We all do it. Call it extreme spring cleaning or just a reorganization of our homes, but about once a year or so, we gather up all those household items we don’t use or the clothes we’ve outgrown or the baby furniture gathering dust in our basements and take them to a thrift store. It would be nice to hand them directly to people who could really use them, but who do we know in such need? No one . . . yet. Through a program aptly named You Share, however, we have an opportunity to meet those needs directly.
You Share came about as a result of a need felt by Safe Families for Children. Safe Families is a program that supports people by providing a temporary home for kids whose parents are experiencing short-term problems. But many of these people were lacking cribs or baby clothes. And many of the parents that Safe Families also support were without a sofa or bedding. You Share was designed to meet those needs.
You Share is looking for people to fill those shortages. No, we won’t always have all the items needed, but we certainly know people who know people who might. In addition to providing household items, You Share is also looking for folks to donate their services. If you can repair a car, paint a wall, fix a plumbing leak, install a ceiling fan, tutor a child, assemble a crib, drive kids to the doctor, pump a bike tire . . . anything, You Share needs you.
It’s a terrific opportunity to make a difference, firsthand, in the lives of others!
To volunteer with You Share, please call 502-498-4765 or email SafeFamilies@OrphanCareAlliance.org.