The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 16, 2001 · Page 19
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 19

Salina, Kansas
Issue Date:
Monday, April 16, 2001
Page 19
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UP OMER 16-year-oldJenna Newcomer is an old hand at volunteering By MICHAEL STRAND The Salina Journal She's a museum decent, she demonstrates butter churning and candle dipping during Kansas Days and runs a spring nature camp for kids. And she's just 16. In addition to maintaining a busy schedule as a home- schooled high school student, Jenna Newcomer also donates her time to a host of community organizations — roughly 25 or 30 hours a month "and sometimes a lot more than that, depending on the need." Though the bulk of her time is spent at the Smoky Hill Museum or Access TV, Newcomer helps an array of other organizations: Salina Emergency Aid/Food Bank, Red Cross, Ashby House, Salvation Army, Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas and Smoky HiU River Festival. She's also active in 4-H, where she leads groups of young children in various activities. "I reaUy enjoy volunteering. I like working with kids," she said. "And people really appreciate what you do — I feel I can help someone." And while walking into a place such as the Smoky Hill Museum and asking "How can I help?" might seem a bit daunting to some. Newcomer says it's not as tough as it sounds. "You have to remember people are very friendly and would love to have help," she said. "When I walked into the museum and asked if I could give tours, they were thrilled." "You don't have to have any special skills or a degree" to help at the museum, education coordinator Jenny Disney said. "We have greeters, people who do research at the library, and the training for a decent isn't that tough. If you're handy with tools or a paintbrush, you can help. See VOLUNTEER, Page 8 A shorter roster for Jenna Newcomer might be to list the places where she doesn't volunteer. Journal photo

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