Food, clothing, shelter. Many social service agencies in Lake County help people with the first and last of these.
But when you are faced with starting over from scratch, and filling your closet with school and work clothes, Hope Chest is the place where your church, school, or a social worker will send you with a referral letter. For 45 years, this small nonprofit agency at 1 Victoria Place in Painesville has provided people with the clothing and household goods they need for their families – for free.
In fact, when people are getting back on their feet in this tough economy, Hope Chest is often a first stop on the way up.
“It is wonderful to see people come to Hope Chest looking for clothing to wear to job interviews. It’s a big sign that our clients are striving to improve their lot in life,” said Nancy Terrele, volunteer coordinator for Hope Chest. “Although many of our 30 to 35 volunteers come from churches, more than eight of ten are from RSVP. That organization is a great help to us in recruiting and managing volunteers. And if anyone is looking for volunteer work we could use two or three more, especially for Tuesdays! Please contact RSVP and let them know of your interest.”
About RSVP of Lake County
RSVP of Lake County has more than 800 volunteers serving more than 70 non-profits and health care agencies tutoring children, repairing roofs and garages, serving on boards of directors, helping with fundraising and publicity, and assisting homebound seniors with various needs to remain independent.
The program is funded locally by the Lake County Senior Citizen Services Levy, federally by the Corporation for National and Community Service, and by the Ohio Department of Aging. RSVP has been sponsored since its inception in 1973 by the Willoughby-Eastlake City School District.
Cristen Kane, Director of RSVP of Lake County, is available for interviews.
RSVP of Lake County is located in the W-E Technical Center School at 25 Public Square in Willoughby, OH. Contact them at (440) 269-3015 or Cristen.Kane@WESchools.org.
For more information or to volunteer, go to the RSVP website: www.rsvplc.org.
Submitted by RSVP