By Don Milne
It has now been two years since a 102-mph windstorm tore through Davis County toppling thousands of trees and creating a major clean-up effort. The Natural Resources Conservation Services estimated that the clean-up cost alone would be $2 million. However, the actual costs were a far less $300,000 because thousands of Davis County residents contributed their time, trucks, trailers, and chainsaws to pick up and haul out tons of storm debris. A year later, the local landfills were still turning all the dead wood to compost.
The community’s response to this disaster was a major, news-making effort, but this is in no way an isolated event. In neighborhoods throughout the county, there are numerous angel trees set up and sub for Santa efforts. We have hundreds of scouts working on Eagle Scout projects that give to the community. You may hear the sound of a police siren on an early morning during the holidays as a needy youngster gets a ride to a local store to Shop With a Cop.
When your budget might not be able to accommodate all the cash donation requests you receive this time of year, remember that you can always donate your time. You may already have a favorite local charity, but according to Jessica Hardcastle, the Davis County volunteer coordinator, here are just a few programs in the area that could use your help:
Ґ Davis County has three local senior activity centers with a variety of opportunities to give service. These include nutrition volunteers for the kitchen and Meals On Wheels program, front desk assistants, and people willing to teach specific skilled classes such computer or physical activity.
Ґ The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for individuals to donate their time in helping to investigate and resolve complaints made by or for older people in long term facilities and administrative actions that may adversely affect their health, safety, welfare or rights. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program serves people age 60 and older who are residents of long-term care facilities. Training is provided for this opportunity.
Ґ We have seniors who need help maintaining their yards. Volunteers are needed to help with lawn mowing, pulling weeds, and/or trimming bushes/rose bushes, shoveling snow, etc. Sounds like a great activity to involve the teens in your home.
To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities right here in Davis County, visit the Davis County Volunteer webpage at: co.davis.ut.us/health/family_health/inhome_services/volunteer_opportunities.
Whether it is just an hour, or a half day or more, there are always opportunities for Davis County residents to give and volunteer.
It doesn’t take a hurricane wind to create a storm of giving. This season, enjoy the blizzard of giving going on around you and remember what Charles Dickens said, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”