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Volunteer Center Connection – November 17, 2012

There’s a saying that I have stenciled on my dining room wall that says “There’s always, always, always something to be thankful for” and as I look around our community, I know that there always is.  From agencies filling community needs to volunteers stepping up, to the businesses that support all of our efforts, I say “thank you”.  Here are this week’s Volunteer Connection opportunities:

If you love being around people and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a busy office, Ministry Door County’s Dental Clinic is looking for you!  Answer phones, assist patients with paperwork and schedule appointments on any of the 8 clinic days throughout the month.   Morning or afternoon shifts are available for your convenience.  Nothing is better than seeing a child smile for the first time!  Contact Mary Ann at (920) 493-1300 or maryann.zjala@ministryhealth.org.

Christ Child Society is looking for volunteers to knit and sew layette items for newborn children of families in need. Blankets, quilts, afghans, sweaters, caps, and booties are all needed. Layette items can also be purchased for donation. All items are then assembled for delivery to Ministry Door County Medical Center.  Nothing is better than a gift that is given from the heart.  Contact Diane at (920) 823-2200 or dianestracka@gmail.com.

Many of you are looking for ways to help families in Door County over the holidays. There are numerous local organizations that have “Adopt a Family” type programs in place from shopping for gifts to picking up gift cards so that a needy mom can actually purchase and wrap gifts for her own family.  Take a look and see where your help is needed:

Feed My People/Clothe My People:  Contact Ashley or Stella at (920) 743-9053  Programs include Adopt a Child or Adopt a Family

HELP of Door County:  Contact Chad or Jess at (920) 743-8785  Program includes Adopt a Family or Cards for Clients (purchase of gift cards to grocery stores, gas stations and local stores so that clients can shop for their families directly, giving a sense of empowerment).  Personal care items and cleaning product donations are also needed throughout the year.  Needs include:

Dish soap, kids soap, kids shampoo/conditioner, toliet cleaner, cleaning spray, toliet paper, baby wipes, diapers (size 4 and 5), tampons (regular and junior sizes) toliet paper and other cleaning supplies.

 

Young Adult Parent Support "YAPS" Program
Please consider "Adopting a Child" this Holiday Season from the Young Adult Parent Support Program.

"YAPS," a program of the Wellness Center of Door County, is planning its annual celebration for Sunday, December 16th, including a visit from Santa at "Jump On It" in Sturgeon Bay.

The YAPS program provides FREE individual and group support, education and family building events.
How does this work? Gift Cards can be picked up at the Wellness Center of Door County or Bay Pharmacy. There are trees at both locations with a variety of cards and wish lists to choose from. This is a wonderful opportunity for your family to provide a service for our community. Your family chooses one of our Gift Giving cards which reflect your selected child's age, sex and wish list for Santa. Purchase one or more of the items on your wish list.
We ask that all gifts be left unwrapped and that donors provide wrapping paper and tape with their gifts. This gives the young parents the opportunity to become part of the gift-giving process and a more connected feeling to providing for their children. Simply return your gifts to your contact person/site on or before Saturday, December 8.

Donations may also be delivered to YAPS at 448 N. 11th Place, Sturgeon Bay or pick-up may be arranged by calling (920) 559-0200. There is also a collection bucket located at The Wellness Center located at 312th Nth 5th and Jump On It located in the Cherry Point Mall in Sturgeon Bay. Gifts can also be returned to Bay Pharmacy in the Cherry Point Mall.

In many cases, the gifts you purchase for this child will be the only gifts they receive this holiday season. It is truly a magical moment for a child to witness gifts underneath their tree on Christmas morning. Please join me in providing that memory for the children in our program.

Local nursing homes and assisted living facilities also appreciate visitors and volunteers on holidays.  Frequently volunteers can help serve meals and visit with residents who don't have family in the area.  For information on these facilities, please contact the Volunteer Center directly at (920) 746-7704. 

For a complete list of these opportunities along with many more, visit DoorCountyDailyNews.com or the Volunteer Center website at www.VolunteerDoorCounty.com.  The Volunteer Center…Connecting you with opportunities to serve.

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