Hello All! As this is a month of sharing and giving, I wanted to mention three organizations that are ideal for me, and would be for others, primarily because of their focus as well as the variety of volunteer options. First: Greyhound Adoption Center (GAC), located in the San Diego area, is an amazing group of dedicated individuals who rescue greyhounds from dog racing tracks in Mexico and areas of the U.S. These are greyhounds who are no longer profitable to the kennel owner and are in peril of being discarded or killed. GAC has a fabulous kennel with a capacity of being able to handle about 50 hounds. In the past I have volunteered at the kennel, working with staff to help with letting the hounds out of their kennel to enjoy some fresh air and do their business, clean turn out areas, clean food bowls, launder hound blankets, towels, etc., and join in with walks for the hounds. I also do phone work for GAC, answering messages and forwarding information to the proper staff member. Working with the greyhounds and staff members is such rewarding work! Volunteers can also contribute materials (dog food, paper supplies, cleaning supplies) and most of all, sponsoring hounds each month, taking part in fund raisers - DONATIONS! Second: Little Dresses for Africa is administered by a woman who has a dream of having individuals or groups sew simple cotton dresses from a downloaded pattern, to be sent to children in different areas of Africa. I organized a service project for the fashion design club at Chaffey College in Chino. It was so great to see fashion and merchandising students work together as a production team. Student teams were formed to trace patterns of different sizes onto fabric, cut out the dresses, sew neck casings and hems, sew seams, press completed seams and insert drawstrings, inspect/sort/size, and pack finished dresses. All together we completed 100 little dresses and sent them on to be packed and shipped to Africa. I know some students who continue to sew these dresses here and there to combine with a larger group for shipment. This is what is so workable for volunteers. Even spare time sewing can benefit a child. Little Dresses also offers a downloadable pattern for shorts and shirts for little boys. Third: Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoe Box: Volunteers are able to donate shoe boxes filled with items a child in America or in another country would love to receive. You select the age group as well as boy or girl to receive the gift. It can be a family project, group project or as an individual. In addition to filling and donating a box, volunteer opportunities are available to work at the production and packing sites to sort and pack, to travel and deliver the shoe boxes, or to fund the shipment of the boxes (approximately $7 per box).
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