Every January and February 1st and 3rd Thursdays
During this book discussion of Until It's Gone by Scott Miller, a trained facilitator will lead participants to examine his thoughts on poverty - causes and solutions. This is an orientation session for those potentially interested in becoming a mentor (Ally). It is open to all who are interested in learning more about Thrive though.
Commit to an intentional friendship with a family or individual in poverty and join them in their quest to build relationships and resources for a stable future.
Training is provided through Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop, a 9-week session to explore the perceptions and realities of poverty. Successful graduates will become part of a Team (Two Allies and one Leader) for the next 1 1/2 years.
-motivated to make a lasting change
- able to attend 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday evening meetings
-successful completion of Conversations (orientation)
-thriving above 200% of Federal Poverty guidelines.
Workshops are held every year, March thru June.
Application is below.
Upon succesfull completion of Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop, two Allies connect with one Leader to form a team for the next 18 months. These intentional friendships provide a support system, a source of knowledge, and accountability.
Teams meet on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays, but they also get together at other times. Going to the park, going to a community event together can be a great way to informally get to know each other better. Allies and Leaders also meet at times to work on specific tasks, like resumes or budgets.
Meals are a very important component to success in Thrive - a healthy, well-balanced meal; a night from worrying on how to feed the family; and a chance to relax and to get to know each other.
The Meal Director coordinates the effort and oversees the volunteers.
Meal Volunteers provide and/or serve the meal and then clean up afterwards. This is great activity for a group to take charge of from start to finish. Individuals can also participate by providing parts of the meal and/or serving and clean up.
Meal Donors provide just the meal, either by donating funds to purchase dinner supplies or providing a ready-to-eat meal. Restaurants are welcome!
Childcare allows participants to fully focus at workshops, conversations, and teams. This is free and available to all participants, Leaders and volunteers.
The Childcare Director leads the childcare and supervises the Volunteer Assistants, who are 18 and over, and Volunteer Helpers, who are 13 and older. Substitute positions are available.
All adults who work with youth must take and pass Safe Gatherings. This involves an online appication with abuse prevention training, several levels of background checks, and reference checks. There is a $35 fee. Scholarships are available to cover the cost.
Our weekly Thrive! Club is just for youth. Similar to adult participants, our youth build skills and relationships that empower them to thrive. School-age youth of participant from all economic levels are welcome.
The Youth Programming Director leads the curriculum and oversees the Assistants.
Substitute positions are also available.
All adults who work with youth must take and pass Safe Gatherings. This involves an online application with abuse prevention training, several levels of background checks, and reference checks. There is a $35 fee. Scholarships are available to cover the cost.
Fund Development volunteers work to secure money to operate Thrive!
The Fund Development Director coordinates the fundraising efforts and volunteers.
Potential volunteer opportunities are:
grant writers, presenters, event organizers, ebay merchandiser.
Sponsors can be groups or individuals who would like to make a donation for general operating expenses or for specific costs, which can be a one-time contribution or on going.
Communication volunteers spread the word about Thrive!
The Communications Director coordinates the strategies and volunteers.
Volunteer areas include:
Champions who are liaisons to keep the information flowing between Thrive! and an organization Webmaster to maintain and update the website
Facebook Poster to post pictures and information on facebook
Newsletter Editor to write online newsletters
Speakers to make presentations to group