Editorial

If you’re thankful and you know it...volunteer!

Monday, November 20, 2017

As we approach the holiday season, most of us appreciate the many blessings we have been granted all year long; Particularly during the Thanksgiving holiday, where we express our thanks and the things we are thankful for. As we reflect on our blessings and feel grateful for them, it’s important to remember those in our community who are in need. One of the richest aspects of Greene County is its people, and the overwhelming number who are willing to help out when needed. It’s as though our residents realize how lucky we are to live here, and feel a debt of gratitude they are more than happy to pay. Many other people are more than willing to help, but are unsure of how to do so. For those people, and for anyone else looking for ways to express their gratitude for blessings received, we offer this list of organizations in our county that could use your help as they help us all. The expanded list and further information are available by visiting www.my.vinu.edu. From the main page, select ‘Volunteer’ and scroll to Greene County.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Greene County Daily World!

• Greene County Humane Society

Greene County Humane Society is looking for animal lovers. Anyone 15 years of age or older is welcome. Dog walkers are at the top of the list! Whether you have an extra 30 minutes once a week or can come by daily, the dogs love to be taken for walks to burn off some energy and to get some fresh air. (812) 847-4780

• Build A Basket

Build A Basket is an award - winning volunteer program and a wonderful way to give during the holiday season. Fill a basket with household items for a homebound client at Christmas time. 1-800-742-9002

• Son Shine Shop

Volunteer activities may include greeting customers and running the cash register. Volunteers are also needed to sort through donations, hang up clothes, set out merchandise, keep store neat & tidy, and help customers as needed. Phone: (812) 875-2286

• Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library

Volunteers are needed more frequently during the summer months. Volunteers at the library may scan and sort books for sale and/or dust shelves, books and DVDs. The library also participates in Color for a Cause. (812) 384-4125

• Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center

Volunteers are needed to sit at the reception desk to be a friendly face and share what is available within the center to visitors. The building is also offered as a meeting space and volunteers are needed on occasion to open and close the building in the evenings. This also requires looking after the memorabilia and art within the building. (812) 847-0165

• Glenburn Home

Would love to have volunteers to visit with residents and to participate or lead the numerous activities that they offer to their residents. These activities include, but are not limited to painting residents fingernails, reading to or sharing devotions with residents, shopping for residents, and accompanying residents on outings. Residents very much enjoy and appreciate all those who volunteer! (812) 847-2221

• Shakamak Good Samaritan Retirement Community

Is looking for anyone with a heart to help the elderly or who has a talent to share at the Jasonville Retirement Community. At any time, volunteers may read to, or visit with, residents. Day or evening Men’s and Women’s Group leaders are also needed. If you have a musical talent, there are opportunities throughout the day to share your talent that would be enjoyed greatly by the residents. (812) 665-2226

• Middle Way House, Inc.

Volunteers are welcome to plan/implement special events, help educate the community, complete office work, aid in crisis intervention and personal/legal advocacy. All volunteers must complete an eight- hour volunteer training session and other specialized training as needed. (812) 336-0846

• SON Ministries, Inc.

If you have a desire to be on the front line of helping locally, they have a need for you. They support the local food pantry, thrift store, summer food program, CAM (coordinated assistance ministry), furniture and appliance ministry and the back-to-school clothing giveaway. There are a variety of needs within each of these programs. Volunteering your time with any of these community outreach programs is guaranteed to satisfy the needs of many local families. http://lcfp.webs.com

• Pregnancy Choices

A faith-based organization that is passionate about embracing, equipping, and empowering pregnant women and their families. They are looking for equally passionate volunteers to teach Bible study lessons, parenting classes, and assist at the front desk. (812) 847-4611.

• Open Arms Christian Ministries

provides a wide variety of services to the community such as HSE (GED) classes, foster parent training and assistance, assistance with credit recovery, and working with at-risk and/or youth with a troubled past. Please visit their website at www.openarmschristian.com to find out more about this organization. (812) 659-2533.

• VIP, Grand Friends, Scouts and AngelCorps

Very Important Pals, Grand Friends, Scouts, and AngelCorps offer opportunites including intergenerational contact and socialization for those in skilled care or who are homebound. All ages welcome. (812) 381-0441

• Senior Medicare Patrol

SMP staff and their highly - trained volunteers conduct outreach to Medicare beneficiaries in their communities through group presentations, exhibiting at community events, answering calls to the SMP help lines and one-on-one counseling. Most SMP volunteers are both retired and Medicare beneficiaries and thus well-positioned to assist their peers. (317) 205-9201 ext. 207.

