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Micanopy Library's Annual Fundraising Party is April 20
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Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.
Friends of the Micanopy Library is having its 10th Anniversary and Annual Fundraising Party noon-4 p.m. April 20 in Micanopy at the Thrasher Warehouse on Cholokka Boulevard.
A barbecue lunch, silent auction, music, square dancing and special guests are among the events scheduled.
Micanopy Tutoring tutors 25-30 children four days a week year-round with dramatic results. Many of the tutors are from the University of Florida Work/Study Program, while others are local volunteers and UF interns.
Come to the party to support our children. We have broad community support as well as important partners including the Town of Micanopy, the Alachua County Library District, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, the University of Florida, Alachua County and United Way.
Call 466-3220 for more information.
Help protect rights of seniors
Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of seniors living in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and adult family care homes.
The program’s local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification are provided.
For more information, call 888-831-0404 or visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.
The local council meets at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16 and June 20 at the Alachua Regional Service Center, 14107 NW U.S. 441 in Alachua. Concerned residents and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.
The Honor Center, a resident treatment center for veterans in Gainesville, is in need of used bicycles to provide transportation for veterans. They will use the donated bikes to get to classes, the VA and to jobs as they are able to move out into the community.
To donate a bike, call 378-7063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pickup.
Advocate for kids
Through no fault of their own, children are removed from their families and familiar surroundings because their parents neglected and abused them. The overburdened child welfare system cannot always give thorough attention to each child whose case they manage.
That is why the courts appoint a Guardian ad Litem to represent the child’s best interest throughout the time they are dependents of the state. The Guardian volunteer helps the child understand what is going on, spends time getting to know the child, makes recommendations directly to the court and assures the child does not get lost in the system.
Volunteers do not need a legal background; training will be provided. In a few hours a month, volunteers can make a profound difference in a child’s life.
An evening class starts April 22, and a daytime class starts June 17. Class size is limited, so apply early. For information, call 548-3823 or go to www.gal.alachua.fl.org.
Help feed the hungry
Bread of the Mighty Food Bank is ever thankful to the Gainesville Community for support throughout the year. Working together, we are able to provide food for the hungry in our community.
You can help by donating financially: With our purchasing power, we can buy and distribute up to 10 pounds of food for each dollar donated. Or “buy one get one,” and donate the free item to the Food Bank. Consider conducting a food/fund drive. Check our “wish list” on amazon.com.
We love volunteers; to learn more, call 336-0839 and see how you can help. Don’t forget our upcoming second annual Empty Bowls on May 2. For more information, go to www.breadofthemighty.org.
Living Healthy volunteer training
Living Healthy is a Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) workshop that helps people take control of their health condition. As a program leader, you will help change lives. Receive specialized training to deliver this high-quality, self-management program.
Living Healthy leaders are nonprofessionals (peers) or health professionals, including retirees, with one or more ongoing health condition.
Leaders must be able to read and follow a scripted leader manual. They also should be comfortable talking before groups and be nonjudgmental and motivated to help others.
Leaders become certified to lead Living Healthy workshops by attending a 24-hour intensive training class and must conduct a workshop within four months after completing training. Leaders’ schedules should allow them to conduct a six-week, 2½-hour workshop for participants with ongoing health conditions.
The next leader training will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10, 11, 17 and 18 at Elder Options, 100 SW 75th St., Suite 301. To register or for more information, contact Elizabeth Dalusio-Floyd at 692-5252, 800-262-2243, ext. 152, or email email@example.com.
Assist with community's health needs
The Alachua Area Medical Reserve Corps provides volunteer assistance to our community and surrounding counties for relief efforts in disaster situations and for health care needs.
Among the ways you can help: medical coverage of hurricane shelters, support for firefighters in prolonged wildfire containment and in the administration of flu immunizations to schools and county organizations.
While most of our members are health care professionals, many are administrators, teachers, support personnel and others interested in contributing.
We meet quarterly to review current projects, orient team members to newly acquired equipment and prepare for future needs.
For information on joining AAMRC, visit www.aamrc.com, or call Brad Caron or Kris Faircloth at 334-7913 at the Alachua County Health Department.
Donate pet food
Home Van Pet Care’s primary mission is to provide pet food for companion animals of homeless people in the community.
Donations of dog and cat food, as well as financial donations, are always needed.
Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising, preparing pet food for distribution and to assist clients at spay/neuter clinics.
To donate pet food or to volunteer, call 473-9423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Monetary donations can be made by check to: Home Van Pet Care Project, c/o Elizabeth Howard, P.O. Box 14305, Gainesville, FL 32604 or by PayPal at http://homevanpetcareproject.blogspot.com.