Butch's Brew: Volunteerism - a precious resource we cannot afford to lose!

Many seniors have had fulfilling lives - got married, raised a family and had successful careers prior to retiring.

Seniors who have entered the golden years may feel they are missing out on something. Many of them are just sitting around the home and are watching life go by. There is that empty void in their lives and hearts they can't figure out how to fill.

The time has come for those inactive seniors to get up off the sofas and out of their recliners and get involved. There is life after raising a family and after retiring. It is called giving back to the community by volunteering time to those in need.

Numerous businesses, churches, charities, non-profit organizations and even government agencies, would love to have senior citizens help them by volunteering. When volunteering, it does not necessarily have to be an eight-hour day, five-day a week job. It can be as little as a couple hours at a time or as many hours as the volunteers want to invest in the community. It is up to the volunteers as to how many hours they want to donate.

It would be a daunting task to mention every charity, non-profit organization and place that is in need of volunteers. Here are a few diversified organizations (not necessarily more important than any other) worth mentioning that need this most precious resource - your volunteered time. They are: Kingman Regional Medical Center; Mohave County Sheriff's Office; Cornerstone Mission; and For The Luv Of Paws.

Kingman Regional Medical Center

"Kingman Regional Medical Center Volunteer Services is looking for caring, compassionate people with time on their hands and a desire to make a difference," said Volunteer Services Manager Leana Asplin for KRMC. "Our volunteers range in age from 14 to 100. Our eldest volunteer currently is a 93-year-old woman who works the information desk in the main lobby, delivers flowers to patients' rooms and transports patients in wheelchairs upon their discharge from the hospital."

Some of the many volunteers positions available at KRMC include: nursing unit team volunteers to provide comfort and support for their patients; courtesy cart drivers, providing transport service on KRMC campus; gift shop retail clerks; information desks; escorting and transporting patients; and volunteers in most other areas of KRMC.

For information about volunteering at KRMC, contact Leana Asplin at (928) 692-4673.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) is looking for citizens who are interested in becoming a member of the Posse. The Posse is a team of trained citizens who volunteer their time to assist the Sheriff's Office with non-enforcement duties and services.

The volunteer work performed by Posse members allows deputies the time to focus on crime prevention and enforcement of state and county laws. Posse members do not take law enforcement action, carry weapons or make arrests.

As a member of the MCSO's Posse, volunteers will take pride in knowing that they are making a difference in their community by assisting in reducing crime and helping to create a positive relationship with members of the community and the Sheriff's Office.

Posse members receive training in crime prevention, introduction to law, driver awareness, patrol procedures, traffic control and radio communications. Interested citizens must meet the following qualifications; 18 years of age or older, have a positive attitude toward law enforcement, possess good moral character, have a good driving record, must have no felony convictions, must be a current U.S. citizen, have a valid Arizona driver's license, pass a background check and pass an oral board.

For further information about the MCSO Posse or volunteering, stop by the Sheriff's Office in Kingman at 600 W. Beale Street and pick up an application and/or call Deputy Troy Schmotzer or Deputy Ryan Bridges at (928) 753-0756.

The Cornerstone Mission Project

The Cornerstone Mission Project is a multifaceted non-profit organization that includes the Kingman AZ Homeless Shelter, Men's Shelter, feeding the hungry in Mohave County, and Arizona soup kitchen.

"Our facility has the capability of housing up to 30 men, and 11 women and children," said Executive Director Lisa Beauchamp. "We prepare and serve between 70 and 100 meals each day for walk-ins in need of a hot meal. We are really in desperate need for people to work in the soup kitchen. We only had eight days of volunteer cooks available last month and the staff members had to jump into the role of cooks to fill the void of not enough volunteer cooks.

Cornerstone Mission Project is continually in the need for volunteers to help complete its mission. The volunteers needed include: front desk persons; errand runners; a person to help run the clothing closet; drivers for Diana's Faith House; Narcotics Anonymous Facilitator; and Christian 12-Step Facilitator at the Men's Shelter.

For further information about Cornerstone Mission Project or to volunteer, call Lisa Beauchamp at (928) 757-1535.

For The Luv Of Paws

The domestic animal rescue and sanctuary For The Luv Of Paws is one of the numerous animal shelters in northwest Mohave County.

The rescue and sanctuary currently has the capacity of housing 120 cats and 60 dogs. "We take in domestic animals that are no longer wanted by families, rescue animals from various county animal shelters, owner surrenders and strays," said Founder, Director and Treasurer Cherie DaLynn.

There is a constant need for volunteer help with For The Luv Of Paws. Volunteers walk, brush and bathe dogs; handle all sorts of cat care; do grounds keeping; help with unpacking, inventorying, and boxing donations; help at the Paws-itively Charming thrift shop in downtown Kingman; help at adoption events and more.

For further information about For The Luv Of Paws or to volunteer, call Cherie DaLynn at (928) 897-7304.

If seniors have some spare time on their hands and want to put it to good use, why not volunteer at one of the many churches, non-profit organizations and community-based businesses that are in need of volunteers. They do not necessarily have to donate their time at one of the aforementioned organizations in need of volunteers. It is a personal choice of the senior.

"Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds; it changes the odds." President Bill Clinton