Interested in what we’re doing on Women’s Service Day this year? Here’s a list of the ways we’ll be serving women and children in the Holland/Zeeland area on October 4.
- Center for Women in Transition creates and sustains an environment that enhances the voice, opportunities and strength of women and girls in Allegan and Ottawa Counties. Volunteers will be preparing curriculum for the Girls on the Run program. Others will be assisting with outdoor yard work and Fall clean-up at the main office and the shelter.
- Community Action House feeds and clothes families, provides housing, and equips community members with skills and resources for sustainable living. Volunteers will be involved with general organization and cleaning of their personal care items area and their meeting room/kitchen. Others will help with garden shut-down for the season and possibly painting at the Holland Community Garden.
- Evergreen Commons brings together in one place both leisure activities for seniors and the coordination or delivery of services that address many aging related needs of seniors and their families, such as respite care, nutrition, home safety, and the assistance of social workers. Volunteers will assist with the outdoor gardens.
- Holland Rescue Mission develops and delivers programs of excellence for the homeless and less fortunate. Volunteers will help the Rock Urban Youth Ministry with deep cleaning, storage organization and other projects. Some will be cleaning all of the daycare rooms at the Stepping Stones Day Care from top to bottom, including washing walls and windows, cleaning and organizing toys; vacuuming and other fall cleaning projects at the Family Hope Ministry Center. Others will assist with yard work, house winterization and painting at the Shepherd House.
- Hospice of Holland offers comfort and relief to soothe the body, counsel and support to quiet the heart, and resources of faith to strengthen the spirit toward the end of life. Volunteers will wash windows at the Hospice office and do some deep clean at the Hospice House. At a later date, volunteers will also make “thank you” and “thinking of you” cards.
- Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity builds housing with partner-owners based on the principle that everyone deserves a decent place to live and that our community is a better place when that occurs. Volunteers will be pre-assembling walls for an upcoming Habitat build for a single mother.
- Jubilee Ministries focuses on neighborhood revitalization in Core-City Holland. Volunteers will be deep cleaning and landscaping at one of the home’s they are renovating.
- My Sister’s House II sponsored by the Holland Deacons’ Conference cares for women with physical and developmental challenges by assisting them with the activities of daily living in an adult foster care home. Volunteers will be preparing meals for the freezer.
- Nestlings Diaper Bank serves as a central location to collect, store, and distribute diapers that have been donated by the local community or purchased through fundraising efforts. Volunteers will be wrapping diapers into packs of 12 for distribution through area nonprofit organizations to mothers in need.
- Nuestra Casa is a collaborative effort to renovate an abandoned home into a safe place for neighbors to gather. Volunteers will make pigs in the blanket as a fundraiser for Nuestra Casa. All of the proceeds from the auction and raffle during lunch will benefit Nuestra Casa as well.
- Rick Rack restores the esteem and dignity of teens in foster care by creating a safe store-like environment where they can “shop” for clothes free of charge. Many young people enter into foster care with nothing more than the clothes on their back and whatever they could carry. Volunteers will change out summer inventory to fall and winter in the boutique, change outfit displays, organize inventory by size and color in backroom, sort, tag, and log incoming inventory. They will also assist with cleaning, sweeping and mopping, dusting furniture and racks, cleaning mirrors, emptying the garbage.
- The Verbeek Family has been battling cancer for many years. In September, the wife passed away. By doing this project, we’re able to take a burden off her husband during this difficult time. Volunteers will stain the deck and play set at their home.
- Westcore Neighbors are a group of community members in the core city of Holland who have come together to help build a stronger neighborhood. Volunteers will be divided among several different projects for homeowners in the neighborhood. Tasks may include painting, tearing out carpet, removing laminate countertops, cleaning or setting up/organizing a garage sale for a neighbor with cancer.