Volunteers sought Saturday to help out with simple tasks

From Staff Reports

Apr. 19, 2007 - It’s National Volunteer Week, and the Faith in Action CAN Help is asking local residents to spend a few hours this Saturday helping people who can’t help themselves do simple tasks.

�We need individuals and families to join us on the morning of April 21 to go out in the community to help our neighbors, primarily those who are elderly or who have limited mobility, by doing things like raking leaves, changing light bulbs, or other small tasks that the individuals cannot do for themselves,� said Ginger Maynard, Faith in Action CAN Help program manager. �Also, we need individuals who need help to call us to let us know they need this assistance.�

The telephone numbers to call are 903-439-8787 or 903-885-9797.

Those who want to help don’t have to sign up in advance; they only need to show up at Kids Kingdom in Buford City Park at 9 a.m. Saturday and they will be given an assignment. No special skills are necessary, other than the desire to help.

�Just a few hours can make a world of difference, and we hope more of our citizens will volunteer to help their neighbors,� said Dawn Sheffield, CAN Help executive director. �No one person can do everything, but everyone can do something to help a neighbor. This is an opportunity to help or to be helped.�

Faith in Action is a national, interfaith volunteer care-giving program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which recently awarded a grant to the Hopkins County CAN Help organization. CAN Help — the Hopkins County Community Action Network — brings together resources, programs and services “to identify individuals who are unable to access other programs and services and who are truly falling through the gaps in our community support system.”

Faith in Action CAN Help is one of more than 700 programs across the nation helping those with long-term health care needs maintain their independence.

Faith in Action brings together a coalition of different ministries to put the right people together to meet needs in the community.

Faith in Action CAN Help is also recruiting volunteers to work with people and their families in Hopkins County, helping those in need with simple things such as picking up groceries or providing transportation to doctor’s appointments. With this volunteer assistance, people who have long-term illnesses or disabilities can maintain their independence for as long as possible, CAN Help organizers say.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Ginger Maynard at 903-885-9797, or send an e-mail to fia@canhelponline.org.

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