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Service Project Suggestion for July

Tired of that Raffi CD hanging around your house? Had enough of your Disney sing-along? Now is the time to pass on the music you are finished with to a deserving group of children. Meredith Sause, a speech-language
pathologist, is gathering music to donate to the Alamance Regional Medical Center’s Pediatric Rehab Clinic. The clinic provide therapies for children with speech and language needs, orthopedic disorders, and with a wide range of special needs, including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism and other conditions.

A variety of musical genres are needed—including children’s music, instrumental, folk, world music, show tunes, pop, R&B, classical—anything appropriate for children up to 12 years old. The music will be used by the
clinic’s therapists during sessions. Music can help in language development, teaching concepts, teaching social skills, and as a tool to energize or calm children. The current musical selection is limited, dated, and lacks variety for
the wide range of children being served.

There are two ways to donate your music:

  1. Mail the CDs directly to Meredith (merrybellepark at gmail.com)
    ARMC Pediatric Rehab Services
    Attn: Meredith Sause
    PO Box 202
    Burlington, NC 27216

  2. Call 919-240-4834 or e-mail Kara Hume (karahume at aol.com), Service Committee Member, to arrange a pick-up. The Mothers Club can then send a package of CDs to Meredith.

Thanks for thinking of the children at Alamance Regional Medical Center’s Pediatric Rehab Clinic as you go through your music!

About Service Opportunities

The Mothers Club values community contributions. We realize that with children it is difficult to get out there and volunteer as much as you want to. Just planning it can be time consuming. This webpage features a monthly service feature that is a quick, pre-organized or pre-researched event that you can easily participate in. Also, we highlight services or items that are urgently needed in the community on a rotating basis. Don't forget to email us (service at chapelhillmothersclub.org) and tell us what you have been doing!

Use the "color-codes" to match age groups with each service project.
Open to children of all ages and adults
Open to children ~3+ and adults
Open to children ~ 6+ and adults
Open to children ~14+ and adults
Open only to adults

Ways You Can Help

Donate Food to a Food Pantry.
Have your child pick out one item each time you go to the store. When you get a bagful, take it to a local food pantry. Or lead a drive with your playgroup, neighborhood or church.

Walk For a Cause. Many organizations use walks to increase awareness and raise funds. Kids aged five and older can walk a few miles, and you can push little ones in a stroller.

  • Girls on the Run of the Triangle. Girls on the Run is a character development program for girls ages 8-12 that uses running to teach values and a sense of self. The program combines training to participate in a non-competitive 1 or 3.1 mile walk/run event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts and a community service project. Open to children of all ages and adults
  • The Great Human Race. The Great Human Race is a fundraiser for all Triangle area nonprofits. Hosted by the Volunteer Center of Durham, the race is in two parts: a 5K competitive run/walk and a 5K non-competitive walk for nonprofits and their supporters. Open to children of all ages and adults

Assist the Elderly. Your family can be matched with one person to call on regularly.

  • A Helping Hand, Chapel Hill. Volunteers give companionship, provide transportation to doctor appointments, run errands, and assist with correspondence and simple household chores. Children can participate by visiting a nursing home resident, raking leaves or planting flowers, singing to nursing home residents, doing a craft to be presented as a birthday gift, or making cards. Call 919-969-7111 or e-mail Lauren Robison at lauren at ahelpinghandnc.org. Open to children of all ages and adults
  • Friends of Triangle Seniors and Food Assistance, Chapel Hill. Services provided to seniors include transporting them to doctor appointments, grocery stores, banks, etc.; picking up prescriptions/medications from pharmacies; paying bills; organizing mail/paperwork/forms; creating monthly budgets; cleaning homes; preparing meals; providing companionship; and doing yard work or home repairs. Call A. J. Rosenberg at 919-806-4922. Open to children of all ages and adults

Respect the Environment. Pick up litter at a local park or while you take a walk in the neighborhood.

  • North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. Many opportunities to volunteer including being a tour guide, teaching assistant, or summer camp assistant; taking care of gardens doing weeding, raking, and supervised plant care; working in the library, gift shop, or reception, and more. Call Shanna at 919-962-0522. Depending upon the volunteer activity, could be open to children ~ 6+ and adults
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Opportunities to assist a farm on the annual Farm Tour. Call Elizabeth at 919-542-2402. Open to children ~ 6+ and adults. Administrative support: Open only to adults.
  • SEEDS. A non-profit urban gardening and greening organization that supports 10 community gardens in Durham and one in Carrboro. For information about volunteering, contact Emily Boynton at 919-683-1197 or info at seedsnc.org.

Befriend Someone With a Developmental Disability. Call a residential treatment center for the developmentally disabled in your area and ask to be matched with an adult whom you can include in family events, holiday activities, and outings.

  • Compeer of Orange County. Compeer matches community volunteers with children and adults receiving mental-health treatment. Open to children of all ages and adults (at the discretion of the parent and the adult receiving treatment).
  • The Mental Health Association in North Carolina, Raleigh. To learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Jennifer Mahan at 919-981-0740, ext 239.
  • NC Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC), Durham. A non-profit organization that provides horseback riding lessons for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities, as a source of therapy and for fun. NCTRC is looking for volunteers to serve as leaders and sidewalkers. Leaders lead the horses around the arena. Sidewalkers walk beside the horse and rider and provide physical and mental support as needed. Contact Amber Windham at 336-592-0578 or amberkw24 at hotmail.com.

