2011.04.13 Anthony Sacco: Celebrating volunteeers

Written by David Green.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our schools and shelters, hospitals and hotlines, and faith-based and community groups,” President Obama said in his recent presidential proclamation to kick off National Volunteer Week 2011.

“From mentoring at-risk youth and caring for older Americans to supporting our veterans and military families and rebuilding after disasters, these everyday heroes make a real and lasting impact on the lives of millions of women and men across the globe.”

National Volunteer Week is about recognizing people who seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating that by working together we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish goals. Established in 1974, this week of national service brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate their endeavors and make a difference each year.

Lenawee County volunteers are no exception. They continually impress me with the amount of time they spend addressing our communities’ needs. Thank you for providing shelter to survivors of domestic violence, driving veterans to medical appointments, delivering books to children under the age of five, assisting teachers in classrooms, cleaning parks, translating marketing materials, coaching youth sports, cooking community meals, and building the capacity of Lenawee County organizations.

National Volunteer Week is not only our moment in time to celebrate volunteers, but to enable our community to share ideas, practices and stories, and to shape a movement of service for the 21st century.

If your organization is in need of volunteers or you’ve been looking for the right opportunity for which to volunteer, it couldn’t be a better time to act. Get involved!

Contact VOLUNTEER Lenawee!, a program of the Lenawee Community Foundation, at [email protected] or 517/424-6576 for more information, or log on to http://volunteer.lenaweecf.org.

– Anthony Sacco

VOLUNTEER  Lenawee!

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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