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Catching up on a story which ran Wednesday about youth volunteering: I mentioned that many groups want volunteers ages 15 and older. Shelby Beck, volunteer coordinator for the Rappahannock United Way, suggested younger volunteers do projects from home: hold drives, assemble kits or lunches, etc. Here are a few ideas–they come from a list Beck gave me and information I picked up while interviewing area charity directors:
- Collect stuff: Involve your friends, family, neighbors, church or school in a drive to gather items needed by local charities. Some ideas: peanut butter for your church food pantry or for SERVE in Stafford County; cereal for Thurman Brisben Center in Fredericksburg; canned goods for The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank; new white tube socks for Micah Hospitality Center; diapers for Project Link at the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board.
- Work on a family friendly project: at Downtown Greens Community Garden; picking up litter with the Friends of the Rappahannock; with the youth teams through the American Red Cross Rappahannock Chapter or the Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity.
- Help senior citizens at area nursing homes.
I included links, but here are the phone numbers for agencies listed above:
Thurman Brisben: 540/899-9853
The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank: 540/371-7666
Micah Ecumenical Ministries: 540/479-4116
Project Link: 540/891-3132
Downtown Greens: 540/371-7315
Friends of the Rappahannock: 540/373-3448
American Red Cross, Rappahannock Chapter: 540/735-0500
Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity: 540/891-5009
Want more ideas? Try the Rappahannock United Way at 540/373-0041.