A New Generation: 134 E Fort Dade Ave., provides free pregnancy tests, one-on-one confidential peer counseling and post-abortion counseling, medical referrals, adoption information and support, abstinence education and education classes on a variety of topics such as parenting, anger management, fatherhood, finance success and car seat safety classes. "Earn While You Learn" Partner's Program allows clients to obtain maternity, baby clothing and carious baby care items. Needed: Monetary donations, baby items, disposable diapers, wipes, clothing and volunteers. Call (352) 544-0911.
ARC Nature Coast: 5283 Neff Lake Road, provides support and services to citizens with developmental disabilities. Needed: Golf cart, horse trailer, three-wheel bicycle, computers (2004 or newer) for the Community CAFE, outdoor recreation items for group homes (such as badmintons and croquet sets), scrubs (new or used), arts and crafts supplies, tickets to sporting events, volunteers, tack items and grooming, food, hay and any horse-related items, and household furnishings. Call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
Brooksville Daystar Life Center: 7120 Hope Hill Road (just south of St. Anthony's church), provides food, clothing and some emergency utilities assistance to families in need. Needed: non-perishable food, soups, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, paper products, diapers (all sizes) and cash donations. They also need items to sell at their weekly garage sale, proceeds from which buy food supplies. Call 799-5930.
Christmas Angel Program Of Hernando County: Sponsors are needed for monetary or gift donations, as well as used computers (500 mgz or more) for children in special need, teens and approaching college students. Also needed is the use of a building in the Weeki Wachee or Spring Hill area, from mid-November through the end of December, for volunteers to work in wrapping and coordinating the gifts. The facility needs to have electricity and preferably air conditioning. The organization will pay for the use of electric. Call 596-1552.
Habitat For Humanity: 19450 Cortez Blvd., needs volunteers, skilled or not, for building projects and to serve on committees. Call 754-1159 or 754-1255.
Hernando County Foster Parent Association: This is a nonprofit organization that provides field trips and activities for foster children. P.O. Box 15195, Spring Hill, FL 34609. Needs school supplies, diapers (all sizes), clothing and monetary donations. Call 754-0377.
Hernando Education For Adult Readers In Training: 801 N Broad St. Needed: volunteers to be tutors, student referrals, space for a literacy program and cash. Call 797-7018.
Jericho Road Ministries Inc.: 1090 Mondon Hill Road, provides a residential program for homeless men. Needed: food, paper goods, phone cards, used eyeglasses, coffee, oil, milk, butter, laundry soap, dish soap. Volunteers and donations for the two thrift shops (16479 Wiscon Road and 15319 Cortez Blvd.) are needed. Call (352) 799-2912.
The Lighthouse For The Visually Impaired And Blind Inc.: 6492 California St. Dependable drivers are needed to transport visually impaired and blind adults to weekly classes using Lighthouse vans. Call 754-1132.
Mid-Florida Community Services: 820 Kennedy Blvd., provides food, rent and utility assistance to low-income and elderly people when funding is available. Needed: cash, canned goods of all varieties, pastas, rice, personal hygiene items, paper goods, detergents, beans, baby formula, baby food and disposable diapers (all sizes). Call 796-1425.
Reins of Hope: 22300 Hayman Road, Brooksville, offers a therapeutic riding program for those challenged by physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Boarding, lessons and trail rides are offered. Volunteers are needed. Call 799-HOPE (4673).
Salvation Army: 15464 Cortez Blvd., serves emergency cases and supplements other programs. Their cupboard is often bare. Needed: fresh meat, groceries of all kinds, including frozen foods, cereals, potatoes, pastas, warm jackets, working electric heaters and warm clothes for children. They also need cash donations. Call (352) 796-1186.
Youth And Family Alternatives Inc.: 18377 Clinton Blvd., provides short-term residential care and outpatient counseling for runaway and homeless youth. Needed: volunteers for a variety of needs, sports equipment, teen clothing and shoes, school and supplies, PG-13 videos, personal hygiene supplies, age-appropriate reading materials, digital and video cameras, twin bed sheets, gardening supplies and plants, picnic tables and benches. Call 797-7566.
Baby Love Crisis Pregnancy Center: (Mariner Plaza) 2107 Mariner Blvd., provides free pregnancy tests, supplies, adoption referrals and housing assistance. Needed: cribs, bassinets, port-a-cribs, infant clothing, formula, baby wipes, disposable diapers (all sizes), personal hygiene items, volunteers and cash donations. Call 683-8217.
"The Beautiful Mind" Consumer-Run Drop In Center: 10554 Spring Hill Drive, provides support groups, employment skills training, basic educational and computer training and social activities for the mentally ill. Needed: volunteers, drivers, folding tables and chairs, copy paper, paper plates, hot and cold cups, napkins, plastic utensils, tablecloths, soda, coffee, snacks and gift certificates. Call 684-0004.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Of Hernando County: 15120 County Line Road, provides adult mentors for children. Needed: volunteers (all ages) to serve as mentors to the boys and girls on the waiting list. Call 684-7904.
Catholic Charities Pregnancy And Parenting Support Services: 1423 Kass Circle, provides free pregnancy tests, baby clothes, adoption services and many other services for pregnant women. Needed: cribs, highchairs, playpens, disposable diapers, baby wipes, formula, baby food and volunteers. Call 683-5533.
Costumes 4 Kids: UPS Store (collection site), 3069 Anderson Snow Road, provides Halloween costumes free to needy children. Costumes for boys and girls of all sizes, as well as accessories, are appreciated and can be dropped off at the UPS Store, or contact Susie Hatfield to arrange a pick-up at 585-8250 or [email protected] Costumes are distributed before Halloween on Make a Difference Day (details available online at www.makeadifferenceday.com).
Dawn Center Of Hernando County (Rape Crisis and Spouse Abuse): 5429 Commercial Way, provides counseling, housing, advocacy and support to victims of violence. Needed: volunteers to answer phones, to transport clients and to offer life skills programs, cleaning supplies and paper goods, new white sheets and towels, phone cards, and gift certificates. Call 592-1288.
Karen's Kit'n Kaboodle (St. Andrew Thrift Shop): 2301 Deltona Blvd., needs volunteers. Call 666-0461.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store: 1291 Kass Circle, needs donations of nonperishable food, cereals, paper and personal hygiene products, cash, household goods, tools, small and large appliances and furniture. Call 688-3331.