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Metroparks Recruiting Volunteers For Patrol & Camps
Metroparks of the Toledo Area is recruiting adults to be members of its Volunteer Trail Patrol (VTP) and teens to be summer camp counselors in training.
The trail patrol currently has about 260 members who walk the parks in pairs, help at special events and act as ambassadors for the park system by providing customer service to visitors. Some members also pedal the parks on bicycles, while others patrol the bridle trails at Oak Openings on horseback.
An information meeting, where anyone interested can learn more about the program without obligation, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 29 at Farnsworth. Reservations are requested.
VTP members commit to 50 hours of service per year, including 16 hours of initial training in first aid/CPR, customer service and the natural and historical features of the Metroparks.
New parks and facilities offer new opportunities for trail patrol volunteers. Middlegrounds opened in September, while three other Metroparks – Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Westwinds and Wiregrass Lake – opened in the last two years.
Lori Miller, a volunteer coordinator who oversees the trail patrol, said members work closely with park rangers and other staff to protect the parks and their visitors by providing information and acting as additional eyes and ears for law enforcement.
Teenage camp counselors are also needed. The Counselor in Training program gives up to 40 youths ages 14-18 the opportunity to develop leadership skills while working with children as assistants to camp counselors during Metroparks summer day camps, which run Monday through Friday in June, July and August. Camps begin no earlier than 8:15 a.m. and end no later than 4:30 p.m.
During summer camps, CITs help with a variety of activities, including archery, canoeing, nature education, wilderness survival, geocaching, fishing, arts and crafts.
Teens selected for the program commit to attending three training sessions in leadership, interpersonal skills and environmental education, then volunteer for at least two full weeks of summer camp, or the equivalent in hours. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, February 15.
Reservations for trail patrol meetings, additional information on both volunteer programs and applications for new volunteers are available at www.MetroparksToledo.com/Volunteer.

Items Collected For Victims Of Hurricane Matthew
Impact With Hope and its partners are collecting supplies for the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Priorities for donations include: monetary donations to aid in shipping, tarps, nonperishable food items such as 50-pound bags of rice, personal hygiene items, shovels, 55-gallon plastic bags, hand tools, gloves, supplies for cleanup, blankets, flashlights, batteries and diapers.
Tax-deductible monetary donations can be made at www.impactwithhope.org. Other items may be dropped off at Distribution Center, 905 Farnsworth, Waterville; Tireman Stores; Hilton Garden Inn, Levis Commons, Perrysburg; and The Church on Strayer, 3000 Strayer Rd., Maumee.
For more information, or to learn more about ways to help, call the offices at (419) 878-8548, visit www.impactwithhope.org or e-mail lgreene@impactwithhope.org.

Social Living Club Seeks Teen Mentors
Bittersweet’s Social Living Club (SLC) – a recreational program that provides social and community opportunities to teens with autism – is seeking teen mentors to volunteer and help adolescents with autism in the SLC build relationships among their peers.
Teen mentors will help build confidence and social skills by partnering with the SLC participants in various activities.
Teens will be expected to provide tutoring or academic support, career exploration assistance, emotional support and social experiences to other teens with autism.
Teen mentors will be required to commit to an orientation prior to volunteering. Volunteers will be expected to commit to one session of 1.5 hours per week for six weeks. No experience is needed.
Contact Kate Gulbrand at (419) 206-7803 or kgulbrand@bittersweetfarms.org for more information.

Maumee Boy Scouts Seek Hiking Backpacks
Maumee Boy Scout Troop 103 is looking for gently used youth-sized hiking backpacks – something to pack 40 or more pounds of gear, small tents, small camp stoves, cooking pots and pans as well as hiking polls.
The troop is looking to double or triple member numbers within the year with older Cubs crossing over at the end of the year.
Those interested in donating items can contact leaders at www.facebook.com/maumeetroop103/, bradley_reynolds@att.net or (419) 392-7708.

Donations Needed For Operation Paperback
Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center, along with a resident who would like to remain anonymous, is seeking donations of gently used paperback books for Operation Paperback.
Specific books being requested are: puzzle books, large- print mysteries, books for toddlers, inspirational stories, recent magazines, textbooks of all subjects, DVDs and CDs.
Operation Paperback is located in Pennsylvania and is a national nonprofit organization whose volunteers collect gently used books and send them to the troops overseas, as well as veterans and military families at home. Since 1999, there have been 2.2 million books sent to our troops.
Donations are accepted at Perrysburg Commons’ front desk on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 10542 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg.


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