For many foster parents in the East Valley, it’s a struggle to provide the children in their care with clothing. State subsidies to foster families are low and usually inadequate to meet the monthly clothing needs of growing kids. So a few years ago, Mesa United Way opened Helen’s Hope Chest, 415 N. Pasadena, a free clothing boutique for children in foster care.
The program relies on volunteers to help take donations, sort clothing, and work with foster families to help them “shop” for the items they need. That’s where you come in. Helen’s Hope Chest is in need of caring, reliable volunteers willing to commit to at least a year’s service a minimum of four hours each week or more.
Volunteers should enjoy working with adults and children, be reliable, and be able to lift up to 50 pounds. They also must respect the privacy of foster children.
Helen’s Hope Chest is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an occasional Saturday.
If you’d like to help, call Emily Strunk at (480) 834-2115. To learn more about Helen’s Hope Chest or to donate to the program, visit www.mesaunitedway.org, click on “Our Work” and then the Helen’s Hope Chest link on the left side of the page.
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