• Worthington Food Pantry

Volunteers at the food pantry are needed to load and unload goods and commodities. They may also be asked to assist customers to their vehicles with their bags and help to keep track of the point system for the client as they are selecting their items. (812) 875-2286.

• Lyons Health and Living Center

is looking for volunteers to offer a variety of activities to their residents. Activities might include devotions, arts/crafts, reading, storytelling, music, or whatever talent a volunteer might like to share. One-on-one visits are also an option for volunteering at Lyons Health and Living Center. (812) 659-1440

• Literacy Coalition of Greene Co. Inc

The coalition is looking for dedicated volunteers that can help a single individual aged 18 and up to prepare for the TASC (formally known as GED). The volunteer will follow the individual from beginning of the process and will continue assisting the individual in the learning process through the passing of the test. 812-384-4125

• Linton Community Food Pantry & Thrift Store

This community outreach program is looking for a variety of volunteers. Anyone with a truck is often needed to pick up donations from a variety of locations. Loading and unloading of donations and scheduled deliveries are also appreciated. If you would like to help out during operating hours (Tues. and Thurs. 1-4 and Sat. 12-12), volunteers are needed to check in consumers at the computer, help consumers select items, sort and display merchandise, change merchandise seasonally and haul donations to Goodwill. Cleaning duties are always appreciated, as well. http://lcfp.webs.com

• Linton Nursing and Rehabilitation

Volunteers are needed to visit with and/or read to residents. There is an additional need for individuals or groups to participate in or lead activities for the residence. If you or your group have a special talent to share, or if you enjoy playing cards, board games, coloring, etc. you are sure to make a difference here. Volunteering with a small community of people has many benefits not only for the residents, but also for the individual volunteer. (812) 847-4426

• PACE Head Start/Early Head Start

They need volunteers for children and family outreach, working with and interacting with groups of children, craft preparation, reading to the children, and sharing a talent such as music and storytelling. (812) 847-7687

• Disablility Awareness

volunteers aid in the hands-on program for area 5th graders. This program offers students an opportunity to take part in different disability awareness activities.

• Color For A Cause

is an award - winning volunteer program that makes it possible for preschool and elementary students to decorate placemats and coloring pages for Meals on Wheels clients, as well as skilled care facility residents.

• Bloomfield Lions Club

Vision screen volunteers conduct children’s vision screens across Greene County. www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/

bloomfield_in/

• Worthington Senior Citizen Center

Would love to have volunteers with any talent to share. These activities may include just sharing a talent or providing a interactive activity. For example, music, arts & crafts, perhaps a simple cooking class, nature lesson, story telling, etc. Volunteers are also needed to visit the homebound and make/send cards. (812) 875-2525

•Linton First Baptist Church

The greatest need is with homework from 3:40 pm to 4:10 pm. Grades 1 - 5 need assistance with basic math, reading, spelling, vocabulary, and study assistance for tests. A simple, kid - friendly meal is served and volunteers are needed to help prepare and clean-up. They also offer daily workshops which include volunteer projects and community outreach, character building classes and activities, art and cooking classes, as well as visiting and playing games with Glenburn residents. (812) 847-4816

• Friends of Goosepond

Volunteers are critical to the expanding work of Friends of Goose Pond. We are always seeking individuals interested in helping with our activities. Needed are tour guides, chaperones and many other positions. www.friendsofgoosepond.org/volunteers/

• God’s Safe Haven

God’s Safe Haven is a free store in Jasonville for anyone that may be in need. Volunteers are needed to sort and wash donations and help customers. (812) 665-9599.

“Volunteers that share their time/talents with others not only benefit that person or agency, but they also receive the benefits themselves in helping others,” said Sandy Carpenter, Generations of Greene County AngelWorx Coordinator.

“Our AngelWorx program has been active in Greene County since 2004,” Carpenter said. “AngelWorx volunteers can be assigned to a homebound VIP and send cards, letters or make phone calls for more socialization and friendship for the homebound person. We also have clubs, classes, and organizations that volunteer with projects such as Build a Basket and Color for a Cause. We now have the RSVP program in Greene County for volunteers 55 and older. There are several opportunities for them right now in our county. We are currently planning Matter of Balance classes and need volunteer coaches that are interested in helping teach fall prevention. This could be a good fit for someone 55 and older or for a college student interested in fall prevention. We are very passionate about this program and are planning some more Greene County classes soon.” Carpenter works with and organizes the Volunteer Center of Greene County, and can be reached at 812-381-0441 by phone or via email at sscarpenter@gmail.com.