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Friends for Life needs volunteers to visit elderly

Sept. 11, 1996

By Kristin Nelson

Lariat Reporter

This is a weekly column that will appear every Wedenesday to highlight various service opportunities for Baylor students in the Waco area.

The Waco Friends for Life organizaton is looking for volunteers to assist in visiting the elderly. Students are needed to run errands for housebound men and women, as well as visit.

'These people (the elderly) don't have anyone in their life. Visits stimulate them and its good for them and the student volunteering,' said Peggy Palmer, coordinator of volunteer services.

Friends for Life serves the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged people through volunteer programs and emergency assistance. It has recently relocated its offices to the Dewall building in Waco. Any students interested in volunteering with them can contact Peggy Palmer at 772-7600.

The Family Abuse Center of Waco will hold a volunteer training and orientation seminar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Providence Hospital. The orientation is intended to give volunteers an opportunity to find out more about what the Family Abuse Center does, and train them for future volunteer work. Discussions and lectures addressing domestic violence will take place. Students interested in volunteering with the Family Abuse Center or attending the orientation can call Bobbi Crowe at 772-8999.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central Texas needs volunteers to do office work during the week. The duties include stuffing packets, copying, typing and answering the phone. The association needs one to two students for volunteer on a regular basis, any hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those interested can call Margie Smith at 752-9632.

Seventh and James Baptist Church is seeking volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program. Cooks, workers and delivery people are needed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9a.m.-noon. Meals on Wheels provides a meal to home-bound individuals in the surrounding Baylor area. The meals are prepared at the Seventh and James Baptist Church kitchen and then distributed to needy families. For more information and details on how to volunteer call Jean Ryther at 753-6425.

Bell's Hill Elementary School and Waco High School need bilingual Spanish students to help tutor. Students in Spanish levels 2, 3 and 4 can volunteer tutoring services at either school from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on any weekday. The main duty for the elementary school tutors is helping first and second graders with basic math and reading.

'It's not hard, if I can do it anyone can do it,' Jennifer Jimenez, project coordinator for community and schools at Bell's Hill Elementary School, said.

Students interested and qualifying for this position can call Jimenez at 754-0081 or Tony Stewart of Waco High School at 741-4849.

Baylor Student Activities needs student organizations to paint houses in the surrounding Waco area. The supplies will be provided, and the dates and times can be arranged by the student's organization. To volunteer call Kate Spence, coordinator of community service.

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