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GALION — The summer break for most area students has ended, or will be ending in the next couple of weeks. Are you one of those adults who will soon say goodbye to kids, or grandchildren, or nephews and nieces who have been hanging out at your homes all summer?

Are you a senior citizen, perhaps just how joining America’s growing retirement community and are afraid of getting bored without a 9-5 job to occupy your time. Perhaps you’ve been retired for a few years and have finally finished your honey-do list … and now you’re looking for a new challenge.

Maybe you and your spouse are both retired …. and are spending a little too much time together for your liking.

Well, if you’re looking for something to do, something to allow you to get away from home for a while, something new to occupy your downtime, a new challenge … give Sarah Capretta a call at 567-393-6446,

Odds are, she’s got a volunteer opportunity that may be exactly what you are looking for.

Capretta is the RSVP Coordinator for Crawford, Marion and Morrow Counties. She works out of the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce office in Galion, at 138 Harding Way West.

She is looking for volunteers. … and volunteer opportunities.

“The RSVP program connects volunteers ages 55 and over with service opportunities that match their skills and availability,” said Capretta, who as the Pickle Run Festival coordinator the past two years, has come to discover there is always a need for more volunteers. “There are no education, income or experience requirements.”

All you need is a desire and a willingness to lend a hand.

Capretta can find a way for you to help build houses, help the Red Cross at blood drives or with disaster relief, help a non-profit maximize its potential or even to help immunize children.

But there are more opportunities than that.

Current needs include meal delivery for the Crawford County Council on Aging, giving tours or helping with inventory at the Galion Historical Society, home hospice or operating HomeCare Matters’ popular and successful funnel cake stand. There is a need for help at the Ohio Heartland Community Action Clothing Pantry and the Crestline Assistance and Ministries Program is looking for help with its Christmas Drive.

United Way is always looking for help.

If volunteers want to work with children, a background check will be required.

“RSVP volunteers are place within community agencies and receive specific training,” Capretta explained. “Volunteers may choose an assignment that fits their schedule.”

There also are on-going and episodic opportunities available.

RSVP volunteers must serve a minmum of five hours every six months to remain active. And all RSVP volunteers receive supplemental accident and liability insurance.

“I’m also looking other groups that may need volunteers,” Capretta said.

If you are interested, call Capretta at 567-393-6446 or email scapretta@fcsohio.org.

Local organization seeking volunteers; volunteer opportunities

By Russ Kent

Galion Inquirer


Email Russ Kent at rkent@civitasmedia.com