You've got the desire to help your community. You've rolled up your sleeves and are ready to pitch in. But where? And doing what?
If you're not sure where to volunteer your time and efforts, stop by the city of Tempe's annual Volunteer Expo any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Tempe History Museum Community Room, 809 E. Southern Ave., on the southwest corner of Southern Avenue and Rural Road.
A variety of organizations will be on hand to talk to you about volunteering with them. Some of the organizations that plan on participating include: Arizona Humane Society, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe St. Luke's Hospital, AARP Experience Corps Reading Tutoring Program, Neighbor Helping Neighbor, Project C.U.R.E., Engineers in the Classroom, Rebuilding Together, KidZone after-school program, Tempe History Museum, Save the Family, and more.
There are many opportunities available for individuals and groups, for all ages, and for those who have just a few hours available to volunteer, as well as those who want to make a longer commitment. You might find yourself caring for rescued dogs and cats, reading to a child, or giving museum tours. And along the way, you'll make new friends while helping your community.
For more information, call Maryanna Bastin at (480) 350-5190 or visit www.tempe.gov/volunteer.
• A Helping Hand is our weekly spotlight on a volunteer opportunity in the East Valley. Find other ways to help at www.volunteermatch.org.