Group puts out call for volunteer Warriors

The club would be volunteers who would help throughout the area.

By Elise Mckeown Skolnick

YOUNGSTOWN — Warriors Inc. is looking for a few good men, women and young people to join a volunteer club.

The new club will bring together adults and youths to help out various organizations and projects in the Mahoning Valley.

“It’s an opportunity to support the community you live in, to become part of the community you live in,” said Wendy Robinson, community ministry liaison for Warriors.

Warriors is a nonprofit organization that offers programs and clubs such as computer literacy and chess to children and adults.

In the past, Robinson said, the organization’s basketball team and some small groups have chosen to volunteer.

The volunteer club would be an expansion of that, “because we saw the rewards in volunteering,” she said.

The club will meet one Saturday a month and volunteer for various organizations in the Valley.

“We want to have them active in the community,” Robinson said, “so every month we’ll be at a different location.”

Members of the volunteer club will work together at locations such as nursing homes and hospitals. At nursing homes, they’ll read to residents and polish nails. In hospitals, they’ll hang holiday decorations.

They’ll also participate in city cleanups, among other activities.

Typically, they will volunteer for two hours at a time.

After signing up, participants receive volunteer training.

“We want to make sure they know their roles as volunteers,” Robinson said. “They’re there to help, they’re there to assist and do whatever’s asked of them.”

Volunteering is a way of giving back to the community, Robinson said.

“If we connect the younger ones with the community now, as they get older it becomes a part of who they are,” she said. “It’s just a win-win situation for our young people. It gives them an opportunity to learn about their community and become a part of their community, and to have it be ongoing in their life.”

Adults get a chance to give back, too. They also will become more familiar with the services and the needs in the area, Robinson said.

“So frequently, because we’re doing our own thing with our own families, we don’t see the needs that are in the Valley,” Robinson added. “It will give them the opportunity to see there are needs in the Valley, and two hours is a great opportunity to begin to help meet that need.”

Volunteers must be at least 12. Call (330) 783-5440 to join or for more information.

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