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I have the opportunity on the last Sunday of this month to give a presentation on “volunteering” to a great group of people in the “second half” of their lives. During the presentation I’m going to actually demonstrate one of the volunteer opportunities I’m currently involved with – storytelling. I’m looking forward to it and appreciate the interest. Look for more storytellers as a result.

I’m excited to promote two additional volunteer opportunities within our community – both are due to response from readers. Keep those letters coming – I’ll do my best to get the word out.

Consider: YouthEastsideServices.org, 425-747-4937

YES is a great organization, active in our community, makes a definite difference, and guess what – needs volunteers. Just the thing for Kirkland Volunteers. YES can use volunteers to help mentor others; general office and handyman help; marketing internships; in the Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Program venues; in the Supply drive program; party providers and in the Thank-a-thons efforts.

Of these opportunities, I especially like the Healthy Start efforts designed to provide support to young families. A mentor in this focus can: reduce isolation by visiting young parents in their homes, promote positive parenting, encourage family independence, share your own knowledge and life experience, and learn more about your community resources.

YES is especially looking for English speaking and bilingual (English-Spanish) volunteers. Call Karen at 425-586-2320 or email her at karenW@YouthEastsideServices.org.

Consider: The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.

This organization interacts with a multitude of social services groups, medical facilities, legal and police groups. These are all focused on providing helpful resources to combat this serious issue within our society – one that is often hidden and denied regarding the need. One of the key programs within this effort is the Sex Offender Management Team in King County wherein they provide: community education, community advocacy and public policy work and legislative advocacy.

The efforts of this group are designed to keep communities safe. This team began in June of 2001 and brings together the disciplines of law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, housing providers, victim advocates and sex offender treatment specialists. Volunteers are needed throughout the organization and candidates are encouraged to call or email to see if there might be a fit.

Call Lindsay Palmer, director of Education and Prevention, at 425-282-0353 or email lpalmer@kcsarc.org.

Remember – send in suggested volunteer opportunities to the Bothell/Kenmore Reporter, attn: Bill LaMarche.

 

 

Bill LaMarche is retired, and an active community, national and international volunteer. Bill can be reached through the Kirkland Reporter at letters@kirklandreporter.com.

 

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