Say 'thanks' to those who volunteers


Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 12:13 a.m.
Q:"How can I say thank you to people who volunteer?"
A:Alachua County is blessed with many wonderful individuals, groups, companies and organizations who give back to the community. Now is the time to think about these givers and nominate them for the Work of Hearts Award from the Volunteer Center. Our award banquet will be April 10 at the Reitz Union and is the perfect way to tell our volunteers we really appreciate all you do for this community. To learn more about the Work of Heart Award and to get an application contact the Volunteer Center at 378-2552.
  • Q:"How can I help the homeless?"
    A:Consider donating a blanket or organizing a blanket drive for the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry. All donations can be dropped off at the Alachua County Housing Authority, 703 NE 1st St. in Gainesville. Be proactive and start by finding out how your church is involved with the Interfaith Hospitality Network. If they are not involved perhaps you can suggest to your church that this is something you would like to spearhead or contact IHN and offer to volunteer at one of their congregational sites. Contact your local school board and offer to mentor for a child who is homeless. For contact information on these agencies and additional opportunities they have available, please check the Volunteer Center Web site at www.VolunteerGainesville.org.
  • n n Q:"Are there any weekend volunteer opportunities coming up in January and February?"
    A:Martin Luther King week begins Jan. 15, call and find out how you might be able to help. Be a volunteer at the 8th annual Air Potato Roundup on Jan. 27. Consider volunteering with the Hoggetown Medieval Fair the last weekend in January and the first weekend in February. If you like marathons consider contacting LifeSouth and find out how you can help with their upcoming Five Points of Life Run in February. For more information on agencies where you and your family can volunteer, visit the Volunteer Center's Web site at www.VolunteerGainesville.org.
    Ask Pat Bellis a question about volunteering at 378-2552 or pbellis@gator.net.
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