Volunteers sought to help the needy
Jericho Road Ministries is seeking volunteers to help provide food and supplies to poor, elderly and homeless Hernando County residents. The nonprofit organization is facing extra pressure due to the growing numbers of unemployed and homeless people in the area, combined with rising gas prices. Volunteers are needed at the food distribution at Mary's House, 1163 Howell Ave. Volunteers may work part time, for as little as one day a week, between 9 a.m. and noon. For information, call Oliver Joy at (352) 346-1986 or (352) 442-8149.
Get the shelter volunteering facts
Hernando County Animal Services will host a meeting for those interested in becoming shelter volunteers at 6 p.m. today at the Hernando County Transportation Services Department, 1525 E Jefferson St. Animal Services managing veterinarian Lisa Centonze and animal advocate and volunteer coordinator Donna Black will meet with current and potential volunteers to discuss opportunities, procedures and processes at the facility on Oliver Street. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the program. For information, call Black at (352) 540-6286.
Israeli Food Fest coming Sunday
The 20th annual Israeli Food Fest will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St. The event will feature homemade Jewish foods, including blintzes, kugels, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage, chopped liver, kosher hot dogs and other items. The temple's Judaic Gift Shop will host a sale, and there will be a variety of vendors. Israeli folk dancing will be presented throughout the day. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 686-7034.
Grants available for cultural causes
The Hernando County Arts Council is accepting applications for its 2013 grant program for cultural organizations in Hernando County. Grants vary from $100 to $500 and are available to individuals and organizations. The one-page application form is available online at hernandoarts.org (click on Forms). The deadline to submit applications is April 30.
Wanted: books for youngsters
Goodwill's BookWorks preschool literacy program book drive, which kicked off in February, continues through March 15. The program is seeking donations of new or like-new books for children ages 2 to 5. Volunteers read to children at Head Start centers and other locations, then present each child with a personalized book to take home. Books should include a note indicating they are "for BookWorks." They may be dropped off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk or Marion counties. The local Goodwill store is at 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. For other sites, visit goodwill-suncoast.org or call toll-free 1-888-279-1988. To volunteer for BookWorks, call either ext. 1013 or 1976.