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Holiday season means volunteer opportunities abound

By: Gina Garbolino
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aWith the holiday season here, the volunteer spirit of our residents is a great example of why Roseville is such a special place to be. Your giving back to our community helps bring the holiday spirit to many of our residents who are at-risk and greatly in need, which is what the season is truly about. While holiday schedules are firming up, don’t miss your chance to get involved and help bring cheer to those sharing the season with us. Here are some events and organizations where you can get do just that. Tommy Apostolos When: 5:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 Where: Kohl’s, 10375 Fairway Drive Volunteers needed This event helps children have the kind of holiday every youngster deserves. The Tommy Apostolos Fund hosts these twice-annual events for local children, where they are able to buy clothes. This year’s event will match about 150 children who will receive approximately $150 from the Fund to shop. Adult volunteers are needed to assist with the event to help the youngsters through the store, add up totals and finish their shopping. Your participation helps make the difference in the life of a needy child who will benefit greatly. To volunteer or find out more, go to the Tommy Apostolos Web site or call 772-0667. Winter Classic When: 6:30-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 Where: Downtown Library, 225 Taylor St. Tickets are $40 per person/$75 per couple, half-price tickets available for volunteers. Don’t miss the 2009 Winter Classic, Roseville premiere combination fundraiser event. Held at the Downtown Library, the Winter Classic includes food, a no-host bar, and live music. All proceeds go toward the Roseville Library Foundation. The Roseville Host Lions Club will be staffing the no-host bar and collecting used/unwanted eyeglasses at the event. Tickets may be purchased at any Roseville library, the Maidu Community Center, Roseville Sports Center and the Parks and Recreation office at 316 Vernon St. To volunteer at the event and receive half-price admission, contact Lesli Goto at 746-1236. Adopt-A-Block Info: 783-1989, x. 105 The Adopt-A-Block Program needs volunteers to help supply and distribute 100 baskets of non-perishable food and other items to needy families. Big Brother, Sisters Info: 646-9300 x.111 Matching children ages 7-16 with mature adults for mentoring and support, Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently seeking adults to assist, whether through volunteering, donations or otherwise. Ranging from food to clothing donations, this is a great opportunity to help a family experience the holiday spirit. Kids First Info: 772-2272, Rose-ville Family Resource Center Kids First works to end the cycle of child abuse. Donations are needed to purchase gift cards that will provide emergency support for families. R.E.C. Center Info: 789-7884 Approximately 400 children and 200 adults need your help this season, and gifts ranging from clothing, blankets and toys helps benefit these families. Ranging from the Adopt-A-Family and Christmas baskets/food drive programs, the R.E.C. Center also has an annual Christmas party where you can help. Home Start, Inc. Info: 782-6667 Help Roseville Home Start with its mission of providing housing and self-sufficiency to the homeless. This year the organization will be holding a Christmas basket/food drive for 30 people. St. Vincent De Paul Info: 781-3303 St. Vincent De Paul provides numerous services during the season, ranging from the Adopt-A-Family Program, to food and toy drives. Seniors First Info: 889-9500 x206 Senior citizens are some our community’s neediest residents, benefiting from meal deliveries, in-home visits and needed supplies to improve their quality of life. These are just a few of the numerous volunteer organizations you can get involved with and help make a difference. To see more, go to roseville.ca.us/volunteer, and thank you so much for holiday spirit you are so willing to share. Gina Garbolino is the mayor of Roseville