Etcetera - 12/15/10

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Age isn't a factor for the many who volunteer their time and talents to the community, including to its schools, social service agencies and hospitals.

In the fall Link to Helpline newsletter, Daniel Willms, the social service agency's executive director wished longtime volunteer Sam Schniedmiller a very happy 90th birthday.

Daniel said "volunteerism is at the heart" of his agency.

Much is accomplished because of the assistance of volunteers, including the intake interviews with clients, arranging direct services and making referrals.

Both Daniel and Wendy Gonzalez are happy to speak with potential volunteers at 529-3377.

The agency has received a one-year grant that offers counseling, chemical dependency and mental health treatment to homeless women residing at the STEP Women's Shelter, the newsletter reported. The grant was awarded by Walla Walla Valley Chapter Soroptimist International.

And Sow Social, a group-buying company, will donate half of its profits in December to Helpline. Find out more at www.sowsocial.com.

In addition, Helpline, at 16 S. Colville St., needs donations of new and used blankets, shampoo, laundry soap, toilet tissue and winter coats in adult and child sizes.

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From fore! to 40. Exchanging clubs for needlework, a stalwart group of women golfers has produced gifts of warmth to benefit those in need while gathering together one morning each week.

From March through October, the women take in a competitive 18 holes on Thursday mornings, during Ladies Day at the Walla Walla Country Club, according to an anonymous note sent my way.

But this year some of them chose to continue convening at the club Thursday mornings to make blankets, lap throws and crib wraps. Close to 40 of the items have been split between people at The Center at the Park and Helpline.

The note continued, "As the weather stays cold and more freezing temperatures are predicted, these are very welcome by both agencies."

The golfers plan to continue the project into January.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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