You Can Help

Published 4:30 pm Saturday, November 24, 2012

Here are some of the volunteer openings in Freeborn County. If you can help with any of them or would like to volunteer for other things, call Pat Stumme, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program director, at Senior Resources, 377-7433.

Thanks to all RSVP volunteers: You did it! In the last 12 months, 424 active RSVP volunteers reported 50,839 hours volunteering in Freeborn County! That translates to half a million dollars in services provided at more than 40 sites ranging from rides for elderly residents, elementary readers tutoring, tax aid support, caregiver and respite opportunities, knitted caps, mittens and lap robes, and finally food shelves and congregate meals helpers. We give thanks for you; life in Freeborn County just wouldn’t be the same without you.

Community mentor connection: Children at risk are waiting for mentors who can spend some quality time with them averaging two hours per week. The program offers training and organizes activities you can participate in together. Help make a difference in the life of a child! Another great way to get started would be to help plan events occasionally for mentors and children as you learn more about mentoring. Carolyn Smith coordinates this program; call 383-5272.

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Bell ringers: Plan now when you can help the Salvation Army raise funds ringing bells to provide gifts to make Christmas a better time for area residents. It’s a two-hour shift at Nelson’s Market Place, Shopko, Walmart or indoors at Hy-Vee. Add your name to the schedule by calling The Salvation Army at 373-5710.

RSVP, a program of Senior Resources of Freeborn County, receives some funding through the United Way of Freeborn County, the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Corporation for National and Community Service.