Volunteers needed for Share Hot Meals program
VANCOUVER — The community is invited to attend an open house at Share House, 1115 W 13th Street, on Mon. Nov. 18, 3 to 5 p.m.
“We appreciate the opportunity to welcome members of our community into Share House to see first-hand the offices, dorms, transitional housing rooms and community areas in which our case managers and housing navigators work each day to engage and motivate our residents by linking them with housing opportunities, developing budgets, completing applications and assisting them in telling their story to local landlords,” said Diane McWithey, executive director.
Staff will be on hand to provide tours through the building and to answer questions. Snacks and beverages will be available. The open house marks the reopening of the men’s shelter and recent restart of the Share Hot Meals program following an accidental fire back in July.
“Over 40 years, our Hot Meals program has relied on the generosity of numerous faith-based and community groups to prepare and serve meals. Many of our current groups include seniors, some who have volunteered for more than 20 years, who are unable to continue donating their time,” said Molly Evjen, director of volunteers and community resources. “We have an increased need for a new base of volunteers to support our Hot Meals program and hope that our generous community will step up to answer our call for help.”
All volunteers are required to complete an application and background check which can be done online at sharevancouver.org. For more information, contact Molly Evjen at (360) 952-8228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, Lincoln Place (a 30-unit Housing First model apartment complex), a street outreach program, including a Day Center, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program, provides case management to clients and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community.
Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 1,535-plus children at 95 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-fee lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management.
For more information on Share, visit their website at www.sharevancouver.org.