The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 23, 2001 · Page 28
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 28

Salina, Kansas
Issue Date:
Monday, April 23, 2001
Page 28
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THE SALINA JOURNAL MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2000 1 ' By the staff of The Volunteer Connection "Change the World - Volunteer" is the theme for the 28th annual observance of National Volunteer Week, April 22-28, 2001. Designed to recognize the efforts of volunteers at the local, state and national levels, the observance of National Volunteer Week began in 1974, when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the Week as an annual celebration of volunteerism. Every President since has signed a Proclamation designating National Volunteer Week as a time to promote and honor the volunteer efforts of all citizens. Locally, proclamations will be read for the observance of National Volunteer Week in Salina and Saline County during meetings of tbe city and county commissions, respectively, on April 23 and 24. The Volunteer Connection serves as a clearinghouse for volunteer activities in the Salina / Saline County area. The time, talents, energy and experience of a wide array of volunteers, ranging in age from 5 - 100, are matched with needs among an equally wide array of community service entities. Every one of those volunteers helps "change the world" through their impact on our community, as well as on the lives of those that they serve. Monthly listings of volunteer opportunities are provided by the Volunteer Connection and published in the Life section of the Salina Journal on the second Sunday of the month. Volunteer opportunities and the ability to register your volunteer interests will soon be incorporated into The Volunteer Connection's new web site at teerconnection. Community-wide service projects are also coordinated through The Volunteer Connection in observance of national service days such as Make A Difference Day and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Over 50 volunteers, many of them teenagers, scraped and painted an elderly woman's house and raked her yard on October 28, 2000. Another group of 40 volunteers, again heavily populated by teens. helped paint, clean and sort donations at the Domestic Violence Association on January 15, 2001. Three primary program services enable The Volunteer Connection to serve a variety of citizens, both as volunteers and recipients of volunteer services: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), The Youth and Young Adult Program and the Salina Area Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program. RSVP matches the time and talents of persons age 55 and over with volunteer opportunities in community service agencies, health care facilities, educational institutions and government offices. In addition to this "matchmaking" role, supportive services including volunteer-service related transportation, accident and liability insurance coverage, and recognition activities are provided, as well as mileage and meal reimbursement, when applicable. In addition to a myriad of individual volunteer activities, RSVP also supports three special volunteer groups. The RSVP Chorus, practices weekly at the Senior Center and entertains at a number of area nursing and retirement homes monthly. The RSVP Sewing Circle meets at the Senior Center weekly to turn donated fabric into tied comforters of all sizes to be shared with clients of local agencies which serve persons in need, e.g. the American Red Cross, Central Kansas Foundation, Domestic Violence Association, Rescue Mission, etc. The RSVP Reading Mentors stimulate reading skills and share lunch with Whittier School first graders. Additional volunteers are needed, and welcome, to join any of these efforts. The Youth and Young Adult program refers individuals under age 55, and groups of all ages, to volunteer needs among community service entities, as well. Local promotion of The President's Student Service Challenge, Continued on page 3 People J-[elpin£ People... Jiakin£ a Difference Together. For your willingness to give to others... Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center would like to extend a special thank you to all the community organizations and individuals who make our lives much brighter. We. Appreciate You! ML RdiAbiliTATbN CENTER 1007 Johnstown Salina 67401 785-823-7107 SALINA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH Central Mall, Salina • 1-3 p.m. in Sears Court Don't miss out on these wonderful Items and a great opportunity to help your community! All proceeds to benefit a Salina family in nee(J of decent affordable housing. ^^^^^^ • Playhouse • Outdoor Furniture • BirdhousfS^*^' • Sculptures • Paintings • Pots • Hanging Quilts ^"^^ • Decorative Lawn Sprinkler • Wreaths • Bicycle • Yard Sculpture by Dick Bergen • Rustic Utility Shed • Dog House • Garden Installation by Courtyard Creations • Baskets of Flowers • Room Divider • Many Unusual Items! : \ .^j;-:.,, Salina Habitat, PC Box 3583. Salina, KS 67402-3583 .Eor.riipre itifor!|)pition .ca|7^^^^^^

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