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Turning Points Receives $35,000 Donation from the Helming-Knies Family Foundation

Updated on August 22nd, 2018 Written by Turning Points

Turning Points receives $35,000 donation from the Helming-Knies Family Foundation to fund the much needed Volunteer Coordinator position.

Turning Points provides, coordinates, and facilitates services for men, women and children who are homeless or are at the risk of homelessness through several programs. These services can only be completed with the compassionate work of our volunteers. These amazing volunteers logged over 52,000 hours this past year while assisting almost 11,000 men, women and children in need. Turning Points couldn’t provide the quality level of service without them.

The Volunteer Coordinator recruits, cultivates and orientates new volunteers for Turning Points. Countless hours are spent going out to the community to churches, businesses, and other groups, educating them about Turning Points programs and services. Potential volunteers then come tour Turning Points, review all of the volunteer opportunities available and discuss which position would be the best fit. The Volunteer Coordinator facilitates all of this on top of other duties which include planning and organizing major volunteer events throughout the year, including the 20th Annual Manatee County Stand Down for Veterans on Nov 3rd.

Statement from the newly formed Helming-Knies Family Foundation – We, the Helming and Knies families, recognize how fortunate we are to have a close and caring family.  Additionally, we are grateful for the financial resources that have been bestowed upon us.  Based on our beliefs and values, we accept that this situation creates a broader responsibility for our families to help others who are less fortunate, as well as those who are in need of help because of special circumstances.  This foundation will be an important vehicle for us to help execute these goals.  We will be good stewards of the resources provided to this foundation, and we will be thoughtful in its deployment.  As we go forward with the operation of this foundation, we will further define areas of focus, themes, and specific entities that we will support.

When Andrea Knies moved to Manatee County in 2014 she loved with the area so much that she convinced her sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Keith Helming, to move here upon their retirement in 2017.

Andrea first learned about Turning Points during Leadership Manatee, she was so impressed with the organization and its commitment to the people of Manatee County, that the Helming-Knies Family Foundation voted to make Turning Points their first donation.

“We are honored and humbled to receive the first donation from the Helming-Knies Family Foundation”. Turning Points will be great stewards of this contribution and the impact will be felt for years to come”, said Adell Erozer, Executive Director of Turning Points.

About Turning Points

Turning Points and our Bill Galvano One Stop Center partners provide a remarkable variety of services designed to assist individuals and families on their path to financial stability and independence. Turning Points is the one stop shop for preventing and ending homelessness in our community. We provide day resource services (such as hot showers, laundry services, clothing, food), employment services, rental and utility assistance, veteran’s services (employment, housing and childcare), and free medical and dental care for the uninsured and underinsured.  Almost 11,000 people received help last year with critical services targeted to the essential needs of people in crisis.  Turning Points can only provide this high standard of service because of our caring, compassionate volunteers and strong community support.