Deliver Meals. You and your child can bring both hot food and companionship to homebound people through a local charity food service.

  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels. Delivers meals to homebound individuals. Call 919-942-2948. Open to children of all ages and adults
  • Fearrington Cares, Pittsboro. Volunteers can pick up and deliver meals or groceries on request. Call 919-542-1930. Open to children of all ages and adults

Offer a Lift. Take your kids along to drive elderly people or patients with AIDS or cancer to their medical appointments, or take nursing-home residents or isolated seniors to the grocery store or to visit friends.

Help Patients in Hospitals.

  • Ronald McDonald House, Chapel Hill. Help prepare dinner for 30-35 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill as their children receive medical treatment in nearby hospitals. Volunteers will be contacted by the Project Leader and asked to bring $5-$10 worth of ingredients to help in the cooking. Contact Laura Webb at 919-913-2040.
  • UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill. Children younger than college age aren't able to volunteer due to infection control and privacy issues, but there are lots of ideas for donations for individual families or groups. Adult patients may not have family nearby and often are especially in need. Donate holiday presents for adult or pediatric patients; new clothing items, especially bathrobes, slippers, etc. for in the hospital or sweatsuits for discharge; craft items for kids; books, magazines and crossword puzzles for adults; phone cards or grocery store cards for families. Contact the main volunteer office at 919-966-4793.

Be Kind to Animals. Volunteer to care for abandoned dogs or cats.

Fight Poverty and Homelessness.

  • PTA Thrift Shop, Chapel Hill. Volunteer opportunities include sorting through donations, stocking shelves, collecting grocery bags, gardening/groundskeeping, using computer skills, and special projects such as making floats for the annual Holiday Parade. Age limit for retail stores is middle school, due to insurance and safety issues. For middle school age, ratio has to be 1 adult for every 3 children. Contact Emily Gordon, volunteer coordinator, 919-942-6565, emilygordon at bellsouth.net
  • Stand up for Kids, Durham. Empower homeless and street kids toward lifelong personal growth through a national on the streets program. Create in these youths a caring and belief in themselves through open straightforward counseling and educational programs.
  • Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, Chapel Hill. Serve meals in the soup kitchen (children 12 & over). Cook at home with the kids then bring a meal to the transitional housing program. Help with Project Happy Birthday by preparing bags of goodies. Collect food, clothing, or other needed items listed on the website. Contact Elizabeth Garfunkel, 919-929-6380 or volunteer at ifcweb.org.

Things You Can Do at Home

  • Make a Child Smile. Every month children with life-threatening illnesses are featured on their website. All you have to do is go to each child's individual page, read their story and write down their mailing address posted right next to their picture. Then just be creative and mail them cards, letters, gifts, crafts, etc.
  • The Box Project. Their mission is to help families living in rural poverty in America to become self-sufficient and overcome the cycle of poverty by offering them friendship, education, and material aid. Send an impoverished family gift boxes filled with clothing, food, and more. 1-800-268-9928.
  • Canine Companions for Independence. Help raise and train a puppy that will eventually assist children and adults with physical disabilities. 1-800-572-2275.
  • Locks of Love. Donate your (or your child's) just-cut hair (10-inch minimum) to help provide hairpieces for children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. 1-866-896-1588.
  • Project Linus. Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade, blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers." Call 1-309-664-7814 or e-mail information at projectlinus.org.

Other Helpful Links

  • www.kidsconnectnc.org. A wonderful site with everything you need to know for lots of volunteer opportunities. Includes contact information, age restrictions, specific volunteer tasks and time commitment.
  • www.doinggoodtogether.org. Lists lots of great ideas for families and groups for one-time or on-going volunteer ideas. Includes suggested ways to talk with kids about volunteering before, during and after the experience.
  • www.volunteermatch.org. Provides opportunities for volunteering in your community by a zip-code search. Some opportunities are on-going, while others are short-term. Gives a good idea of what positions are good for which age group.
  • www.servenet.org. Provides opportunities for volunteering in your community by a zip-code search. Some opportunities are on-going, while others are short-term.

Before You Take Your Child Volunteering

See www.doinggoodtogether.org/talkandlearn.html for a very helpful list of questions and ideas to bring up before, during and after the volunteer experience.

Our Club's Service History

Since it was founded, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mothers Club has given back to the community in various ways, including:

  • collecting toys to donate to Toys for Tots
  • collecting food to donate to the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
  • collecting food and other items for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for delivery to those affected by Hurricane Katrina (August 2005)
  • collecting baby items and other needed supplies for the Family Wellness and Recovery Services of North Carolina Inc. (Spring 2006)
  • visiting residents at Carolina Meadows retirement community in Chapel Hill
  • participating in the Smart Start Family Fest, which includes entertainment and learning activities for children and their parents, while providing extensive information about services available to families in Orange County.
  • organizing the annual Mothers Club Preschool Fair to help local parents learn about the many varied preschool options in the Orange County area.
  • Donating food, money and time to a brunch at the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill (September 2007).

The Mothers Club has also made donations from its membership dues to:

Service Project Committee

Vivienne Carosso
Kara Hume
Meg McGurk

To contact the service project coordinator please send e-mail to serviceprojects at chapelhillmothersclub.org.

Last Updated: 11 July 2009

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