WHAT CAN VOLUNTEERING DO FOR YOU?
Sure, volunteering is great for your community and makes the world a better place; but could it actually make a positive impact on your life too?
Volunteering can improve your health, build your confidence, introduce you to new people, and create more fun in your life.
Whether you donate blood, or spend the morning planting flowers in a community garden, there are volunteering opportunties for everyone in every place to fit every schedule.
A Cornell University Study found that volunteering boosts self-esteem, energy and gives Americans a sense of mastery over their lives, particularly in later midlife.
Volunteer Resource Guide
Delta County Partners 874-4661 Opportunities include; mentoring youth with one year commitment, fund raising.
VA Medical Services 244-1336 Opportunities include; Transportation, Life Stories for the Library of Congress.
Parks & Outdoors Recreation Sweitzer 874-4258 Crawford Reservoir
Area Nursing Homes – Opportunities include; activities, crafts, companionship: Comfort Care 874-0604 —–Crossroads Assisted Living 874-1421—–Delta House 874-4448 —- Horizons 835-3113 Paonia Care and Rehab 527-4837 —– Sunrise Creek Senior Living 874-1413 Willow Tree Nursing Home 874-9773
PACE-(Program for All-inclusive Care for Elderly) 835-8500 Opportunities include; recreational activities, crafts
Schools Inquire with principles of school of your choice. Background check and approval from board required.
District Office 874-4438 -Delta-874-8003, 874-3700, 874-9669, 874-8031 Cedaredge-856-3885, 856-3118, 856-6882 Crawford-921-4935 Hotchkiss-872-3325-872-3882 Paonia-527-3639, 527-4833, 527-4882
Special Events Call Delta Area Chamber 970 874 8681 for more information regarding Council Tree Pow-Wow–Deltarado Days AppleFest Cherry Days Little Britches Pioneer Days Delta County Fair Sheepdog Trials
R.S.V.P.(Retired Senior Volunteer Program) 249-9639
Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado Opportunities include; Working with patients and families, resale store, administrative, Teens and Children programs-Camp Good Grief, bereavement, Denim & Diamonds Gala. Delta County– 874-6823
Senior Meals on Wheels Service
Opportunities includes: Meals on Wheels, Senior van drivers, shopping, Dr. appointments, meal site help. Delta 874-7661 Cedaredge-856-3636 Hotchkiss-872-3494 Paonia–- 527-3435
There are many and varied opportunities to volunteer for in our communities. This is just a few of those opportunities. Please call and inquire where you feel you could help.
Being a volunteer is a state of mind. It can be something that we do for a hour or two every week or month or it can be a one-time thing. It is something thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling and it is such a pity that more of us don’t do it more often. Whether you donate blood, spend the morning planting flowers in a community garden, conduct a bake sale, run a marathon, train your pet to be a therapy animal and take it to nursing homes…there are volunteer opportunities for every one, in every place, to fit every schedule.
I think it is really important to think of volunteering as something we do for our own happiness and well-being rather than some form of charity that we do for others. As giving BACK; as gratitude for all our good fortune, rather than simply as giving something away as if we were such magnanimous souls. As something we do on an every day ( or weekly or monthly) basis as an integral part of our lives rather than something we plan to do in the intangible future, in that mythical moment “when I have more time”. I say– the time is now!
Do something good for yourself–-become a volunteer.
Do We Have As Much Sense As A Goose?
By Akbar Khan,Toronto9/03
A flock of geese flying in a formation “V”
Much research reveals what you do not see
Each bird in front by flapping its wing
Creates an uplift for the goose following
Flying in “V” formation they change
By 71% plus their flying range
Common direction and a sense of community
Our efforts become quick and easy
If a goose falls out of formation by chance
It feels greater drag and resistance
If we have as much sense as a goose we’ll stay
In formation with those headed our way
When tired the lead goose rotates to the rear
Another taking its place in the air
It pays, while doing hard jobs, to take turns
Thus no one is over burdened or get burned
The geese in the back honk from behind
Encouraging, gentle and kind
We must encourage others as they strive
To meet the daily grind of life
If a goose gets sick and or wounded
If for some reason it gets grounded
Two geese fall out of formation
They keep it company and for protection
Stay with it until it flies or dies
Such are the depths of their ties
If we humans have the sense of a goose
Their way of life is what we’d choose