Volunteer Opportunities

Letter writers wanted - The Angel Card Project
Loneliness at Christmas has always been an issue, but the worldwide pandemic has increased the number of people struggling with isolation and desolation. The founders of The Angel Card Project felt it was important to find a way to reach out to those in need this year. The organization encourages volunteers to sign up to write as many cards as they wish from a database of lonely individuals, nominated by the public. These could be elderly people, alone because of the pandemic, army veterans or simply people who have fallen on hard times and found themselves without a support network. The intention is to send love, one Christmas card at a time. To sign up, all you have to do is put your name and email into the Angel Card website and you’ll be contacted.

Sorting and Sanitizing Volunteers - Project Beauty Share
Project Beauty Share needs volunteers to collect, clean, sort, and distribute beauty and personal hygiene items that are donated to local charities. To allow for social distancing, only four volunteers are allowed in the warehouse at a time. Volunteer opportunities are available Mon-Thu 9 am-2 pm. To volunteer, call 455-3537 or apply online.

Store Volunteers - Habitat for Humanity
The Habitat Store depends on enthusiastic volunteers for everything from helping customers to arranging merchandise. Whether you prefer interacting with the public or working behind the scenes, we have a volunteer opportunity for you. All proceeds from the store serve Habitat’s work of building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Available shifts are from 9 am-1 pm or 1-5 pm  Mon-Sat year-round. Sign up for the entire day or just one shift. Please contact the volunteer coordinator at 509-720-6714 or at volunteercoordinator@habitat-spokane.org or sign up online.

Services Available

Free Preschool
Community-Minded Enterprises is now enrolling for its 2020-2021 Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. This is Washington state’s version of Head Start. It offers full-day preschool at 3307 E. 55th Ave. and part day preschool at 2001 N. Division. Your child will have access to kindergarten readiness, high quality, state-approved care. At the end of the year, Community-Minded Enterprises will even walk you through kindergarten enrollment. Each site also offers a full-time family support specialist to help with any struggles you or your family may be experiencing at any time. Call or email with any questions at 509-951-7435 or jessicas@community-minded.org.

Events & Benefits

Wishes & Wine - Wishing Star Foundation
This year, Wishes & Wine is going virtual. Please join Wishing Star for an evening full of prizes, music and more. The silent and live auction items will be available for bidding a few days before the actual event begins on Sat., Dec. 5 at 6:30 pm. The first 150 to register will be entered into a prize drawing. Proceeds help fund the wishes of children battling terminal, medically complicated and life-threatening conditions. wishingstar.org/wishes-wine

Wish List Items Needed

Gift and Book Drive - Benefiting The Children’s Village and Books for Tots
Every year, the Hagadone Marine Group teams up with the community to gather gifts for a local nonprofit organization. This year, Hagadone Marine is hosting a gift drive benefiting the Children’s Village as well as a book drive for Books for Tots. This is a great way to make sure the holiday spirit reaches every child in our Coeur d’Alene community. Hagadone has set up three Children’s Village trees in its lobby and decorated them with an ornament tag that includes a child’s gender and age range and an item they need or want. Grab the tag, purchase the item, and then simply return it unwrapped by Dec. 10. Shop in person or online at The Well Read Moose, and you’ll get a 20 percent discount on your book donations using the code BFT20.

Cat Tales

Zip-lock bags
Cat litter (clumping, no clay)
Dog food, unscented bleach
Dawn dish soap
New or gently used winter gloves
In-kind donations can be dropped off at Cat Tales from 11 am-3 pm Tue-Sat. Call ahead for large donations so Cat Tales can help you unload.

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital
Action figures
Matchbox cars
Nail polish
Coloring books (children and teen versions)
Crayola* crayons, colored pencils and markers
Card games such as Uno
Sacred Heart has an updated wish list on Amazon, and items are sent directly to the hospital. Please note, many of the children staying at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital have compromised immune systems, so all of the items on the wish list must be new to meet sanitation requirements. Crayola brand products are preferred, as they are nontoxic.

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The Inlander Give Guide Initiative was created in collaboration with Innovia Foundation and Horizon Credit Union to support local nonprofit organizations facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This community partnership was created to bring awareness to the issues facing local nonprofits...