January
15

Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief.The Caribbean nation of Haiti was hit by its strongest earthquake in 200 years, causing what is being described as “a catastrophe of major proportions”. The support and action coming from all around the world has filled me with awe and inspired my friends and I to take action.

For monetary donations: Wyclef’s foundation: text “YELE” to 501501 ($5) and for Red Cross text “HAITI” to 90999 ($10).

For those who cannot give monetarily, please take the time to donate your time, gently used clothing, non-perishable food, water, medical supplies etc. Every little bit helps.

South Florida:

  • BankUnited is collecting baby food in cans, bottled water and powdered milk at all of its branches.
  • MedExpress Urgent Care is accepting donations of medical supplies at its centers in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coral Springs, Palm Beach Gardens, and Royal Palm Beach. Items include unopened band aids, antibiotic ointment, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve and other pain relievers, including those in children’s dosages.
  • Martino Tire locations throughout South Florida is accepting relief supplies and donations for Haiti. To make a donation please contact service sales manager, Charlie Rodriguez at 305-790-8303, or email him at crodriguez@martinotire.com

Broward County:

  • Three South Florida Foot Solutions stores, on behalf of Soles4Souls, are collecting gently used shoes for earthquake victims. Soles4Souls is an international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in desperate need. The store locations are: 2135 University Drive, Coral Springs; 8225 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation; and 3789 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach.
  • Food for the Poor, a Coconut Creek-based ministry that serves the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America, is collecting donations at foodforthepoor.org. The organization also is collecting canned meat and fish; water; and condensed, evaporated and powdered milk at its warehouse, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek.
  • The Broward County Medical Association needs checks, medical supplies, food and water. Donations may be made in person at the association foundation, 5101 NW 21st Ave., Suite 440, Fort Lauderdale, or by calling 954-714-9772.
  • Sunrise Fire-Rescue is accepting donations of blankets, clothing and nonperishable food at Fire Station 39 at the Village Civic Center, 6800 Sunset Strip. Relief supplies will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The city will not accept checks or cash.
  • Miramar is collecting nonperishable food, water and medical supplies, including flashlights and batteries to aid the victims. Collection hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., beginning Saturday through Monday. Donation locations are: Fire Rescue Station 19, 6700 Miramar Parkway; Fire Rescue Station 70, 9001 Miramar Parkway; Miramar Police Department, 3064 N. Commerce Parkway; Fire Rescue Station 84, 14801 SW 27th Street; Fire Rescue Station 100, 2800, SW 184th Ave.
  • City of Hallandale Beach
    The City of Hallandale Beach along with Hallandale Magnet High School will be collecting canned goods, dry milk and clothing for the people of Haiti. Drop off at any of the three Fire Stations or at Hallandale High School, 720 NW 9th Ave.
  • Panthers Haiti Aid The Florida Panthers will be collecting money, clothing and non-perishable goods before and during their next home games, Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise. The game begins at 7:00 p.m.

Dade County:

  • Spanish Broadcasting System’s four Miami radio stations and its Mega TV Channel 22 are launching a 12-hour fundraising and donation drive on Friday to assist victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday. SBS will
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September
19

volunteering at a thrift store
First off, volunteering at the Poverello Center was awesome. I met some great people and learned a lot more about the plight of HIV/AIDS patients. So what exactly does Poverello do? Its mission is to provide life-saving food and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are residents of Broward County and meet the specified qualifications for services.

volunteering at a foodbankFor this volunteer project, I was tasked with helping them put together their quarterly mailer. This is a direct mail piece that not only keeps members up-to-date on what’s going on with the organization and more importantly, solicits donations. Poverello is a not-for-profit which relies on government and private donations to stay afloat. Now we all know the government isn’t the best place to get money anymore, so private donations are where it’s at. So the way it’s set up is that there is a food bank and a thrift store. The thrift store exists solely to fund the food bank which feeds thousands of AIDS/HIV patients in Broward County.

I had a blast, the people were so much fun and very open to answering any questions I had about the disease. I even ended up making a friend on Facebook! I must admit I was a little nervous about volunteering but in the end it was worth it. Stay tuned for my next project!


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September
18

About a year ago, I started taking a good look at myself and realized it was time for me to do more. Now before anyone jumps to any conclusions, I haven’t stolen, cheated anyone or plotted someone’s downfall (lol). Most people who know me think I’m pretty nice. I have good friends and family and I donate money here and there, but so what?Volunteer opportunties, volunteering

Do more with your spare time and start volunteering

I started to open my mind to the fact that I could do more. By doing more I mean volunteering. So I went online and did the research and saw that there are tons of volunteer opportunities in your area, you just have to open your eyes and do the work. No matter what party affiliation you are, you have to admit that Barack Obama’s messages on volunteering in your community are very inspiring. And it doesn’t take much to do. All these organizations need is your time.

Volunteering doesn’t mean breaking your back

So the first thing I want to note that I found in my research was that it doesn’t have to be hard-core physical labor. You can sort clothes, feed the homeless, volunteer to work the sidelines at walk-a-thons and marathons.

The next thing I found was that there are so many volunteer opportunities in a variety of industries. If you love kids, do your volunteering at schools and after school programs. If your focus is cancer or AIDS awareness, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities in that arena. Have a soft spot for the elderly? Well there are plenty of retirement centers / facilities that would welcome your help.
Volunteer opportunties, volunteering

Volunteer organizations need your professional skills

What’s really cool is that you can use your professional talents in volunteering. Volunteer organizations are always looking for receptionists to do clerical work, contractors to help with big projects or even marketing professionals to help with event coordination.

Don’t let what you perceive to be a limitation stop you from volunteering. And follow me as I go through my own journey in volunteering. I start my first project tomorrow :) .

Find volunteer organizations in your area today:


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