Ways to help yourself, others
Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.
Q: My New Year's resolution was to help others in my community and to be a better steward of myself. Is it possible to do both at the same time?
A: Calling all runners and walkers! Volunteers are needed for all LifeSouth's Five Points of Life Race Weekend events including the Fitness EXPO, Kids Marathon and 5K on Feb. 23 and the marathon and half-marathon on Feb. 24.
Five Points of Life raises awareness of the need for lifesaving donations of blood, aphaeresis, marrow, cord blood, and organ and tissue.
You can volunteer through the Gainesville Sports Commission (GSCO) at 338-9300 or check their Web site at www.gainesvillesportscommission.com.
All medical volunteers for the race should contact UF & Shands Orthopeadics and Sports Medicine Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273-7074.
Q: When should I look for a project to do during spring break?
A: NOW! If you are a student looking for hours for your Bright Futures scholarship application or someone who just wants to do something, do your homework and find out what the agency requires from you before you call them and offer to volunteer. Many agencies require a background check and some require references.
If you are a student, find out if there is a school project that you can participate in. Check the Master Calendar of Events produced by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreations and Cultural Affairs (www.gvlculturalaffairs.org) or the upcoming events listed in The Gainesville Sun.
Q: I like to repair things. Where can I help in my community?
A: There are many thrift shops in Alachua County that would be delighted to have your services.
The Haven Hospice Resale Store (378-7484) is looking for someone who can test appliances and computers that come into the store to make sure they work before they are put out for sale. The Humane Society Thrift Shop (379-9522) could use your help if you are mechanically inclined as can the thrift shops for Habitat for Humanity (373-5728) and Peaceful Path (379-3133).
If you're interested, take a moment to call and find out how you can volunteer.
If you cannot volunteer, but have items you wish to donate, remember your contributions may be tax deductible, so save money, and help someone in your community.
Have questions about volunteering? E-mail Pat Bellis at email@example.com.
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