Want more engaged employees this holiday season? A 2017 Deloitte Volunteerism survey found company-sponsored volunteering boosts morale, contributes to a more pleasant work environment and improves brand perception. Volunteering is good for everyone, and the holidays are the perfect time to give back. These East Texas nonprofits have volunteer opportunities for your work team.
PATH Community Homes
Just from August through December of last year, Tyler’s People Attempting to Help (PATH) served 6,924 East Texas households with 18,584 members. They provided housing for 45 families and utilities for 435 families. They also helped with school supplies, prescription medication, eye exams, dental services and so much more.
Volunteers make that huge impact possible. In that same time period, 584 volunteers donated 21,729 hours of service to people in need. This holiday season, they need you.
Greg Grubb, PATH’s Executive Director says the organization needs help with the repair, upkeep and renovation of East Texas rental homes. Of the 52 homes PATH owns, 38 are more than 70 years old. “Each time a tenant family moves out, we make the repairs and upgrades needed to provide a safe, decent and affordable home for the next family,” he says. “It’s a perfect team-building opportunity that really helps a family of our neighbors!”
Don’t be intimidated if not everyone in your group is a skilled construction worker. PATH’s Facilities Manager customizes projects to the number of people in each group and the tasks they’re comfortable doing. Both inside and outside work is available.
Contact PATH by filling out the volunteer form on their website.
The East Texas Food Bank
It may seem like there’s food everywhere this time of year, but that’s not true for all East Texas families. The East Texas Food Bank website says one in five East Texas adults are hungry today. The organization’s mission is to fight hunger and feed hope in 26 East Texas counties. They accept food and money donations and use them for programs like these:
- The BackPack Program – Needy school children receive a backpack full of food so they don’t go hungry over the weekend when they don’t have access to school breakfast and lunch.
- Summer Food – Over the summer those children still need food. This program provides nutritious meals at community locations.
- Senior Boxes – Qualifying seniors receive a monthly nutritious box so they don’t have to decide between heating their home and buying groceries.
All those programs require volunteers. When your group signs up to work at East Texas Food Bank, you might repackage bulk items into individual servings, load backpacks or help with office administrative duties. Their website provides contact information for volunteering as a group.
Habitat for Humanity
This organization helps needy families realize the dream of homeownership. They build new homes and sell them to qualifying families at cost with zero interest mortgages. One of the ways they raise money to do so is through Tyler’s ReStore.
ReStore accepts donations of furniture, appliances and home improvement products and sells them to the general public. Homeowners and businesses donate materials when they remodel and ReStore displays them at their retail location on Front Street.
Retail Director Danny Saenz says, “We like to stage our furniture so it looks like a furniture store, and we also have shelves of merchandise volunteers help display. Ladies do things like put matching end tables with couches to make it look good. For guys, we just need muscle. It helps to have extra bodies to lift doors and windows in our warehouse area.”
Whether your employees prefer to help with heavy lifting or they excel at decorating and design, ReStore has volunteer opportunities available. Find out more on the Habitat for Humanity of Smith County website.
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