Delaware’s People In Need Calls For Volunteers

PIN2016 Produce Market Volunteer

Produce Market Basics:

Produce Markets are designed to provide fresh food to individuals and families in need. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank supplies all of the produce distributed at the Market and most of what is offered is fruits and vegetables but may also include bread and dairy items. Each Market can serve up to 300 families and eligibility is set at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. After each event is completed, any remaining produce is distributed to PIN food pantry clients and other MOFB Partner Agencies as needed.

In addition to PIN staff, each Market event needs approximately 10-15 volunteers to assist with this important project.


The 2016 events are scheduled on the last Wednesday of the month, March through November.


PIN facility at 138 Johnson Drive, Delaware.

Distribution Times:

2:30 to 4:30 PM

Volunteer Basics:

Recruited volunteers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior the market start time. We are asking for volunteers to show up between 1:30 and 2:00 PM and stay until the Market is closed at 4:30 PM.

Parking at the PIN facility is limited. Volunteers are to park in the Office City Parking lot across the street from PIN. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

The Markets are outside events and are held rain or shine, hot or cold; so please come prepared!

Volunteer jobs include: market set up, client sign in, assist clients to collect produce and move through the line, traffic control, and, clean up

How do I sign up? to volunteer call Randy Bournique at (740) 363-6284 or

send an e-mail to


Source: People In Need Press Release

Volunteers Needed For River Sweep Litter Cleanup

The Delaware General Health District’s Keep Delaware County Beautiful program is seeking volunteers to help pick litter out of the Scioto River on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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Delaware Can Meet Your 2014 Resolutions.


Happy New Year!

Coming up with that New Years Resolution list is easy, however, accomplishing those things can often be a challenge. Fortunately, Delaware has everything and anything you need to check off those resolutions off your list, one by one.

According to, the two things at the top of most people’s new resolution lists are losing weight and volunteering. Both of these goals produce very beneficial results, and most importantly, the resources needed are located right here in Delaware.

Loosing Weight

According to, 30.1% of adults living in Ohio are obese. The seriousness of our weight problem is evident in the illness tied to those extra pounds: 11.7% of Ohio’s adults had diabetes in 2012 and 32.7% had high blood pressure. Still, there are ways to take control and knock off a few pounds right here in Delaware County.

If the whole idea of running on the treadmill and lifting weights paints an unpleasant picture in your head, try zumba. You do not have to be an expert dancer to try it out either. Zumba is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance. Typically, all you have to do is mimic the instructor’s moves as best as you can. Classes are offered in gyms all around Delaware such as Metro Fitness and Get Fit. Just visit their websites for class schedules.

Believe it or not, walking is a great source of exercise depending on how much you do it. Typically, you can burn between 150-160 calories just from walking one mile. Get in the habit of taking a morning stroll every morning. The trail at Smith Park measures 1.1 miles, Mingo Park’s trail is 1 mile, Carson Farms has a trail that is .4 miles, Kensington Trail is .5 miles, and Stratford Woods has a trail that is .5 miles long. The indoor recreation center at Mingo Park is also open for walking during inclement weather at 7:30am on weekdays. Thirteen laps around the gym is equal to 1 mile.

If it’s laziness you’re worried about and lack of consistency, Delaware does have some personal trainers out and about. finds personal trainers near you that work within your schedule and help you work toward your personal goals whether it’s weight loss, muscle, aerobics, or cardio. Just visit this link here if you want to find one in Delaware

After a long day of training, make sure to stop by Pure-N-Simple Natural Foods on 23 W. Winter Street in Delaware. They specialize in organic and natural foods and products. Here are some healthy food trips and tricks offered to you by them:

  1. Use spices like chili power, turmeric, and basil instead of salt. These spices all help reduce inflammation.
  2.  Use avocado as a spread for your sandwiches instead of mayo
  3.  Use olive oil and spices instead of creamy dressings. The olive oil is full of anti-inflammatory polyphenols.
  4. Eat plain Greek Yogurt with berries instead of eggs. Eggs are good as long as they are fortified with Omega 3’s
  5. Eat vegetarian chili instead of a turkey sandwich. Eating legumes regularly can help reduce the levels of inflammation
  6.  Use cinnamon instead of sugar in your tea or coffee. Cinnamon is a spice that helps reduce inflammation.


