After such a long winter this year, I know that many are looking forward to spring making its way to Ohio more than ever. And with the warmer temperatures and blooming flowers the new season brings, there are renewed opportunities to get involved in our community through a variety of volunteering efforts.
Volunteering can be a great way to delve further into one of your interests, or to step outside of your normal routine to connect with new people in your surrounding community.


For instance, donating your time or goods to the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio is a wonderful way to give back to our friends and neighbors. If you enjoy working with animals, lending your time to caring for dogs at the Lorain County Dog Kennel may be a good fit. Or perhaps you enjoy art, history, and the outdoors – the Allen Memorial Art Museum and the Metro Parks of Lorain County have opportunities for volunteers to participate in various educational and social activities.


Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is a nationally recognized day to volunteer and a great way to welcome spring by “greening-up” our local community. Many schools, independent living facilities, and parks host Earth Day events that include educational activities, picking up trash, and planting flowers and trees to improve the area for generations to come.


These are just a few examples of how you can get involved in the community through volunteering this spring. I have found that engaging our community in creative ways is so rewarding, whether it is by reading to children at one of our public libraries, volunteering at the historical society’s ice cream social, or touring one of our local small businesses. So I invite you to join me in finding a volunteer opportunity that peaks your interest and allows you to experience something new. By continuing to connect with our community through new volunteer efforts, I believe we truly make it a better place to live, work and raise a family.


For a list of volunteer opportunities available in Lorain County, you can visit the Information Center page of the Lorain County website at http://www.loraincounty.us. Also, please contact my office at (614)644-7613 or Manning@ohiosenate.gov for any questions or assistance, I would love to hear from you. Happy Volunteering!

 
 
 
  
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