One of the best ways to get connected with your new city is to serve. During these challenging economic times, when giving might be hard, your time is even more valuable. Volunteers strengthen the community, and the River Region has many causes worth checking out. Here are a few of native Montgomerian Elizabeth Williams’ top picks:
- Adopt a horse for the day. MANE provides safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to tri-county area children and adults with emotional, physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. Help groom and feed horses, or assist with leading a horse during child therapy.
- Take three kids on a fun adventure. The Brantwood Children’s Home in Montgomery is a place for kids ages 10-21 from families broken beyond repair. All are available for adoption and looking for a loving home. Spend an afternoon taking a few kids to bowl, see a movie, or catch a ballgame.
- Serve the homeless and hungry. The Salvation Army and the Rescue Mission provide lunch, clothes, and housing to those in need.
- Fix a fence, or read to a class. Volunteers are welcome at River Region schools that are being hit with funding issues. Montgomery Public Schools has a list of projects and needs on their website, www.mps.k12.al.us
- Bring smiles to pediatric patients at Baptist Health. Bring a stuffed animal or activity book to a patient in the pediatric unit who needs a boost.
Elizabeth Williams was born and raised right here in Montgomery, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama. Elizabeth is the Community Events Manager for Baptist Health where she has worked since 2006. She is a member of Emerge Montgomery and an alumni of Torchbearers Class III. When Liz is not at work, she enjoys fishing, spending time with her nieces, and volunteering
at True Divine Baptist Church.