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Archive for Monday, February 25, 2013

How to Help: Meals on Wheels has route openings

February 25, 2013

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Meals of Wheels currently has open routes on Mondays and Thursdays. Do you have one lunch hour a week when you can provide a much-needed hot, nutritious meal to homebound elderly and/or disabled neighbors? Volunteers simply pick up the meals for their route between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., then spend about 45 minutes delivering them. One route can also be split among members of a group so that drivers are delivering less frequently and can cover for each other as needed. Meals on Wheels volunteers range in age from 5 to 90 ­— it’s great way to involve children in service to others. For more information about volunteering, contact Kim at 785-830-8844.

Other immediate needs

• The Villages, an agency that provides emotionally supportive homes and families to children and youths in need, is seeking groups of at least 10 people for several different projects at its Lawrence-area property, including indoor painting and furniture refinishing, outdoor trail maintenance and tree trimming. Experienced painters would be appreciated for indoor work, and adult volunteers, some with their own chain saws, would be very helpful for tree-trimming project. If your church group, civic group or business can take on one of these projects, contact Michael Bradley at 785-267-5900, ext. 104, or mbradley@thevillagesinc.org.

• Wanted: a Big Brother for Guillermo. A fifth-grader who has been on the Big Brothers Big Sisters waiting list for a full year, Guillermo likes school, makes excellent grades and has a lot of friends his own age. With his father living in Mexico and being the only boy in his family, Guillermo is missing is a guy to hang out with. He is open to all kinds of activities. He especially enjoys sports and music and would like to be matched with a volunteer who is “funny, cool and active” to do things like see movies, play basketball or soccer, or go fishing. He also likes riding bikes and playing video games. If you have an hour a week to commit to Guillermo, contact Stacie at 785-843-7359, ext. 112, or sschroeder@ksbbbs.org.

— For more volunteer opportunities, contact the United Way’s Roger Hill Volunteer Center at 785-865-5030 or volunteer@rhvc.org, or go to www.volunteerdouglascounty.org.

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