Volunteering is an important component of the program for several reasons.
“The person who has lost income still has that incentive to get up in the morning and go do something and interact with people and network,” said Barton. “Some have found jobs through this networking. Participants feel they are contributing and that ‘give-back’ mentality in enhanced.”
One client has a medical background and is volunteering in a pharmacy in a food pantry. This position requires high-level skills. Volunteers have also been placed with schools, Operation Love, Cancer Services Center, LifeStream and the Humane Society, among others.
“(The program) was a miracle and saved our lives,” said Winndy, Phil’s wife, who volunteered alongside him. “We would be homeless without it.”
Latest in a series u This is the latest in a series of weekly articles, being published Mondays, about the impact of United Way programs in Madison County. How to give u To contribute to the United Way's campaign: -- Visit www.unitedwaymadisonco.org -- Call 643-7493 Who is eligible for the Hardest Hit Fund: u You may be eligible for the Hardest Hit Fund program (HHF) if you: u Are an Indiana homeowner, owning only one home and currently living in that home; u Have experienced a loss of income due to unemployment through no fault of your own; - Are an unemployment insurance recipient or former unemployment recipient (within the past 12 months) who is now re-employed; - Meet certain income guidelines; - Are willing to participate in approved training, education or volunteer work while receiving HHF assistance. Call 1-877-GET-HOPE or visit www.877gethope.org