by Strawberry Jam
If you are fortunate enough to have a roof over your head and your stuff together, it only makes sense to help those who don’t. Doing so not only provides assistance to charitable organizations in need but also shows your support for those who’ve fallen on hard times. With the recent economy producing a new breed of homelessness, it is not uncommon for professionals, students, and single parents to seek shelter. Volunteering allows for unique experiences and conversation with others in the community. Stories might include someone’s past, to what they’re hoping to become, and how they’ve been helped along the way. Most people are just as curious to know your story and are grateful for your time as well.
At Broward Outreach, there are many opportunities to lend a hand, ranging from office work and tutoring, to food service and various annual events. Individuals seeking help can’t come and go as they please but can at any time exit the program which includes courses, housing, and meals. Classes range from job training and motivational classes, to educational courses such as basic math. There are three locations: Hollywood, Miami, and Pompano Beach.
If networking for a cause is more your thing, then Young Professionals for Covenant House might be for you. Geared towards 21-45 year olds, members attend fundraising events (oftentimes with the lure of alcohol, think Busloop), trips, or do volunteer work. Proceeds benefit Covenant House Florida which serves at-risk youth under the age of 21. Since opening in 1985, Covenant House has served over 30,000 individuals and received $1,675,000 from Young Pros.