Fall is fast approaching and in a few weeks the garden and yard work will be diminishing. With those chores no longer a top priority, most of us will be facing a few hours of downtime.
With that time, why not mull over becoming a volunteer or joining one of many local outstanding service organizations?
Volunteering is a selfless act that usually concludes with volunteers realizing they’ve received as much satisfaction as they’ve given out.
Those of us who are retired can volunteer in an area of our expertise, or be adventuresome and explore new skills.
Among those always in need of volunteer help is Pine Elementary School. Volunteers donate time in the office or assisting teachers in the classroom.
Those who volunteer at the school say the hours they donate are very rewarding and enjoyable.
Those interested should call the school at (928) 476-3283. Volunteers are required to complete an application form.
Also, the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library relies heavily on volunteers. The budget allows for only three paid positions, so volunteers are an integral part of keeping the library running.
To help out, stop by the library at 6124 N. Randall Place or call (928) 476-3678 for more details.
Another agency in need of help is the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank. Volunteers meet at 1:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month at Pine Community Center.
To volunteer at the food bank, attend a meeting or contact Sue Montgomery at (928) 476-4647.
The Pine Senior Center could use some help as well. The center is located at Highway 87 and Randall. The thrift store phone number is (928) 476-4633 and the dining room is (928) 476-2151.
If you consider yourself a “hands-on’’ person, there are several service organizations that contribute greatly to our communities.
DPS Quilt Angels make children’s trauma quilts and distribute them to DPS officers and other first responders.
They carry the quilts with them to aid in giving comfort to victims of unfortunate circumstances. Contact Willene Smith about the meetings, (928) 476-3587, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild meets at 9 a.m. the last Friday of every month at the Senior Center in Pine.
The group hosts craft fairs each holiday weekend in the summer and at the end of the year donate proceeds from vendor space rentals to other organizations in the community. If you are a “crafty” person, contact Gail Jones at (928) 476-4480 to get involved.
Also, the Strawberry Patchers quilting group meets at 9 a.m. the first and third Thursday of every month in the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library activity room.
The Patchers are known for their generosity in donating quilts to various fund-raisers for auctions and raffles. Contact Marty Mitchell, (928) 472-7104, www.strawberrypatchers.com.
Taking pride in the Rim Country
Take Pride Project, Pine and Strawberry is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and Western heritage of Rim Country by spending countless hours making improvements and cleaning up the two communities.
Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Pine Senior Center Dining Room. Contact Ira Gibel at (928)476-5109.
Pine Library Friends supports our library and its programs. Meetings are at 1 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the library’s activity room.
Among PLF activities are book sales to support library programs and the annual Christmas party, which collects toys for the Time Out Shelter and food for the Pine Food Bank.
For more information, call the library at (928) 476-3678.
Fall Festival date changed
The annual Fall Festival, which is held at Pine Elementary School, has been moved up a day. Originally scheduled for Oct. 31 it has been changed to Oct. 30.
The event will be held in the school gym from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Board to meet Sept. 23
Pine School Principal Mike Clark says the monthly school board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23. The meeting has been postponed twice for a variety of reasons.
It was originally set for Sept. 8 and then changed to Sept. 15 before Sept. 23 was finally settled on.