Exciting volunteer opportunities are available in Pasco's newest town: Safety Town. Be the first in your neighborhood to become a volunteer there and become a partner with Safety Town, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Youth Services Unit and the District School Board of Pasco County.
Safety Town, a six-acre site east of U.S. Highway 19 on State Road 52 (Pottberg Boulevard), is a scaled-down village complete with buildings and paved streets. It is dedicated to educating the children of Pasco County on safety needs. It is a non-profit corporation supported by donations.
Hands-on training will be provided to children ages 5 to 7 in 911 phone usage, fire safety, bicycle safety, pedestrian and railroad crossing safety, water safety, electrical safety, stranger danger and drug prevention.
The school district has agreed to provide 100 children per day, four days a week.
The children will be at Safety Town for about three hours _ from about 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday is set aside for private schools and day-care centers.
The town needs volunteers to become instructors to the children. Training will be provided.
Simple outlines will be used and hands-on instructional techniques will be stressed.
The expected job duties include:
Providing safety instruction to children using prepared scripts and on-site facilities.
Assisting in the preparation and operation of props, displays and equipment.
Performing administrative tasks related to the operation of Safety Town such as telephone contacts, scheduling and clerical duties.
Safety Town volunteers should be able to successfully interact with children and have the ability to learn and convey important safety message through various media.
If you are interested in volunteering one day a week or one day a month, please contact either Sgt. Brian Moyer or Lt. B. Johnson. They may be contacted at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Youth Services Unit: New Port Richey _ (813) 847-5878; Land O'Lakes _ (813) 929-6090; Dade City _ (904) 521-5100. Lt. B. Johnson is at extension 7765; Sgt. Brian Moyer is at ext. 7712.
Congratulations are extended to RSVP volunteers:
Marianne Robertson _ Anclote Elementary School, Florida Department of Education, Outstanding Senior Volunteer Region IV.
Matilda Fegely _ CARES Inc., Claude Pepper Senior Health Clinic.
Rose Scaripante _ JCPenney Golden Rule Award, Regional Finalist, Fox Hollow Elementary School.
Rita O'Conner _ JCPenney Golden Rule Award, Regional Finalist, SOLVE Inc.
Carol Keyes is the director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Pasco County. You can write her c/o Seniority, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): (813) 836-2203 or (904) 524-2203
Community Aging and Retirement Services (CARES): Port Richey, 813-862-9291