The Volunteer Program is designed to build important skills necessary for an independent lifestyle. This program is also great for our community because Making Headway Center’s participants perform valuable work on a volunteer basis at organizations ranging from Food for People to Eureka Rescue Mission Thrift Store to various clean-up projects. As an ongoing part of our goal to create a better community, Making Headway Center looks for ways to help our participants by helping others. The Volunteer Program helps participants to meet their individual goals, enhances their self-esteem, and builds skills for independent living, thus creating a cycle of success throughout our community.
Our volunteers work at one of the above sites per month on a rotating basis. Additionally, our volunteers come together to take part in special events around the Humboldt County area. Our goal is to get involved in as many community events as possible.
In addition to providing the job experience necessary to compete in today’s job market, MHW’s Volunteer Program allows our clients to become increasingly involved in our community. We create opportunities for clients to become contributing members of society, our volunteer program has surpassed the basic objective in merely providing job training. Our program also continues to facilitate marketability by exposing clients to the community in a way that showcases their innate skills.
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Food for the People serves as Humboldt County’s emergency food distribution center. This non-profit provides the basic human right of having food to eat to families all over the county. The central warehouse is located in Eureka, where MHW volunteers assist in sorting food and cleaning around the warehouse. This central hub then transports mass amounts of food to other satellite shelters all over Humboldt County. Food for the People serves as the county’s emergency food source in the event of a disaster. In addition to assisting in the warehouse, MHW volunteers also assist with produce markets, where individuals can obtain free produce on a monthly basis.
The Humboldt Wildlife Care Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, treatment, and rehabilitation of injured wildlife in the Humboldt County area. Specifically, Humboldt County has seen a large influx of pelicans enter the area in recent years needing assistance. Fishing boats in Humboldt Bay have been illegally dumping waste into the bay. Consequently, young pelicans have been found covered in oil after attempting to eat the remains of fish dumped by the boats. MHW Volunteers directly assist in rehabilitating these birds. In recent weeks, our volunteers have assisted in creating a swimming pool for the pelicans, and have even fed the pelicans themselves.
Because one of the rising statistics of people sustaining a brain injury is attributed to those returning from war, it is appropriate for MHW to support the local veterans’ resource center. The NCVRC is a brand new facility serving as home to more than 36 retired veterans. MHW volunteers have been assisting in the kitchen at this facility, to help feed these veterans. This volunteer site is considered to be more one-on-one than the others. It is specifically designed for consumers interested in obtaining culinary skills. This weekly, one-on-one version of volunteering may be a model for the way MHW approaches future, specialized volunteer sites.
Miranda’s Rescue is a no-kill rescue, adoption and sanctuary non-profit facility that brings relief to hundreds of distressed, neglected, abused and discarded animals every year. This site has become a favorite of MHW’s Volunteers, whom have indicated that they enjoy working with animals. MHW Volunteers assist in farm maintenance. This includes grooming horses, cleaning stables, feeding recovered birds, and other physically-demanding tasks. MHW Volunteers have expressed that they find saving animals very rewarding, and some have even indicated that they would eventually like to pursue a career as a veterinarian.
United Indian Health Services has created the Potawot Community Garden to serve the American Indian population in the greater Arcata area. The two-acre Potawot Community Food Garden provides the UIHS community with a wide range of fresh, organically grown produce, such as carrots, broccoli, pumpkins, greens, corn, strawberries, flowers, tomatoes, and peppers. The organic produce is distributed to the UIHS community via a bi-weekly produce stand. MHW Volunteers assist in maintaining the garden, to ensure that indigenous peoples in the area are receiving enough food to eat on a daily basis. Here, MHW Volunteers learn vital gardening skills, such as how to plant and maintain crops.