Invest in the community – volunteer

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 09:48 AM.

This column started in large part through these words from Trish Petrie with the Friends of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge.

“This country was started by men and women who were willing to give their time and use their skills to build a nation where they could have better life,” Petrie wrote. “They were volunteers.  We need to take a step back and participate with our time to help get this country back on the right track.

“With all the problems with the economy and balancing budgets, there will continue to be a reduction in the services and the benefits that federal, state, and local governments will be able to provide.  It is time for a resurgence of volunteering.  It will be up to us the people who care about our communities, our parks, our arts, our natural resources, to give our time and use our skills to preserve what is important to us.”

Those interested can also find the story at and The Port St. Joe Star Facebook page.

Contact the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, Petrie or Tim Croft at to provide additional opportunities for this column.

Here are a number of opportunities:

* Goodwill Career Training Center is asking retirees and volunteers to share their expertise and skills by volunteering to tutor or mentor. Many participants at the Center need help completing their GED, including language, writing, mathematics and computer skills. Please contact Tandra Burns at 229-1273.

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