Volunteering is like and all-you-can-eat buffet

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 19:34

With the arrival of August also comes the promise of blooming fireweed and the anticipation of a new school year, the state fair and hunting season. Before we all settle into our fall routine, now is a great time to explore opportunities to give a little back to the community we call home. Whether you decide to pick up trash on the side of the road, in a park, or your neighbor’s backyard, the Sleeping Lady Lions would like you to consider stopping in at a Lions’ club meeting or checking out the Eagle River Area Rotary Club. Both organizations are dedicated to service and make everyone who walks in the door feel like they are among friends.

And don’t forget about the Chugiak Senior Center; they are always welcoming visitors with open arms to help out or just visit with the residents. It doesn’t take much to let someone know you care, and in the end, you will be glad you did. Below are just a few clubs and events we encourage everyone to check out in person (or visit their websites) to find out more about how you too can give back to this community we call home:

*Sleeping Lady Lions meet the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lions Club at Lions Park (Mile 1.5 Eagle River Road)

*Eagle River Lions meet the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lions Club at Lions Park (upstairs)

*Chugiak Lions meet the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center (22424 Birchwood Loop)

*Eagle River Area Rotary has multiple meeting times and locations, including 7 a.m., noon, and 6:30 p.m. at different locations in Eagle River (check out their website for specific details).

If you want to skip a meeting and roll up your sleeves — or just be part of the fun — check out:

*Senior Bingo (helpers always needed) at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center on the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

*Relay For Life, August 10-11. Check out www.relayforlife.org for more information about this event hosted by the American Cancer Society.

For those parents looking to get their teenagers involved, the Bear Mountain Leos are a great group of young people, learning that serving their community and others is a gratifying experience. Contact Amy at 301-9179 for more information.

Volunteering is like an all-you-can-eat buffet; there is something for everyone, and you can have as much or as little as you like! Get out there, have some fun, and enjoy every minute.

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