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February 17, 2017

5 Wonderful Ways to Serve the Community during Spring Break

Spring break should be about more than hanging out at the beach; it's an opportunity to truly connect with the community and make a difference. Volunteer opportunities abound in and around Beaver County, and many allow students to utilize or expand on skills gained in college courses. If you're looking for a uniquely satisfying way to spend your spring break, consider contributing to one of these amazing causes:

Beaver County Humane Society

If you love cats and dogs -- and hate to see them neglected -- you'll feel deeply satisfied after you've put in a shift or two at the Beaver County Humane Society, which provides exceptional care for over 1,000 animals every year. Opportunities for volunteering are plentiful; you can work in the office or care for the shelter's pets. A volunteer orientation meeting is scheduled for 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 4th.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania

Promote opportunities in adaptive sports via the Special Olympics, which offers a variety of short and long-term volunteer positions in and around Beaver County. The nearby Special Olympics Allegheny County will host a basketball tournament on March 5th at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to volunteering, you can show your support for the region's most inspiring athletes.

Beaver Falls Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Beaver Falls runs a worship and service center, along with a food shelf that operates out of several local churches. The Salvation Army can always use help with preparing and distributing food and other items. This is a great opportunity to ensure that all residents of Beaver Falls are fed and cared for, both physically and spiritually.

Beaver County Library System

The Beaver County's Friends of the Library supports the local library system by arranging book sales and a variety of other events. Library volunteers carry out a variety of other functions at local branches. If you're short on time during your break but still want to help the many libraries in and around Beaver Falls, consider donating your gently used books, DVDs, or books on CD to the Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls.

Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County

If you're willing and able to drive half an hour away from Beaver Falls, your assistance is greatly needed at the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, which serves over 1,500 abused individuals every year. Participate in the training programs for the Crisis Shelter hotline or childcare, or assist with clerical and maintenance work. Your efforts will help victims recover from physical and sexual abuse -- and you can play a huge role in preventing future abuse.

Stewardship-minded students typically sign up for spring break mission trips, but there is also a great need for assistance in and around Beaver County. Whether you prefer to walk dogs, answer hotline calls, or support local adaptive athletes, you can make a difference by your faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.

For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your personal and career goals, contact us at 855-979-5563 or web@geneva.edu.