The building in which the RSVP/Amachi programs are located has been named the “Volunteer Center” according to Amy Heilman, Program Director. Heilman emphasizes the programs are not only for the retired community. “The Volunteer Center is a place where people of any age can get involved and volunteer."
The Volunteer Center has entered into agreements with 60 non-profit organizations throughout the Lake Region. When the need for help arises, the non-profit organization contacts the Volunteer Center to find volunteers to fill particular needs. The wide range of volunteer opportunities available makes it easy to suit the interests of most people. According to Heilman, some of the opportunities available range from office work, serving or delivering meals, mentoring, companionship or reading in the schools; to list a few.
A recent example of the Center’s participation in the community is that students from the Advertising Class at Lake Region State College recently created themes for the windows of the Volunteer Center. “We were so excited when we were contacted to assist with this project. Giving our students the ability to put what they’ve learned in the classroom into action is invaluable. We plan to continue our partnership with the Volunteer Center so that future students can have this same learning opportunity.” stated Dr. Donna Gutschmidt, Professor.
“One unique aspect of the Volunteer Center is that it provides a way for people to get connected in the community. It’s also a great tool for those new to town to meet people and at the same time make a difference.” said Heilman.
The Volunteer Center is located at 315 4th Ave NE in Devils Lake, across from the Liquid Bean. For more information, please call the office at 662-6767.