Wisdom Project 2030 Community Volunteer Opportunities
United Way Supporting Children
Wisdom Project 2030 is partnering with United Way to support school children who need hand sanitizer, masks and books. If you are looking for a safe way to get out and get involved, we are continuing to meet regularly at the United Way offices to cut fabric and elastic for masks and fill bottles of hand sanitizer. Fabric for cutting and sewing kits are also available for volunteers to take home. United Way provides the finished goods to area families. Meeting evites are sent. We will meet safely and socially distanced at the United Way building, 527 Oak Street(wear a mask) or take work home to be completed on your own time. This will be limited to the first 10 yes-rsvps in order to maintain proper social distancing. For questions please call Julie Ferguson at 770-532-4303
North Georgia Works! Take them a Meal Program
Wisdom Project 2030 is partnering with North Georgia Works! by providing evening meals (Take Them a Meal Program) to their trainees/clients beginning each Sunday from August 2 through December 27, 2020. North Georgia Works! is a 501(c)(3) Christian ministry and a transitional workforce development center for men. They are partnered with United Way of Hall County in their ONE HALL poverty initiative. The organization’s goal is to provide men with the opportunity to change their lives from the inside out: spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and habitually. The men are provided with a curriculum proven for life change that incorporates soft skill, cognitive skill, and executive functioning skill development. Employment opportunities determined by their personal skillset, experience, and industry needs are also provided. For more information and an overview of the program provided to our community by North Georgia Works! go to https://www.northgeorgiaworks.org.
Wisdom Keepers have generously helped provide Sunday evening meals to trainees and staff at North Georgia Works! through year-end. However, the need is ongoing. If you are willing to cook or cater a meal for the fourteen [hungry!] men and deliver it to 1255 Vine Street in Gainesville, please contact Debbie Mott at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on their schedule. Including a personal note of encouragement would also be very much appreciated.
Reach Out and Write
Are you willing to help identify older adults who are socially isolated and lonely? United Way has asked Wisdom Keepers to participate in a project to connect older adults and young people. United Way will find the young people who are willing to send cards or letters to senior adults, but they need help finding the senior adults who are isolated, lonely, feeling the weight of social isolation. These connections will provide encouragement to seniors, especially during the holidays, and is part of United Way’s focus this year on the mental health of our community. Forum Communications will help market the campaign. Linda Stacy is the project lead and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Share Some Warmth
Gently used coats are needed and appreciated by Good News Clinic patients for the winter ahead. Donations can be dropped off at 810 Pine St; Gainesville, Ga. 30501 Mon-Fri between 9-5 (close from 12-1); please come to the back “Dental” entrance and knock. If you cannot drop off, Linda Stacy is also collecting donated coats for a group donation from the Wisdom Keepers – contact her for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Way Compass Center
United Way needs 2-3 volunteers to help in its Compass Center to assist with phone calls from clients. The Compass Center is A community resource center helping individuals and families navigate existing services and providers throughout Gainesville and Hall County. Managing the calls can be done from your home if you have access to a laptop and internet or in UW office if you are interested in getting out. Shifts are flexible 2-8 hours weekly or biweekly, Monday-Friday from 8:30-4. Training is available. Volunteers would log information into the computer while talking to the client. Opportunities will last until UNG interns return for school in mid-January. Please contact Julie Ferguson at 770-540-4293.
UNG Institue for Healthy Aging Learning Program
The University of North Georgia Institute for Healthy Aging launched the Personal Enrichment, Action and Knowledge Series (PEAKS) in partnership with the Center for Appalachian Studies and the UNG Blue Ridge Campus on January 21st with the virtual program “Dancing from the Inside Out”. Registration and other series details can be found here.