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Volunteer Center Can Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

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Dec 30, 2016
by Brenda Peterson
Top ten lists of New Year's Resolutions. We've seen these before, but now the Volunteer Center is suggesting ways to help you accomplish your goals through volunteering. We always have believed that volunteering benefits everyone, the volunteer, the person that is served and the community as a whole. By offering you 500 volunteer opportunities from more than 70 community agencies we can  help you have a happy, healthy 2017.
 
1) Eat healthy and exercise regularly.
Volunteer ideas:
-Wellspring, our local sustainable farm, needs volunteers.
-Snow shoveling builds new muscles. Volunteer with Interfaith Caregivers or Ozaukee Family Services to keep seniors independent in their homes.
-Riveredge needs help with their snowshoe event.
-Taking a walk? Take a senior from Cedar Springs, Harbor Campus, Family Tree, Jewish Family Services, Lasata Campus or Newcastle Place with you.  
-Help healthy eating in seniors by calling the Aging Disability and Resource Center to volunteer to deliver meals.
 
2) Drink less.
Volunteer idea:
-Starting Point addresses alcohol and substance abuse. Help them spread the word.
-One of the problems stemming from alcohol abuse is domestic or sexual violence. Advocates of Ozaukee helps those most in need.
 
3) Learn something new.
Volunteer ideas:
-Teach something new by mentoring and being a positive role model in a child's life with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
-You can also learn building skills while helping a family build their house with Habitat for Humanity.
 
4.) Quit bad habits.
Volunteer ideas:
-Ozaukee Public Health keeps tabs on health in Ozaukee County.
-Columbia St. Mary's and Aurora Health need volunteers to serve in several capacities in their hospitals.
 
5) Better work/life balance.
Volunteer ideas:
-Support the arts. Cedarburg Cultural Center, Gathering on the Green, Luxembourg American Society, Ozaukee Historical Society, North Shore Academy of the Arts and Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts all improve our community's arts and culture scene.
-Helping with end of life as a volunteer is incredibly rewarding. Compassus Hospice,  Kindred Hospice, Heartland Hospice, Horizon Home Care & Hospice, Season's Hospice and Serenity Hospice all need volunteers to help people through this stage of life.
 
6) Volunteer
Volunteer idea:
-www.volunteerozaukee.org has over 500 ways you can volunteer.
-Use your expertise to help an organization you feel passionate about succeed by volunteering for their Board of Directors.
-Help those who have special needs.  ABLE, Balance, Portal and Independence First's goals are to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Find out how you can help.
-In times of disaster, Ozaukee County Emergency Management and Salvation Army need databases filled with volunteer names they can call on in times of need.
 
7) Save Money
Volunteer ideas:
-Nonprofit agencies save the communities tax money by performing valuable and necessary services for those in need. Support those agencies that serve the community and fill basic needs. Volunteer as a hotline listener for COPE Services or help feed the hungry as a volunteer for Family Sharing, The Food Pantry, Saukville Community Food Pantry or St. Vincent De Paul Society.
-The green space in our community is lovingly taken care of by volunteers at Riveredge, Mequon Nature Center, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and Wellspring.
 
8) Get organized.
Volunteer idea:
-Interfaith Caregiver's volunteers help seniors get and stay organized so they can remain independent in their homes.
 
9) Read more.
Volunteer idea:
-Adult Literacy Center volunteers teach English as a second language, Ozaukee Jail Literacy helps people qualify for their GED or equivalent, Ozaukee Reads helps children improve their reading skills and Next Door Foundation encourages families to read together.
 
10) Finish those "to-do" lists.
-You can keep your New Year's resolution and support your community at the same time. Go to www.volunteerozaukee.org, email vc@volunteerozaukee.org or call us at 262-377-1616 and find out how you can start volunteering today.