Clarence Says Thanks
Clarence came to Together needing help getting an ID, but had no forms of identification required to get one. He had been laid off from a factory job the previous year and had trouble finding employment. He lost his ID along with other paperwork including his birth certificate, which made it even more difficult to find employment. Clarence ultimately found a job, however he had to have an ID for the company’s Human Resource Department before he could start.
Together’s intake staff met with Clarence and began to brainstorm how he could get a birth certificate so that he could obtain a state ID. We asked if his parents would be willing to apply on his behalf. He said that he did not have a good relationship with them and he did not think they would because they did not talk often. Our staff offered to call his mother for him and explain the situation. Clarence agreed to this. Although is mother confirmed that she and Clarence did not have a good relationship, in order to help him secure employment, she was willing to help.
Our staff faxed the application form and the mother faxed it back right away with a photocopy of her ID. Since he was born in Omaha, it did not take long to get his birth certificate. Clarence was then able to get his ID and start his new job.
He was very grateful and even sent Together a thank you card.
Together believes strongly that community involvement is vital to creating positive change in our community. When volunteers come together and serve, they not only do something great for families in need, but they also learn the importance of working together, building relationships, and developing a network of community service-oriented friends.
Youths, professional and civic groups, faith organizations, families and individuals are all welcome to volunteer with Together. Over 2,000 volunteers annually visit our facility to help with our daily tasks and special projects such as stocking our choice food pantry or interacting with clients in our store.
To see a more complete list of our volunteer opportunities feel free to look through the different position categories below. Our needs change regularly depending on the coming and going of volunteers and the number of activities we need accomplished. Please review our regular volunteer needs and please contact us to see if the one you’re interested in is currently available. We want our volunteers to have a purposeful experience while serving at Together.
Host a food drive with your group to collect nutritious food to be utilized in our Choice Food Pantry. Together serves around 15,000 families every year, and your efforts will ensure that our shelves are always stocked with healthy and nutritious food.
Host a “Stuff a Truck” event and invite your friends, coworkers, family, and neighbors to donate their gently used furniture to Together. The furniture is used for our Rapid Rehousing programs in order to support families leaving homelessness and getting a fresh start. Together will rehouse around 125 families each year, and your efforts will ensure that the furniture room is always stocked with the basics a family will need.
Host a collection drive with your group to collect items to be assembled into hygiene kits. These kits are utilized in our Prevention programs to support families so they can make it to their next payday. Together provides approximately 5,000 families each year with hygiene kits. Your efforts ensure that the kits are always available when a family needs them.
Host a collection drive with your group to collect kitchen essentials to be utilized in our Rapid Rehousing programs. Together will rehouse around 125 families each year, your efforts will ensure that the shelves are always stocked with the basics a family will need.
Host a collection drive with your group to collect items to be assembled into move-in kits. These kits are utilized in our Rapid Rehousing programs. Your efforts will ensure that the shelves are always stocked with the basics a family will need to begin.
Together is grateful to all of our volunteers for sharing their time and talents to help people in need!