The benefits you gain from volunteering are worth way more than the money you’d get from a real job. Research has shown that 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without. Along with that, 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills have benefited by either getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted. Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Plus, volunteering is a priceless gesture. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you did something good for someone else willingly.

Delaware businesses and organizations are always looking for a helping hand. Grady Hospital is a perfect example. If interested, volunteers must complete the volunteer applications and return it to the Volunteer Services Department while completing a background check. Volunteer opportunities include working in the gift shop, helping transport discharged patients, providing those in the waiting area with refreshments, and working with guest services. More info can be found at

Ever heard the saying “respect your elders?” Well now you can, by volunteering at the Council for Older Adults. Applications are online, and volunteer opportunities include delivering hot meals to older adults in the community as a Meals on Wheels driver or assistant, lending a hand with kitchen and dining center tasks in the Food and Nutritional Services Program, helping with mailing and other clerical work in the council office, and more. More info is at

If you love working with animals, then the Human Society is the perfect place to volunteer at. They are always looking for cat socializers, dog walkers, people to just spend time with the animals, people to help the staff with their tasks and so much more. Although much of the work is done at the shelter, other tasks can be done in your own home. They need people to help out at the front desk, take dogs to off-site adoption events, answer the phones, and participate in fundraising. Cleaners are difficult to find, but they are still looking! The Human Society is supported financially by just the donations they receive. They receive no government funds, so volunteers are essential. There’s also the Reading to the Animals Program that children can help out with. To sign up for that, go to, and when prompted, enter with the volunteer email address More info is at

So how about it Delaware, what are some of your New Years resolutions for 2014 and how do you plan on sticking with them? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Disaster Volunteer Opportunities

Connections Volunteer Center is building a database of volunteers to contact in time of disaster. This doesn’t commit you to any specific task but gives them a number of people to call to fill volunteer needs during and following a disaster. Volunteers must be 18 years old and training opportunities will be provided.  Groups are also invited to be a part of this community preparedness.  
Church groups, business associations, sororities, fraternities, or any civic minded organization are invited to be members of the Disaster Relief Volunteer Team. Connections can arrange to speak to the group if desired.

Interested individuals or group leaders should complete the application by clicking the following link and hitting “apply now.”


Become a member of the Disaster Relief Team.

You will be cross trained in the various ways you can help your neighbor in the event of a disaster or emergency.211


Get trained to become a member of HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties  2-1-1 Emergency Volunteer Team! The 2-1-1 Emergency Volunteer Team answers calls in HelpLine’s call center in the event of an emergency. Volunteers will be trained on the basics during an initial 2-hour session, and will schedule time in the coming weeks and months to come in and take calls to learn how the system works on a daily basis so you can be prepared if disaster strikes. Requirements:  Ability to speak clearly and calmly in an emergency; listening skills; confidentiality required; 4 hour shifts in an emergency


In time of disaster or emergency there may be a need for volunteers to assist with the Mass Causality Plan.  Volunteers are sought to assist on a Recovery Team in one of 3 roles. 1. photographer, 2. documentation/inventory clerk, or 3. recovery clerk.  Training provided. Requirements: Has interest and able to “handle” what comes with this position (smells, sites, emotions); even temperament; honest; ability to maintain confidential information; professional; pass back-ground check (cost covered); patient; adult.

For other volunteer opportunities click

Connections Volunteer Center Plans “Make a Difference Day Ohio” October, 26 2013

Make a Difference Day Ohio | Saturday, October 26, 2013

Nearly 500 volunteers giving back to Delaware County! Join in Delaware County’s celebration of National Make a Difference Day with Connections Volunteer Center Make a Difference Day Ohio (MDDO), America’s largest day of volunteer service, on Saturday, October 26, 2013. MDDO mobilizes local volunteers to ‘go out and make a difference’ in their communities. Volunteers of all ages are welcome!

We will meet at Camp Lazarus at 8:00 am for registration and a light breakfast. After you receive your job assignment and paperwork and you can be on your way to help a Senior with outdoor chores or do project work at a local agency partner. Then return at noon or so to turn the paperwork back in.

We will also be holding a Volunteer Reception Center Drill at Camp Lazarus to give our Disaster Relief Volunteers more practical experience in managing volunteers.

If you have an idea for a project you can register that too. It’s community wide day of service and all are welcome to participate.

Click the following link to register online to attend or submit a project TODAY!

Connections Volunteer Center.