Help­ing Hands

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Want to help your fel­low man? This col­umn of­fers de­tails about ben­e­fit fund-rais­ers, vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, and more.

AS­SURED HOSPICE CARE needs vol­un­teers to pro­vide com­pan­ion­ship or stay with pa­tients while a fam­ily mem­ber runs an er­rand or goes to the gro­cery store. Train­ing is pro­vided. If you have 2-4 hours a week or month to care for oth­ers, please call us at As­sured Hospice Care at 770-387-9578. (SL#028-0299-H)

Lutheran Ser­vices of Ge­or­gia’s Spe­cial­ized Foster Care Pro­gram is re­cruit­ing in­di­vid­u­als and cou­ples to pro­vide safe and sta­ble foster homes for chil­dren wait­ing in Ge­or­gia’s foster sys­tem. In­for­ma­tion Ses­sions are held on the first Thurs­day of ev­ery month at 5:30 p.m. at the Rome Of­fice, lo­cated at 336 Broad Street, Ste. 200 Rome, GA 30161. In­di­vid­ual ses­sions may be sched­uled to ac­com­mo­date fam­i­lies, as needed. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Laura Fowler at 706-512-7777 or lfowler@ lsga.org.

Lutheran Ser­vices of Ge­or­gia’s Her­itage Adop­tion Pro­gram part­ners with DFCS to find For­ever Fam­i­lies for chil­dren wait­ing in Ge­or­gia’s foster care sys­tem. In­for­ma­tion Ses­sions are held on the 3rd Thurs­day of ev­ery month at 6 p.m. at the Rome Of­fice, lo­cated at 336 Broad St, Suite 200. In­di­vid­ual ses­sions may be sched­uled to ac­com­mo­date fam­i­lies, as needed. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.

The North­west Ge­or­gia Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross is seek­ing vol­un­teers to do dis­as­ter work, of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tion and com­mu­nity outreach at health fairs and other events in Bar­row, Chat­tooga, Floyd, Gilmer, Gor­don, Mur­ray, Walker, and Whit­field Coun­ties. Train­ing will be pro­vided. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 706-728-3408 or visit red­cross. com/nwga.

Gor­don Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary, a group of men and women of all ages who vol­un­teer their time for the bet­ter­ment of the hospi­tal, is cur­rently tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for new mem­bers. To join, sim­ply pick up an ap­pli­ca­tion from the Gor­don Hospi­tal In­for­ma­tion Desk or gift shop. For more in­for­ma­tion, please call 706-602-7800, ex­ten­sion 2256 or 2318.

If you love to read and en­joy the help­ing oth­ers, you are en­cour­aged to come by the Fair­mount Li­brary and fill out a vol­un­teer ap­pli­ca­tion and back­ground check form. The li­brary is a won­der­ful place to of­fer your time and abil­ity to help your com­mu­nity and oth­ers. You may call the li­brary at 706-337-3110 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Are you looking for Vol­un­teer Op­por­tu­ni­ties? The North­west Ge­or­gia Re­gional Com­mis­sion Ge­or­giaCares pro­gram has mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to fit your skills and in­ter­ests. If you are on Medi­care, have loved ones on Medi­care or sim­ply want to help peo­ple with Medi­care, Ge­or­giaCares is the pro­gram for you. Ge­or­giaCares vol­un­teers can help pro­mote the Ge­or­giaCares pro­gram, ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity about is­sues af­fect­ing peo­ple with Medi­care or pro­vide in­di­vid­ual coun­sel­ing to ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Train­ing, su­per­vi­sion and sup­port are pro­vided. Call North­west Ge­or­gia Re­gional Com­mis­sion Ge­or­giaCares at 1-866552-4464 Op­tion #4 to learn more!

