Friday, January 18, 2008

Volunteering with Hands on Miami

HOT Projects

Carnival Center Volunteer Orientation
This orientation is required for all HOM volunteers interested in being ticket takers and/or ushers at Carnival Center for Performing Arts. At the orientation, volunteers will learn about the Carnival 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)
Date & Time:
Monday , January 21st · 6:00 pm -7:30 pm
Evelyn Gigiras Sullivan 786- 468- 2285 (w)
Bedtime Stories
Volunteers visit the Salvation Army shelter for homeless children to read bedtime stories and make sure their dreams are sweet. First Timers project. Experienced volunteers are also welcome! Family- friendly: minimum age with an adult is 16. (8-10 volunteers) (project #19)

Date & Time:
Tuesday , January 22nd · 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Robert Chadwick 904-874-2438 (cell)

Here's Hope
Free on a Wednesday night? Play games and enjoy after dinner refreshments with the residents of Here's Hope at the Salvation Army! Here's Hope serves clients living with HIV/AIDS. Volunteers must be 21 years and older. (10-12 volunteers) (project #32)

Date & Time:
Wednesday, January 23rd ·6:00 pm -7:30 pm
Lee Feldman 305 932-6241 (h)

Botanical Gardens
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a green oasis in the heart of South Beach. Bromeliads, orchids and tropical palms thrive, along with other exotic plants. Volunteers will help with gardening activities. Family- friendly: minimum age with an adult is 12. (8-15 volunteers) (project #26)

South Beach
Date & Time:
Wednesday, January 26th ·9:00 am -12:00 pm
Danielle De Pas 305-725-2075 (cell)

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. (25-30 volunteers) (project #28)

Pelican Harbor (79th Street Causeway)
Date & Time:
Saturday, January 26th ·9:00am - 12:00pm
Rob Hellestrae 305-613-8414 (cell)


Help spread Martin Luther King's message of non- violence tomorrow, January 19, 2008 at one of two Hands On Miami projects. Registration is Free!

Allapattah Middle School is home to some of our most at-risk students, all from diverse backgrounds. Over 400 Hands On Miami volunteers will create gardens and murals that bring students together in interracial cooperation, creating a friendlier environment that facilitates academic achievement.

The Optimist Club is an inner-city grassroots organization dedicated to giving our community's at- risk youth a safe place to socialize and learn by providing after-school programs and activities. Join 500 Hands On Miami volunteers in beautification and revitalization activities that will create a safer, more nurturing environment for youth at the Optimist Club.Activities include landscaping, painting, light construction, and mural creation.

To register please visit or contact Peter Haas at
For more information on these projects, please contact Lucia Goyen at or 305-646- 7462 or Cagney Kobrin at or 305-646-7211.

A Thank You from HOM!

HOM would like to thank the following groups for their generous donation of seeds for MLK Day 2008:
Citizens for a Better South Florida
Casey's Corner
Miami Dade College Landscaping Technology and Nursery


Hands On Miami, in partnership with United Way of Miami-Dade's Young Leaders Society, is presenting a seminar series for people wishing to acquire or enhance skills to serve on boards of non-profit organizations. Participants will hear from local experts on a variety of topics, including the roles and responsibilities of non-profit board members, legal and ethical considerations, fiscal management, fundraising, human resources, public relations, marketing, and demographics and delivery of services in Miami-Dade County.

The 3-part seminar presented will be held on three consecutive evening nights: February 5th, 6th, and 7th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The cost is $100 per person for all three sessions.
You may pay online AFTER you sign-up below, by selecting the "Donate Now" button on the left. Please fill out all pertinent information; indicating your full name and contact information, under the 'Purpose of Gift' Section please check the Registration Fee box, include the $100 fee amount, and select "Effective Board Leadership course".

Registering for the first session automatically enrolls you in the full three-session series.

If you have any questions, please contact Sania Elshorbgy at or 305- 646- 7293

HOM In Partnership with Volunteer Broward!

Hearts for Soldiers
Volunteer Broward is seeking donations for its Hearts for Soldiers Valentine's Day care packages. These packages will be sent to 450 U.S. military service personnel overseas. Items sought include valentines, handwritten notes, trail mix, beef jerky, gum, coffee, candy, AA batteries, insect repellent wipes, personal care items, magazines, DVDs, international calling cards and more.

Volunteer Broward is also asking the south Florida community to send the overseas addresses of their loved ones serving in the military. The first 450 addresses completed under the correct guidelines will receive a Hearts for Soldiers care package! CLICK HERE for guidelines and information.
All soldiers' names and addresses can be sent to Donations will be accepted through Jan. 22th at Volunteer Broward: 4800 N. State Road 7, Building F, Suite 102A, Lauderdale Lakes. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (954) 522-6761.


