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United Way mobilizes volunteers to accomplish projects in our community. Day of caring was established as a one day event to complete simple half-day projects. It has evolved into an ongoing effort to create meaningful volunteer activities for individuals and groups.
We are currently working with groups to develop plots of land the city has made available to Seeds of Hope for Community Gardens. These projects are a tremendous opportunity for fellowship, team building and to make a lasting difference in our community.
Lamar Avenue Church of Christ was looking for meaningful activities for their Wednesday small groups. This week more than 100 volunteers showed up to their grounding-breaking event. The site on 8th and Kaufman was abuzz with projects for volunteers of all ages. Projects for the adults included: ground-work, tree trimming, weeding, mowing, and general clean-up. The kids weren’t left out of the fun. They built stepping stones, scare crows, and began painting a mural to beautify an old storage building at the site.
This group has also taken on the site on 16th NE. The lot was very overgrown and an eyesore to the neighborhood. Volunteers brought in heavy equipment to clear the land and clean-up trash that had been dumped on the empty lot. Planning continues as they decide what would be most beneficial to this small neighborhood.
A third lot located directly across from the Paris Aquatic Center has been adopted by Zone 32. The ground have been tilled, seeds planted, and they have made big plans to create a gathering place for youth and young adults.
Each of these projects will be ongoing, and will require many hours to complete. By allowing the groups to select their projects, schedule their work days, and plan their activities, they developed a true sense of ownership.
In addition, to the group activities, low-income seniors have received services to address immediate needs. A very large tree that threatened several homes was removed to prevent major damage. This work is done on a case by case basis.
Volunteer mobilization is at the heart of what we do! We offer volunteers opportunities on an ongoing basis to all of our community partners. If you have a group that would like to participate or you have a project that needs completion, please contact the United Way of Lamar County office at 903-784-6642, visit us on Facebook, or e-mail UnitedWay@Suddenlinkmail.com.
American Red Cross – Emergency preparedness training & first responder support. Contact Sherry Maxwell 903-737-4390, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boy Scouts NETSEO Council – Adult leaders and mentors to boys of all ages. Contact Cliff Takawana, 903-784-2538, email email@example.com.
Big Brothers Big Sisters – Mentor an at-risk child. Contact Sybil Windsor, 903-784-7389, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys & Girls Club – Tutoring and coaching for at-risk children. Contact Henry Shaw, 903-784-6360, email@example.com.
CASA for KIDS – Represent abused and neglected children in the court system. Contact Sharon Eubanks, 903-737-4308, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Advocacy Center – Work in the Rainbow Room to organize clothing and items for abused children. Contact Rebecca Peevy, 903-784-5787, email email@example.com.
Downtown Food Pantry – Stock food pantry shelves. Contact Chuck Burton, 903-737-8870, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ETCADA – Recovery support for an individual with chemical dependency. Contact Pat Jennings, 903-784-1959, email email@example.com.
Girl Scouts of NETX – Troop Leaders and Adult Volunteers, contact Hilary Grider-Henk, 903-784-0803, and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity/A Brush with Kindness – Skilled construction work, painting projects, and meal preparation for volunteers. Contact Judy Martin, 903-783-0599, email email@example.com.
Lamar County Coalition of Education, Business and Industry - Read to 2nd Grade Children and help with special events. Contact Stephanie Connot, 903-737-0484, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lamar County Literacy Council – Tutoring of adults and ESL students. Contact Krista McAdamis, 903-782-0422, email email@example.com.
Lamar County Human Resources Council/Meals on Wheels — Meal Delivery Drivers. Contact April Miller, 903-784-2580, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hope Center – Enrichment activities for Homeless Families. Contact Gay Ballew, 903-785-2777, email email@example.com.
Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society – Support and activities for intellectually disabled individuals. Contact Krissy Crites, 903-783-1922, firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP - Many opportunities for individuals over age 55. Contact Susan Kahn, 903-737-4320, email email@example.com.
SAFE-T – Hot line support to victims of domestic Violence and sexual assault. Contact Adelaide Weissinger, 903-783-1313, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The King’s Daughters – Hold a drive to collect personal hygiene and toiletry items. Contact Kay McNeal, 903-785-3563, email email@example.com.
The Salvation Army – Evening meal every week day at 4:30 pm. Lt. Michelle Hutchinson, 903-784-7548, firstname.lastname@example.org.
VITA – Volunteer income tax assistance. Contact April Carl, 903-784-6642, email@example.com.