Volunteering: Making a Difference in the Midst of Troubled Times

Monday, November 24, 2008
Volunteer Liana Jenkins helps youth explore what lives in the pond during Outdoor Skills Camp

With the costs of living going up and the funds for living going down, this holiday season will be a difficult one for many. It's hard to offer thanksgiving and express Christmas joy when poor economic times take their toll. Unless… When we put life into proper perspective, we can give thanks for what we have and find joy in even the smallest gift received. Think about those nostalgic television specials that will be on this season. Two common threads are finding joy no matter what the circumstances and giving of your time and talents. This holiday season watch for those moments to express joy and to give of what you have. Consider volunteer opportunities in your area to help out and to make a difference -- for others as well as yourself.

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center provides volunteer opportunities to give back and make a difference. Whether it's conducting programs, leading hikes, greeting visitors, feeding the exhibit animals, acting in a play, designing activities, teaching kids to fish or just doing whatever needs to be done, there's a place for you. The nature center relies on volunteers to meet its mission of "Connecting people with the land". Nature center volunteers also enjoy periodic professional development and enrichment opportunities, trips, awards for their time, and a warm and appreciative environment.

Training classes for new volunteers will be offered in January and February. On Thursday, December 4, 6:30-7:00pm, the nature center will host an informational meeting to discuss the volunteer program and ways for you to become involved. Those interested will receive an application that evening or may request an application packet by calling 573-290-5218 or contacting steven.juhlin@mdc.mo.gov.

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