Welcome Phillippa & Sam

HandsOn Broward would like to welcome the newest members of our team, Phillippa Paisley and Samantha Weinstein. Phillippa will be our Volunteer Coordinator and Sam our Office Manager.

Phillippa Paisley

pipPhillippa believes in the social responsibility of giving your time and effort toward making impactful changes in the community – a domino effect to change in the world. She comes to us with a background in volunteerism, volunteer management and recruitment, leadership and good governance, policy and research as well outreach and engagement. Throughout her year of service, Phillippa has volunteered with many non-profits in Broward and Miami-Dade and she ready to engage with and mobilize the volunteers of HandsOn Broward. We are happy to have her on board!

Samantha Weinstein

samSamantha is very excited to be joining the HandsOn Broward team. Samantha comes with a strong background in volunteerism and community involvement. Professionally, Samantha has experience with human resources, training and management and community outreach. She has volunteered with many groups on various projects but is particularly invested in children, animals and environmental issues as well as LGBTQ rights. She took part in the legislative process and lobbied for anti-bullying laws to include trans-gendered students which has been passed. She looks forward to effecting change within the community and mobilizing other volunteers. We are happy to have her on board!

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS GUIDE

• Plan in Advance – If you live in an evacuation zone and an evacuation is ordered, you are required by law to evacuate. Public shelters are a refuge of last resort. Remember, shelters are not designed for comfort, and only one shelter accepts pets, although service animals for the disabled are accepted at all shelters.
• Identify a Safe Room – If you plan to stay at home, identify the safest room in your home. This is generally an interior room with no windows, such as a bathroom or closet. Make plans to take shelter in this room in the event of a direct hit.
• Request Assistance if Needed – If you require special assistance in evacuating, or need to stay at a Special Needs shelter, call Broward County Human Services Department at 954-357-6385 (TTY 954-357-5608). If a member of your family is elderly, frail or disabled and may become vulnerable in the aftermath of a storm, register them with Broward County’s Vulnerable Population Registry. Visit Broward.org/Hurricane and select RESIDENTS AT RISK, or call 311 or 954-831-4000.
• Stock Your Hurricane Kit – View back for list of supplies including food and water that will sustain your family for three to five days, and a two-week supply of medicines.
• If Evacuating Out of the Area, Leave Early – Plan to leave as early as 48 hours in advance, and no later than the issuance of a Hurricane Watch. Keep in mind that a hurricane’s path is uncertain and you could inadvertently evacuate to an area where the storm may eventually strike. Take along your hurricane kit.
• Document Assets – Make a visual or written record of your assets for insurance purposes. Also, photograph the exterior of your home including landscaping or structures that may not be insurable but impact the value of your property. Take these records with you if you evacuate.
• Protect Important Papers – Photocopy important papers such as insurance policies and store them with a friend or in a safe deposit box outside of the hurricane area. Or, protect important family and financial documents inside a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag. If you evacuate, take these documents with you.
• Secure Your Home – Shutter windows and glass doors, and anchor loose yard objects or bring them inside.
• Prepare a Water Supply – Know who your water service provider is so you will know if a “boil water” order applies to your home. Check your water bill if you are unsure. As the storm approaches, fill pre-sanitized sinks and tubs with clean water for bathing and flushing toilets.
• Set Appliances – Turn refrigerators and freezers to highest settings in anticipation of a power outage.
• Get Cash – Banks and ATMs do not operate without electricity.
• Get Gas – Gas pumps do not work without electricity.
• Charge Phones – Charge your cell phone and wireless phone batteries.
• Check on Neighbors – Check on your neighbors — especially the elderly and those with special needs.
• Notify Others of Your Plans – Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all family members have a single point of contact. Notify this contact and other family members and friends of your plans.
• Plan For Your Pet —Specialized pet shelters, pet-friendly hotels, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm’s way are ALL potential refuges for your pet during a disaster. For a list of pet-friendly hotels and boarding kennels, visit Broward.org/Animal. If you plan to go with your pet to a pet-friendly shelter, space is limited to those living in mobile homes and evacuation areas, and advance, in-person, preregistration is required. Call the Broward County Humane Society at 954-989-3977.

