More than a dozen opportunities await Central Oregon residents who want to help local organizations as part of Volunteer Connect’s fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday.
Volunteers will work on their projects from 9 a.m. to noon then gather for a luncheon held in the city — Bend, La Pine, Madras, Prineville or Sisters - where they work that will feature a reflective look at Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy and the value of serving one’s community.
The projects, some of which have age restrictions, available for the Day of Service event include:
Clearing the clutter: Volunteers In Action Of Central Oregon will send teams to help senior citizens and disabled adults clean their homes. St. Vincent de Paul needs help cleaning equipment at its food bank and social services facility in Redmond; the Central Oregon Veterans Organization is taking winter clothing donations for homeless veterans; the Prineville Habitat for Humanity Restore will make racks for sinks; the administrators of Bend’s KIDS Center need help recycling medical charts.
Building and painting: Saving Grace is tearing down a storage shed in Madras; Bend Area Habitat For Humanity needs help building a house; the La Pine Community Kitchen and Grandma’s House need help painting in La Pine and Bend.
Quilts and crafts: Volunteer with The Bloom Project collecting, processing and arranging flowers for bouquets the organization gives to hospice patients; After School Buddies needs help making quilts for children at the KIDS Center of Bend; the Bend Habitat for Humanity Restore needs creative types to help it make home decor pieces of out “cheap, old stuff."
Spreading the word: The Environmental Center of Bend needs volunteers to hang posters advertising its “Rethink Waste Project"; Healthy Beginnings needs people in Bend, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Redmond, Sisters and Sunriver to hand out fliers advertising its children’s health screenings.
Other opportunities: Bend’ Westside Village Middle School and the Brightside Animal Center in Redmond each offer a range of volunteer opportunities.
To learn more or sign up: Visit Volunteer Connect’s website at www.volunteerconnect now.org or call the Bend office at 541-385-8977.