Linn Hogg joined the Volunteers in Action team on March 1 and has really hit the ground running. She has developed several projects utilizing young people for April, beginning with the food drive “Check Out Hunger” held on April 6 with RSVP volunteers, 6th graders from Holy Family School in Great Bend, Brownies and Girl Scouts. This inter-generational project benefits the Community Food Bank of Barton County which has already served 1,700 Barton County residents since January 2013; 44% of those served are children. 6,705 Barton County residents were served in all of 2012.
Community clean-up projects with school age children are also planned for the weekend of April 26-28 in Ellinwood and Hoisington as part of Global Youth Service Days. In Great Bend, the GBHS will allow students to leave school to work on volunteer projects all over town on Wednesday, April 24; Volunteers in Action has assisted GBHS with several projects for the day. We are also recruiting volunteers to assist with a fund-raising project for Sunflower Diversified, Inc at the end of April. Call Linn at 786-7559 for more information on any of these projects.
Central Kansas CASA, Inc provides advocacy for abused and neglected children through a pool of trained volunteers who speak for the best interests of the children until a safe, loving and permanent home is found. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens with a variety of occupations, backgrounds and experience but have one important thing in common. They are all caring individuals that want to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child. Training and a background check are required. Volunteers are currently needed for this very worthwhile program. Please contact Angela Schepmann at 792-5544 for more information or to apply.
The RSVP Medical Transportation Program is currently looking for a few special people. Volunteers in this program use personal vehicles to provide transportation to necessary medical appointments; RSVP reimburses volunteers for the cost of fuel. You have full discretion to choose local, short, or longer trips depending on your personal schedule. You will never be asked to travel on a bad weather day. Call Carol at 792-1614.
Meals on Wheels in Hoisington is in need of substitute drivers to deliver noon meals within the city limits of Hoisington. The program has a roster of regular drivers but needs substitutes for those occasions that the regular drivers can’t make their routes. There are currently nine homebound people that receive meals and all live within the city limits of Hoisington. This volunteer job only takes about an hour of your time from beginning to end but the daily welfare check can be important to the homebound individuals that receive meals. Call Yvonne at 792-1833.
Don’t forget that Kraft Pillow Cleaning will be in Great Bend from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on April 20th. The mobile unit will be located in the parking lot of the RSVP office at 1025 Main. For more information, contact 792-1614.
Volunteers in Action have recycled flowers for sale at 1025 Main #D114 in Great Bend and at the thrift shop, 158 S Main in Hoisington. These flowers have been fluffed by RSVP volunteers and will be sold at bargain basement prices; most of the flowers will be $5 down to $1. You owe it to yourself to check it out.
Proceeds from the sale of the Memorial Day flowers will be used to fund a recognition event for RSVP volunteers. Help us to give our volunteers a much-deserved “Thank you” by purchasing Memorial Flowers this year!