The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The HOPE Community Thrift Store enables us to meet the needs of the community in many ways. Our store is blessed with many quality donations from the community. Our customers come to our store to find amazing bargains and in the process, support our ministry. If we have a family in crisis, we can provide them with everything to make their situation bearable, and if they are homeless, once we are able to help them attain housing, we can provide them with basic needs. A portion of the sales enable us to help families financially, with assistance such as: rent, utilities and car repairs.
We partner with many agencies and faith-based organizations in the Central Florida area who refer their families to us to receive items, such as clothing, shoes, household items, school supplies, furniture, new bedding, infant items and more. Volunteers sort donations, price them, stock the store, decorate the store, assist staff.