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That helping hand just might be yours
December 24, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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As 2015 comes to a close, many people might be thinking of what they can do to build a better community and help those in need. There’s a wide variety of organizations that do just that, so it’s just a matter of finding a group that speaks to you heart – and then giving them a call.

The United Way of Western Nebraska is a good place to start, as it supports numerous nonprofit groups that address real needs in the community. Whether you’d like to give financial assistance or get involved yourself, they can point you in the right direction.

Most of these groups are always in need of public support, so a check to these agencies makes it possible for them to continue their good work. On a basic level, those donations can be a part of your year-end tax planning strategy. Even more importantly, you’re offering tangible help in building a stronger community that provides for the needs of others.

Whatever need the community may have, someone is there to help. CASA of Scotts Bluff County is there to provide a voice for children whose families are caught up in the court system. The Firefighters Ministry helps families who have been displaced by a disaster like a fire, helping them with temporary emergency help. The Make a Wish Foundation grants the special wishes of children undergoing life threatening diseases.

The DOVES program offers assistance to women and children who are caught up in domestic violence situations.

Another group worth contacting is the Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center. Coordinator Jill Allen schedules drivers to deliver the Meals on Wheels program, providing hot meals to those unable to travel far from their homes. You can contact the Volunteer Center at 308-632-3736 for more information.

Volunteers and community donations are the only way many of these agencies stay in operation. The Panhandle Humane Society cares for our four-footed friends. Friends of the Midwest Theater make sure movies and live shows continue to play on the historic theater’s screen and stage. And the area food banks rely on the community to provide food for those in need.

The needs of our community go on throughout the year, but people might be thinking about them more during the holiday season. So why not make it a New Year’s resolution? Contact the United Way or the Volunteer Center, find out what needs are out there, and get involved.
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