Friday, February 29, 2008

Hands on Miami Voluntering March 2008

HOT Projects

Good Times at the Miami Bridge
Come spend an evening at the Miami Bridge shelter for runaway teens. Activities include ping-pong, board games, or arts and crafts. Your visit will truly make a difference in the lives of these teens! Volunteers must be 21 years and older. (6-7 volunteers) Project # 10

Neighborhood: Miami
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 4th · 7:00pm - 8:30pm
VL: Alicia Quillen 305-646-7460 (w)
Career Night at Regis House Do you have a great career and a story to go with it? Join us as we share details about our jobs at Regis House, a program for teens who have become involved with the juvenile justice system. Your story will brighten their future! (2-4 volunteers) Project #7

Neighborhood: Little Havana
Date & Time:March 5th · 6:00pm - 7:00pm
VL: Davika Moore 305-323-7979 (cell)

Fantastic Friday Fun!
The kids at Troy would love to spend an evening with you! Come out and enjoy some fun activities, including board games and acting. Liven up your Fridays and theirs! (7-15 volunteers) Project # 43

Neighborhood: Allapattah Liberty City
Date & Time: Friday, March 7th · 5:30pm - 7:00pm.
VL:Lucia Goyen 305-646-7462 (w)

Adopt North Shore Park
Put on your gardening gloves and join us at North Shore Open Space Park near Surfside, to restore the natural hammock. Mulch, rake, and plant your way to fun! Family-friendly: minimum age with an adult is 12. (8-15 volunteers) Project # 22

Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Date & Time: Saturday, March 8th · 9:00am - 11:30am
VL: Iris Bolanos 305-864-8557 (h)

Zoo Beautification
Help MetroZoo maintain the gardens and exhibitions at the park. After we're done, everyone is welcome to enjoy the zoo! Family-friendly: minimum age with an adult is 16. (20-25 volunteers)Project # 28

Neighborhood: West Kendall
Date & Time: Saturday, March 8th · 9:30am - 11:00am
VL: Carlos Perez 305-905-6476 (cell)

HHSB Arts & Crafts
Join HOM at the Hebrew Home of South Beach for a fun afternoon of arts and crafts with the seniors who reside at the home. Spanish-speaking volunteers especially welcome. Family-friendly: minimum age with an adult is 11.(8-10 volunteers)Project #37

Neighborhood: South Beach
Date & Time: Saturday, March 8th · 10:00am - 11:30am
VL: Tzeitel Sorrosa 305-282-0981 (cell)

Let's Play BINGO!
You're invited to a fun time at the Miami Jewish Home & Hospital for the Aged. Share your laughter, as we play BINGO with some terrific seniors. Family-friendly: all ages with an adult. (3-6 volunteers)Project #38

Neighborhood: Miami
Date & Time: Sunday, March 16th · 10:15am - 12:00pm
VL: Leila Chang 305-496-2408 (cell)

Citizen Academy

A Night at The Haitian Heritage Museum Do you enjoy art and music? Have you ever wanted to learn more about Haitian culture? Come to the Haitian Heritage Museum during the Second Saturday art walk for photographs of Haiti. Also, we will be featuring poetry from a local artist and a portion of Refugee, a play about Haitian life.
When: Saturday, March 8th at 7PM
Where: 3940 North Miami Avenue.
CA Coordinator: Sania Elshorbgy 305-646- 7293 (work)

*Film screening is free*
Silver Knight Recipients

Are you a Silver Knight award recipient or know a Silver Knight award winner? Working with the Miami Herald and the Knight Foundation, Hands On Miami is working to engage past winners in the community and provide a forum for future endeavors. If you are a Silver Knight recipient or know of one, please email
HOM: No-Show Volunteers Policy

Dear Volunteers,

In recent months, there has been an increase in No- Show Volunteers at calendar projects. Volunteers are considered "No-Shows" if they did not call or email the Volunteer Leader (VL) letting them know of their cancellation-no contact was made by the volunteer. Is is very important that volunteers inform their VL of their cancellation.

Not only do VLs highly depend on volunteers participating in their projects, the agency staff and clients especially miss you when you do not attend.

On behalf of Hands On Miami, we understand that things come up, but please be considerate.
The following is the consequence of being a No- Show Volunteer. If you have any questions, please contact Cristin Forrest at
Consequences for a No-show Volunteer:
First Occurrence: A warning email will be sent to Volunteer
Second Occurrence: A follow-up phone call from HOM Staff.
Third Occurrence: A formal letter will be sent to the volunteers, suspending their participation in the calendar program for three months. Volunteers will be marked "inactive."
After 3 months, the volunteer will be contacted to confirm that they are still interested in volunteering with HOM to reestablish them as "active" or if not they remain as "inactive".
Thank you very much for your time and dedication to HOM! We hope to see you at a project soon!

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 8,000 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.
Farm Share Inc.
Farm Share Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery and distribution of food to families and agencies throughout Florida is once again teaming up with the Bob Marley Movement for the 15th Annual Bob Marley Movement Caribbean Festival.
For the second year in a row, Farm Share will assist in receiving the canned food donations required from each concertgoer.
When: March 1st from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: Bay Front Park Amphitheater 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. Downtown Miami, FL 33132
Available volunteer shifts for ages 15 and older only:
Volunteers must complete 4 hours of work in order to enter the festival free of charge.
To register please contact Yvette Rodriguez at (305) 246-3276 or
Miami International Film Festival (MIFF)
Join us for MIFF's Silver Anniversary, a premier event in the world stage of film. This year our organization will celebrate film and it's makers in a myriad of ways: featuring 163 films, 10 world premiers and 46 North American and U.S. premiers. There are many exciting events and opportunities that you can be a part of at MIFF as it will bring an unparalleled line-up of celebrities, top industry guests, in-depth panels and fabulous red carpet events. More than ever, we will rely on our volunteers to make this event one of the most dynamic festivals in the world.
The festival runs from February 28 through March 9.Volunteer tasks include:

Guest Services
Media Support
Merchandise Sales
Theater Captains
Theater Operations
Administrative Assistants
REEL Seminars

If you would like more information on volunteering , please call (305) 237-3884 or email Craig Fryer at

Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and operating historic railroad equipment.
Our annual fund-raiser event takes place March 7-9 and 14-16, 2008.
We will need help in setting up March 1-6 and breaking down March 17-20, in addition to volunteers needed during the event. Hours vary - event runs from 8am to 6pm but we will need some volunteers in early (i.e. 6:30) or at least to come in for a "training class" the week before the event.
Avaialable volunteer tasks for adults only:

Operating tattoo booth
Operating Bubble Blast
Operating gift shop
Train car attendants
Shifts have yet to be determined

For more information please contact Lori Tompkins 786-226-6964 or ltompkins@goldcoast-

Broward Start! Heart Walk
When:Saturday, March 8th
Where: Nova Southeastern University
Volunteer tasks include:

Friday, March 7th for set-up from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Removing supplies from trucks
Saturday, March 8th from 5:00 am - 12:00 pm
Linen set-up
Tent decorating
Food set-up

*We provide community service hours and would appreciate anyone who can help out!
To register please contact Jessica Irish at (954) 772-8100 or

Contact Information

phone: 305-646-7200

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