Volunteer opportunities at The Arc

Published 5:19 pm Saturday, December 14, 2013

By Jamey Helgeson

The Arc of Mower County

Volunteers play an important role in all programs, events and the day-to-day operations of The Arc of Mower County.

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Volunteers are vital to the programs and services of The Arc of Mower County. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, lending support in a variety of ways to the people and families we serve.

From playing games with teenagers to helping a young woman practice her batting swing, coaching a sports team to its first win of the season or working to make an event run smoothly, there are so many ways you can help.

Your contribution can make a valuable difference in someone’s life. Volunteer opportunities exist for individuals and groups. You can help on a one-time basis for our special events or on a regular basis working with people and families in our programs and activities. To learn more, please contact us at 507-433-8994 or email office@thearcmc.org.


How do I sign up to volunteer?

•All program and event volunteers must complete a volunteer application which can be found online at www.thearcmc.org. Program volunteers must also complete a background check form. We will mail one of these to you after you have made a commitment to be an Arc volunteer.

Event volunteers do not have to complete a background check because they are not working directly with Arc participants. A copy of your driver’s license/ID card is also required.

• Click on My Arc Account at www.thearcmc.org and click Sign Up To Volunteer or Log Volunteer Hours.


Upcoming Events

• People First Aktion Club’s Annual Chili and Chicken Dumpling Soup Supper Fundraiser, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Mower County Senior Center.

Volunteer: The day of the supper, workers are needed in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Help with publicity: Post the enclosed flier at your place of business or church, help to post fliers around town and start spreading the word.

Come out and eat: Bring your family, friends and neighbors for a great supper while supporting a great cause.

Make a donation: Items needed include hamburger, crackers, chili and kidney beans, tomato soup and tomato sauce, dice tomatoes, onions, celery, boneless chicken. Cash donations will help with the cost of milk and other groceries that need to be purchased. Every donation, large or small, will help cut expenses and increase profits.

•The Arc Mower County’s 19th annual rose sale. Sale Dates: Feb. 10 – March 14. Pick-up and delivery date: April 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We need your help. Any level of support is appreciated. Here are a few suggestions:

At your work: coordinate A pre-sale rose sale. You can pre-sell roses by emailing your co-workers and encouraging them to order. Call The Arc with a group rose order and the roses can be delivered to your office!

In your neighborhood: Ask your neighbors, friends and family to order roses.

Brighten someone’s day: Order roses to give to your customers or employees to show how much you appreciate them.

Volunteer: Rose sale coordinators are needed throughout Austin and the surrounding communities to coordinate rose sales at local churches, businesses, etc.