Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!  

 

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                                                                                                                  April 2013

In This Issue:
Thank you LIHI volunteers!
Take Action
Homes for Vets
Volunteer Opportunities
Meet Senait and Bonnie

Help End Homelessness

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Celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week

 

Over the past year alone, LIHI volunteers contributed their time and skills to maintain and improve apartments and community spaces in our buildings, addressed various home improvement needs, painted, deep cleaned and organized community spaces, and took on various gardening projects. Additionally, over 160 volunteers, including LIHI tenants, got involved in directly assisting LIHI residents in becoming more stable and self-sufficient, and less likely to experience homelessness again by providing resources, educational and community building activities, and one-on-one assistance. LIHI's wide range of volunteer opportunities include: computer technology coaching, employment search assistance, ESL classes and one-on-one practice sessions, literacy programming for refugee children, connecting URS patrons & LIHI tenants to community resources, nutrition & cooking classes, peer support groups, art classes for kids and adults, health education, summer camp for homeless children, exercise classes, supply and gift drives, coordinating meals for children at high risk for summer hunger, property maintenance, administrative projects, social media, in-kind donation procurement, event coordination, professional
consulting, voting rights education, public policy advocacy and civic engagement,  to name just a few.

 

Volunteers at the Urban Rest Stop helped homeless patrons cope with the daily challenges of not having a place to shower, wash clothes, or use the restroom, as well as assisted them in searching for employment and looking for housing. Many URS patrons themselves volunteer in small 15-30 minute increments by picking up a mop or taking on other cleaning duties at the Rest Stop while waiting for their laundry to dry.

 

Every volunteer helps LIHI accomplish our mission of ending homelessness one person, one family, one community at a time. Thank you for bringing your skills, talents and passion to LIHI. 

 

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Take Action!
 
LIHI advocates in Olympia
LIHI advocates in Olympia
  
Our state legislators are in their last week of session. LIHI and other advocates for the homeless need your help in urging legislators to adequately fund the Housing Trust Fund, our state's most important program for providing homes for the growing number of low income and homeless families and individuals.
This is the most critical time to voice your priorities! LIHI is partnering with the Housing Alliance to make it easy for you to contact your three legislators. Time is running out - please visit LIHI's Support the Housing Trust Fund page & take action today!   
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Help LIHI provide homes and support to homeless U.S. Military Veterans: 
Vote for LIHI in Home Depot Foundation's "Aprons in Action" contest on Facebook!
Thank you Carole Magouyrk for volunteering her graphic design skills to create our beautiful Homes for Vets banner!

 

Did you know up to 21% of all homeless single adults in our region are U.S. Military Veterans? While the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) provides homes for 413 low-income and formerly homeless Veterans across Puget Sound as many as 1,200 are still experiencing homelessness in King County alone.  This May LIHI has a chance to win up to $250,000 to help build and rehab 50 apartments to assist local Veterans in transitioning out of homelessness and provide currently homeless Vets with access to hygiene services at our Urban Rest Stop.

Will you help LIHI reach 50,000 online votes to provide homes and support to homeless Veterans? 

1.Pledge to vote every day in May! 
 Cast a total of 31 votes for "Homes for Vets" - one vote every day in May. It's easy to keep this pledge - simply reply to this email and we will remind you to vote every day in the month of May. 
2.Pledge to recruit 10 friends to join you! Help LIHI fund 50 homes for Veterans by recruiting 10 friends, colleagues, and family members to join us in our challenge and commit to casting 31 votes for LIHI in May. Email us at volunteer@LIHI.org
 today for helpful materials!
3. 
Join LIHI at our Homes for Vets campaign kick off event
 
on Monday 1st 5-7PM at the Grotto/Rendezvous 23322 Second Ave in Seattle. Reply to this email to RSVP today!
 

Volunteers Needed!

 

Read & Play with Refugee Kids Transitioning Out of Homelessness  Work with kids 3-8 years old to help them become confident readers and make a big difference in the lives of young English Language Learners in Seattle's Central District! Visit http://bit.ly/ReadWithKids to learn more or email volunteer@LIHI.org today!

 

Work with residents to develop computer skills and/or secure jobs

Work in our expanding Computer Technology and Job Search Training Program with LIHI residents one-on-one and share your computer skills, help find employment opportunities and fill out application forms. Our waitlist grows daily and we urgently need volunteers! To learn more about this program, check out this volunteer job description!

 

Drop-in Computer Coach at a LIHI computer lab

Serve as a resource a couple of hours each week for residents to drop-in by answering questions about computers, resumes and job searches at one of our LIHI computer labs. Check out the job description to see if you'd be a good match!

 
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Meet Senait and Bonnie!

 

  

 

 

Senait joined LIHI's volunteer-powered Computer Technology & Job Search Training Program in the fall of 2012, eager to find employment and develop computer skills. Having some experience in home care, Senait and Bonnie set out to search for jobs in that field. After spending time building Senait's resume, they began applying for jobs online. In order to get a better idea of the opportunities available, Bonnie led Senait through a session about informational interviews: why they are important and what you can learn from them. Through this program, Senait's confidence grew as she continued applying for jobs and practicing her English language skills.  

 

Shortly after the program ended, Senait was offered a job at Children's Hospital that she and Bonnie had applied for during their time together. Although a night shift, this job allows Senait to spend more time with her daughter in the evenings and comes with employee benefits. Congratulations Bonnie & Senait!

 

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