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Resolve To Be A Better You - Volunteering

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019


With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer, but the benefits are enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Serving others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. It doesn’t always have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even the most simple ways can help others and improve your health and happiness. Here are a few of our favorite organizations that might tug at your heartstrings and encourage you to get involved.

Montgomery Humane Society


On average, the Montgomery Humane Society cares for thousands of animals each year. Volunteers are a crucial part of the survival of the organization and without help, the Montgomery Humane Society would not be able to help the huge number of animals they receive every year.

-All volunteers must attend orientation at the shelter. When orientation class is completed, you will receive an email informing you of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Adult volunteers are asked to give six hours per month for a year. -Volunteers 8-15 years of age may join the Jr. Volunteer Club with a parent/guardian and volunteer at off-site events and at the shelter -Volunteers 14+ years of age may participate at off-site events without a parent -All volunteers must purchase and wear a volunteer T-shirt For anyone unable to make the time commitment, MHS offers guest walking which simply requires a 10-minute meeting with Cindy, where you will go over simple rules, where you walk, etc.  Guest walkers walk medium to large adult dogs only, since they need the most exercise.  

Don’t you want to be a part of a team dedicated to ensuring that every animal is loved and finds its forever home?

Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Cindy Chapman, at
334.409.0622 ext. 202 or 
cindychapman@montgomeryhumane.com

Quote from volunteer Jill Joiner I started volunteering at the shelter in January of this year, and I love it!  Most of my volunteer time is spent getting the big dogs out to play. Several volunteers enjoy getting two or three dogs out in the big yard to play together. They enjoy it so much, and it’s fun to see how they interact with each other. It is so rewarding to feel like I helped make the dogs a little happier that day by letting them get out for some fresh air and play time.

I also enjoy doing off-site events where dogs get to mingle with people, and potentially find a home!  The Montgomery Humane Society has a wonderful staff and volunteer team that I really enjoy working with - and the dogs are pretty awesome, too!  

Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA) MEALS ON WHEELS

For 46 years since its inception in 1972, the Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA) has assisted senior citizens by providing services to promote independent living, by offering opportunities to enhance quality of life, and by increasing community awareness of senior issues. MACOA is most known for their flagship program Meals on Wheels, which serves 404 homebound seniors a hot, nutritious meal five days a week. The program addresses major community needs - health and well-being, elder care, and low-income families - within the city. MACOA also works to serve more than 250 seniors on the waiting list by distributing frozen meals to those waiting to receive hot meals.

The newest program for volunteers who may not be able to deliver meals is Meal Makers. Cooking skills are not required. Volunteers simply assist MACOA kitchen staff with packaging meals. Shifts are 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday and volunteers may choose to participate weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually based on their schedule. It is perfect for businesses, civic organizations, church groups, students and anyone looking for a service project or team-building experience.

These volunteers provide more than just a meal. For so many seniors they are a bright spot offering reassurance that someone cares. Want to join their ranks? Call 334.263.0532 or visit www.macoa.org/volunteer to find out how you can start making a difference today! Visit www.macoa.org/corporate-route or call us at (334) 263-0532 to to learn more about this exciting new volunteer opportunity.

Volunteer Quote:

As Alfa’s Meals on Wheels Corporate Route coordinator, I’ve had the privilege to witness firsthand the profound impact serving one’s community can have – not just on the individuals receiving support, but with those who are able to serve. Partnering with the Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA) has proven time and again to be a blessing for homebound senior citizens in our community, for our service-minded employees and for our company as a whole. It’s truly humbling to be part of this program, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to help provide a warm meal, a kind word and an extra dose of love to residents in our community who need it.

-Robyn Frost

MANE

At MANE, horses truly do change lives. MANE can boast about thousands of personal victories, some incremental and some absolutely earth-shattering. Not only does MANE provide a nurturing environment to individuals with behavioral, cognitive, emotional, physical or social challenges, MANE is also a source of tremendous satisfaction and pride for volunteers, who help to provide maximum benefit to MANE riders. MANE is able to offer life-changing equine-assisted intervention primarily because of the valuable contribution of dedicated volunteers from the Tri-county community.

Baptist South pharmacist Anne Poundstone began volunteering at MANE through the Junior League of Montgomery.  She has continued at MANE long after her required “placement” hours were met. “My work schedule allows me to help support MANE's dedicated staff several days every other week, and I especially enjoy interacting with the children who ride at MANE. MANE has helped me rediscover my love of horses, which developed during summers spent at camp as a child. MANE has become an important part of my life. I am fortunate to be able to spend time at the barn on a regular basis!”

Horse expertise is not a prerequisite for those interested in a rewarding volunteer experience. MANE needs and welcomes volunteers with a variety of skill sets – clerical, gardening, photography, barn or lesson assistance, and more. MANE’s staff provides guidance and training to individuals who wish to become familiar with horses. Logging more than 10,000 volunteer hours annually, MANE has become a hub of community service providing thousands of individual sessions to program participants and their families each year. MANE is a highly effective and efficient organization that is successfully implemented by the members of the community which it serves.

Become part of the MANE Volunteer team today! http://www.maneweb.org/

Friendship Mission


More than 900 people in Central Alabama are homeless.

Friendship Mission, Inc. began providing shelter for the area’s homeless men in 1996. Today, Friendship Mission, Inc. includes a shelter for men, a shelter for women and children, and a thrift store.

The men’s shelter, Friendship Mission West, 3561 Mobile Highway, is also the site of Friendship’s community meals program. Currently there are 32 beds there, before overflow space is used. Overflow means that extra mattresses and blankets are pulled from storage and dining tables are pushed back to make room on the floor. The Soup Kitchen is open to anyone who is hungry, men, women, and children, even if not a Friendship Mission resident. Thousands of meals are served there annually to residents and the larger community.

Friendship Mission North, 312 Chisholm Street, is the shelter for women and children. Currently there are 19 beds for women who come to shelter alone, and six family rooms for a woman who has a dependent child or children with her. Often times we have a waiting list for those who need a warm and dry bed.

Join our team. Pray for us, make a donation, stock our shelves, and offer your time. The possibilities are endless.

Stock Our Shelves: 

Friendship Mission operates 365 days of the year to provide shelter, meals, and other basic needs to the homeless and hungry people in the Montgomery area, which means that we need supplies year-round. Please help us Stock Our Shelves. We would greatly appreciate your donations of: soap, hand sanitizer, laundry supplies, cleaning supplies, paper products (plates, bowls, cups, paper towels, facial tissue, toilet paper), plastic eating utensils, baby diapers and wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, new bath towels and wash cloths, new undergarments (men, women and children), new winter hats and gloves (men, women and children), new pajamas (men, women and children), new socks (men, women and children)
www.friendshipmission.org  #hunger #homeless #basicneeds #resourceconnection

Friends of Friendship Mission


We are a local group that has a heart for the homeless community in the River Region. "The Friends" volunteer in a support capacity pooling their time, resources and connections to help the Friendship Mission facilitate their short and long-term goals. It's a hands-on ministry that fills hearts full to overflowing, ours and the residents.

“Seeing someone on the side of the road holding up a sign saddens me. That shouldn’t be. We have so much, yet here’s someone on the side of the road exposing all their vulnerabilities. By our little bit of involvement, maybe we can help the homeless know we’re all connected. Yes, there’s hope. Friendship Mission to me is a good decision to turn lives around.” ~Karen Brock Drinkard, Friends of Friendship Mission Visit us online at www.friendshipmission.org to learn more and to donate, or call the executive office at 334.356.6412.

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