how you can help
There are more types of poverty than you might know: emotional, psychological and spiritual as well as financial. Trials for Hope helps all those in need in our community. Our mission is to build a relationship with people and to learn their needs while listening to them on an honest, humane level. We hope to supply their basic needs and also teach them how to fish by connecting them with other agencies that can help supply specific needs like medical, educational and other shelter options.
Our Family includes:
- families below the poverty level
- homebound seniors
- those in homeless camps/shelter-resistant
- teens in group homes
- women & children in shelters
- low income school children
- kids & teens in crisis
The presence of need is the same, even if the items may vary.
Ok, I see the needs. What can I do specifically to help?
Give Immediate-Need Supplies/Be a Sponsor
There are some items that are constantly needed; others are more necessary at different times of the year.
You can donate just once or become a regular sponsor for specific items.
Right now, we could really use these items:
- help finding and purchasing bulk numbers (200/month) of laundry soap, household cleaners and dish soap
- handheld can openers
- RTA bus passes
- men’s t-shirts, small-3X
- men’s underwear, small-3X
- men’s jeans, sizes 30-40
- adult hoodies, small-2X
- canned meats like tuna, chicken & Spam
Here is a printable Needs List of items you can provide, both new and gently used.
Volunteer Your Time
There are so many ways to volunteer your time:
- pack food bags for deliveries
- accompany Jonathan on delivery runs to the homeless camps, Forget-Me-Not seniors and shelters
- sort donations at the TfH headquarters
- pick up items with Jonathan at the Cleveland Food Bank or local grocery stores
- serve at the community meals
- Do you have a talent that may help Trials for Hope such as organizing fundraisers, writing newsletters, teaching, carpentry? Contact Jonathan to discuss the possibilities.
Don’t forget: many of our sponsors and collaborators have active volunteer groups. Please check out the Our Partners page to see if there’s a group you’d be interested to join.
Host a Donation Drive/Fundraiser
You can host a donation drive or a fundraiser through your church, school, social group or simply with concerned friends.
Especially successful events include:
- canned food drives
- silent auctions
- holiday dinners
- Christmas and dignity bags for the homeless
Contact us, and we can talk about what works the best for you, your time and your goals.
Spread the Word
A lot of people have never heard of Trials for Hope. Tell them! Do you know someone who would like to volunteer, host a food drive or donate to a great cause?
Please send them to our website, give them our phone number, or send them an email. We’d love to tell them all about our mission, our amazing volunteers and the deserving people we serve.
Or, do you know someone who could use some help? Please send them our way!
Bring a Friend
The best way to show your friends about Trials for Hope is to bring them along the next time you volunteer, serve, donate, build, deliver, sort or attend a virtual meeting.
We’d love the extra help as well as a chance to tell them about our mission and our community family. It also gives them a chance to ask questions and to see if Trials for Hope is a good fit for them.
Contact us to set up a time to talk!
The easiest way to make a high-impact difference is to simply make a donation to Trials for Hope. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and we’re registered with the Cleveland Food Bank.
You can donate by sending us a check or going through PayPal. Whatever method you choose, you can make a one-time donation or set up a monthly amount. You can even designate how you want the money to be spent, if you like.
How can I help with a specific outreach?
Tent City Outreach
Greatest needs: men’s clothing and socks, toiletries, canned meats and foods, laundry cards
Volunteer: fill bags, help deliver
Greatest needs: canned meats, canned and packaged foods, adult diapers
Volunteer: fill bags, help deliver
Greatest needs: financial help to purchase the food, personal care items
Volunteer: help serve the meals, donate food
Greatest needs: nonperishable food, personal care items, fresh food items
Volunteer: to work at the markets
Treatment Centers & Group Homes
Greatest needs: bus passes, personal care items, individual snacks, cell phone chargers
Volunteer: pack bags, help deliver, backpack drive volunteers
Greatest needs: financial donations to purchase items, nonperishable food items, especially canned meats, pasta, rice, soups, cereal and healthy snacks
Volunteer: help pack and deliver bags
Greatest needs: financial help to purchase additional items, donations for the bazaar
Volunteer: sort items and work at the bazaar
Be a Sponsor
Greatest needs: food, diapers, bus passes, personal hygiene items, laundry items, laundry cards
Volunteer: commit to donating specific items on a regular basis