VIRTUAL-Making Grocery Bags for Families in Need
Pathways of Hope
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, the Orange County Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) has been activated to support immediate volunteer needs, including hands-on and virtual opportunities during this disaster. ABOUT THIS VIRTUAL PROJECT: During the coronavirus pandemic volunteers are needed to assemble grocery bags and you can help from the safety of your own home as Virtual Volunteers. The grocery bags you make will be used for our families picking up food at our food distribution center in Fullerton. We currently are experiencing up to 100 households visiting the HUB in a day. As you can see, we assist a lot of people and they all need to carry their groceries home. This project can be a family project. Thank you so much for your help! ABOUT PATHWAYS OF HOPE: Pathways of Hope is a nonprofit organization that serves families and individuals throughout North Orange County. For over 44 years Pathways of Hope has been providing food, shelter and support and prevention services to the hungry, homeless and marginalized through assistance of local congregations, volunteers, businesses and grants from foundations and government agencies. The Pathways of Hope HUB of Hope offers emergency food and hygiene items to homeless and low-income families and individuals as well as a walk-up center for individuals and families seeking housing assistance. To learn more about Pathways of Hope, please visit www.pohoc.org. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: Begin by deciding which type of grocery bag that you would like to make. Below are links to a few options, but whichever one you decide on it must be able to hold at least 6 canned food items and several small food boxes and/or produce. In other words, it needs to be strong enough to be able to hold the food to carry home. The easiest grocery bag you can make is a no-sew t-shirt bag, and the directions are on the mommypotamus web page listed below. Note: double tie the knots at the bottom of the bag. For materials, patterns, step-by-step tutorials and details you can visit these two online resources: No Sew T-Shirt Grocery Bag or Reusable Grocery Bags. Select one of the following material option to make the grocery bags: Old t-shirts (easiest way to go--all you need is a pair of scissors!) Recycled plastic bags Fabrics Mesh Oilcloth Pillowcases Sheer curtains Canvas Denim Bird Seed Plastic Mesh, ribbon, and fabric scraps Flat sheets and webbing Once you have the instructions and materials you are ready to assemble the grocery bags. Have fun assembling the bags with your family or via video teleconferencing friends and family. This information is also posted on our Pathways website at https://www.pohoc.org/remote-volunteering/. DROP OFF INSTRUCTIONS: Once your grocery bag(s) has been completed you are ready to drop them off. Drop off Location: Will be supplied once you click "Express Interest" below Days and Times: Thursdays or Fridays between 9-11am only! These are the drop off times that have been created for the safety of our staff and volunteers in order to maintain social distancing. Please park and knock on the left blue door and a staff member will collect the masks. You will not enter the building. Your donation will help provide grocery bags to our most vulnerable families! Thank you!!!!
About Pathways of Hope
PO Box 6326, FULLERTON, CA 92834, US
to provide access to food, shelter, and housing to those experiencing hunger and homelessness in North Orange County.
Pathways of Hope is committed to rebuilding lives of the hungry and homeless in Orange County through Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Engagement. Once a family or individual has become homeless, the path back to stability can be very challenging. Pathways of Hope offers several housing options to fit different situations, all with the goal of helping families and individuals re-gain permanent housing as quickly as possible. Through the assistance of case managers, career counselors, and housing specialists, we work with each client to eliminate the barriers that are keeping them from returning to a home of their own. Via Esperanza, located in Anaheim, is an immediate response shelter for homeless families. New Vista, located in Fullerton, is an immediate response shelter for homeless families. Hope’s Corner offers longer-term transitional housing for graduates of our New Vista housing program. Rapid Re-Housing is a housing model which ends homelessness for families and individuals by assisting them with move-in costs and supportive services. Pathways of Hope also operates a resource center, the HUB of Hope, which offers emergency food and hygiene items to homeless and low-income families and individuals in Orange County. In 2015, Pathways of Hope adopted a Client Choice Model of food distribution, wherein clients are able to select the food items that best fit their households’ needs, instead of receiving a standardized bag of food. Pathways of Hope’s volunteers assist with food rescue from several local grocery stores, allowing us to provide fresh produce and dairy products along with non-perishable goods. We recently expanded the supportive services available at HUB of Hope and now offer career counseling, nutrition and life skills classes, ID referral services, and a variety of other resources. This program also serves homebound adults in our community by supplying specially designed frozen meals as a nutritious supplement. Pathways of Hope offers a wide array of volunteer opportunities to engage members of the community in our quest to rebuild lives of the hungry and homeless. Volunteers are able to serve on special event task forces, assist in operating the food distribution program, help with administrative tasks, and offer support with maintenance, just to name a few opportunities. To register to volunteer please fill out a volunteer application available on our website at www.pohoc.org/volunteer or for more information about volunteer opportunities contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Stoddard, at (714) 680-3691 ext. 230 or email email@example.com