Lending a Helping Hand in September

hungeractionmonthThere are many ways you can lend a helping hand this September.
funtasticfamilyeventOn September 6, 2014 the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation is having a Funtastic Family Festival. The Festival will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Fountains Center located at 7000 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton. The Foundation is a bone marrow registry that finds donors for children and adults. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased online.
hungrybearOn September 6th, the Hungry Bear Feeding South Florida Event will be held at Boca Center. The Event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature a live concert by Krush. Donate canned goods or non-perishables to help fill the 36 foot trailer. Feeding South Florida partners with 325 nonprofit agencies to feet 871,920 individuals.
The Fourth Annual JAFCO In My Shoes Luncheon will take place September 12th at Boca West Country Club. The boutique and luncheon starts at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds go to the JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options) Children’s Ability Center. Steph Hammerman, the first certified CrossFit trainer with cerebral palsy, is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call 954-315-8698.
Join Feeding South Florida at their Annual 24hr sort a thon on September 12th thru 13th. There will be 8 shifts available at the Main Warehouse, 2501 SW 32 Terrace in Pembroke Park. To register, visit their website at www.feedingsouthflorida.org.
Help cleanup the coast with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on September 20th. Earn community service hours during this beach and mangrove clean-up effort. Meet at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center at 8 a.m. For more information, call 561-544-8615.

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens and Tweens

Students entering ninth grade in Palm Beach County must complete 20 hours of community service in order to graduate from high school. In addition, middle and high school students must complete community service hours to be members of Honor Society or to become bar/bat mitzvah. Luckily, there are many opportunities to volunteer locally.
Those in sixth grade and above may become a Reading Buddy at the West Boca Library. On September 2nd, beginning at 10 a.m., applications will be available at the children’s information desk. A reading buddy reads to elementary school children and plays literacy games with them. The student must commit to Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for 45 minutes for the school year. The program starts September 8th.
The West Boca Medical Center accepts volunteers over age 15 who can commit to a 4 hour shift per week. Students may staff the gift shop, attend daily rounds or provide hospitality services. Call 561-488-8178 or 561-488-8293 for more information.
Do you like animals? You can volunteer at the Tri-County Animal Rescue if you are over 16 years of age. Student volunteers clean the cat room and feed feed the cats between 8 to 8:30 a.m. Once a volunteer is familiar with the cat room, he/she can help answer questions from prospective adopters between 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The shelter is located at 21287 Boca Rio Road in Boca Raton. Call 561-482-8110 for more information.
Nature lovers can also volunteer at Daggerwing Nature Center. Teens ages 15 and up who are willing to commit to 2 hours per week for 6 months can volunteer at the Center. Volunteers greet visitors, assist with the office and special events and help care for the animals. For more information, call 561-629-8760.
For more volunteer opportunities, check out these sites:
Boca Helping Hands
Volunteer Match
If you know of volunteer opportunities, please email us at [email protected].