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March 13, 2013

The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

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Margaret Shultz, Volunteer Services Specialist

I’m sure there are people who don’t agree but I’m always glad for the return of Daylight Savings Time.  It puts sunshine in parts of the day when I most can use it and, more important, it means that the snow and cold of winter will soon give way to warm, coatless days and open windows in my house.  With spring, comes a number of community events, many of them needing volunteer help, that I’ll be sharing with you.

Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centreville holds an Easter Egg Hunt for their residents on Easter Sunday.  In preparation for the party, they are asking for donations of candy that will be put in the plastic Easter eggs.  Then, on Easter Sunday, March 31, they would like volunteers to come help the residents in their search for hidden eggs.  The fun starts at 10:30 am.  You can even wear your Easter bonnet, if you have one.  Call Christie Hurt at 269-467-9575 to sign up.

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services (DASAS) will be holding their second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraising event on Saturday, May 18.  They are looking for a number of volunteers to help with the event to do things including planning, marketing and promotion, set-up and clean-up, and food service.  Most important they are looking for participants to walk.  This year the participants may be male or female, they don’t have to wear high heels, and they can walk the whole mile or any part of it they wish.  There will also be a 5K walk and run as part of the day’s activities.  All participants will be given a pledge sheet so they can solicit donations from their friends.  If you’d like to be a participant or volunteer to help with this event please call Rose Parshall at 269-273-6154 ext. 101.

The Literacy Council has 19 people in Sturgis waiting for tutors.  Tutors are asked to spend at least an hour a week with the person they are helping.  The meeting locations are always in a public area, usually the library.  Training is provided prior to assignment.  The Literacy Council is also looking for new board members to fill two new vacancies.  They would especially like to have board members from the east side of the county.  If you are interested in helping the Literacy Council in either capacity call Becky Lilly at 269-254-6013.

The Department of Human Services is recruiting volunteers to transport Medicaid clients to their medical appointments outside of St. Joseph County.  Volunteer drivers are free to specify the days they are available and the towns they are willing to drive to.  They must have an insured vehicle that is in good running order.  Criminal and driving background checks are done prior to being accepted.  Mileage is reimbursed at the rate of 55.5¢ per mile.  DHS is also looking for greeters to work in their lobbies in both Centreville and Cassopolis every morning.  The greeters will help to explain how to conduct business with DHS online instead of coming to the office.  If interested in either of these opportunities call Jan Reed at 269-467-1223.

Other programs in St. Joseph County that are looking for volunteers and would like to be included in this weekly column are encouraged to register with United Way.  Contact Margaret Shultz, Volunteer Services Specialist, at 269-467-9099 or at volunteer.sjcuw@gmail.com.






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