By Avra Sullivan
Ever wanted to volunteer but weren’t sure where or what you could do? Perhaps you have a special skill but don’t know if it’s needed somewhere? Or maybe you think you can’t volunteer because of family, work or other time limitations. On July 22, Prospect Bay Country Club will be holding the perfect event to match willing volunteers with organizations who need help. Approximately 16 organizations from a therapeutic riding program, to Hospice will be there with information on what they do, and how you can help.
Phil Stapleton of Prospect Bay thought of this idea through speaking both with individuals who were looking for areas to help and hearing of groups that needed that help. He decided to put the two together. Volunteer organizations will set up tables with brochures, pamphlets, and representatives who can answer questions and help individuals find the right volunteer venue. “This area does seem to have a great character, if you will, towards volunteering.” says Phil. “People tend to pull together when a need is identified.” Many of the organizations have areas that they can use volunteers that may not be obvious. For instance, Talisman Therapeutic Riding program can certainly use people to help with the horses, but for those who may not feel comfortable around big animals thy also have areas such as office work, farm work and maintenance, and media. This may be a great opportunity for individuals who are new to the area, or people who are recently retired. Another great target area is high school students. You have to put in the community service hours and this is a chance to earn credits doing something you enjoy. This is the first event Prospect Bay has held, but Phil hopes it will catch on and be a useful tool to help bring the community together. There will be light refreshments provide by the country club as well as door prizes to be given away. This event is free to the public and will be held from 2-4pm on July 22nd at the Prospect bay Country Club. For more information, you can contact Phil Stapleton at 410-827-7232