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Helpertunity empowers elderly, disabled, and itinerant Makers to benefit their community.

aka Helpertunity   |   Apopka, FL   |  www.Helpertunity.org

Mission

Helpertunity empowers recreation, education, and volunteer activities for; elderly, disabled, and itinerant Makers. Helpertunity emphasizes using creative arts, eco-crafts, technology tools, and vintage game-play to bring quality to clients' lives, and to the lives of the youth they serve. The organization's primary range of impact is within the Greater Orlando FL Area, as well as conducting educational and resource-distribution efforts that impact across the Greater State of Florida, serving ages 7 to 107. Helpertunity's outreach-program efforts have taken place in areas scattered throughout the Eastern USA, and the organization's research work has had national and international influence in the field of Eldercare Activities, Lifelong Volunteerism, & Creative Quality of Life.

Notes from the nonprofit

Helpertunity seeks to sustain itself as a lean and agile ultra-small social-enterprise charity which is publicly supported in its efforts. Per the organization's Articles of Incorporation: Helpertunity strives to generate no more than $50k annually in gross revenue, on average, with no greater than $5k in monetary contributions from any particular person, entity, or organization in any given fiscal year. Helpertunity accepts larger monetary gifts on multi-year-distribution terms, & usable Property via Retained Life Estate RLE. Helpertunity accepts "In-Kind Resources" that may exceed the annual monetary-contribution limits stated above. The charity lists the up-cycled/added-value of these resources as a "social-change positive/net-cash negative" estimated-amount on the summarized Financial Statement under the "Other Expenses/Other Revenue" headings. Our "In-Kind Resources" are valued at their fair-market-comparable-rate, at the times of their collection and useful re-distribution.

Ruling year info

2012

Founder & President

Eileen Callejas

Secretary / Treasurer

Dorothy Gill

Main address

PO Box 1956

Apopka, FL 32704 USA

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EIN

27-3594903

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Helpertunity is an inclusionary enterprise charity; serving the social-learning and voluntainment needs of elderly, disabled, and itinerant makers - with a focus on the arts, upcycling, environmental beautification, adaptive technology, and vintage gameplay. Helpertunity addresses the lack of purposeful-life resources among the vulnerable & marginalized populations we serve; encouraging participants to learn and make, as a way to add value to themselves and their communities. Helpertunity accepts donations of surplus recreation and art supplies and upcycles the supplies into kits for distribution to Nursing Homes. Helpertunity utilizes recyclable resources, to teach creative and cooperative skills to disabled youth and young adults. Helpertunity also provided Youth & Corporate Team Development by imparting the value of volunteering and service to benefit divergent/elderly persons via developing educational games and creative/intergenerational fundraisers, lessening division.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Teddy Bear Care & Plush-Pet Therapy

Helpertunity washes and sanitizes pre-loved plush pets, which are then brushed and fluffed with the help of nursing-home-patient elder-volunteers. Some of the plush toys are given to the elders to keep or share, while others are used as prizes for deserving children; who take part in Helpertunity's educational carnival-style games. This program also encompasses Helpertunity's Plush & Pet Puppet-Therapy elder-facility visitation initiatives.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Children and youth

Volunteers are making unique multi-function "Walker-Wheelchair-Bed-Rail-Fidget-Pillow-Apron BAGS" that can be utilized by EVERY eldercare facility resident, and their care staff, to carry each person's choice of personal and recreational resources throughout the day. The bags are specially designed to fit in various places, and to be machine-washed inside-out. Bags have become an essential tool in storing/carrying the elder patients' smart-phones, eyeglasses, hearing and dental devices, and prized religious tokens, as well as recreational items used to pass the time. Helpertunity's "Busy Bags" were also reported as being essentially-useful during emergency-evacuation preps/drills for elder facility patients' during natural disasters in 2017. A new 'draw-string-closure' option has been added to the sewing-pattern to assist in this modified use.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

Helpertunity collaborates with local and state level professional development training of Activity Professionals who serve in eldercare facilities and programs. Helpertunity provides training, program-development and assessment, and research through these educational events.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Adults

This program provides volunteers with direct-visitation opportunities at nearby nursing homes and senior centers and/or charity-crafting group gatherings. The program aims to provide arts and crafts instruction, crafting supplies, craft-class assistance, and elder care-staff arts-appreciation training. This program also focuses on gathering, creating, up-cycling, packaging, and distributing baskets and classroom-kits of arts and crafts supplies, crafting tools, and instructions for elderly-participants and inter-generational recreation programs at nursing homes and eldercare facilities. This program has encompassed multiple disability-adapted focus-projects including: Hats2RHealth, Quill Penmanship, Accu-Cutting & Embroidery, Community Fringe Quilt Sewing, Spa Salts & Scents for the Senses, Wooden Peg Loom Making, Open-Heddle Weaving, Vintage Rubber Stamping, Miniature Masterpiece Painting, and Paper-Shaper Crafts.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of nursing home visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with physical disabilities, Chronically ill people

Related Program

Helpertunity Hand Crafters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Nursing Home visits include volunteer provision of enhanced / supplemental activity programs as well as delivery of resources and/or consultation and training of care staff.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, People with physical disabilities, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants include the combination of all program recipients, community volunteers, and outreach event participants across all programs.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, People with physical disabilities, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Hours of volunteer service includes the combination of volunteer administration, resource preparation, program instruction, and outreach event provision across all programs.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, People with physical disabilities, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

New Donors includes only cash-contributors and does not reflect in-kind resource contributors. A decrease in new donors may not reflect increases in corporate/civic group contributions counted as 1.

