Alabama Council on Human Relations, Inc.

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Ways to Help ACHR, Children and Families

1)    Donate goods the agency can use or that can be shared with families through the Sunshine Shop at Darden on the Hill on Avenue E (behind Darden Center at 610 S. 4th in Opelika).   The following items are always especially needed and welcome:        
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Old cell phones with chargers to use as emergency contact devices.

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Computers or tablets in working condition capable of running educational programs suitable for pre-school children are especially needed and VERY much appreciated.

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Educational computer programs appropriate for pre-school children.

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Toys (puzzles, blocks, etc.) and books appropriate for infants, toddlers and pre-school age group especially appreciated.

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Books, DVD's or video tapes based on books, computer learning games and other materials appropriate for children up to age 12 (for our after school wrap program; some of the children are advanced readers).

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School supplies.

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Children's clothing in good condition (especially underwear and socks; sizes 3T and 4T in particular).

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Disposable diapers, unused, of course.

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Household goods, including dishes, sheets, towels and even appliances that still work.

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Adult clothing (especially in larger sizes) appropriate for persons looking for or starting new jobs.

2)    Volunteer at one of our centers; opportunities include:

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Do an informative workshop for a small group of parents.

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Read to a child.

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Teach a craft.

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Do you play a guitar, flute, a horn?  Share your musical skill.  Perform a concert for one or more classrooms.  You could tell the children a little about  your instrument ( for example, why you chose it, how it works, that it takes practice to learn it, why you enjoy it, etc.).

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Share a creative activity.

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Be a special friend to a child with a disability.

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Work in our community garden at Edelman Center in Russell County.

3)    Volunteer for a special project; opportunities include

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Help sort/arrange the Sunshine Shop (thrift shop at Darden Center for HS/EHS families).

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Help us review/revise our web site.

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Assist with a building or painting project.

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Volunteer to help with the Lee County Front Porch garden project.

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Help keep our grounds in good, safe condition (for example, we regularly have to weed, rake and loosen the material fall zones around our play equipment).

Why We Need Help

    1)     Our pre-school classrooms have a child-staff ratio of nine to one, which is excellent.  However, some children need one-on-one attention during part of the day to learn the skills they will need to enter kindergarten.  All of the children benefit from the enrichment that a special activity can bring. 

    2)    Often there is more work to do than there are hands to do it.  Helping with some of the tasks listed above can give staff an amazing "lift."

    3)    Once we have paid staff and purchased everything we must to meet regulations and needs, there is not a lot left for things that can assist children in learning -- like a computer.

    4)    Federal law states that Head Start programs (including Early Head Start and our Family Services Center) may receive federal funds only if the programs can "match" the money. For every $100 of program money, we get only $80 from the federal government. We must get the other $20 from the community in "match" or "in-kind." If we do not get the community "match," we do not get the federal money. 

    "Match" includes items donated to the program that can be used by the program. Volunteer time given to help the program and Head Start/Early Head Start children or their parents can be counted as "match." 

    Obtaining enough "match" each year is a challenge, but it allows us to continue to provide services to children living with low income and their families.  We appreciate all support from the community.

    For more information on volunteering or donating items, contact us at:

Alabama Council on Human Relations, Inc.

       950 Shelton Mill Road/P.O. Box 3770, Auburn, AL  36831-3770

        Phone:  334-821-8336

        Fax      334-826-6397

        Email  alma.gholston@achr.com

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