Looking for opportunities to fill your days in 1998? We have plenty. Clubs, groups, organizations and individuals can all use your help and support, financial as well as volunteer. Here are just a few suggestions.
The Friends of the Eastern Maine Technical College Library invite one and all to become charter members of the organization. The group’s purpose is to enrich the resources and facilities of the EMTC Library, according to the invitation issued by EMTC President Joyce Hedlund and Friends Chairwoman Ann Meyer.
As a library Friend you receive library privileges, the college newsletter, and inclusion in the listing of donors to the EMTC Foundation, and you have a vote at the annual meeting. Friends organize fund-raisers throughout the year and conduct a major book sale each spring.
Membership categories range from $3 for students to $25 for supporters, to $500 for patron or as much as you can give in the “other” category. Those joining at or above the $25 level receive a ’98 Book Lovers Calendar.
For applications or information, write Friends of the EMTC Library, 354 Hogan Road, Bangor 04401-4280, or call 941-4606.
The national YMCA launched a multimillion-dollar awareness campaign Dec. 26 to recruit nearly 200,000 volunteers to meet the growing needs of children in response to President Clinton’s Summit for America’s Future held in Philadelphia last April.
One way you can be part of the “YMCA Commitment to Volunteers” campaign is by joining the Bangor-Brewer YMCA Triangle Club which, for the first time in its history, is open to women.
Established in 1928, the club’s purpose is to support activities at the YMCA’s Camp Jordan. Club members work selected projects throughout the year and one workday in the spring at the camp.
Meetings are the first and third Thursdays of each month. Information on the Triangle Club may be obtained by calling Camp Jordan Director Barry Costa, 941-2815.
The Ark, an animal shelter in Harrington, needs your help to complete its capital campaign. A recent $2,000 donation from a Surry couple has brought it to the one-quarter mark of the $15,000 needed to install a chain-link fence at the shelter on North Street.
Although shelter animals are well socialized, their 30-foot-by-50-foot exercise yard can’t adequately confine them safely. Many can, and do, escape. The $15,000 covers three exercise yards and a half-acre perimeter fence. For an additional $6,000 The Ark could acquire a 1-acre perimeter fence which would keep animals both inside and outside safe, and help with The Ark’s obedience training program.
The Ark, which serves Hancock and Washington counties, depends solely on public donations. Your tax-deductible contribution can be sent to The Ark, P.O. Box 202, Harrington 04643, or delivered in person noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at the shelter.
Questions may be answered by calling shelter president Alanna Gertz, 483-2754.
Here is an opportunity for you to recognize individuals who have “stuck out their necks” for children.
Nominations are being accepted for The Maine Children’s Alliance Giraffe Awards to be presented at the fourth annual Champions for Children event next April in Portland.
MCA executive director Elinor Goldberg and the committee which chooses the honorees are looking for individuals, businesses, communities and organizations which have made extraordinary efforts for children. The award recognizes and honors those who set examples for others to follow.
Nomination forms can be obtained by writing Giraffe Awards, MCA, P.O. Box 2446, Augusta 04338-2446; by calling 623-1868, or by e-mail, MaineKids1@AOL.Com.
Have you ever had a secret desire to teach? You can, by joining Literacy Volunteers of America-Bangor. Workshops to train tutors to teach adults and children are coming up soon.
An English as a Second Language Tutor Training Workshop is scheduled for three successive Saturday and Sunday afternoons beginning Saturday, Jan. 24. This course is designed for new tutors and other tutors who have no formal ESL training.
You need not have foreign language skills to participate. All adult LVA tutoring is a 1-on-1 student-teacher relationship with pairs meeting on a regular basis at mutually convenient times.
People interested in teaching children at the Family Learning Center at Park Woods Transitional Housing Community, 1201 Union St., are needed to help children experience literacy as a recreational activity from approximately 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Training for this program begins Thursday, Jan 22. Park Woods houses families working toward self-sufficiency.
A Basic Literacy Tutor Training Workshop, teaching reading and writing, begins in mid-February. Preregistration is necessary for all workshops. For information on how to become a LVA volunteer, or to improve your literacy skills, call 947-8451.
In case you didn’t read it here previously, LVA-Bangor is still looking for a 486 or better computer. All gifts to LVA are tax-deductible.
Whatever you choose to do — however you choose to help others in 1998 — we know it will make you glad you made such a commitment, and will make the next 12 months more meaningful for you and those who benefit from that commitment. Happy New Year, everyone!
The Standpipe, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.