The Shade Tree provides three full meals every day to the women and children staying in its shelter, and in the 2009–2010 fiscal year the organization's kitchen served more than 109,000 meals. Since it provides meals free of charge, The Shade Tree relies upon donations and funding raised from outside sources to cover the cost of food. The number of women and children seeking shelter at The Shade Tree has risen in recent years, and the organization requires additional funds to continue to offer meals to all those who stay at the shelter.
For job seekers, transportation aid such as bus passes and gas cards can be a vital means of getting to job interviews and job fairs and utilizing resources such as those offered by Goodwill’s workforce-development services. Because people are less likely to be able to afford transportation the longer they’re unemployed, most job seekers coming to Goodwill for help need transportation aid. In the past year, Goodwill has distributed 314 gas cards and 2,900 single and monthly bus passes to clients seeking jobs.
Robin and Kathy, Shaggy Shaggy Shake's owners and groomers, have fallen head-over-heels for canines, even the shyest and most difficult specimens. At their pet salon, Shaggy Shaggy Shake, they treat dogs as members of their family with pampering services and a calm, safe, and loving environment. Instead of cowering in cages, dogs rest in cubbies atop cushy beds as they await services such as haircuts, manicures, and dental cleanings. Many grooming services include a bath, during which the pup is lathered with premium shampoo and conditioner. Robin and Kathy also specialize in dog and cat massage, which can promote calmness, ease pain, and reduce the risk of injury from energetic play or competitive figure skating. To make grooming sessions as convenient as possible, the duo can also shuttle pets to and from their owners' homes.
The volunteers—who are called in by police officers, paramedics, firefighters, or hospital personnel—assist family members and other witnesses by providing emotional support, helping arrange necessary follow-up services, and notifying family and friends of the crisis. Volunteers can also work as liaisons between victims and emergency or hospital authorities, and they provide information, referrals, and other resources to ensure that individuals receive ongoing assistance. They also supply these trauma survivors with useful resource guides containing support-group and counseling recommendations, funeral-planning assistance, contact information for crisis hotlines, and other valuable information.
GTSF’s staff members measure kids’ feet on-site to ensure a proper fit before sending children to explore a large traveling inventory of shoes. A community volunteer leads children through the stock, which is made up of high-quality and name-brand athletic shoes to ensure students can select the same styles that their schoolmates are wearing. Children pluck their favorite pair and wear it home, and for many kids, the shoes they choose from Goodie Two Shoes are the first new shoes they have ever owned. By providing children with new shoes, the foundation aims to eliminate an identifiable sign of poverty, provide children with a sense of empowerment by letting them choose their own pair, and improve their self-esteem and performance in school.