HURRICANE KIT CHECKLIST

⎫ Drinking Water: At least one gallon per person per day for three to five days, preferably two weeks. Extra water is needed for food preparation and personal hygiene. To store drinking water, use food-grade containers. You can use clean, airtight containers such as two-liter soda jugs, but no milk containers. If you re-use disposable plastic bottles, do not keep them for more than a month.
⎫ Food: At least enough for three to five days, including non-perishable packaged or canned food, canned or shelf milk, cereal, etc.; and snack foods
⎫ A three- to five-day supply of special items for babies such as formula, food, wipes, diapers; special foods for the elderly; toiletries and extra toilet paper
⎫ Manual can opener/bottle opener
⎫ Paper goods such as plates, bowls, napkins, towels, and plastic eating utensils
⎫ Unscented household bleach and medicine dropper
⎫ Extra bedding such as blankets, pillows, sleeping bag, etc. in case you must evacuate
⎫ Clothing, including rain gear and sturdy shoes
⎫ First aid kit
⎫ Medicines/prescription drugs: A two-week supply
⎫ Hand sanitizer
⎫ Flashlight and extra batteries
⎫ Battery-operated or hand-crank radio
⎫ Disposable batteries, car charger or solar charger for your cell phone
⎫ Hardline telephone with jack (not cordless)
⎫ Books and games or toys
⎫ Pet food, cat litter and other pet care items
⎫ Tool kit including cord, rope, hammer, wood nails, saw, hatchet or axe, crowbar, chain saw blades, tarp, duct tape, and heavy work gloves
⎫ Plastic trash bags and ties
⎫ Extra resealable plastic storage bags, heavy-duty aluminum foil and disposable aluminum pans
⎫ Extra charcoal or propane gas for outdoor cooking. Sterno can also be used. Never cook with any of these items inside your house. The smoke and fumes are deadly.
⎫ Fire extinguisher (ABC type)
⎫ Matches in a waterproof container
⎫ Mosquito repellent with DEET, and sunscreen
⎫ Any special equipment or items you may need

AFTER THE STORM

The county contacts HandsOn Broward for all the communities’ volunteer needs, through our Volunteer Reception Center.

Contact HandsOn Broward at 954-233-1300

Welcome, Misty!

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HandsOn Broward would like to welcome the newest member of our team, Misty Lupinacci. Misty will now serve as Team HOB’s Project Manager. Misty’s role encompasses both the oversight and execution of project management as well as agency engagement. Misty graduated from the University of Florida with a psychology degree and minored in nonprofit management. She has a true passion to serve others. Misty has extensive customer service experience and excellent interpersonal communication skills. She has served in the nonprofit field for eight years and has an almost incurable sense of optimism regarding the future.

We are excited to see the impact Misty will bring to our community!

As one of her favorite quotes states, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” -Dalai Lama XIV

Misty can be reached at misty@handsonbroward.org or 954-233-1298.

Grants & Contracts Coordinator Wanted

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Do you have a passion for volunteerism and service? Do you have what it takes to inspire people to effect positive change in our community? If so, you might be the perfect fit for our team!

HandsOn Broward is looking for a full-time Grants & Contracts Coordinator to join our busy cadre of changemakers.  Applicants should have an understanding of critical issues affecting the Broward County community and a strong desire to seek out and support positive solutions that address those issues.  The ideal candidate will have experience in the grant seeking industry, strong time management skills and excellent communication skills – both written and oral.

The Grants & Contracts Coordinator will be responsible for advancing the mission and vision of HandsOn Broward through the procurement and coordination of community, foundation, federal and corporate grants to support relevant programming.  The Grants & Contracts Coordinator will research and write proposals and contracts, administer grants and compile grant reports. This position requires creativity, critical thinking, ability to work with minimal supervision and a serious can-do attitude.

CLICK HERE to review the full position description.

Interested individuals should e-mail a cover letter and resume to HandsOn Broward’s Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Kristina DaSilva, at kristina@handsonbroward.org.

My Journey from Digital Connectors to Employment

by Bryant Wright, Comcast Digital Connectors Program Graduate

Img-15Greetings!  My name is Bryant Wright and my journey into computer engineering started in my junior year at Dillard High, where I was enrolled in the Hi-Tech Magnet program. In that program, I was later introduced to another program that would brighten my horizon. The program that I speak of is called the Comcast Digital Connectors Program, offered by my local HandsOn Network affiliate, HandsOn Broward.

