Family Volunteers Make a Difference at South Florida Nonprofits

Lauderhill, FL (November 19, 2012)– Volunteers as young as two years old participated in Family Volunteer Day projects to help two South Florida nonprofits on Saturday.  A total of one hundred and sixty five family volunteers joined hands to benefit the Broward County organization Tomorrow’s Rainbow and the Miami-Dade Salvation Army.  The projects, organized by HandsOn Broward, were made possible by the global youth service movement, generationOn, through a grant from Disney Friends for Change.

Jackie and Stephanie Ossa helped paint artwork for the Miami-Dade Salvation Army

At Tomorrow’s Rainbow in Coconut Creek, volunteers performed landscaping work and painted decorative picket fences.  The organization incorporates miniature horse interactions with therapeutic play areas and facilitated peer support to provide grief therapy for children dealing with loss.  The picket fences will be used as part of their “memory lane” activity, a therapeutic obstacle course activity that, with the help of miniature horses, guides children through memories of a lost loved one.

Volunteers stand with the picket fences they built for Tomorrows Rainbow on Family Volunteer Day

At the Miami-Dade Salvation Army, volunteers built furniture for the library, planted a community garden and created art pieces for the center, which provides shelter, rehabilitation, emergency food and assistance for individuals and families in need.

“Volunteering provides a fun way for families to make memories together while making significant contributions to their communities,” said Dale Hirsch, President and CEO of HandsOn Broward.  “There is no better way to spend Family Volunteer Day than to join loved ones in making a positive impact on others’ lives.”

Family Volunteer Day was created 22 years ago by the Points of Light Institute to showcase the benefits of family volunteering and provide opportunities for families to help communities create supportive environments for their children and each other. HandsOn Broward provides thousands of opportunities for individuals and families to get involved year-round.

About HandsOn Broward:  HandsOn Broward inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action to positively affect change in Broward County. To learn more about HandsOn Broward’s upcoming service opportunities or to schedule a volunteer orientation at your organization or place of business, please call 954.233.1300 or visit us online at http://www.HandsOnBroward.org

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