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 mission of our agency is to provide relief for disadvantaged young adults and families who need assistance with basic human needs.
The Forgotten Ones, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Oviedo, FL. Our public charity status is 509 (a) (2). The mission of our agency is to provide relief for disadvantaged young adults and families who need assistance with basic human needs.
Our agency includes a Thrift Store and The Resource Center. The Thrift Store receives donations of gently used goods and proceeds assist with funding program services for The Resource Center where we provide client services. Our agency also hosts an open community event for everyone called The Last Saturday of The Month that provides free lunch, free groceries, and free haircuts. Over 5,879 people in our community have been served through The Resource Center since 2011. Of these, 4,281 were served at our Last Saturday of the Month events. More than 50% of those served were families. The Resource Center has provided case management services for 523 clients to date. All clients receive a completed intake. Services provided include:
Free bread and pastries
Emergency financial assistance
Help with obtaining social security cards, birth certificates, identification cards, driver’s licenses
Applying and reapplying for food stamps/Medicaid, assistance with benefit applications
Job assistance and workforce programs
Eligibility applications for free eyeglasses and free cell phones.
The Thrift Store also provides several types of volunteer work opportunities for the community including our Ministry Relief efforts for Haiti and Africa. We have student volunteers from area high schools and colleges. We also have volunteers from local churches, community groups, and individuals. We provide mentoring and counseling through court approved community service volunteer hours with emphasis on prevention of engaging in any further criminal activity. Community service volunteers have provided over 14,809 volunteer work hours to our agency Ministry Relief and Donations since 2011.