Archive for Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lawrence Free Community Christmas Day Dinner seeks helping hands, food donations

December 18, 2011


Event: Lawrence Free Community Christmas Day Dinner

Contact: Brower Burchill, 785-843-9199

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: Organizers now report that they have all of the meat they need for the dinner. However, baked pies still are needed Christmas morning.

Here's what we reported previously:

The Lawrence Free Community Christmas Day Dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt. Volunteers are needed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a variety of tasks, including preparing and serving the meal, and delivering meals to community members. Additionally, turkeys and hams are needed before Saturday, and baked pies are needed on Christmas morning. Please call Brower Burchill at 785-843-9199 with any questions.

Immediate needs

• CLO’s Midnight Farm is in need of volunteers for its Therapeutic Horseback Riding Camp for children with developmental disabilities. The after-school camp will be for two hours every Monday from today until March 26 at its farm east of Lawrence, between Eudora and Baldwin City. Volunteers are needed to lead horses during the riding lessons, walk alongside the horse to assist the rider with support and to interact with children during activities. No previous horse experience is required for side-walkers, and all necessary training will be provided. Volunteers must be 14 years of age to work in the riding program, and horse leaders must have previous experience and additional Midnight Farm training. To find out how to get involved, please contact Brett Bauer at 785-979-1889 or

• Project LIVELY with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is still in need of a volunteer who can assist one of its elderly clients in Lawrence. An older gentleman who lives close to the Kansas University campus is in need of help raking his front and backyards as well as assistance in sweeping out his carport. If you’re available to help out this Project LIVELY client, please contact Sarah Norman at 785-843-3060 or

• Independence Inc. is seeking a volunteer who can assist a blind client living in Baldwin City. Someone is needed to help read his mail and other materials to him on a weekly basis. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Bob Mikesic at 785-841-0333, ext. 107.

— For more volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Reid at the United Way’s Roger Hill Volunteer Center, at 785-865-5030 or, or go to


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