Tasks sought for developmentally disabled CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


August 23, 1993|By CINDY PARR

Attention all business owners, companies large and small, government officials and other interested parties.

Change Inc. is looking for a few substantial volunteer situations for clients anxious to perform various services in their community.

Change Inc. (formerly known as Carroll Haven), is a private, nonprofit organization in Westminster that serves developmentally disabled adults.

Cindy Martin, community volunteer program manager for Change Inc., said she has been working to initiate a new volunteer program to help enhance her clients' quality of life.

"Part of our mission is to promote the community integration of persons with developmental disabilities," Mrs. Martin said. "These successful volunteer experiences build self-confidence and a sense of being part of the community.

"It also gives people working and living in the community insight and a chance to develop new relationships with people who have disabilities."

One success story has been 44-year-old Cary, a developmentally disabled adult, who spends a half day a week working at Hashawha Environmental Center.

"I really look forward to Thursdays," said Dave Rohrer, Hashawha park maintenance supervisor who works with Cary. "I enjoy my time with Cary. He helps me with whatever I need to do -- mulching, brick work and picking up the trash. He really loves to help with the trash pickup."

Mr. Rohrer said that since Cary began volunteering at Hashawha a few months ago, the experience has been worthwhile for both men.

"Cary likes to work. He never complains or quits," Mr. Rohrer said. "He has been an encouragement to me. He needs supervision. He needs to have someone with him. I have found him to be very helpful."

Mrs. Martin said that it's volunteer jobs like Cary's that she is seeking for other Change Inc. clients.

"Right now we have six people that we are trying to place in volunteer jobs. These volunteers that I want to place need to be partnered with other individuals," Mrs. Martin said. "We are looking for services that include cleaning, collating, flier distribution, sealing envelopes, cooking preparation, lawn and garden work."

There are several volunteer situations in the Westminster area where a group of Change Inc. clients work together under supervision.

"Right now we help deliver Meals on Wheels, and we do cleanup after the Wednesday soup kitchen at the Ascension Church," Mrs. Martin said.

"We walk the dogs once a week for the Humane Society in Carroll County, and we also perform a recycling service in the Westminster area. This service we are trying to promote, and we want to let other businesses know that we will pick up their aluminum cans for them," she said.

If you have a volunteer opportunity or if you are an area business and would like to participate in the recycling service, call 848-1824.

The Carroll County Western Circuit will present an English and Western Horse Show this Saturday starting at 2 p.m. -- entry gate opens at 1 p.m. -- at the Ag Center in Westminster.

Roughly 100 riders will participate in the show.

There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

Information: 239-7885 or 848-0170.

This summer central Carroll County has had its fair share of festivals filled with luscious fruits, good food and live entertainment.

This Saturday, yet another event will be offered by the folks at Meadow Branch Church on Taneytown Road in Westminster.

Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 5 p.m. with events for the whole family.

Be on hand at 9:30 a.m. when items donated by members of the church and the community hit the auction block.

The auction will continue throughout the morning or until all items are sold.

In the afternoon, the Chamelin Group and the Westminster Municipal Band will provide musical entertainment. In addition, an exhibition of various wildlife will be presented.

For children, a pedal-power tractor pull will take place.

Children's games, a display of antique tractors, engines and cars will provide a diversion for young people.

Be sure to bring your appetite -- a chicken dinner will be served beginning at 11 a.m.

The charge for adults is $6; children ages 5 to 10 $3; and under 5 free.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit the church and the community projects it supports.

Information: 239-3689 or 848-7478.

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