A Place To Shine: Lisa and Community Connections

Community Connections helps children with and without disabilities

Julianne Merguie volunteers with the ACTS Jr. program as part of Community Connections, where she helps children with and without disabilities interact and feel more comfortable while learning about the performing arts. Continue reading

How do you find volunteer opportunities?

If you have ever thought about getting involved in community service, but weren’t sure where to begin, I would like to recommend the website www.iBelieve.us.

iBelieve is a coalition of ordinary people who are willing to believe they can make a positive difference in their community by reaching out to children and families … one person at a time.

Many children and families need help, but not just the help of a committee, an event, a program, or a check. People need hands and hearts reaching out, person-to-person. It’s not that difficult, really. It’s simply being a friend.

• Youth need caring mentors and healthy, safe activities
• Adults need information, resources, training and a supportive network
• Churches need members equipped to serve as the heart of the community
• Nonprofit groups must maximize their impact by sharing resources and working together
• Business leaders should support the people that support their business
• We all have a responsibility to care for one another

How do they do it?

  • They build partner relationships on the foundation of trust, service and responsibility by following through on what we say we are going to do – these partners work together to address local needs and advocate for their community
  • They gather information and connect resources to the people and agencies that need them
  • They recruit and train caring adult mentors and volunteers to engage with local schools, youth serving groups, and individual kids and families
  • They train people to effectively reach kids involved in risky behaviors like alcohol, drugs, gangs, violence, sex, dropping out of school

To fill out a volunteer application, go to www.the-solution.org or for more information, please call 516-1607. There is a great need for mentors in our area, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life today.