THE SAUNA JOURNAL MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2000 3 Continued from page 1 which recognizes students from kindergarten through college (ages 5-25), for their contributions to the community, was initiated last year through the Volunteer Connection, with the support of the Salina Civitan Club. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade, or ages 5-14, who register with The Volunteer Connection and contribute fifty hours of community service in a twelve month period are presented with a silver pin, a letter and a certificate signed by the President at their Spring school awards assembly. Students of any age who register with the Volunteer Connection and contribute at least 100 hours of community service receive a gold pin. Presidential letter and certificate. High school juniors and seniors who have earned Gold Awards are also eligible to compete for two $1000 President's Student Service Scholarships which can be awarded in each of the participating local high schools. Fifty percent of each scholarship is funded by the Corporation for National Service, with the remaining 50% being provided locally by the Salina Civitan Club. Gold and Silver pins are also being provided to awardees through the generous support of the local Civitans. One hundred forty students representing five local high schools have enrolled in the President's Student Service Challenge in its first two years, with more than 5,000 hours of service reported by participants for the past twelve months. The contributions of these students are exemplary, with the Airport Disaster Drill, Senior Center, hospital, nursing homes and service day projects representing only a few of their many activities. The Salina Area Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program enables persons in the Salina area who are living with special challenges to maintain their independence as long as possible through the support of volunteers. Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers provide the kind of help an extended family might to persons who often have no family available. The services they perform may be one time or ongoing. The needs may seem simple, but are often for services which are difficult to obtain, e.g., transportation to medical appointments in or out of town, household chores, friendly visits, respite care to relieve family caregivers, installation of adaptive or safety devices, such as grab bars, etc. Interfaith Volunteer Care givers are also covered with volunteer service-related accident and liability insurance and are provided with applicable training opportunities. In celebration of National Volunteer Week, The Volunteer Connection says THANK YOU to the many area residents who volunteer; you definitely make a difference in the quality of life in our community. If you are not cur rently involved, we encourage you to get connected to one or more of the many opportunities to help change the world, and yourself, through volunteering. If you think you don't have enough time, come in and talk to us. You will be surprised at the amount of difference an hour a week, or even a month, can make! To learn where volunteers are needed in the Salina area, call The Volunteer Con- V'l 11 ocxxoooccccco We would like to thank all the great volunteers who made our 2000-2001 season such a success. Many Upcoming Opportunities! CaU827-6126to lend a handl cccccco Onl)' one in Uvcnty adulls is actively eniiaued wiili coninuinilv kids.'^' Are You The One??? Or one of the nineteen??? GET INVOLVED!!!!! .AS Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina 785-825-5509 firstname.lastname@example.org *Newly released study from Lutiteran Brotherhood and Search hstitute. i nection at 823-3128, or visit us in our office at 239 N. Santa Fe. Office hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with appointments available at other times, if needed. The Volunteer Connection is sponsored by Kansas Wesleyan University. Its program services receive primary support from the Corporation for National Service and the Salina Area United Way, as well as a variety of fundraising events. Saline Co. Fire Dist. #5 Saline Co. Fire Dist. #5 is made up of 16 men & women that volunteer their time to serving the eastern section of Saline Co.. Besides fighting fires their time also involves training, EMS 1st Responder calls, truck & station maintenance as well as public service. In the year 2000, the district responded to 116 Fire & EMS calls. Over 50% of the districts' membership responded to 70% of those calls. With this dedication, our district is able to better serve our commimity families and our members are proud to say they belong to Saline Co. Fire Dist. #5. Volunteerism 2001 Volunteerism is a very important element for human service organizations. Without the important resource of donated time, nearly aU organizations could not accomplish their mission and programs that serve our community. The twenty partner organizations of Salina Area United Way collectively report that 6088 volunteers donated nearly 213,000 hours of service during 2000. Salina Area United Way's records show that 273 United Way volunteers donated over 4,000 hours of service to the community. Their time was spent generating resources, making sure that the resources were used wisely for the greater good of the community and trying new approaches to solving community problems. If you would be interested in being part of this team, contact Salina Area United Way at 827-1312 (email@example.com) for more information or contact The Volunteer Connection at 823-3128. By'Gone Days April 28-29 Kids Pedal Pull Saturday 4 p.m. Tractor Pull Sunday Thanks to our many volunteers who help keep our museum going! www.f lywheel @tri.net.f lywheel 1100 W. Diamond Dr. Salina, KS 67401 OPEN DAILY 1-7 p.m. / Closed Mondays, May-Oct.
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