Recent Article Captured The Importance Of Volunteering

To the Reader’s Forum:

Thank you for sharing the recent article titled ‘New to Volunteering’.

This article captured the importance of volunteering in a way that I had never thought of before. Volunteering (and even working for) a nonprofit really does remind you about what true democracy is. It requires you to listen to many voices, incorporate a variety of thoughts and ideas, put the greater goal first above your own personal priorities.

I serve as the executive director at the Audubon Community Nature Center where we have a variety of committees who meet to discuss issues that affect the organization including land use management, financial well-being, equity and inclusion, personnel matters, and more. This work is so important, and the people who serve in these roles are highly valued. I am so grateful to each of the more than 200 volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to the Audubon each year to make our work possible. We’ve tackled a lot over the past five years from policy and by-law revisions to many physical improvements to the buildings and trails.

New volunteers are always welcome! For more information please contact Audubon’s Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Nelson at 716-569-2345 or enelson@auduboncnc.Org.

Audubon Community Nature Center executive director

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5 Amazing Volunteer Organizations In Barrow

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back and get involved in your community. Fortunately for folks in the Barrow area, there’s no shortage of organizations nearby that would love to have your help.

Here are five outstanding volunteer organizations in the Barrow area.

1. Barrow County Habitat for Humanity: A volunteer-driven organization, the Barrow County branch of Habitat for Humanity builds homes for families in need. Volunteers assist in building houses, participating in community service projects or serving on committees. Learn more at habitatbarrow.Org/volunteer.

2. Barrow County School System: Those interested in serving local students can participate in various volunteer opportunities with the Barrow County School System (BCSS), including serving as a chaperone, classroom reader or mentor. BCSS has a three-tier system to screen all volunteers to ensure the students’ safety, with different opportunities and level of interaction available in each tier. Learn more at barrow.K12.Ga.Us./community/volunteers.

3. Boys & Girls Club of Winder-Barrow County: This local branch of the Boys & Girls Club aims to provide a safe place for local youth to make friends and participate in development programs. Volunteers help support the club’s mission and programming, working with children to make a positive impact on their lives. Learn more at winderbarrowbgc.Com/join-our-team.

4. Humane Society of Northeast Georgia: The Humane Society relies largely on volunteers for various administrative and facility tasks, including assisting at the Healthy Pet Clinic and providing community education. No prior experience is required, as training is provided for all volunteer positions. Learn more at humanesocietyofnortheastgeorgia.Org/volunteer.

5. Peace Place, Inc.: Peace Place, Inc. Provides safe shelter and various support services to those experiencing domestic violence in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties. Volunteers can donate in-kind services, such as childcare and hairdressing, or support the on-site thrift store in nearby Jefferson. Learn more at peaceplaceinc.Org/volunteer.

Do you know of another volunteer organization in Barrow that should be recognized? Let us know about it in the comments!

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