Dozens of volunteers work tirelessly at Helen’s Hope Chest, Mesa United Way’s free clothing, school supply, book and clothing “store” for foster children. It’s a rewarding, enriching experience, and they love to share stories.
At age 13, when most young girls are dreaming about boys and navigating their way through the perils of junior high, Ashleigh Gonzales was diagnosed with optic nerve atrophy. You can imagine how devastated she was to learn that her vision loss was not treatable.
It was another busy Friday at United Food Bank’s Help Yourself program facility in Mesa as people lined up to purchase food boxes for $17 each. The boxes are intended to help struggling individuals and families stretch tight food budgets and can feed a family of four for a week.
Bethany entered Autumn House a frightened single mother of three young children after suffering a brutal attack by a family member. During her stay at Autumn House, she was able to keep her children in the same schools, which helped them maintain some stability in their lives. Amber, Grace and Jason were able to attend groups facilitated by the Autumn House children’s specialist. For Jason, the oldest, this meant helping him begin to cope with the violent images he had witnessed of his mother’s abuse.
The organizers of a cultural festival celebrating Mexican Independence Day are looking for volunteers to help staff the Chandler event. The volunteers will help set up, tear down, staff the ticket booth and help vendors.
If you love art, Phoenix Art Museum has the volunteer opportunity for you. For the museum’s current PAPER! Exhibition, volunteers are needed to interact with visitors, answer questions, provide information and give directions. In the Steele Gallery through Sept. 23, this exhibit explores how artists have long utilized paper in their work as a support for drawings, prints and watercolors; as a subject for a work of art; or as creative material for three-dimensional work, according to the ad on volunteermatch.org.
How would you like to spruce up your community and help a person in need at the same time? The City of Mesa’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors program is seeking groups to help paint homes of residents who, due to limited resources or physical limitations, are struggling to maintain the exterior of their homes.
Believe it or not, fall is coming up soon – and that means it’ll be time for Mesa’s youth sports program to kick into high gear. The city’s Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities department is seeking volunteers to help with its Youth Sports Kickoff Celebration from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 at Hohokam Fields, 1235 N. Center St.