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April 8, 2014

Raleigh Community Action celebrates volunteer week

National Volunteer Week is in full swing in Raleigh County after Monday morning’s official kick-off celebration.

For the week of April 6 through April 12, Raleigh County Community Action is undertaking several projects throughout the community and they are asking for volunteers.

Those who want to help can give blood at Raleigh County Community Action’s blood drive today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at Central Elementary.

There will be a green space cleanup Wednesday. A spring fling is scheduled for Friday at Central Elementary where people from the community will talk to Head Start children about career opportunities and jobs.

Head Start children are making cards for sick kids, the elderly and soldiers and delivering them this week to the Beckley VA Medical Center and area hospitals and nursing homes, according to RCCA Executive Director Bobbi Thomas-Bailey.

 Housewares are also being collected this week for people being re-housed out of the homeless shelter.

The Opportunity Closet is opening this week as well, a program in which the RCCA gathers gently used business attire for clients who need it for job interviews or for wearing to a current job that requires a better wardrobe, Thomas-Bailey said.

“We have things scheduled all week long in Raleigh County, just trying to promote volunteerism and get people out in the community volunteering,” Thomas-Bailey said. “Last year was our first year, but we plan on this being an annual event.”

Beckley Mayor Bill O’Brien was at the Monday morning celebration and said that he wanted to urge people to take a look at what skills they possess and consider sharing those skills as a volunteer.

“This is a big, big week because so many people need to understand that volunteerism is something that not only communities need in the City of Beckley, but the fact that we can get so much done if each individual understands that he or she has talents that can be used.

“People have skills,” O’Brien added. “I think that most people don’t understand that their skills are so valued and here is a chance for those skills to be used, not only this week but throughout the year in many ways. You can work in a soup kitchen, you can volunteer at your church, you can volunteer for a commission or a committee in your town. There is so much that can be done and we need people to step forward and volunteer and that is what this is about.”

For more information about National Volunteer Week and how you can help, call 304-252-6396 ext. 118.

— E-mail: cboyd@register-herald.com

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