Number of nursing home/client visits by volunteers providing enhanced/supplemental activity/program services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with physical disabilities, People with intellectual disabilities, Immigrants and migrants, Retired people

Related Program

Helpertunity Hand Crafters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Includes only visits reported to the charity, receiving volunteer support and/or tangible resources from this organization. (As of 2020, this also includes Live Virtual/Portal/Gather.Town Visits.)

Number of new champions or stakeholders recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, People with disabilities, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Champions and Stakeholders are considered those who commit both substantial time and funding to the organization, in proportion to the organization's annual overall output and contributions.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Helpertunity, and its founders, have trained and empowered Activity Professionals in Maker Skills and Methods over the past 20+ years, realizing that many of their elder-care patients would prefer to be offered a life full of PURPOSE rather than pity. Helpertunity has established a variety of disability-adapted creative-expression programs, designed specifically with our unique and marginalized participants' challenges and abilities in mind; thus giving elderly, disabled, and itinerant Makers the opportunity to gain enjoyment from making things and giving back to their communities. Helpertunity-Inspired Programs are shared with the support of the charity's Professional-Volunteer Staff, along with the Eldercare Facility Activity Providers that Helpertunity has trained, as well as Helpertunity's ever-growing base of Independent Activity-Volunteers who are motivated by the unique service-projects and ideas that Helpertunity promotes. The charity's current popular theme-projects include: "Plush Rescue Pets & Kids' Play-It-Forward Game Booths" -&- "The Busy Bag Initiative & Sewing with Seniors" -&- "Helpertunity Hand-Crafters Quilt-Raffles & Gift Shows" -&- "Innovative Activity-Virtual-Visits and Online Activity Gathering Spaces" just to name a few. More than merely caring FOR America's aging, disabled, and itinerant populations; Helpertunity hopes to turn the tide of current social culture, developing youth with a greater sense of humanitarian appreciation, and invite generations to experience and enjoy caring WITH America's most-seasoned, unique, and worldly citizens. Helpertunity strives to sustain its localized efforts by garnering sufficient public support and operational funding, while also training elder care facilities and community volunteers on how they can efficiently and effectively generate seed funding and resources to adequately support their creative projects and public-service efforts independently as well. By encouraging Helpertunioty's participant-volunteers to generate a bit of collective revenue from their Helpertunity-assisted creative activities; the charity serves to multiply the VALUE of their volunteer's efforts. We believe it is important that the participants themselves decide who, how, and in what ways and missions to use their independently-generated products and proceeds for multiplying their own community outreach and collaborative support. Helpertunity's commitment to supporting the re-purposing and re-cycling of; art, craft, theme, stem, and tech resources is also integral in how the organization is aiding our inclusive Maker populations; in passing on their commitment to protecting and preserving the Earth so that it too may be enjoyed by future generations.

Play-It-Forward Community Game Booths and Craft Shows are what first enabled Helpertunity to garner public outreach opportunities, and gather small donation-jar seed-funding contributions to support the charity's early program work. Facility Visitation and Collaboration have been the focus of Helpertunity's progress: The charity has made it a priority to visit and collaborate with both eldercare facilities as well as presenting advocacy programs and strategically beneficial volunteer activities at community gatherings, such as; youth civic clubs and camps, crafting social guilds, local civic groups, refugee service centers, (dis)ability leadership events, and corporate employee-volunteer days.

Direct donor support and collective grant funding have been the essence to keeping Helpertunity capable of following through with its numerous programs and research initiatives. Current Awards and Recognition / Grant-Funding Awards have included: A $5000.00 Grant from Newman Foundation in 2014, A $5000 Scholarship for the Walden University Scholars of Change Award in 2015, A $1000 Grant from the Apopka Rotary Club in 2017, A $4000 Grant from The Hartford Foundation / Hispanic Leadership Network Volunteers in 2017, A collective $1500 in Grant Funds from the Allstate Foundation in 2016-2018, and a combined $2000 "Giving Tuesday Grant Match" from PayPal via Facebook in 2018.

Over 18000 Plush Washed and Distributed, 600 Busy Bags Sewn and Delivered, 17 Years of Activity Workshops Taught, Thousands of Direct Volunteer Hours Logged. Inspiring new-recruit activity volunteers and supporting the Charity Founder's Ph.D. Dissertation Research on "The impact of Socially-Accepted Age-Ism in Elder Services Fundraising" is currently on the charity's focus horizon. The charity has initiated its first Capital Campaign, started in October 2019, and upgraded in 2023, to cover the cost of financing the transportation and custom-built equipment needed for the sculpting, covering, storing, and hauling of a truly unique recycled-plastic 'bottle-brick' (Interlocked plastic-packed WaterBrick(TM) bottles) as the base for a perma-float / playhouse / puppet-scape 'expo structure' with interchangeable "revers-yarnstormed-coverings"- to use as an interactive backdrop / kiosk and activity focal point at facility visits and expo events.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HELPERTUNITY

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Eileen Callejas


Board co-chair

Dorothy Gill

All Advisory-Board

Helpertunity Supports Equal-Opportunity Representation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/12/2024

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.