12:00am
* VL: Carlos Perez 305-905-6476

Join the Hands On Miami team!

The Youth Volunteer Corps is looking for a Youth Program Manager. If you are passionate about service and enjoy working with youth, take a look at ent.htm for the full job description and requirements. Resumes are being accepted immediately.
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.
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
This holiday season, give to those in need!

This holiday season, please remember those children in need who do not receive gifts if it weren't for the generous donations of caring people. Please donate new or slightly used gifts to help make this holiday season a happy one for children of women who have HIV/AIDS, women who have suffered domestic abuse, children of migrant workers, and children served by the Overtown YWCA. Donated toys, books, sporting goods and games will go a long way towards brightening the holiday season for these disadvantaged children.
Start a gift drive at your school, work, or organization and collect holiday gifts suitable for children ages 3 to 17. Then bring the collected, unwrapped gifts with you on December 13th and help sort the items for distribution. If you want to help but cannot participate on December 13th, donations will gladly be accepted beforehand.

To sign up, please contact Jonna Gandelman at or at 305 646 7461.
Volunteer Opportunities
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

Participate in Bike Miami! Come to Downtown Miami this Sunday, December 14th, between Flagler Street and South Miami Avenue beginning at 9:00am until 3:00pm to bike, run, walk, rollerblade and enjoy Downtown Miami safely!

Autism Speaks is seeking volunteers for their "Walk Kickoff".
The Walk Now for Autism will be held on February 22, 2009 at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Kick off is at 8:30 am. To register please go on line to For contact information is

WHAT: CHARLEE's Santa Shop WHEN: December 15 - 23 (Monday to Saturday, then Monday and Tuesday) WHERE: CHARLEE Offices, 155 S. Miami Ave; Downtown Miami, 33130 We will need volunteer assistance for collecting, sorting and handing out toys for the hundreds of foster children and their families. For the 3rd week of December, CHARLEE's 8th Floor Office will transform into "Santa Shop" where children and/or their foster parents will be able to shop for the holidays. Volunteers needed: 4-6 per day
The times are as follow: Monday (12/15) from 9am to 2pm *Sorting Toys* Tuesday (12/16) from 1pm to 5pm *Sorting Toys* Wednesday (12/17) from 9am to 2pm *Shopping* Thursday (12/18) from 1pm to 5pm *Shopping* Friday (12/19) from 9am to 2pm *Shopping* Saturday (12/20) from 10am to 3pm *Shopping* Monday (12/22) from 9am to 2pm *Shopping* Tuesday (12/23) from 1pm to 5pm *Shopping*
Duties include: Sorting toys Collecting toys Helping foster children and their families to shop Registering foster families Bringing a lasting happy memory for a child this holiday season

Contact Information
phone: 305-646-7200

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