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We hope you and your family had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Our REAL Leaders were happy to have been a part of two different Thanksgiving volunteer events in our community leading up to the big day. On November 19th a group joined with the Urban League of Palm Beach County to distribute turkeys and boxed meal items to feed over 750 families in the community. MHC also helped raise more than $4,100 to assist in the purchasing of food for that amazing event.
On November 23rd another group of REAL Leaders participated in the Big Heart Brigade and Christ Fellowship Thanksgiving Outreach which prepares and distributes over 75,000 individual meals for needy ones in our community. Our group carved enough turkeys to be included in 900 individually packaged meals.
It’s so rewarding to make an impact in our community, especially during the holidays when so many families are in need. We’re looking forward to our next holiday volunteer event with Adopt-a-Family of the Palm Beaches!
On average, Red Cross helps more people after home fires than all other disasters combined. To combat this threat, Red Cross and its partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in the next 5 years with the Home Fire Campaign. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s REAL Leaders took part in this campaign on Friday, June 10th. Over 15 volunteers worked together going door to door in a local community to install over 40 smoke detectors, distribute fire safety information packets and educate families on the importance of having a Home Fire escape plan.
Home Fire Facts:
- Seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported
- Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires
- Damage from US home fires is bigger than the entire annual sales of many Fortune 500 companies
- Data shows that the 4 percent of homes without smoke alarms represent nearly 40 percent of the home fires, and that working smoke alarms can double someone’s chance of surviving a fire
To see how you can help the American Red Cross and their campaign, CLICK HERE.
NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s REAL Leaders were thrilled to volunteer their morning at the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center in West Palm Beach for the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County. For 30 years, the Homeless Coalition has been the voice for homeless, advocating for their rights and a place they can call home. The Coalition has been a strong leader within the community by recommending policy changes to improve services for the homeless. It also identifies homeless strategies that can produce results, and gets the message out to the community for prompt action.
Our team learned sobering facts about homelessness in our community. In March 2016, over 3,170 students were identified as homeless. Palm Beach County ranks #2 in Florida for children living in spaces not designed for human habitation. Additionally, 1,421 individuals/families are homeless on any given day in Palm Beach County. The Homeless Coalition helps to provide these individuals and families with the support they need to thrive through donations, meals, and housing assistance.
REAL Leaders helped in the donation center by sorting through and organizing clothes, toys and housewares. Donations made to the Homeless Coalition go straight to those in need without resale. Items accepted are non-perishable food items, diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, shoes and accessories, clothing, household cleaning products, dishes, pots & pans, small appliances, etc.
Our team also had the wonderful opportunity of participating in the Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers program. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman sponsored and prepared lunch for the 70 men and women that are housed at the Senator Phillip D. Lewis Center. Most meals are usually leftover from the jail, so these sponsored meals are truly a welcomed treat.
Please CLICK HERE to learn more about the great work that the Homeless Coalition does to alleviate homelessness in our community and how you can help.
It’s the season of giving and NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is happy to have been able to participate for the 8th consecutive year in the Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches Adopter and Santa Shoppe programs! Employees donated funds which the firm matched in order to purchase gifts for an adopted family.
Employees and their families also donated time on Saturday, December 12th at the Santa Shoppe party in West Palm Beach. Volunteers helped in a variety of areas including gift wrapping, a crafting area with the kids, kitchen duties, and guiding children through the event. The Santa Shoppe aims to provide a fun & festive holiday party for needy children and families in the community. Kids received personalized gifts, took pictures with Santa, made crafts, and selected free gifts for their families.
We’re so fortunate to have participated in this great program and we wish everyone in the community a happy holiday and New Year!
Our MHC REAL Leaders had a blast on Friday morning at the Urban Youth Impact Dream Center in West Palm Beach. Urban Youth Impact is a faith based non-profit organization that serves at risk children and their families in the West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Boynton Beach areas through enrichment programs and job-readiness training. Through it’s core programs, UYI serves nearly 230 youth weekly with educational enrichment and job-readiness training while building lasting relationships. An additional 270 youth are impacted weekly through their collaborations with community partners.
Our group had the pleasure of participating in Summer Jam Camp activities and we had a great time. Our REAL Leaders played ball outside, helped little ones match music notes in piano class, assisted with arts and crafts, organized school supplies for their Back to School event, and even helped with some administrative duties. The children were a blast to work with and you can tell they are in great hands with caring and supportive staff members. Click here to see how you can help and we encourage you to volunteer as well!
We were so thrilled to be able to donate our time and resources for the Quantum House, a caring and supportive home for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition. We prepared a delicious lunch and hearty dinner for over 30 families as part of the Chef-for-a-Day program. Part of our team helped with the daily cleaning chores and we also enjoyed our time outdoors helping to beautify the exterior campus by painting a trellis and cleaning up the playground/patio area.
The home was beautiful and is truly a safe haven for families to enjoy while their children and are in and out of treatment. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to volunteer for them again in the near future!
We had the honor of volunteering for Place of Hope, a faith based, child welfare organization that’s dedicated to providing stable, loving, and nurturing environments and support for foster children (and their family members) while in state custody. They strive to foster and support healthy and productive lives, free of fear, endangerment, and abuse through various programs and efforts.
We painted ceilings, baseboards, and trim in three of their family cottages at the main Palm Beach Gardens campus. The campus was beautiful and we were all impressed at the very comfortable and at-home feel of each house. It was truly a pleasure to help out such an amazing organization with a such a great cause, and look forward to helping them in the future.
Click here to see more pictures from the volunteer event!