Digital Connectors wasn’t just a program that taught the latest computer skills – it was a program that taught me about giving back and spreading the knowledge that I was receiving. I was involved in many volunteer activities such as planting trees in a park, giving a school a fresh coat of paint, teaching the elderly how to use computers and holding an e-recycle drop-off event to allow the public to drop off old computers, monitors, and printers to be properly recycled.

33542_1546731741350_1220798_nNear the end of the program I was honored with the Comcast Digital Connectors Award for my outstanding work and involvement in the community. I was honored in Washington DC in front of thousands. This was a special time because it was my first time on a plane and my first time traveling out of state. I left the Digital Connectors program with a Cisco Computer Literacy certification, the ability to take my A+ Certification for free, increased skills and knowledge, and most importantly – the value of what it means to be a volunteer.

71925_1546730061308_812344_nSeven years after the program and graduating high school, I’m currently enrolled in college in pursuit of my bachelors degree in Computer Engineering. I am employed at the Museum of Discovery and Science as a computer tech, where I’ve been for 9 years. I started at the museum as a volunteer but because of the skills I obtained from the Digital Connectors program, I was able to land an internship at the museum.  That internship later turned into a part-time and then a full-time position.  On top of all that, I’m enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and have started my own IT solutions business named “TECH-IT LLC”. With all that going on, I still find time to give back to my community by volunteering with a program called “The Dennis Project”, where I mentor and help teach S.T.E.M to urban communities.


Want to learn more about how you can become part of the Comcast Digital Connectors Program?  Contact Sophia DiNardo, HandsOn Broward’s Digital Connectors Program Instructor at 954-233-1300 or sophia@handsonbroward.org.

Welcome, Cachet!

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HandsOn Broward would like to welcome the newest member to the HOB Family, Cachet Daley! Cachet will be serving as our new Volunteer Coordinator. Cachet comes to HandsOn Broward with a strong background in volunteerism and the unsurpassed compassion that comes with it.

Cachet harbors experience in child and family welfare, the judicial system, volunteer recruitment, event coordination, public speaking, and resourcing. She believes that social involvement is key to sustaining the community and positively charging the social atmosphere.

She seeks to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals to be the effective force that generates positive change in the lives of others and the community as a whole.

Cachet can be reached at Cachet@handsonbroward.org and 954-233-1300.

December Project Leader Spotlight

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Our Project Leader spotlight for December goes to rock star Nicole Untch. Nicole first heard about HandsOn Broward in high school, but because she already had enough community service hours for her silver cord, she never considered signing up until someone pointed out how much she enjoyed volunteering.

“At the end of my junior year of high school, I was going through a rough time and found it really hard to be happy. I was lucky enough to have a great friend who reminded me that he’s seen me the most happy when I was helping others,” says Nicole. “That’s when I remembered HandsOn Broward and all the positive things my peers had said about the organization. I did one project and I was hooked.”

What originally motivated Nicole to get involved in the community were her parents. As an Hispanic growing up in Missouri, Nicole felt as though she belonged to a very small minority there. Most people in her community were immigrants in tough economic situations, so Nicole’s parents always went out of their way to extend their hands to those in need. “I saw the difference their simple acts of kindness made in people’s lives and I’ve always wanted to be like them,” says Nicole.

She also states, “Volunteering has completely changed my perspective about my goals for my life. I’ve always wanted help people and volunteering has given me the chance to work very closely with all types of people. I’ll admit that my goals change every few minutes, but the one goal that has developed and stayed strong with me is to make a difference.”

Nicole volunteered several times with HandsOn Broward for events like the Children’s Services Council Back to School Community Extravaganza and In Jacob’s Shoes, before taking the lead and attending Project Leader Training. She then became one of the leaders who served on the 911 National Day of Service and Make a Difference Day at Our House in Dania Beach.

Nicole decided to become a Project Leader because she wanted to invest even more in her community. “The Project Leaders I saw at events were so happy, very involved, and great at getting the volunteers involved and I wanted to be like that. From set-up to clean-up you work with the other PLs to make each event a memorable experience and you feel great when the project is done,” says Nicole.

“My advice to new volunteers is to be willing to do anything and everything!” says Nicole. “HandsOn Broward provides so many different projects, but you can find a place in every project. Be open to getting to know new people and trying new things and you’ll have an amazing experience.”

Nicole sums up her experiences in a quote from Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.” 

 

Nicole, you are the change! Thank you for your dedication to making a difference in our Broward County community.