Vol­un­teers make a pow­er­ful im­pact and a won­der­ful dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives! Pruit­tHealth Hospice is looking for peo­ple of vi­sion and em­pa­thy who wish to make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity one per­son at a time. As a hospice vol­un­teer, you will re­ceive train­ing and sup­port for your role in help­ing those with life lim­it­ing ill­ness to have a qual­ity of life dur­ing their last days. By be­ing a hospice vol­un­teer, you can gain great per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion from know­ing that you have made an im­pact in an­other per­son’s life. As a hospice vol­un­teer you will be given choices as to how much and what types of things you want to do. If you have a heart for oth­ers and wish to be of ser­vice, please con­tact Aspen Bray at (706) 602-9546 or by e- mail at AMBray@ pruit­thealth. com. Re­mem­ber, you can make a dif­fer­ence!

Tallatoona Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Part­ner­ship is of­fer­ing as­sis­tance for GED test­ing. In­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants must meet the in­come el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments based on the fed­eral poverty guide­lines and must be rec­om­mended “ready” for test­ing by the GED pro­gram. Con­tact the Tallatoona Gor­don HRDC, 125 Red Bud Road, Suite 7, Cal­houn, at 706629-2333.

Tallatoona Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Part­ner­ship is of­fer­ing ser­vices to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing ac­cess to com­put­ers for job searches, re­sume de­vel­op­ment and train­ing on pop­u­lar workre­lated pro­grams. The non­profit’s Path­ways to Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gram sup­ports in­di­vid­u­als and their fam­i­lies who are com­mit­ted to chang­ing their lives. Fam­i­lies will reach their high­est po­ten­tial by set­ting and achiev­ing goals fo­cused on ca­reer path­ways, ed­u­ca­tion, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy, job train­ing and life skills de­vel­op­ment. The ser­vices and sup­ports pro­vided give fam­i­lies the tools to suc­ceed in life and em­pow­ers them to achieve eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence and se­cu­rity. Ser­vices in­clude ac­cess to em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, ac­cess to pub­lic ben­e­fits and in­come sup­ports (child­care, trans­porta­tion, etc.), ca­reer de­vel­op­ment, em­ploy­ment coun­sel­ing, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy, GED as­sis­tance, higher ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tance, life skills and re­sume de­vel­op­ment. Con­tact Tallatoona CAP in Gor­don County at 125 Red Bud Road, Suite 7, Cal­houn, which is open Mon­day through Fri­day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p. m. Call 706- 629- 2333 or email gor­donhrdc@tal­la­toonacap.org.

Gor­don County Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates (CASA) is re­cruit­ing new vol­un­teers to serve as Child Ad­vo­cates/Guardian Ad Litems for chil­dren in­volved in Ju­ve­nile Court de­pri­va­tion hear­ings. It is the goal of the pro­gram to have a CASA vol­un­teer to ad­vo­cate for the best in­ter­ests of all abused or ne­glected chil­dren placed in foster care. For more in­for­ma­tion on how you can be­come a part of this very im­por­tant pro­gram, please call the Gor­don County CASA of­fice at 706-629-4561, ex­ten­sion 6 or email apitts@gor­doncounty.org.

Pre­vent Child Abuse Ge­or­gia an­nounced that the 1-800-CHIL­DREN Helpline is not tak­ing calls. In part­ner­ship with the Healthy Moth­ers, Healthy Ba­bies Coali­tion of Ge­or­gia, the Helpline op­er­ates Mon­day through Fri­day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can pro­vide call­ers with in­for­ma­tion about par­ent­ing sup­port, com­mu­nity re­sources, coun­sel­ing ser­vices, re­fer­rals for le­gal needs and can ad­dress other con­cerns about the well be­ing of a child. Note: Un­like the De­part­ment of Fam­ily and Chil­dren Ser­vices statewide cen­tral­ized in­take num­ber, the Helpline is not a num­ber to call in cri­sis or when mak­ing a re­port of child abuse or ne­glect.

Tran­si­tions Hospice Care is looking for vol­un­teers. If in­ter­ested, please con­tact Re­donna Bran­ton and 706-378-2273, or email rbran­ton@ tran­si­tion­shc.com.

The Gor­don Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary, a group of men and women of all ages who vol­un­teer their time for the bet­ter­ment of the hospi­tal, is cur­rently tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for new mem­bers. To join, sim­ply pick up an ap­pli­ca­tion from the Gor­don Hospi­tal In­for­ma­tion Desk or gift shop. For more in­for­ma­tion, please call 706-602-7800, ex­ten­sion 2256 or 2318.

