As the school year ends, and the hot, sweltering summer months approach, many find themselves on a break (obviously not the dramatic, Ross-and-Rachel kind) and looking for something to do with their spare time (or their kids’ spare time). Luckily, there are a myriad of opportunities for local volunteering. These programs allow for individual, group, or even family participation.
1.The Medical Center: During June and July, teenagers (14-17) are encouraged to donate at least one half day a week, while other volunteers are asked to donate 100 hours on a yearly basis. All volunteers are required to be compassionate, patient, respectful of confidentiality, attend a training, and complete an application, which can be found here: http://mcbg.org/_documents/970005_Adult%20Vol%20Ap.pdf
2. The Center for Courageous Kids: RLC is already acquainted with this program that encourages and uplifts kids with life-threatening illnesses, as our Hope Cafe has given monetary gifts in the past. However, volunteers are also needed throughout the year, especially during the summer months. For more information, and to fill out a volunteer application, follow this link: http://www.thecenterforcourageouskids.org/volunteerOpp.html
3. Lost River Cave: For the nature lover and explorer, Lost River Cave has various jobs for volunteers of all ages. Trash clean up, preparing supplies for educational groups, and helping to maintain flowers and landscaping are among the things the small park needs. In addition, if you have a special skill in photography, plumbing, electricity, or creativity, they could use you too. View the other areas of need and complete the volunteer application here: http://www.lostrivercave.org/volunteer/
4. SkyPAC: If you have an interest in the performing arts, then contact SkyPAC at 270-904-5000 to ask about becoming an usher for upcoming events and performances.
5. United Way: This group is constantly on the lookout for ways to enhance and improve the community of Bowling Green, but needs volunteers to help make it possible. Participating with United Way can look like reading to children, delivering meals to low income families, or organizing a food drive; there are countless opportunities, and your summer can be quickly invested by visiting their site and clicking the “sign up now” button: http://www.uwsk.org/get-involved/volunteering.html
6. Real Life Church: Of course, if none of the above is for you but you’re still longing to find somewhere to get involved, talk with Pastor Brandon about the needs of RLC. While there are opportunities to serve on Sunday mornings as a greeter, Sunday School teacher, tech team member, or in the praise band, there are ways to help out during the week too!