You Can Help

Published 6:41 pm Saturday, December 29, 2012

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities currently open in Freeborn County. If you can help with any of them or would like to volunteer for others, call Pat Stumme, RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program director, at Senior Resources, 377-7433 also 800-642-1875.

Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea: Your presence is a gift to residents any day and particularly when they have medical appointments. As a medical escort, you meet the resident at the clinic to help them. Other volunteer options include assisting with special programs and activities or daily needs. Please contact Stacy Johnson at 379-2716 or Janelle Merkouris at 379-2754, both at Good Samaritan, to begin making brighter days ahead.

Community Mentor Connection: January is national Mentoring Month, and boys and girls are waiting for men and women mentors. As a mentor, you spend some fun time with a child averaging two hours each week. The program offers training and organizes activities you can participate in together. Another great way to get started would be to help plan events occasionally for mentors and children while you learn more about mentoring. Carolyn Smith coordinates this program, and she can be reached at 507-383-5272.

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Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast volunteers: Help make Jan. 21 a day for service by helping to plan for the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast in Albert Lea. It will be in Bethany Hall at First Lutheran Church from 7 to 8 a.m. Call Stumme at Senior Resources/RSVP at 377-7433 to lend a hand.

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