Service & Community Needs
The "S" in F.A.C.E.S stands for Service, and what could be more humanistic than helping those in need? A listing of our ongoing and previous projects can be found below. If you're interested in supporting us in this work, you can donate to us. If you wish to support one of these projects specifically, please leave a comment with the donation or email us for which project you'd prefer that your money goes to.
Help Shelf at Sabal Palm Elementary
Our Help Shelf is up and running on the corner of Ridgeway and Eisenhower, next to the bus stop! This shelf, funded by a grant from GO Humanity (formerly Foundation Beyond Belief), will serve the students of Sabal Palm Elementary school and the surrounding community. Many of Sabal Palm's students live in the poorest zip code in the state of Florida (32304), and this shelf was desperately needed. If you'd like to help us stock it, you can sign up to be a stocker here. Feel free to add non-perishable food (preferably items the students can grab for a quick meal like soup, mac-n-cheese, breakfast bars, etc.), water, and hygiene products, or let us know if you have any to donate.
Orlovista Amazon Wishlist
We're busy helping our neighbors to the south that were hit by Hurricane Ian. The Orlovista community outside of Orlando was flooded with water and sewage backflow when Hurricane Ian hit Florida. Residents in this working class community were never under any evacuation orders, yet they were trapped for hours in chest-high water with their children, hoping that they would make it out alive. Nothing that was submerged is salvageable. We're collecting household supplies and necessities for the folks there for remediation and to get back on their feet. Items will be shipped to the folks at Orlando Oasis and be given directly to residents. We're sponsoring this project in conjunction with Orlando Oasis, Central Florida Mutual Aid, and GO Humanity. To help, purchase something from this Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/HNSXNV0PC5QD?ref_=wl_share
Period products for Leon County school students
Did you know that 20% of teens struggle to access period products, and as a result, about 84% of them have missed school or know someone who has.
As part of the Secular Week of Action, we are collecting period products for the Girl Flo Project to benefit the students at Leon County Schools. Check back soon for details on drop-off locations. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please email us.
Snack and hygiene packs for the unhoused
We are starting what we hope will be a long-term project to help members of our community!
Trinity United Methodist Church is a progressive, people-focused congregation that serves the local homeless population by handing out snack packs each week. We are joining forces with them to not only help out with their current mission, but also to add hygiene (toiletry) packs. Snack packs consist of a number of small snack items (applesauce, pudding, granola bar, peanut butter crackers, Vienna sausages) and a bottle of water, while the hygiene packs contain soap, shampoo, deodorant, a razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, a washcloth, and where applicable, period products.
Email us if you are interested in procuring the needed items, assembling the packs, distributing them to those that need them, or even just donating to the cause.
Previous Projects (more info coming soon)
Humanist Holiday Giveaway
As an offshoot of our snack/hygiene pack project with Trinity UMC, we assembled over 100 bags for our unhoused neighbors. Decorated bags included hygiene and snack items, but also fresh fruit and candy, because everyone deserves a treat! Check out our feature on WTXL!
Bicycle donations for the IRC
For the month of June, we've teamed up with our friends at Temple Israel again to collect new and used adult-sized bicycles (Please repair before donating if possible), helmets, and reflective vests for IRC clients. If you are skilled at bicycle repair, your time is also appreciated.
These donations provide not only a mode of transportation for our new neighbors to get around town and to their jobs are also a source of recreation and exercise!
Email us for more info and drop off details.
Box fans for our elderly neighbors
The simple box or floor fan may not seem like much to most of us, but to our lower income or homebound elderly neighbors, it can be the only source of cooling in their homes.
With summer weather already hitting the Big Bend area pretty hard, Elder Care Services is collecting new and used (in good condition) box fans for their clients. We at HOT would like to help them in this mission. If you have a fan that you'd like to donate, please email us so we can arrange a pickup.
"Back to Work" clothing drive for the IRC
What can we say? We LOVE the IRC! When resettled people--often called refugees--arrive in the US, organizations like the IRC help them find housing, jobs, and social services, just to name a few. Going to work means dressing the part, and for many of these men, clothing donations that fit the, ahem, larger-sized Americans are much too big for them. HOT collected $235 and bought appropriately sized clothing to better meet their needs.
A virtual benefit concert for the IRC
On 20 March 2021, we hosted a virtual benefit concert for the IRC with the help of a few folk bands from across the country. We collected $500 that the IRC can use to help resettled families from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) when they arrive in Tallahassee. Special thanks to The Rough & Tumble, Prateek, Rupert Wates, The Daily Fare, Taylor James Donskey, Nathan Evans Fox, and The Honey Badgers! Check out and support their music!
You can still watch the concert on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.
Bedding drive for the IRC
Our first collaboration with Temple Israel was to collect bedding for incoming IRC clients. Many of the families arriving in Tallahassee consist of 8-10 people on average, and each person needs their own bed. That's a lot of blankets.
Food, socks, and underwear drive for Going Places
Our very first project was to collect new socks and underwear and pantry items for Going Places Street Outreach. Going Places is the only shelter in the region that accepts and assists all homeless and runaway youth, regardless of sex or gender identity.
If you're looking for a worthy cause, Going Places is an amazing and essential group in our community!