“Don’t you want to be my neighbor? asked Fred Rogers on his TV show “The Mr. Rogers Quarter”, almost every afternoon of my childhood.
I enjoyed my time with puppets Daniel Tiger, King Friday and Lady Elaine Fairchilde and cast members Lady Aberlin, Officer Clemmons, Mr. McFeely and many more! Mr. Rogers is a beloved figure. You can be like him! You can answer his call and be a good neighbor today.
Right now, in your neighborhood, someone needs help with their garden, with groceries, or just someone to talk to. You are the solution! You can help make their day a little brighter, a little easier. The only cost is your time.
Maybe you need help finding a place to go. The Lenawee Community Foundation is home to our community’s volunteer center, Volunteer Lenawee !. We engage people in volunteering daily, because you give so generously of your time and talents. We need you every day of the year as a good neighbor.
There are many ways to serve, including:
â¢ Item Collection: Collect personal care items, diapers, spices, condiments, housewares, craft supplies and more. We can help you find a location for the items you collect or provide a specific listing for a nonprofit that you can choose from before you start collecting.
â¢ Environment: cleaning of parks, collection of waste in schools or local churches.
â¢ Pantry Employees: Pack boxes in pantries or deliver boxes to those who need them.
â¢ Seniors: Raking leaves or shoveling snow for seniors.
As we move forward through 2021 and COVID-19, Mr. Rogers’ call to be a neighbor gets even bigger. You can make our community a better place. With your help, we can move into a stronger and safer community in 2022.
“So let’s take advantage of this beautiful day
Since we are together, in other words
Would you be mine
Could you belong to me?
Won’t you be my neighbor?
I hope you say yes.
Paula Trentman is Vice President and Director of Grants and Programs for the Lenawee Community Foundation. Your community foundation helps individuals, businesses and organizations achieve their charitable goals for our community.
For more information on how to volunteer to build a better community, call 517-263-4696 or contact [email protected]
This article originally appeared on The Daily Telegram: Lenawee Community Foundation: Like Mr. Rogers, Be a Good Neighbor