If you enjoy working with children and would like to spend a few hours each week as a volunteer, you are needed at the Family Support Center.
The Family Support Center, a United Way agency that provides a crisis services for potentially abused and neglected children, has scheduled a volunteer training for April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.Once trained, volunteers work one three hour shift each week in the crisis nursery. Volunteers take care of the children while their parents receive counseling or take time out to control their emotions.
"The nursery provides parents with time to collect their thoughts and to release pressures in constructive ways, instead of abusing their children," prevention specialist Lori Findels said.
"Our children at the center need special love, attention and friendship that a volunteer can offer," Findels said. "We ask that the volunteers make a commitment to stay with the program for at least three months."
During the April training, volunteers will become familiar with the center's policies and services, as well as learn their role and responsibilities. There are no formal qualifications for volunteers, but they must be responsible, concerned and enjoy children.
Interested volunteers may call the United Way Volunteer Center for more information at 374-8108.