Helping hands sought for Oakdale area event

October 17, 2018 by  

When a homeless family is able to secure housing, they may not have the funds needed to set up housekeeping. An Oakdale area not-for-profit group has made a request to the public to come and lend a hand to a program that will help these families get off to a good start in their new home.

The Greater Twin Cities United Way offers its ‘Home for Good’ initiative to those who are exiting homelessness but need a hand up to get on their feet. Volunteers are needed to help with this program, and hundreds of them will be joining together for a special day of community service.

The helpers will be meeting at the Pipefitters Union Training Center, which is located at 1301 L’Orient Street in Saint Paul. They will be working together to assemble “welcome home kits” which will be filled with almost 70 different products that are basic household items.

The assembled kits will be distributed to nonprofit groups that partner with the United Way, and from there, they will be given to in individuals and families that have found stable housing. Area stationery printers can provide printed lists of the items that will be included in kits like this along with printed packaging supplies and other materials.

This opportunity to be a part of a day of hands-on community service will be held on November 8. The United Way’s website includes more information about this initiative.