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Give a little of yourself...Volunteer
The Girl Scouts of Kansas and Missouri Need YOU!
The Girl Scouts of America has been promoting courage, confidence and character through various programs for over a century. As the Latino population has steadily increased over the years, so has the amount of Girl Scout troops across the country and in Kansas and Missouri specifically. Pauline Rios, Hispanic Initiative Director for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Missouri, has dedicated her time to integrate the Latino culture with Girl Scout programing. “I never had Girl Scouts in my community, so I want to encourage these young girls to join and become part of this culturally inclusive organization,” she explains. The amount of scouts has increased so much that it is imperative to gain more adult volunteers from our area, as troop leaders, speakers, mentors or interpreters. The connection of cultural programming with Girl Scouts in this community has been extremely successful, but in order to remain successful, we need more help!
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pauline Rios at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-759-3113. For more information, visit www.girlscoutsksmo.org
Are you in need of service hours or do you just feel like lending a helping hand? If so, El Centro is looking for volunteers for our Annual December Clothing Drive! Volunteers are needed December 1st from 8:30am-12:00pm and December 2nd from 1:00pm-6:00pm at our Academy for Children. Volunteers will be asked to help set up tables, sort clothes, and distribute clothing to families in need! To register as a volunteer call Lorena at 913-677-0100 and view the flyer below for more information.
Saint Andrew Christian Church: Showing off their painting talents
Thanks to Saint Andrew Christian Church in Olathe for painting the walls of our Academy as part of their outreach ministry! Learn more about St. Andrews by checking out their website here.
HE WEARS A LOT OF HATS...
Jim Taylor wears many different volunteer hats at El Centro. He began and continues to volunteer his time in El Centro’s IT Department assisting the director in repairing and updating computers because of his extensive computer background. When he learned that funding for El Centro’s senior program was very limited, he immediately became involved as a fundraiser, organizing a bake sale, garage sale, dance and dinner. He went to several businesses and organizations to ask for donations and support for these activities. Thanks to his hard work he helped to raise over $4,000 in 2008 for the senior program. Jim is also the “resident” volunteer Disc Jockey for senior birthday parties and for other social events. He even made a guest appearance as “Elvis” at the Senior Sock Hop! His volunteer work just keeps growing too! He actively participates in our monthly Cafecito Breakfast as a greeter to guests. His volunteer work has a positive impact on the agency’s programming, staff and program participants. By assisting our IT Director, he saves time and money for the agency. Through his assistance in fundraising, he impacts all of El Centro’s programs particularly the Senior Program.
FIFTEEN YEARS AND COUNTING! BEGINS AS VOLUNTEER BOLE STAYS AS A FRIEND
You might call him a volunteer or you might call him a friend, but El Centro won’t let Kaler Bole call it quits. But then, he doesn’t want to.
“I am now ‘Ex-Officio’ on the board, quips Kaler, “I think that means, ’put out to pasture’.” But Bole is hardly out to pasture. He is active with El Centro’s Development Committee and continues as El Centro’s number one advocate in the community. “He’s a development director’s dream come true,” says Carmen Liimatta, Director of Development. “He demonstrates the kind of passion and commitment we all want in volunteers and board members. Kaler introduces his friends to El Centro and invites them to events. Not a friend or business associate of his gets by without learning about us.”
Bole’s involvement with El Centro began 15 years ago when his church, St. Ann’s Parish in Prairie Village held a clothing drive for the families at El Centro. “I was amazed, that here in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas was this agency serving Hispanic families. I was impressed with the ethics the people showed of hard work, faith, and family.”
Later he volunteered with El Centro’s Academy for Children and even helped raise money for a $1.2 million capital campaign to renovate the building in which the Pre-K Program is now housed. Then he went on to lead El Centro as the Board Chair in 2007 and 2008. When he stepped down as chair of the board of directors after finishing his term in 2009, President and CEO Mary Lou said, “We’re not letting you go that easy, Kaler.”