Now is a great time to recycle clothes and games

Published 8:13 am Tuesday, July 5, 2005

By Staff
Are you and the family into the midsummer doldrums? Too hot to play outside? Too confined to stay inside? Why not clean out some closets, the attic or the basement and see what you can donate to local shelters or to thrift shops? Check out the kids' closets - outgrown clothes are a welcome sight for those who need them. Old board games that are intact can be a real gift to a family who doesn't have any. Use your imagination - recycle for a good cause!
CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES is having three Respite Summer Camps for special needs children/youth beginning in July. The first 2 camps are: July 11-15 and July 25-29, both from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
These first 2 camps are for younger children. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. The 2nd camp is: Aug.8, 9, 10, 11, &12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This camp is for older youth so volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Volunteers will have to go through training, get a TB test, and agree to a background check for criminal history and central registry. Interested?
THE YWCA OF BERRIEN COUNTY seeks to empower women and eliminate racism.
The YWCA provides a Clothing Closet for low-income women who need, but cannot afford, business clothing for their workplace. The Closet would welcome the support of a coordinator who could work on Mondays from 10- 12 noon and/or Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. Organizational skills are critical for this position as is a supportive attitude. To connect, call the Volunteer Center.
THE VOLUNTEER CENTER maintains a Boardbank, both for nonprofits seeking qualified board members and for volunteers seeking board of directors' experience. Presently, there are a number of organizations from throughout Berrien County that are looking for board member candidates. To connect with this volunteer opportunity, contact the Volunteer Center.
CITIZENS FOR PROGRESSIVE CHANGE provides progress through partnerships in the community. Volunteers interested in contributing to the revitalization of Benton Harbor by facilitating these partnerships are welcomed at CPC onweekday mornings from 9-1 p.m. If you would like to participate by answering telephones and supporting other staff, connect by calling the Volunteer Center.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, BERRIEN COUNTY CHAPTER, reports that Berrien County residents utilize more blood products than are collected here. Here' s your chance to change that! Participate in a blood drive in your area.
LAKELAND HOSPITAL- NILES is welcoming volunteers to assist in the Dream Catcher Gift Shop. Volunteers would help individuals, families and employees find wonderful gifts. Money made in the shop is turned back into buying necessary equipment for the hospital. Volunteers are needed Sunday through Saturday, evenings and some days.
A TB test is required and training is provided on the job. Transportation is NOT provided but Dial-A-Ride makes numerous trips to the hospital. Teens must be at least 16 years old and willing to make long term commitment to this volunteer opportunity.
EMERGENCY SHELTER SERVICES provides temporary housing to families and single parents with children, while assisting them to find permanent homes.
Volunteers aged 16 and older are invited to provide support for the administrative assistant by filing, photocopying, and doing errands as needed on any weekday morning. If this sounds interesting, connect by calling the Volunteer Center.
Connect by calling the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan Niles and St. Joseph, at 269.683.5464.