Well, it’s now Feb. 3. How are you doing on your new year’s resolutions? By now, many people have given up on those commitments. If yours was to start volunteering or become more involved in your community, it’s never too late to do so. Here are a few groups where you can lend your time and talents and meet new people:
1) The Lansing Women’s Club is always looking for new members. It’s a service organization that is small, but very dedicated. Senior ladies are invited to lend their ideas and time to service projects and to raising funds for worthy causes. Members get together monthly at different restaurants and plan ways to make a difference. For more information, contact Barb Raczak at (708) 895-3195.
2) The Lansing Junior Woman’s Club, of which I am a member, is also always looking for new ladies to join who enjoy making new friends and helping out to make the community a better place. The group meets monthly at the First United Methodist Church in Lansing. Among their projects is the upcoming Veterans Appreciation Dinner, which will take place in April. To join either the Lansing Women’s Club or Lansing Junior Woman’s Club, it is not necessary to live in Lansing. For more information, call (708) 516-3423.
3) Meals on Wheels. This organization provides meals to seniors and disabled individuals at a nominal cost that are delivered to homes in Lansing. This group is completely volunteer run. Volunteers do the planning and preparing for the meals that are prepared each Tuesday and Thursday, but there’s also a way to help that involves just three or four days a year. Meals on Wheels is always in need of volunteer bakers to make desserts for about two dozen people. I’ve been doing this for years and it’s a small, but useful way to make a contribution. I get a call once every three months or so and bake a couple of dozen cupcakes or brownies. If time doesn’t allow for home-baked goodies, they are also willing to accept store bought treats. By having volunteers donate desserts, it helps keep the cost down for those who utilize the program. For more information, call (219) 922-9884
4) The Friends of the Lansing Public library is a group that helps raise funds to provide programs through the library and fund additional projects not within the library budget. The group has gotten more and more active as time has gone on and they sponsor a wonderful concert series, providing exciting entertainment to the public for free. My dad and I have enjoyed attending some of their concerts, including performances by the Legacy Girls and Eddie Korosa and the Boys from Illinois. They also hold a monthly book sale where old, unused books that have been donated can get a new life and be enjoyed by a new owner and proceeds from the book sales are used to fund programs, such as the concert series. For more information, call (708) 474-2447.
5) The Lansing Golden K Kiwanis is an organization I’ve written about before. They are a wonderful group of senior community members who do so much to help locally and around the world. Members go to schools in Lansing to give awards for bringing up grades. They read to students and donate books to the school libraries. They also help distribute food for the Lansing Food Pantry and help serve meals at St. Joseph’s soup kitchen among many other projects. I wrote recently that I was a speaker at one of their meetings and it brought me to tears to see that they end their meetings by standing and singing "God Bless America." If you want to spend time with an uplifting, patriotic and caring bunch, this is your group. Call Mel for more information, (708) 331-2473.