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by Kate Enos

One of Us: Former Foster Mom Looking for Legal Reps for Kids In the System

Charlie Patton

The Florida Times-Union, April 5, 2011

But in January, she started a new federally funded position as program coordinator for the RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) in Clay County. From her office in the Clay County Courthouse, her specific charge is to recruit seniors to serve as guardians ad litem. Her goal, she said, is to recruit 100 new guardians ad litem 55 and over by the end of September. Read more >>

Local Veteran Getting First House Through Habitat for Humanity

Heather Haley

WVLT-TV, April 7, 2011

For more than 25 years, the Habitat for Humanity has built hundreds of homes in the Knoxville area. It kicks off a new neighborhood this weekend, but this time Habitat wanted to make sure a local hero can finally call a place home. He is a Knoxville native, a Marine Corp Veteran, and soon he can also call himself a homeowner. Read more >>

Seniors Serve Billions of Volunteer Hours

Deborah Campbell

Treasure County Palm, April 7, 2011

American seniors are volunteering more than ever. In 2008, 23.5 percent of people 65 and older volunteered 1.6 billion hours of service. That's compared to only 14.3 percent of adults over 65 who volunteered in 1974. Read more >>

‘Grandparents’ Have Special Role

Christine Morgan Arceneaux

The Advocate, April 7, 2011

Youth at the North Lake Support and Service Center benefit greatly from the program, which creates meaningful relationships with children by providing love, encouragement and companionship on a one-to-one basis, Program Director Sandra Cavalier said. Foster grandparents assist youth under 18 with education; social development; and help them to improve physical, social and mental development, she said.

Huge Volunteer Effort Fights Hunger in WNC

Barbara Blake

The Asheville Citizen-Times, April 9, 2011

Saturday's cause was both good and epic: 900 volunteers in three shifts producing 216,000 meals that will be delivered to hungry families in Western North Carolina and in the most poverty-stricken areas of Honduras. Read more >>

Students Skip Prom for Volunteer Work

Jerry Wofford

The Tulsa World, April 9, 2011

Instead of donning tuxedos and corsages, a group of high school students grabbed paint brushes and rollers to spend their prom night giving back to their community. Read more >>

OlyCAP Get $6,000 Grant to Help Veterans in Jefferson, Clallam Counties

The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader, April 11, 2011

Olympic Community Action Programs has received a $6,000 grant to build a program that could reach an estimated 1,000 veterans living in Jefferson and Clallam counties. OlyCAP’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program was awarded the funds by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Read more >>

This is National Volunteer Week

USA Today, April 10, 2011

Make no bones about it: Americans like to give back. In 2010 alone, more than 63 million Americans volunteered their time, President Obama said in his recent presidential proclamation to kick off National Volunteer Week 2011, which began Sunday. Read more >>

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