Help stamp out hunger this Saturday

Published 10:25 am Tuesday, May 9, 2006

By Staff
The National Association of Letter Carrier's “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” will be May 13. Since this event was organized in 1993, over 658 million pounds of food have been collected to help feed America's hungry. Your family can work with mail carriers to collect the food set out on their routes either on foot or in your personal vehicle. To address this global issue locally call the Volunteer Center.
Would you and your family enjoy spending time with a senior adult?
Many residents in local facilities do not have family to visit them and would enjoy spending time with you and your children. Call the Volunteer Center to learn more about this opportunity and to give your children the gift of sharing time with our community elders.
THE BERRIEN COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT manages land and water resources and assists landowners in controlling erosion. Are you a conservationist, but prefer to work indoors? The district office would welcome your assistance in supporting the operation of their field office.
RIVERWOOD CENTER offers an opportunity for parents to learn additional parenting skills through a weekly class to be held this summer in Niles. If you would like to be a volunteer child care worker overseeing the children of class participants on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., your time would be welcomed.
S-O-S of MADISON CENTER is the rape crisis center located in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Volunteer Advocates provide 24-hour crisis intervention in person at area Emergency Departments and on the phone to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The next training for Volunteer Advocates will begin on Thursday, May 25th from 6-9 p.m. and will continue on consecutive Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Interested volunteers must first apply to S-O-S before taking the training.
THE BERRIEN COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS reports that Berrien County residents use more blood products than we donate. Let's change that! The next Blood drive will be coming to your area soon:
Thursday, May 18 - Buchanan High School, 401 W. Chicago - 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
There are a number of local nonprofit organizations that are in the process of building their websites, or would like assistance in maintaining their websites. Because we know many teens and adults enjoy that kind of work, and because it can be done offsite, we are offering this volunteer opportunity.
If you have a solid knowledge of website design and maintenance and would like to support the work of a local organization, please contact the Volunteer Center and we will give you the opportunity to put that knowledge to work.
ST. JOSEPH TODAY enhances the image and recognition of the area to assist business and tourism. Volunteer “Secret Shoppers” are invited to participate in conducting a survey to assess business improvement in the downtown area. Volunteers may work on their own schedules. For more information or to get involved, call the Volunteer Center.
To connect with any of these volunteer opportunties, call the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan in Niles at (269) 683-5464.