Youth welcome to join community service club

By Joni Averill,
Posted Feb. 25, 2010, at 6:42 p.m.

Recently, wrote Heidi Fairbrother, members of Bangor Modern Woodmen of America “demonstrated their patriotic pride by presenting four military flags [one for each branch of the military] to the Maine Veterans Home.”

Fairbrother leads a youth club for young people up to 16 “through Modern Woodmen of America,” which is a nonprofit organization that conducts community service projects in the Bangor area.

Each year, she said, “Modern Woodmen Camps [local chapters] and youth service clubs donate flags to fire stations, schools, nursing homes, cemeteries and other community facilities in need of new flags.”

Under the direction of local Modern Woodmen of America members, Fairbrother continued, “camps and youth clubs provide opportunities [for young people] to take part in social activities and community service” projects.

Anyone who wants information “about the local camp, or clubs, and how you can get involved,” Fairbrother wrote, is welcome to call her at 944-9875 or e-mail motherinme@hotmail.com.

For those unfamiliar with this national organization, Fairbrother explained it was “founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society. Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

“Visit http://www.modern-woodmen.org for additional information about how Modern Woodmen improves the quality of life in communities nationwide.”

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Executive director Mary Marin Lyon reports that Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is offering English language learner tutor training and certification beginning Thursday, March 4, and running through Thursday, March 25, at United Technologies Center, 200 Hogan Road, Bangor.

Tutors should be individuals interested in working with non-native English speakers as they improve their verbal and written English skills and understanding of American culture and customs.

“The 20-hour course provides an overview of second language acquisition skills, understanding and working with cultural differences, teaching strategies and lesson planning,” Lyon wrote.

Teaching experience, foreign language skills and-or an education degree are not required.

The course fee is $30, and scholarships are available.

Registration should be made by Wednesday, March 3, by calling Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, 947-8451; at http://www.lvbangor.org; or e-mailing lvbangor@utc.utc4.k12.me.us.

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The workshop is free, but preregistration is required by Friday, March 5, reports Janet May of “Getting Involved: How to Apply for National Service-Volunteer Positions,” which is 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Alpha One, 1048 #2 Union St., in Bangor.

The workshop, May wrote, “is part of the Ready to ServeMaine project” at the University of Maine’s “Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies, which promotes involvement in volunteerism by people who have disabilities.”

May said that “this session will be about the application process for national service positions,” and will feature “an AmeriCorps program manager from Maine who will walk participants through the application process for National Service positions.”

Registration can be made online at http://www.ccids.umaine.edu/projects/readytoserve/workshop_reg.htm.

You also may register from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 800-203-6957 or 581-1084, by faxing a registration form to 581-1231 or mailing a registration form to University of Maine, Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies, 5717 Corbett Hall, Room 114, Orono 04469-5717, Attn: Ann Zielinski.

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On behalf of Mars Hill Community Cupboard, Cathy Cropley wants readers to know it is raffling two $50 gift certificates redeemable at the Mars Hill IGA.

Ticket prices are one for $1 or six for $5, and volunteers will sell tickets from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 5; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, at the Mars Hill IGA.

Tickets will also be available during the 10th annual Mars Hill & Blaine Winterfest, which is March 12-14, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill.

Two winning tickets will be drawn that day at the school.

Cropley urges you to “please use this opportunity to support your local food pantry.”

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Susan Clifford of the American Cancer Society in Topsham reminds readers of its Daffodil Days campaign, which takes place the week of March 22. The society is seeking volunteers, including “anyone from school children to corporate CEOs,” to help with “taking requests for packing and delivering daffodils at work, in neighborhoods, in schools and around town” during that week.

Clifford urges potential volunteers “to help make a difference in the fight against cancer” by participating in this event.

If you can help, call Crystal DeRocher at 373-3719 or e-mail crystal.derocher@cancer.org.

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