MEND - Meet Each Need with Dignity Overview
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Target demographics: Low-income families and individuals.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Each month, more than 9,300 hours are donated by volunteers from a broad range of backgrounds and income levels; all joining together to act as people helping people. Each person plays a vital role in meeting the mission of MEND. From the distribution of food, clothing to assistance in job training and placement, our volunteers give MEND life.
Programs: EMERGENCY FOODBANK - Each month, the MEND Foodbank and the Emergency Food Assistance Program serve as many as 25,000 people both on and offsite through 30 organizations and outreach programs. Boxes containing a nutritionally balanced three-day supply of food go to those most in need. MEND receives generous donations from area farms, manufacturers, distributors, individuals, schools, businesses and churches. These donations were close $5 million in 2009. The Food Rescue Program is a vital part of the MEND Foodbank as daily stops are made to area markets to "rescue" food that approaches its sell-by date. Another key facet of the Foodbank are two job-training programs (for Food Service & Warehouse Workers).
CLOTHING CENTER - The clothing center is a crucial resource for families and individuals in need. They receive necessary clothing, shoes, blankets and small household items. Baby items and children's clothes are also available. The job trainees in the Clothing Center gain experience in inventory and display management.
HEALTH CENTER - Dental, medical and vision care is provided by volunteer health professionals to more than 5,000 patients a year. The Medical Clinic includes family practice, chiropractic, acupuncture, and specialty clinics for diabetes, hypertension, women's health, and healthy aging. The Vision Clinic offers vision screenings and eye glasses. The Dental Clinic provides general dentistry (exams and restorative services such as cleanings, fillings, extractions and sealants) as well as endodontics (root canals) and periodontics. All Clinics provide preventative health education, free prescriptions and, if necessary, referral arrangements for more specialized or surgical services. Training in dental assisting and medical office work is provided to those interested in pursuing careers in these fields.
SEWING PROGRAM - The 12-week course teaches participants not only how to make their own clothing, but also prepare them to work in the clothing industry.
HOMELESS PROGRAM - Hot lunches are provided to the homeless as well as emergency food and clothing. A shower program is available twice a week. There are currently over 200 homeless people using the shower program.
GENERAL SERVICES - Volunteers assist individuals in need with information and referrals, food stamp documentation, bus tokens, low-income utilites and tax filing; They also make as many as 1500 home cisits annually to assess needs, make referrals and determine the eligibility for MEND services and programs.