School volunteers are needed to listen to students read, to eat lunch with students and to be mentors. EARS volunteers (Everyone Able to Read by Sharing) go into elementary schools and listen to school-age children read. YouthFriends is a school-based mentoring program where volunteers take 40 minutes a week to eat lunch and do an activity with their student. For more time flexibility, Big Brothers Big Sisters activities are often completed outside of school hours. Choose where you want to volunteer and start making a difference in a young person’s life today.
We are asking for the community’s help in finding individuals interested in training and preparing basic income tax returns for low-income and elderly people. Volunteers will prepare federal, state and homestead tax returns. We need to receive enough volunteers to continue preparing taxes in Barton County. Call to hear more about helping with this valued community service.
The Red Cross is having a blood drive on Monday, September 20 from 11:15-6:30 at the St. Rose auditorium. If you are able to help, phone Joyce at 786-7557 and let her know your normal shift and position. You may donate blood every 56 days.
Thank you to the parishioners of Foundry Methodist for delivering Meals on Wheels during the July Sundays and to First United Methodist for the August weekends.
The RSVP Office will be closed on September 6 for Labor Day.
For any of the listed activities or to find out about other volunteer opportunities, call the RSVP office at 792-1614 or check out our Web site at www.bartonrsvp.org. The RSVP office is located at 1025 Main, Room D114. People age 55-plus are urged to contact RSVP to find out how they can make a difference in the lives of others in the community. RSVP volunteers are covered by insurance at no cost to them while they are volunteering and, when funds allow, can be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses while volunteering.
The Barton County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is funded by grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the United Way of Barton County. Midwest Energy, Barton County and the Great Bend Commission on Aging also provide special funding to reimburse volunteers for some medical transportation. Barton County RSVP is sponsored by Barton Community College. Kay Boyd may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Joyce Niederee at email@example.com and John Thul at firstname.lastname@example.org.