Have a spe­cial gift or tal­ent? Need­ing a place to use it? Why not con­sider shar­ing them with Morn­ing Pointe As­sisted Liv­ing and The Lan­tern at Morn­ing Pointe. We are al­ways ap­pre­cia­tive of lov­ing vol­un­teers. Please con­tact Beth at 706-629-0777.

Re­gency Hospice’s vol­un­teer pro­gram strength­ens and ex­tends its ca­pa­bil­i­ties into the com­mu­ni­ties in many ways that ben­e­fit pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. All that is re­quired is a lov­ing heart, com­mit­ment and a will­ing­ness to learn to be­come an ac­tive link sup­port­ing our team of hospice pro­fes­sion­als. Prior ex­pe­ri­ence is not re­quired, and the amount of time you give is up to you. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor Kim David­son at 770-382-7175.

The Cal­houn Preg­nancy Cen­ter Inc., lo­cated on the cor­ner of Peters Street and East Bel­mont Drive, is open ev­ery Mon­day, Tues­day and Fri­day from noon un­til 4 p.m. The cen­ter is also open each Thurs­day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day avail­able by ap­point­ment only. Closed Wed­nes­days and Sun­days. The preg­nancy help cen­ter of­fers free preg­nancy tests and Bib­li­cal lay coun­sel re­gard­ing abor­tion risks and pro­ce­dures, de­vel­op­ment of the baby, adop­tion, sex­ual pu­rity, and the risks of STDs. The cen­ter also of­fers prac­ti­cal helps for mom and baby with ma­ter­nity and baby clothes, di­a­pers and baby care prod­ucts, and even some baby fur­ni­ture when avail­able. The cen­ter is pleased to an­nounce that through its new project, “Baby Sleep Safely,” it will be of­fer­ing new bassinets and cribs to loan out to par­ents in deep­est need, re­turned and used again by more clients later. To visit the cen­ter, call 706- 625- 5768 to make an ap­point­ment. Walk-ins are al­ways wel­come dur­ing op­er­at­ing hours.

TREK, the foster care pro­gram of Look­out Moun­tain Com­mu­nity Ser­vices in Chicka­mauga, is ex­pand­ing their foster care ser­vices to meet the needs of the res­i­dents in the fol­low­ing 12 coun­ties: Gor­don, Gilmer, Floyd, Fan­nin, Mur­ray, Whit­field, Bar­tow, Chero­kee, Har­al­son, Polk, Pauld­ing and Pick­ens. TREK, ther­a­peu­tic re­sources and en­vi­ron­ments for kids. If you want to help make a dif­fer­ence in the life of a child by be­ing a foster care par­ent, call Jan at the TREK of­fice to­day. TREK of­fers free train­ing in the com­fort of your own home, and pro­vides re­im­burse­ment to foster care par­ents who are ap­proved for place­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 706-217-6819 or 423-208-1259.

Want to make a dif­fer­ence in the life of a child? Car­ing adults and fam­i­lies to serve as foster par­ents are needed – op­por­tu­ni­ties for full­time fos­ter­ing or for respite care. Call Mur­phy- Harpst Chil­dren’s Cen­ters for more in­for­ma­tion at 770748-1500, ex­ten­sions 223 or 224.

Ad­venta Hospice is looking for very spe­cial in­di­vid­u­als or groups who can visit hospice pa­tients in homes or nurs­ing homes. Ac­tiv­ity vol­un­teers sup­port hospice pa­tients through run­ning er­rands, read­ing to the pa­tient, shar­ing a de­vo­tional, play­ing board or card games, or just mak­ing friendly vis­its. Vol­un­teer by your­self or as a group and as of­ten or as lit­tle as your sched­ule al­lows. In­di­vid­ual or group train­ing is avail­able at your con­ve­nience. You can make a dif­fer­ence. Call Sheila Cameron at Ad­venta Hospice at 706-259-2518 or toll-free at 1-866353-5915.

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