Community Service: April 2010 Archives

A beach after an oil spill.

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Thank you Girl Scout Volunteer Sandra Grice for sending us this information.  This is a horrible situation, but it could be used to teach our girls about this type of environmental disaster, while learning the importance of community service.

As we all know there is a high probability now that we will be effected by the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.  As a local environmental organization, Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group is in contact with US Fish and Wildlife, Alabama Division of Natural Resources and Mobile Bay NEP on a daily basis offering any and all assistance that can be provided. 

At this time we are on standby as these organizations await expert help with this type of environmental disaster and it has been decided what actions will have to be taken.  In an effort to be proactive we would like to go ahead and ask any who would be willing to volunteer their time in the event that a cleanup does occur to go ahead and sign up.  We will make a master list of volunteers and have this available not only for Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group but also to any of the organizations seeking volunteers.  
 
Please forward this to any you think would be interested in volunteering their time.  Let's hope and pray these measures will not be needed but at the same time let's be prepared if we do have to act!
 
To volunteer, contact:
Shannon Ready, volunteer with Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group
shannonl67@hotmail.com

Also, thank you to volunteer Desiree Bishop for letting us know about this volunteer opportunity:

The Environmental Studies Center needs volunteers (minimum age 18) to help with Wildlife Rescue (some activities may include cleaning birds). Call 251-221-5000 and leave your name and phone number if you would like to help.

If your troop is planning on volunteering to clean up, please contact Molly Smart at 800-239-6636, extension 1402.

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According to recent statistics, we are losing World War II veterans at the rate of approximately 1,000 per day, and there are many more who are in declining health.  We know that Girl Scouts believe in honoring our nation's heroes and invite you to consider assisting the Honor Flight network in its efforts to show veterans the special place they hold in our hearts.

 

The Honor Flight Network provides a special kind of honor for the sacrifices of America's veterans. Our heroes are flown to Washington D.C. to visit their memorials. Top priority is given to senior veterans - World War II survivors. The veterans do not pay for this activity - it is absolutely free.

 

There are four locations in southern Alabama that will have honor flights, and each location would like to have Girl Scouts at the homecoming ceremonies.  This would be a fantastic community service event for your troop.

 

Wiregrass

·         8 p.m. April 17 and April 24, Dothan Airport

·         To attend, contact Bob Bunting at 334-774-0961

Covington County

·         7 p.m. May 15, Southeast Regional Airport in Sanford (between Opp and Andalusia). 

·         There is also a reception that is tentatively scheduled for May 1 at the Andalusia City Hall. 

·         To attend either event, contact Gary Petty at 334-428-2687

River Region

·         6:30 p.m. April 17, Montgomery Airport

·         To attend, you simply need to show up (no advance contact is requested)

Gulf Region

·         7:30 p.m. May 12, Mobile Airport

·         To attend, contact Margaret Coley at 251-463-4576 or margaretcoley@bellsouth.net 

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