ABC-30 Encourages You to Volunteer

January 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
You may have thought about doing volunteer work, but many say they just don't have the time. The Volunteer Center of Fresno says if you have the will, they have a volunteer opportunity, just for you.Dana Crittenden knows a lot about dogs and it's no wonder, she spends much of her free time at the Fresno County SPCA.

"You can see how happy they are to see you, and how happy they are when they are running around out here with you, or just being held," says Crittenden.

Dana's love of animals is what keeps her coming back every week despite working fulltime.

Cathy Caples, Volunteer Center of Fresno, says "If you have a dream to do something, there is probably a volunteer opportunity to do it."

Caples says there are hundreds of agencies looking for a few good men, women and even children willing to help.

"When you really sit down with a volunteer manager, they are really anxious to involve the community in their missions and they will work to design something to fit your schedule," says Caples.

The center's website makes it easy to find a good match. You simply type in your area of interest, like education, and the site provides a list of schools, agencies and non-profits looking for volunteers.

"I think that the younger the children start volunteering it becomes part of their life habit," says Caples.

Mayo Ryan has been volunteering at the Poverello House for close to 30 years. "I just like to come down and help out and do whatever I can do to provide a service," he says.

Monday he was joined by 19 year old Justin Stephens. It's his second day serving food to the homeless and he's already hooked.

"A lot of cool people out here working?a lot of people just appreciating what they do out here," says Stephens.

The Volunteer Center of Fresno County works with more than 300 agencies and helps place about 2,500 people a year.

This month, ABC 30 is encouraging you to volunteer as part of our public service campaign called "ABC30 - Building a Better Community."


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