Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.  •  8265 State Route 812  •  Lowville, NY  13367
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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  
 
 
 
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Annual Volunteer Recognition Event:
"Thank you volunteers and local area businesses!"
In appreciation of our volunteers, Opportunities held its annual Volunteer Recognition event at the Croghan Fire Hall on a pleasant mid-summer evening. This was our chance (as well as the community’s) to thank these selfless individuals for the impact they have helping others. It was an evening full of great food and fun, with special thanks to the many local businesses which donated door prizes for the event:

American Maple Museum
Brantingham Golf Course
Brick Oven Restaurant
Buckingham Hardware
Central Restaurant
Colwell's Farm Garden Center
Constable Hall Association
Edge Hotel
Good Ol' Wishy's
Hanno's Hometown Car Wash
Jacob's Place
Jeb's Restaurant
Jreck Subs
Kinney Drugs
Lowville Producers Dairy Store
Marinos Pizza
Miller's Meat Market
Monnat's Country Store
New York Pizzeria
Snow Ridge
Steak 'n Brew
Steele's Ace Hardware
Sunnycrest Flowers
Sweet Pea Photography
Swiss'er Sweet Maple
Tops Markets
Tug Hill Vineyards
Turin Highlands Golf Course
Vinney's Pizzeria
Wagon Wheel
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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