Amber’s Animal Outreach is in need of volunteers for our Puppy Bowl Adoption event on January 26th. Sunday Shift hours are from 9am – 1pm, 12pm – 4pm or 9am – 4pm.
Have you been thinking about volunteering in the New Year? The Arc of Palm Beach County Artisans is gearing up for their biggest year yet and have some amazing projects just waiting for volunteers to come in and help them put the finishing touches on. Accepting individuals or large groups with or without art experience. Everyone is welcome and appreciated!
Call 561-842-3213 or visit www.arcpbc.org today!
Date of Event/Activity: Sunday, December 8th
Name of Event/Activity: Wellington Holiday Parade
Location: Forest Hill Blvd Wellington (SunTrust Bank)
Details of Volunteer Activity: Manage water tents, staging, clean up, carry banners in parade, help with parade dispersal.
While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida Present Champion of Service Awards By Erin VanSickle, Director of External Affairs
On April 26, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman awarded one individual and one volunteer program with the Champion of Service Award.
Governor Scott said, “Renee and the Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program have gone above and beyond to serve their communities. I am honored to present them with the Champion of Service Award for their work to make Florida the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman said, “As we continue to celebrate Florida Volunteer Month in April, we are especially proud to recognize Renee Runge and the Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program for connecting volunteers to opportunities to serve. They embody service leadership at the community, school, and individual level, and they are using innovative ways to make volunteering easy and accessible.”
The following two recipients were recognized with the award: Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program, Sarasota County – The Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program is part of the Sarasota Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Program. The organization provides unique services to the Sarasota community by supporting Sarasota law enforcement officers and assisting with the prevention and detection of crime. Volunteers also assist in searches for missing children during parades and events and other investigations.
Renee Runge, Palm Beach County – Runge is a high school junior and the creator of Community Angel Network, Inc. (CAN). The non-profit organization started in 2014 and lists an online directory of nearly 200 nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County to link volunteers with service opportunities. Students work collaboratively with CAN to create their own service projects to benefit various charities. CAN has been recognized by the School District of Palm Beach County, Points of Light, and many other organizations for its success. Since middle school, Runge has more than 1,500 hours of community service in Palm Beach County.
Publisher’s note: Renee was the cover feature in the January 2015 edition of Lighthouse Neighbors. We enjoyed meeting her and her family. Congratulations!
To read the full article: LighthouseNeighbors_334_Jun16_renee