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Through volunteering, you too can make a difference in our community!

 
 

Volunteer Lament

As a stay at home mom, and devoted wife
I’ve volunteered my entire adult life.
A Sunday school teacher and girl scout leader,
Library worker and story time reader.
Involved on every organization around,
Kept me running all over town.
Secretary, treasurer, and sometimes chair,
Often it seemed I served everywhere.
I scheduled fund raisers - baked cakes and pies;
planned school picnics, then prayed for blue skies.
In a desperate pinch - a substitute teacher;
At every ball game, I cheered from the bleacher.
I carpooled the kids of working mothers
Served snacks to countless sisters and brothers.
When a teacher said “who’s mother can …?”
Up in the air went my daughter’s hand.
In 15 years of public school
“My mom will do it” became the rule.
Now my daughters are away and grown
With work and schedules of their own.
Yet today, I hear the call
And volunteer to help one and all.
Someday, I’ll leave this mortal earth
To stand and be counted - for what it’s worth.
And when St Peter looks my way,
I think I know just what he’ll say.
“To give out the harps and halo’s here …
I’ll need a willing … VOLUNTEER!”

~ Mary Drew Adams

 

 
It’s no secret that Lewis County Opportunities has a lot to offer, but what you may not realize is how much of an impact our volunteers have on some of our services. Programs such as our 24-hour crisis hot-line, 5 food pantries (Copenhagen, Croghan, Harrisville, New Bremen, and Port Leyden), the Opportunity Knocks Thrift Store, and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) would not be available without dedicated individuals donating their time. In fact, if it were not for the volunteer Board members, we wouldn’t exist at all.
 
Community Impact At A Glance In 2016, 139 volunteers donated over 14,000 hours of their time in offering the above services to our community, so when we say “We would not be us without you” … we really mean it!

 

Experiences shared by some of our volunteers...
 
Ann & Will Tuttle Donna Lehman Arc program participants  
       
Frankie Baker Edna Ritz    
 
 
 
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Annual Volunteer Recognition Event:
"Thank you volunteers and local area businesses!"
On July 11th, 2017 Lewis County Opportunities held its 5th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Night at the Croghan Firehall. It was a great night, with musical entertainment by Bob DeNeve and Jasyn Griffin, delicious food prepared by RJ’s Catering, a cake donated by Tops Friendly Market, and door prizes donated by several area businesses. Each volunteer that attended walked away well-fed, a certificate of appreciation, at least one door prize, and hopefully the knowledge that they are a true asset to our community. Those in attendance represented volunteers from the Opportunity Knock’s Thrift Store (which last year brought in $34,055); 5 area food pantries (which last year provided 58,599 meals); the agency’s 24 hour crisis hot line (which last year took in 245 calls); and the LCOI Board of Directors (which last year contributed 161.5 hours towards the leadership of the agency). Thank you to everyone who works so hard to make this a better community for all of us. We mean it when we say .. We would not be US without YOU!

Special thanks to the many local businesses which donated door prizes or other contributions to the event:

Advance Auto
BarkEater Craft Brewery
Bob DeNeve & Jasyn Griffin
Boondocks Restaurant
Brantingham Golf Club
Buckingham’s Hardware
Colwell’s Farm Market
Croghan Meat Market
Deli Llama Soup-er-Shop
Dragonfly Salon
Dunkin Donuts
Eddie’s Meat Market
Entwined Treasures
Good Ol’ Wishy’s
Jeb’s Restaurant
Jordan Essentials
Josh’s Riverside Restaurant
Jreck Subs
Kinney Drugs
Lake Effect Tech
Lewis County Opportunities
Lloyd’s of Lowville
Lowville Farmer’s Coop
Lowville Producer’s Dairy
Lula Roe Clothing
Marino’s Pizzeria
McDonalds
Miller’s Meat Market
Monnat’s Country Store
New York Pizzeria
Old Meat Market Gallery
Ridgeview Inn
RJ’s Catering
Sara’s Creations
Snow Ridge
Sunnycrest Flowers
Swiss’er Sweet Maple
Tops Friendly Markets
Town Hall Theater
Turin Highlands Golf Course
Vinney’s Pizzeria
Walmart


 

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Types of Volunteerism
 
Volunteers play a key role in the overall quality of our services in our many programs.  We value any donated time volunteers can offer, from several hours per week, to just a few hours from time to time.  In certain programs, volunteers undergo extensive training to better assist them in their volunteer experience with Opportunities.
24 Hour Crisis Hotline - Volunteers play a crucial role in responsiveness and effectiveness of our Domestic Violence / Rape Crisis Program.  If you would like more information on becoming a Domestic Violence / Rape Crisis volunteer, please contact us at 376-8202, extension 302.
Food Pantries - Volunteers help distribute food to families in need at the various Food Pantries located throughout Lewis County.  If you would like more information on becoming a Food Pantry volunteer, please contact Opportunities at 376-8202, extension 3, or email us!
 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program - Whether you're a college student looking to build your resume, or career professional or homemaker, your talents are needed as a VITA volunteer!  We're already gearing up for the next tax season and need your help!  Our VITA program typically operates on Saturdays during tax season, and it's a very rewarding way to help out people right here in Lewis County. 

To learn more about how to be a VITA volunteer, email us or call 376-8202, extension 227.
 
Opportunities Knocks Thrift Store - The store relies on the generosity of volunteers, who donate their time to process incoming donations and operate the store, all for the worthy cause of providing a resource for folks in the community to obtain used items affordably.  There's always plenty to do, so if you'd like to become a volunteer for the store, give us a call at 376-2981 or email us!
 
Youth Volunteer Information - We welcome the efforts of youth volunteers, as an opportunity to contribute to their community as stakeholders.  However, a number of restrictions do apply, consistent with Federal and State laws.  For more information about youth volunteer opportunities, please email us or call 376-8202, extension 227.
 
 
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