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Programs that provide alternative living arrangements for children who have no birth family or whose family environment is abusive; facilitate the settlement of new residents in the community; marshal community resources on behalf of disadvantaged residents during the holidays; or offer other services that augment and expand the protection, supervision, care and support that are provided through the primary family unit, or that enhance the recipient's mobility or ability to communicate and live more comfortably.
Programs that provide access to a variety of pursuits for people who want to make constructive and satisfying use of their free time. Included are programs that provide facilities, equipment, supplies, coaching and/or instruction that allow individuals to participate in or enjoy the recreational, artistic, cultural or volunteer activities of their choice.
Programs that foster relationships in which experiences, feelings, ideas or other personal perspectives are exchanged to the shared benefit of those involved.
Programs that provide opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in a variety of group activities that are personally satisfying and/or designed to transmit social values and customs, to facilitate learning of social skills and self-expression in a group setting, and to otherwise promote the social growth and development of participants.
Programs that provide opportunities for people to satisfy their inner needs and enhance their spiritual growth through the practice of organized religion or through independent spiritual pursuits.
Community organizations that are actively seeking individuals with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience who are willing to offer their services and work on a full or part-time basis without remuneration on projects or in positions that benefit the organization itself or the people it serves. Many agencies that provide volunteer opportunities also offer intensive training in the tasks that are required for the job.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.