Community needs volunteers

Editor’s note: The 2018 United Way campaign is underway. Each week, the Sidney Daily News will profile an aspect of the local agency.

SIDNEY — Every day, community organizations rely on volunteers to help serve their clients and fulfill their missions. Volunteers help with medical assistance, cook meals, visit seniors in their homes, mentor children, read to children, stock shelves, sort clothes and this list continues.

“Do you have extra time to make a difference? We would love to hear from you if you do. Some organizations are in record need of volunteers as families are being destroyed by substance abuse, and children are impacted by caregivers’ poor decisions,” said Scott Barr, Shelby County United Way executive director.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County (492-7611) has 20 Shelby County youth ready to be matched with mentors. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) (498-7447) is looking for volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Compassionate Care (492-9400) needs trained medical providers willing to volunteer and see patients. FISH (492-1760) is an all-volunteer thrift store. Catholic Social Services (498-4593) is in need of volunteers to serve seniors. The American Red Cross (937-332-1414) relies on volunteers to fulfill its many programs. Job and Family Services (498-4981) is recruiting foster parents. Alpha Community Center (498-9758) and Holy Angels Soup Kitchen (498-0598) rely on volunteers to cook and prepare lunch meals. Agape Distribution (498-4368) uses volunteers daily to stock food on the shelves and unload product. Salvation Army (492-8412) is currently scheduling bell ringers for the holiday season. Shelby County United Way’s women’s initiative group, POWER (492-2101), needs 20 volunteers for the kindergarten reading program. Please contact one of these organizations if you can give of your time and make a difference in Shelby County.

The Shelby County United Way is a local 501c3 non-profit organization. Monies raised in the annual campaign are invested locally under the leadership and direction of our local volunteer Board of Directors and Community Allocation Volunteers. The Shelby County United Way is highly rated by Charity Navigator. Through the fifth week, the campaign totals are $374,637. Donors can make payroll contributions with participating employers or make a one-time or reoccurring donation by visiting or text SHELBY to 40403. Checks can be made payable to Shelby County United Way and mailed to P.O. Box 751, Sidney.