Emily Dickinson, possibly the most important poet of the U.S., was almost entirely unknown to the people of her time (1830-1886). All of her seven poems that appeared during her lifetime were printed anonymously ‑ and most of them against her wishes ‑ and yet, she wrote, “The mere sense of living is joy enough.”
Famed author Leo Buscaglia, who wrote “Bus 9 to Paradise ‑ A Loving Voyage,” wrote of joy, “A loving person is the one who sees the continual joy in being alive.” Joy is the mantra of volunteers. It’s their passion.
Each month, we offer a listing of volunteer opportunities all around our county. Please call and volunteer.
-- The Path Rescue Mission is looking for volunteers to lead women in the 12-step classes and parenting classes, as greeters for 2-3 hours in mornings or afternoons weekly, activity instructors and mailing stuffers. Call 352-527-6500, ext. 9.
-- The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation is seeking volunteers to serve as counselors, client facilitators, technology coordinators, and leadership, administration and communication coordinators. Visit aarpfoundation.org/ taxaidevolunteer.
-- The Veterans Administration needs volunteers to drive Citrus County veterans to much-needed services and appointments at the Gainesville Administration Center and The Villages Outpatient Clinic. Call 352-746-8005.
-- The Friends of the Chassahowitzka River are looking for volunteers with planting, pulling weeds and de-mucking debris that covers the vent hole of the spring. Call 352-897-0479.
-- Vitas Healthcare has volunteer opportunities that help veteran Hospice patients and their families. Call 352-527-2020.
-- The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for volunteers to serve in non-law-enforcement programs, including public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, and environmental protection. Call Vince at 917-597-6961.
-- The Dunnellon Community Chorale is looking for singers. Contact them at the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church and volunteer.
-- The Citrus County Barbershoppers are looking for singers. Call Bob at 352-382-0336.
-- Opportunity Links, an RSVP program of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center, hosts forums for prospective volunteers to link up with local volunteer programs. Call 352-527-5959 for the next forum.
-- The Citrus Abuse Shelter Association (CASA) is in need of juice, butter, canned carrots, grits, cold and flu medicine for adults and children, cough drops, eye drops, ethnic hair products, Lysol spray, and women’s size 3XL, 4XL and 5XL shirts, pants and dresses. Call Carol at 352-344-8111.
-- The Inverness Lions Club offers financial assistance with vision care. Call 352-560-8741 for their Vision Assistance Program.
-- The YMCA has available speakers for meetings by calling Sara at 352-500-9622.
-- The Beverly Hills Woman’s Club is looking for members. They meet September through May at the Cornerstone Church’s Hills Campus.
-- Send Valentines to deployed troops via the Hugs For Soldiers program. Do not send cards larger than 8-by-11 inches. Do not use glitter or materials that easily break off. Keep messages positive. Mail them to Hugs For Heroes, P.O. Box 2887, Duluth, GA 30096.
-- The Family History Center at the Church of the Latter-Day Saints is open to the public and offers free access to genealogy records and volunteers that will help you in your search for your ancestors. Call 352-746-5943.
-- A new woodworking class is now available at the Beverly Hills Wood Guild at 52 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. Call Dan at 352-501-9507.
This column is for and about volunteers. If you or your organization are in need of volunteers and you’d like that need listed, call Ruth Levins at 352-795-3006, or write to her at P.O. Box 803, Crystal River, FL 34423-0803.