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Start your year off right by volunteering

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 12, 2007



Here's a New Year's resolution you can get started on today: Pinellas County's Guardian ad Litem program is recruiting volunteers.

Nearly 1,000 children in Pinellas need a guardian ad litem. Volunteers advocate for abused, abandoned or neglected children and teens in the family courts and the child welfare system. The average time needed is four to six hours a month. As a child's advocate, the guardian ad litem visits the child every month, becomes familiar with the child's case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment. Thirty hours of training is required.

Seven classes have been scheduled for 2008, and the first class starts Jan. 8. To schedule a one-hour orientation, call 727 464-6528. Visit


Help bring hot meals to homebound folks

Many Pinellas County seniors live alone and are too poor to buy food or too frail to shop and cook for themselves. Meals On Wheels is looking for compassionate, caring volunteers who have an hour or so at midday to deliver hot meals to homebound folks in the Tarpon Springs area Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Meals are picked up at the Solomon Peska Center, 431 Spruce St. To volunteer, call Jim Olson at (727) 417-1411.


Load up on food and more at green market

Dunedin's Green Market at the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue features produce, cheeses, seafood, plants and herbs, honey, all-natural pet treats, organic products, nuts, natural seasonings and fresh fruit. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday through the end of April. For information, call market manager Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215 or e-mail him at

[Last modified December 11, 2007, 22:42:31]

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