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If you can, lend a hand

Published Oct. 2, 2005

(ran CI edition)

RSVP has been humming with activity. Listed below are some of the requests for volunteers we received this past month:

Cynthia Henderson, director of the Center for Victim's Rights, has opened an office at 44 Square in Crystal River (near the drivers' license bureau). She will speak to any club, organization or business wanting to know about the rights of crime victims. The goal is to foster greater awareness and understanding of the problems of crime victims. This is a grass-roots, service-oriented group and operates with volunteers and donations. She needs volunteers who are good organizers and others who are willing to make phone calls.

Rock Crusher Primary School's volunteer coordinator, Lillian Posselt, needs adults interested in mentoring students. The volunteer will take one student under his or her wing for the full school year. Usually, the mentor comes once a week for one class period (but can come two or three times a week if necessary) and assists with whatever school subject is a problem. All mentors and volunteers must attend orientation. School personnel will provide on-the-job advice and be available for technical assistance. If you can help, please call Posselt at 795-2010 or contact our office. This is an excellent time to start volunteering at your local school. If you need help contacting school volunteer coordinators, we will be happy to help.

HealthSouth Citrus Surgery Center, 110 N Lecanto Highway (491), recently joined the RSVP family of volunteer sites. HealthSouth is a free-standing ambulatory surgical facility that offers an alternative to overnight hospitalization. HealthSouth is looking for volunteers to help with medical records and with patients on heavy surgery days. Volunteers must work well with people. You will receive the many benefits that RSVP has to offer if you join. Because it is in the center of the county, HealthSouth is easy to get to. This is an alternative for those who like to volunteer in a hospital but would like to be a little closer to home.

Childhood Development Services, at 5641 W Gulf to Lake (44) Highway in Crystal River, near the Key Training Center Thrift and Garden Shops, needs a volunteer staff assistant for general office duties such as answering phones, filing, faxing and copying. Basic office skills are needed.

Fort Cooper State Park has joined the ranks of RSVP volunteer sites and needs volunteer rangers. The duties can be any one of the following: Welcome park visitors and collect entrance fees, help rangers clean and maintain park facilities, help park resource management or work outside.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program recruits and places volunteers 55 and older with agencies that can use their skills and expertise. Please stop by our office at the new Lecanto Government Building so we can give you detailed information about the volunteer sites.

We are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you would like to make an appointment, call 527-5424.

_ Doris Mauricio works for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Citrus County. You can write to RSVP c/o Seniority, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.