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Volunteer Connections

If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to improve your health, then add volunteering as a way to help you reach that goal. Recent studies show that 68 percent of people who volunteer report that volunteering makes them feel physically healthier; 89 percent report an improved sense of well being; 73 percent feel that volunteering lowered their stress levels and 92 percent report that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose. Sounds like a win-win to me. Please visit our website at bvillevolunteers.org for volunteer opportunities available here in our community or call me at 638-0251.

Looking for a way to make a big difference in a small amount of time? Please consider working with a child as a mentor once a week for about 30 minutes during the school year. That's all it takes to make a positive impact in the life of a student at one of our schools here in Baldwinsville. There are still several students waiting to be matched up with a mentor, so please call me at 638-0251 for more information.

Beginning Jan. 1, the B'ville Express, a senior transportation program operated by the Canton Woods Senior Center, will begin coordinating all of the volunteer transportation for seniors needing rides to their medical appointments. One program will be better able to schedule available volunteer drivers more efficiently, so the Volunteer Center has decided to discontinue its senior transportation program. While many of our volunteer drivers will continue driving for the B'ville Express, there is still an urgent need for more volunteer drivers to meet the need. Please call Jude Laurange at 638-0097 to learn more about how to become a volunteer driver.

Tutor training workshops for Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse will be starting in January. Join a team of volunteer tutors who will learn how to work with adults in Onondaga County who need help with reading, writing or speaking English. Volunteer tutors work either one-to-one or in a small group instruction. For more information call Robyn Smith at 471-1300.

Nancy Conley is the executive director of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center.

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