The Citizen Academy Leadership Institute facilitated by Florida International University Center for Leadership and Service and Hands On Miami. The Leadership Academy is based on The Leadership Challenge, by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Through their extensive research with leaders in business, industry, education, and not for profits, the authors found similarities in the stories of "personal best" leadership experiences. These common practices became the basis for five practices of exemplary leadership. Each practice includes skills, abilities, and behaviors that connect with leadership success. The Leadership Challenge
Model the Way
Inspire shared Vision
Challenge the Process
Enable Others to Act
Encourage the Heart
The Citizen Academy Leadership Academy will include six two-hour sessions held twice per month. The sessions will include an introduction, the five leadership practices, and a program wrap-up activity

When: Wednesday, January 23rd
Time: 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
CA Leader: Sania Elshorbgy,
Location: Florida International University, University Park

Calling Volunteers: IDB 2008 Annual Meeting!

In a competitive national bidding process the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB) and the United States Government (Department of Treasury) selected Miami to host the bank's Annual Meeting in April 2008. The Inter-American Development Bank is the oldest and largest regional multilateral development institution, was established in 1959 to help accelerate economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean
Over 6,000 representatives from across the Western Hemisphere will attend this week-long event (April 4th to April 8th). This gathering has long served as the premier global forum on Latin American finance, trade, and development. Participating companies, universities, and institutions will connect with the Latin American community through publicity and through exclusive engagements with the finance ministers and central bank presidents who make up the Board of Governors. More than that, sponsors will gain a meaningful stake in the core mission of the Annual Meeting: promoting social and economic development in the Americas.

The IDB Miami 2008 Host Committee invites volunteers-locally and from across the state to participate in this grand event. Volunteers from ALL professional backgrounds are encouraged to lend a hand and support the IDB, welcoming honored representatives and organizations to the Miami community. The IDB Host Committee will particularly need volunteers beginning March 24.

If you are interested in this extraordinary volunteer opportunity, please feel free to contact Alicia Quillen at /305-646- 7460.

HOM is honored and excited to support IDB 2008 Annual Meeting.

What's YOUR Favorite Hands On Miami Story?

Do you have a favorite volunteer service experience with Hands On Miami? Tell us your story! Top entries will be featured on the Hands On Miami website with one winner and one runner-up to be awarded.

Each of the first 10 submissions will win a Starbucks Gift Card, with one selected randomly to win a fully loaded toolbox!

For more information, please visit the Hands On Miami website.
Special Volunteer Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: These are not Hands On Miami volunteer projects. You will not receive volunteer hours from Hands On Miami.
Women's Congress
The Women's Congress combines a business & leadership conference, business exhibition, matchmaking sessions in supplier diversity and recruiting, a venture fair workshop, and networking events to provide the education for women to take their businesses and careers to the highest levels. The conference and exhibition programs offer solutions for corporate executives, business owners, non-profit leaders, educators and other professionals across industries, disciplines, levels and cultures.

Volunteers are needed on January 23rd at Miami Beach Botanical Gardens and on January 24th and 25th at The Miami Beach Convention Center.
Volunteer jobs will be as follows:
Conference Session Monitors; Information in Registration area and Exhibit Hall & Floor Session Monitors
All volunteers must be available for a minimum of eight hours for one day.
For further information contact Peter Reingold at /(714) 478-4205 with the dates you are available to volunteer.

Miami Workers Center believes voting is an important tool in the struggle for social justice and an opportunity to engage community members in the political process. This election year the Miami Workers Center is bringing back our Take Back the Vote campaign to defend our right to vote, educate the community on pertinent election issues and mobilize voters to the polls. We are urgently seeking volunteers to assist us with outreach to registered voters for our first phase of the campaign. We are working to mobilize occasional voters to the presidential primaries January 29th.

We need volunteers to help with door-to-door outreach and making phone calls during the following dates and times: Jan. 14-17 10am-1pm & 3pm-6pm, Jan. 18 10am- 1pm, Jan. 19 10am-2pm, Jan. 22-24 10am-1pm, 3pm- 6pm & 6pm-8pm, Jan. 25 10am-1pm, Jan. 26 10am-2pm, Jan. 28 10am-1pm, 3pm-6pm & 6- 8pm, Jan. 29 10am-1pm, 3pm-6pm & 6-8pm, Jan. 30 - 31 10am-1pm, 3pm-6pm & 6-8pm. To sign up to volunteer or for more information, contact Aiyeshia Hudson, Organizer, Miami Workers Center, 305- 316-0303, or visit our office at 6127 NW 7th Ave.

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