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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

If you have been listening to or reading the news out of Kalamazoo County lately you may have noticed a disturbing set of circumstances.  In the past six weeks there have been six people, including a 17-month old child, killed as a result of domestic violence.  In one case, a woman was shot by her […]

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Posted July 24, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Kids Count is an annual report put out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Its purpose is to track the well-being of children using a number of different indicators.  One of the indicators included in the report is the number of children who were referred to Children’s Protective Services and who were confirmed to be […]

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Posted July 17, 2013 by Bruce Snook

My two youngest grandchildren, ages 3 and 4, both have blankets that go everywhere with them.  I bet you’ve known children who had their own “security” blankets.  To be perfectly honest, I’m long past childhood, but when I’m feeling not so great I have my own fuzzy blanket that makes me feel better.  Project Linus, […]

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Posted July 9, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Up-Cycled Pets is a St. Joseph County nonprofit dedicated to finding loving and permanent homes for dogs and cats that are unable to stay with their original owners.  In some cases the owners have died or are no longer able to care for a pet.  In other cases, the animals have been subject to abuse […]

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Summer Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup begins July 13

Posted July 8, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Motorists should be on the lookout for Adopt-A-Highway volunteers picking up litter along state highways beginning Saturday. Participants in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program will be cleaning up highway roadsides from July 13 to 21, the second of three scheduled pickups this year. “With no increase in transportation funding since 1997, every […]

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Clean up of Portage River scheduled for Saturday, July 13th

Posted July 8, 2013 by Bruce Snook

CENTREVILLE, MI  – The St. Joseph County Conservation District (SJCCD) will be completing cleanup of the section of the Portage River starting at N. Fisher Lake Road and ending at Carpenter Road Bridge on Saturday (July 13th)  Volunteers should meet at N. Fisher Lake Road by 9:30 a.m. for a short informative meeting, and to […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted July 3, 2013 by Bruce Snook

St. Joseph County has a rich history of thoughtful and generous people who are ready and willing to help their neighbors when needed.  Some events, like the Relay for Life, are huge activities that involve many individuals and aim for very big outcomes.  Other programs are sponsored by much smaller groups of people but that […]

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Enjoy state parks and protect natural areas by volunteering for stewardship days

Posted June 28, 2013 by Bruce Snook

State recreation officials encourage area residents to get out and enjoy state parks and recreation areas in southwestern Michigan and help protect habitat this summer. The schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of July throughout southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas was recently announced. Volunteering for these workdays is a great way […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted June 26, 2013 by Bruce Snook

I spent most of my career managing volunteers and programs involving volunteers.  One of the things that I always said was that people come to volunteering for many different reasons.  They might be exploring career opportunities, looking for a place to meet new friends or learn new skills, or even searching for a way to […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted June 19, 2013 by Bruce Snook

School is finally out and most kids will spend the next three months complaining to their parents that that they’re bored and have nothing to do.  Hundreds of young people who are involved with 4H, however, are gearing up to finish their projects in time for fair in September.  Several of these kids will be […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted June 12, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Last month when Moore, Oklahoma was hit by the tornado I was shocked to see what total devastation a storm like that can create.  Where do you turn for help when everyone around you needs to be helped also?  Who knows what steps to take to help people find shelter, clean water, medical care, and […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted June 5, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Car accidents are the number one killer of children ages 1 to 12.  The best way to protect a child in the car is to ensure that they are in a car seat or a booster seat of the proper size.  It’s difficult sometimes for parents to know if they have the right car seat […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted May 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Next month there will be an exciting new activity in Sturgis for young people aged 6 through 13.  The Trojan Youth Triathlon, conceived by Tom Shumaker and sponsored by several Sturgis businesses and organizations, will be held on June 22.  The triathlon will begin at 9 am with a swim at the Sturgis Community Pool […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted May 22, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Three Rivers Area Mentoring is busy preparing for the annual Stand for Children picnic.  This event is always held on or near June 1 and the goal is to raise awareness in the community of the many needs of children.  TRAM is asking for volunteers to help set up booths, to sign people in, to […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted May 15, 2013 by Bruce Snook

May is National Foster Care Month.  There are approximately 14,000 children in foster care in Michigan at any given point in time.  These children have many needs and the community can play an important role in helping.  Regardless of how much time you have to give, there are ways that you can help.  Check out […]

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‘Planting day’ at Triple Ripple Community Gardens

Posted May 12, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Saturday (May 11) was ‘planting day’ at Triple Ripple Community Gardens, a project located behind the old Huss School in Three Rivers. Volunteers were busy during the midday hours launching the 2013 growing season at the garden site that occupies about a half-acre of the four-acre Huss School site. During an interview with the River […]

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Volunteers sought for ‘Veterans Stand Down’ in Benton Harbor May 17th

Posted May 9, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Volunteers are needed to assist with a ‘Veterans Stand Down’ in Benton Harbor on Friday, May 17th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Volunteers would be helping to escort Veteran participants around to the various stations at the event which will be held at the Benton Harbor Salvation Army at 223 Michigan Street in Benton […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted May 8, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Now that warm weather has finally arrived, it’s time to get outdoors and start on those spring chores.  On Saturday, May 11, Three Rivers residents are invited to participate in Three Rivers Community Pride Day.  Volunteers will be busy pulling weeds, planting flowers, picking up trash, painting lamp posts, and cleaning out the ponds at […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted May 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

When a person is diagnosed with mental illness they often lose important parts of their life.  They frequently lose their jobs, relationships with people close to them often disintegrate, and they may seem to lose their role in society.  They, in a sense, sometimes become nothing more than their mental illness.  In St. Joseph County, […]

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The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted April 24, 2013 by Bruce Snook

This is the final week of our April series spotlighting outstanding volunteers in the St. Joseph County area.  These individuals were nominated by the agencies with whom they work as a way of recognizing their generous contributions and the value they bring to those organizations and the clients they serve.  It has been a personal […]

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