Learn About Volunteering Opportunities Jan. 21

Are you retired but still have a lot to give? The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City will host “Project InVOLve” Monday, Jan. 21, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Linda Feaster, Friends program director and former branch manager, said the event is held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day since in 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the federal holiday as a national day of service. She said it calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems, and empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers and creates solutions to social problems.

Feaster said several local nonprofits will make short presentations in the branch’s meeting room about the work they do and the kinds of help they need.

“Last year, we had 12 groups represented, including first aid squads and fire companies, Southern Ocean Medical Center and Friends of the Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter,” she said. “About 60 people came out. I think there are a lot of people on the Island that would be interested if they were made aware of these volunteer opportunities. There are many people here who have much to offer.”

To register, call the branch at 609-494-2480.

—E.E.

Reposted from The Sandpaper