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Volunteer opportunities at NWC


January marks my sixth month as the Volunteer Manager at Neighbors Who Care, Inc. and I am delighted to share some updates with you about our progress.


The purpose of new volunteer orientation at Neighbors Who Care, Inc. is to give interested potential volunteers an overview of our agency. We share about who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Over the past six months, I have conducted six New Volunteer Orientations and welcomed approximately 75 interested people ready to help our clients.


In addition to becoming familiar with NWC, all potential volunteers must adhere to the regulations of the State of Arizona regarding volunteers. They are fingerprinted and fill out the paperwork that is required by the state. After the orientation, each person makes an appointment to visit me at the NWC office and we discuss the areas that they would like to participate in. Some people love to drive and are happy to take people to doctor’s appointments and to the grocery store. Others are more interested in visiting and spending social time with some of our clients. There are those who love doing things around the house and will change light bulbs and air filters, and NWC welcomes them!


Once we have met with each volunteer, and the appropriate paperwork has been returned to us by the state, the volunteer is ready to assist our clients.


This is the beauty of NWC: there is a way for nearly everyone to be a part of this agency and a way for people to give in a way that they feel most comfortable. There are times when we experience an increasing need in certain services and we may ask for extra help from our volunteers, but for the most part it is up to our volunteers to decide where they can make the most significant contribution, and “significant” it is!


As an illustrative example, during November, NWC volunteers provided 1,375 hours of service on 1,044 different occasions. They drove 9,955 miles to provide these services. These numbers reflect service by a community that really knows how to extend their hand in friendship and support.


We host a New Volunteer Orientation on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Ed Robson Library in the Lecky Room at 1 p.m. More information about the orientation is available by calling 480-895-7133. Please consider joining us!


We would love to have you share in the Neighbors Who Care experience. If you find you have a few hours that you could spend helping your neighbors,


we invite you to become a volunteer, to become a part of this extraordinary effort, and this circle of friendship. Arlena Zuzga, Sun Groves


Intel employees give big I would like to take this opportunity to thank the employees of Intel for their generosity to our elderly and disabled neighbors in Chandler and Gilbert. Intel’s employees provided more than 100 wrapped Christmas presents to our homebound neighbors. For many of them, this was the only present they received over the holidays. One woman stated she hadn’t received a gift in years and was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Intel employees. About Care’s mission is to deliver caring, compassionate support services using trained volunteers with special concern for the elderly and physically challenged homebound residents of Chandler and Gilbert.


In this New Year, I would urge everyone in our community to try and dedicate a few hours a month volunteering. Not only will you reap the benefits of this gift, but you will impact the lives of others by your generosity. Thank you again Intel employees. Ann Marie McArthur, executive director, About Care


Tax cut bill should be permanent


I listened to Obama’s speech before signing the tax cut extension bill. Is Mr. Obama the new African-American Reagan president now? Some of his wording in his speech sounded parallel to President Reagan. It took two years of unbridled federal spending by Obama and liberal Democrats and a few Republicans to get him to this point, but he is finally catching on. The bill should have been signed for permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts. Now we need true statesmanship from our President and elected representatives to control and limit spending. The newly-elected posse in Congress starting Jan. 5, 2011 is the start. God Bless America! Dennis Riswold, Chandler


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