South Hayward Parish Thanksgiving dinner
SHP will be serving a community Thanksgiving dinner, on Thanksgiving, of course, running from noon to 2:00 pm at the New Bridges event center, 27287 Patrick Ave in Hayward. Volunteers are needed to set up, serve, and clean-up, starting from around 9:00. If you want to participate, contact Tom Spitzer (available through the contact form); he will be helping coordinate volunteer efforts.
Volunteers needed for Winter Shelter
For the past three years, South Hayward Parish has run a winter shelter on cold or rainy nights for people living on the streets of Hayward. Last year that did not amount to a huge number of nights. With El Niño expected this year, it becomes likely that we will need to open the shelter much more frequently. The city of Hayward realizes this, and has asked us what it will take to triple the shelter’s capacity, which is currently about twenty people.
Like everything else SHP does, running the shelter relies on volunteers. We are looking for people who can commit to being available on specific nights of the week, so that when we have to open the shelter on those nights, we can call you to come in. We usually have a pretty good idea that the shelter will be open a day or two ahead of time, based on the weather forecast. Volunteer activities include checking people in, checking their belongings, transporting people, bedstuffs, and other supplies, cleaning up in the morning, and doing laundry. There’s a lot that goes into this, and Betty could use some help! If you can offer a particular day it would be most appreciated. Contact Tom Spitzer (again, through the contact form).