Help others learn basic money management. Money Mentors serve as a positive role model and friend, through an educational program that utilizes volunteer mentors to strengthen the money management knowledge and skills of people who are residents of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. During these tough economic times, many people are finding it difficult to make ends meet, but hesitate to discuss their personal finances in a group or classroom setting. Mentors are trained to protect confidentiality and provide tools to manage budgeting, credit use and consumer skills, while building mutual respect and setting realistic goals. Sponsored byMSU Extension. To volunteer for this opportunity or to see more volunteer opportunities go to the Char-Em United Way website: http://tinyurl.com/volunteerconnections or call (231) 487-1006. Nonprofit agencies that wish to post volunteer opportunities can register for free at:http://tinyurl.com/volunteerconnections-agency
If your organization needs volunteers or donated items, write Debbie McGuiness at the Petoskey News-Review, 319 State St., Petoskey, Mich., 49770, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of the large number of requests, we will publish your listing only twice.
The Alanson Church of the Nazarene is looking for volunteers to serve in the Wednesday food pantry ministry at the church. A number of positions are available — from cooking the meal, to filling boxes with food, to cleaning up afterwards. All that is needed is a three hour block of time to spare and a willing heart. Both men and women are needed. Call (231) 838-4643 if you can help.
The Women’s Resource Center needs volunteers to work at its safe home and Gold Mine Resale Shop. If you are available and would like to give even a few hours per month, contact Jamie Winters at (231) 347-1572.
The Petoskey Friendship Center’s loan closet offers a wide variety of gently-used durable medical equipment for those facing surgery, illness, or long-term health conditions. The program is currently in need of wheelchairs, bedside commodes, toilet risers, shower chairs, bath benches, and wheeled walkers. If you would like to donate your clean, well-cared-for items, stop by the Petoskey Center at 1322 Anderson Road. A receipt for your donation will be provided.
The Gold Mine Resale Shop of the Women’s Resource Center has two Petoskey locations, 1002 Emmet St. and 2049 U.S. 31 North.¿¿¿Both stores accept donations of gently used furniture, household items and clothing and are open from 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.¿¿¿Volunteers are also needed.¿¿¿Call (231) 347-3970 for additional information.
Zonta Club of Petoskey is accepting donations¿¿¿of one yard or longer of 100 percent cotton and fiberfill.¿¿¿ These will be used to make the mastectomy pillows that the club donates to the hospital.¿¿¿ If you would like to donate contact Karen Clark at (231) 347-0313 or Deb Manker at (231) 347-3313.
Bay Bluffs in Harbor Springs is in need of recent hardcover books and books on tape, for their library.¿¿¿No paperbacks, please.¿¿¿For more information,¿¿¿call (231) 526-5495.
A son, Ryder Lee Olsen, was born to Robin and Dane Olsen of Petoskey at 7:35 a.m. Feb. 7, 2011, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital. Ryder weighed 6 pounds, 3.7 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches long at birth. His sibling is Wayne Dane Olsen. Grandparents are Dan and Kenda Hopkins of Petoskey, Debbie Kresnak of Petoskey, Rocky and Chris Olsen of Harbor Springs, and Sam Olsen of Harbor Springs.
A son, Jakob David Gordon, was born to Shirley Peterson and David Gordon of Charlevoix Feb. 10, 2011, at Charlevoix Area Hospital. Jakob weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces at birth. His siblings are Philip Peterson, Kathryn Peterson, Hunter Holm, Cheyenne Holm, Rachel Flynn and Justin Gordon. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bourde of Charlevoix, Mr. and Mrs. Sherell Gordon of Southfield, and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Homer of West Bloomfield. Great-grandparent is Shirley Bishaw of Boyne City.
A daughter, Erin Elizabeth Patten, was born to Charity and Brian Patten of Boyne City Feb. 11, 2011, at Charlevoix Area Hospital. Erin weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces at birth. Her sibling is Emma. Grandparents are Bob and Nancy Huff of Boyne City, and Mike and Karen Patten of Lake Havasu, Ariz.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16
BNI-Business Before Breakfast, meets 7-8:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Petoskey United Methodist Church. Visitors welcome.
Harbor Springs Kiwanis Club meets at noon every Wednesday at Stafford’s The Pier Restaurant. Visitors welcome.
Petoskey Duplicate Bridge Club meets at noon Wednesdays at 2144 Cemetery Road, Petoskey¿¿¿ (behind Lowe’s). All players welcome. Visit www.petoskeybridgeclub.com or call (231) 881-0829 for information.