Helping Hands

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When someone in the Rim Country is in need, the people who live here step up in a big way. The Payson Roundup's 2008 Progress Edition is dedicated to the men and women who give their time and talents to causes they care about.

Because of the efforts of these volunteers, a child can learn a new skill, a struggling family will have enough to eat, a bedridden senior can read books from the library, a high school graduate can afford college, a battered woman can find safety, a hiker with a sprained ankle can make it home, a homeless animal can have food and shelter while waiting to be adopted.

We submit that the fine civic groups profiled within these pages are the foundation of our community's progress, and play a big part in making the Rim Country a wonderful place to live.

If the list of kindnesses seems endless, the generous donations of money, clothing and canned goods amazing, we hope you will be inspired to join these volunteers and lend your own Helping Hands.

Quotes from the quote garden:

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope


Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. ~Seneca

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines. ~Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt

Open your heart - open it wide; someone is standing outside. ~Quoted in Believe: A Christmas Treasury by Mary Engelbreit

We salute our community's volunteers

When someone in the Rim County is in need, the people who live here step up BIGTIME.

The 2008 ‘progress edition' is dedicated to the men and women who give extra time to causes they care about.

In years past, the Payson Womans Club gave Payson a library and a hospital.

PAWS in the Park members gave us a dog park.

Volunteers make the Rim Country a phenomenal place to live.

Because of volunteers a child can learn a new skill, a struggling family will have enough to eat, a bed-bound senior can hear music, a teenager can afford college, a battered woman can find safety, a hiker with a sprained ankle makes it home, a teacher gets cool stuff for his classroom, a veteran can get help with benefit questions ...

If the list of kindnesses seems endless, the generous donations of money, clothes and canned goods amazing, it is because people here are just plain nice.

We submit that the fine civic groups, made up of individual members, profiled within these pages are the foundation of our community's progress.

Helping Hands has been a nearly three-month undertaking by the editorial staff of the Payson Roundup.

We discovered things as we began to profile broadly supported groups in the Rim Country.

There is an incredible amount of networking support between organizations.

At least 10 organizations mentioned helping Time Out in some form.

Quite a few volunteers give of their time and money to two or more groups.

For example, a reporter at the Pine Thrift Store linked up with a person she had been trying to reach from Masons.

Another reporter ran into a Payson Senior Center volunteer first at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Several ‘bigs' in Big Brothers Big Sisters were active in service clubs such as Kiwanis and Rotary.

We wanted to provide lists of volunteers from each organization. We were somewhat surprised when some organizations preferred to keep their membership private.

We had visions at one point of tracking the amount of money and physical donations organizations give directly back to our community.

Not all groups had statistics handy.

Just as the 29,000 of Payson-Pine-Strawberry hours reported to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in 2007 is but part of the volunteer picture, we bet the dollars and items contributions figure easily tops $1,500,000.

The 29,000 hours represents about half a million dollars

In this special edition, the Roundup tried to profile broadly supported groups. We are sorry if we missed yours as we combed our archives and lists while trying to make the multitude of stories fit on our Helping Hands pages.

We regret we were unable to list the youths who give back though time walking dogs at the Payson Humane Society, collecting food for the less fortunate and making the holidays bright for other families during the holidays.

If your organization hosts a special event, changes meeting times or leadership, please contact us via e-mail at editor @payson.com or call (928) 474-5251.

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