A former colleague alerted me to an article on GOOD.is asking its readers to research the people and organizations behind the issues about which they are passionate.
The task was part of GOOD.is’s #30daysofGOOD campaign.
The posting encouraged readers to:
Remember, no act is too small. Some people just need a ride to receive cancer treatment because they can’t afford a taxi. Some kids need a little help after school to get up to reading level or to understand that one math problem that’s holding them back. Someone in your neighborhood needs you.
And lucky for me (and you), it provided websites to bring those organizations to readers at the click of a mousepad.
I started with the Volunteer links. There weren’t any volunteer-related Meet-ups in Erie. The volunteer network HandsOn didn’t have any local listings. But Get Involved!, a volunteerism search engine, had some great ideas.
Here are a few as part of this week’s volunteer round-up:
1. Spread a little warmth
Project Linus of Northwest Pennsylvania needs homemade blankets to give to seriously ill or traumatized children.
Project Linus asks that blankets are quilted, crochet, knitted, fleece or flannel, made of new materials and machine washable. Colors should be kid-friendly.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Counsel about Medicare
The Greater Erie Community Action Committee is looking for volunteers for its APPRISE Medicare counseling program.
Volunteers are trained to answer questions about Original Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, long term care insurance and preventive care and have access to state and federal information and resources.
Interested? Contact APPRISE Coordinator, Gertrude Simmons at 459-4581 ext. 494.
3. Share the story of the Goodell Gardens
Docents at the Goodell Gardens give visitors walking tours of the grounds at the Edinboro historical homestead.
Volunteers will receive training on the history of the grounds and plants and recent flowerbed additions.
Hours range from two to six per week. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.
Learn more at http://www.goodellgardens.org.
Photo courtesy of GOOD.is