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Community Review by Pat Homer
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    Volunteers enhance the quality of life for communities. Bulloch County is no different. Many people in our community are involved with volunteer organizations and civic groups. Still many more could be involved. What’s stopping you from getting involved?
    Is it a lack of information? Many of our local groups are posting information about their organizations and volunteer opportunities on the Web site. Go to the Community page on the Web site to see if there is some help you can offer to your community.
    Is it a lack of money? Honestly, volunteer organizations can always use money, but they also can always use an extra pair of hands, too. With all the government budget cuts and unfunded mandates, our volunteer organizations are called upon more and more to fill the gaps.  
    Is it a lack of time? With all of our time-saving devices, we are all still short on time. But let me ask you this: What is the value of the time spent teaching someone to read? To supply a healthy meal? To take a dying person’s mind off death for a little while? To save a pet from lethal injection?
    Is it a lack of skills? Many people think they need to have a certain skill set to volunteer. Maybe for some areas, but most of our volunteer organizations are more than happy to give you any specific training you might need.
    Is it a lack of interest? I don’t know anyone who is not interested in improving quality of life. Volunteer work improves quality of life not only for people in need but also for volunteers. Ask volunteers. They will tell you they get a boost from volunteer work.
    Here’s a quick overview of the volunteer information on the Web site:

 Friends of the Library
    The Friends are holding a membership drive. They raise thousands of dollars to provide resources for the community at the library. Donations of books, databases and funds for various programs like the Meet the Author Series, the summer reading program and Read Across America are just a few of the programs they sponsor.

 American Red Cross
    These folks are always busy. Hurricanes, fires and disasters don’t work around your convenience. We never know when we might need these vital services. They offer training programs for volunteers on a regular basis.

 Habitat for Humanity
    A Build-A-Thon is in the works. Shelter is a basic need, and Habitat helps people to earn their own home. You don’t have to be a carpenter or a brick mason to help out.

 Statesboro Diabetes Association
    It’s almost time for the Rubber Ducky Race. Diabetes is on the rise. Many people are not even aware of this silent killer until they develop a major complication associated with this disease. Help out by getting your Rubber Ducky.

 Ogeechee Area Hospice
    Nancy Bryant is educating us about hospice care. Though no one likes to talk about it, everyone needs to be aware of the services provided by hospice. Volunteer opportunities are available with hospice, as well.
    Get involved with your community. Not only will you improve the quality of life for a neighbor but also you will improve your own quality of life.
    If your volunteer organization or civic group is not making use of our Community Page, please start using it. The Community Page belongs to all of us in the Bulloch County area. If you would like more information about getting started, please contact me.
    Community News Editor Pat Homer can be reached by e-mail at
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