Often times, the hobbies and creative skills that people have are handed down from generation to generation, as a Legacy of Love and Learning. Helpertunity honors those elders who have passed on their talents to others, and invites Helpertunity's Friends and Contributors to post "Legacy of Love and Learning" Memorials to Helpertunity's Facebook Page, or submit them for inclusion on this Helpertunity Project Page. Send e-mails and photo attachments to: Eileen@Helpertunity.org.
Gabriel Callejas, husband of Helpertunity's Founder Eileen Callejas, was the first business to step up and support Helpertunity's Mission, but it was not the first time the family restaurant owner had reached out to elderly, disabled, and homeless persons in his community.
Helpertunity participates as part of Walden University's Global Day of Service, held annually in early October. Helpertunity offers an adaptive alternative to the other Worldwide One-Day event offerings, by providing a self-paced and online / distance-participation option.
After 30 years as a school teacher, and a busy day at the theme parks enjoying her "retirement job," Helpertunity's Corporate Secretary, Dorothy Gill, still enjoys a bit of volunteer time. She has a specialty for applying her talents to "creative retail" efforts; by providing fundraising resources and programs that reach out to kids.
In 2013, Helpertunity was the proud recipient of a "Coding for a Cause" Grant, provided by the Central Florida Drupal Web Development Community.
Talented Volunteer Web Designers used the open-source Drupal Coding Language to create this custom-designed website for Helpertunity, and provided free web-hosting for one year.
Every year, Helpertunity collects recreation resources, craft supplies, and technology items for residents in care facilities and shelters. These items are carefully packaged into "Activity Kits" and are distributed to Activity Professionals attending continuing education seminars.
With the help of sewing volunteers; elders can now keep busy with independent pursuits... because they can carry the tools they need in their walker & wheelchair "Busy Bags"
Helpertunity's Volunteers have been hard at work bringing generations together, while honoring history and diversity; by providing creative recreational resources for fun and life-skills education.
The classic art of letter writing is quickly being taken over by today's tech-based social-networks. There are two groups of folks, however, who still appreciate the rare joy of getting a post card or letter in the good-old-fashioned mail; Nursing Home Elders & Summer Youth Campers.
Keeping the mind sharp is important as we age... but staying young-at-heart requires trying new things with a bit of daring and playful experimentation. Helpertunity combines each of these elements with their inter-generational elder & youth activities that are inspired by the fun of Science & Nature!