People with Purpose is a program tailored to individuals that are over 18 years of age and have special needs. They are individuals of all abilities who come together both at Hand-in-Hand and in the community to use their skills and talents to better themselves and provide opportunities to improve the Quad City community. People with Purpose participants are also learning skill sets to become more independent and be involved in a workplace atmosphere.
Until June 5, 2017, we ran our program solely on Tuesdays, but we've now expanded to a three day a week program that runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. We're very excited to expand our volunteering opportunities throughout the community multiple days of the week!
On Mondays, we get the pleasure of working at Bickford Cottage. Participants help clean up areas such as the dining rooms, living rooms, and even the beauty parlor! Not only do they help clean, they get the joy of interacting with the clients who live there, which brings many smiles to all! On Tuesdays, we go to the Family Museum and help organize their exhibits. Of course, we sometimes take a break to have a little fun and enjoy the exhibits ourselves, but then it's right back to work for us. Lastly, on Fridays we travel across the river to Rock Island and volunteer at the Quad City Botanical Center! We enjoy doing a plethora of activities here including pulling weeds, mulching, watering the gardens, helping to set up for events, etc. We also have opportunities to mix up our routine and help at other locations, such as Nahant Marsh and Sweet Pea's Therapy.
In addition to our weekly volunteering out in the community, we also help work at Hand-in-Hand! Among some of the activities are stamping, labeling, shredding paperwork, cleaning, and putting together projects for the directors. But we're not all work and no play! We enjoy social time at some of the community's parks, walks by the river, and even a hot chocolate break at some of the local coffee shops! Summer has gotten off to a great start and we can't wait to see how this program will continue to grow.
If you're interested in your young adult participating in People with Purpose, please contact Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to see if People with Purpose is a good fit!