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.
Helping Hands's food pantry provides baskets packed with traditional Thanksgiving food to low-income seniors to ensure they have a nice holiday meal they can share with others. The baskets bear traditional holiday fare including a small whole chicken, stuffing mix, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, two cans of fruit, and two cans of vegetables.
New Vista supports individuals with intellectual disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. The organization tailors its techniques, therapies, and methods to each individual, with the goal of helping them reach a higher level of independence. Its group homes offer a welcoming and residential-like setting with staff members onsite 24 hours a day, and it also runs a youth program that supports children with intellectual disabilities and educates their families. New Vista offers skills training, ranging from cooking and cleaning to job development, to assist individuals in becoming self-aware community members. To help fund its programs, the organization also operates a thrift store that is open to the wider community and helps to fund its programs.
The Monkey Gym's founders—Kerry Cutler, a former YMCA gymnastics instructor, and Tony Cooper, a wrestling coach and teacher—opened their nonprofit, 6,500-square-foot rumpus room to provide healthy playing opportunities for children regardless of economic or ergonomic barriers. At twice-weekly open-gym sessions, kids can tumble, bounce, sprint, and gambol under the watchful eye of coaches trained in the arts of gymnastics, wrestling, and cheerleading. Junior gymnasts can imitate the facility's namesake simian by swinging from rings or by hurling themselves into the Monkey Pit, a playpen filled with hundreds of yellow foam cubes. Artistically inclined youngsters, meanwhile, can add to their oeuvre in the on-site studio, the walls of which are bedecked with student-made art and encrusted with Swarovski crystals that possess no magical powers.