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Give help, get help: How a United Way campaign is helping local organizations

first_imgCoordination efforts are being done in a safe, responsible way. It’s called the ‘Give Help, Get Help’ initiative. If you are part of an agency looking for volunteers, click here. “When we are putting these volunteer groups together, we’re making sure they do not exceed 10 and everyone is staying at least six feet apart,” said Welch. “We are kicking off this campaign and coordinating the efforts to match those needs with those volunteer opportunities in a very safe and timely manner,” said Welch. The two-fold campaign calls on volunteers, then places them with local organizations who could use the help. “Each year we mobilize over 1,400 people to complete over 100 projects in one day. So if we have the talent and the expertise to know how to do this as things change and be very nimble in the process, because that’s what we have to do,” said Welch. The United Way of Broome County is leading the effort in coordinating volunteers to help different organizations during this pandemic. (WBNG) — As day to day life continues to change, so do the needs of our community.center_img The United Way says it’s stepping up because it has the resources and know show. Look at its success from the annual ‘Day of Caring,’ a large volunteer effort. For example, the United Way is assisting CHOW. “There’s a lot of need out there right now but there are a lot of individuals who really want to help and they don’t know how,” said United Way of Broome County executive director LoriAnne Welch. If you are someone willing to give your time and help out through volunteer opportunities, click here. “That’s the type of community Broome County is. And that’s what makes us strong and that’s what makes us overcome regardless of what we are faced with, because the people are committed and they’re relentless. We’re not going to stop,” said Welch. While the United Way is taking charge, it’s no surprise people are coming out of every direction to help. “They’re mobilizing their resources to pack five day food supply boxes and they need help doing that,” said Welch.last_img read more

Outdoor ice rink assembled, waiting on mother nature for ice

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — It was an exciting afternoon over at Bay View Park despite the cold and windy temperatures.Those temperatures are actually a good thing for the new outdoor ice rink being installed right off of Lake Huron. Volunteers helped assemble the new rink this afternoon near the band shell. The group friend’s of the Alpena outdoor ice rink received the approval last night for the new rink at a city council meeting.“It’s very festive, it will drive people downtown, so they’ll shop and get coffee and just meet up with their friends,” said Bauer LeMonds.The goal is to have the rink ready to rock by this weekend but that is all up to mother nature. Maintenance for the rink will be run on a volunteer basis. Members of the group hope to bring back memories of the last time Alpena had an outdoor rink.“We all grew up with big rink out at Mich-e-ke-wis, and it was just a blast, everybody loved it,” said Organizer Kara Bauer LeMonds. “It was just a great place to come if you weren’t that great of a skater to get your confidence up, so you could start open skating in the bigger rink, and so we just thought what a great idea.”Once the ice is set, the group will host a grand opening celebration with festivities. Volunteers are still needed to help maintain the rink.If you’d like to help out or would like updates on when the rink officially opens, contact the Facebook group Friend’s of the Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Bay View Park, Friend’s of the Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink, Ice Rink, ice skating, Lake Huron, Mich-e-ke-wis Park, Outdoor Ice SkatingContinue ReadingPrevious Insights into Northeast Michigan: A Look at Climate ChangeNext 8th Grader Creates a Special Seat for Classmateslast_img read more