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JustServe week promotes volunteerism, community service

Steve Ranson
LVN Editor Emeritus
Attending the reading of this year’s proclamation are, from left, Pastor Dawn Blundell, Loni Faught, Kailyn Sorensen, Mayor Ken Tedford, Wyatt Peek, chairwoman of the JustServe.org committee Terra Koenig and Owen Brown.
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Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford’s proclamation has declared this week as “JustServe Community Service Week” to promote volunteerism and service to Churchill County.

Loni Faught said one of the goals of this week is to familiarize volunteers with the JustServe organization. She said the organization’s website links volunteers with the various opportunities afforded to them in their communities.

“It’s grown bigger than last year,” Faught said in describing the program’s impact of matching volunteers with projects.

Once prospective volunteers log on to the JustServe.org website, Faught said they will find contact information under “About Us.” After volunteers fill in information, identity their community by zip code and send an email, a point of contact from the specific project responds to the individual. She said projects that will benefit the community can either be for an individual or families.

“Everyone wants to help, everyone wants to serve,” Faught added. “What better way to show gratitude for this amazing community we live in than to get out and get to work.”

During this week of volunteerism, she gave an example of some of the projects such as a book drive at Oasis Academy, planting trees undertaken by 4-H and St. Patrick’s Church, cleanup at the Pennington Life Center, quilt making for children and a 5k run sponsored by the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. She said prospective volunteers will find many listed projects on the website.

Faught said The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints maintains the website, but the opportunities exist for any individual, organizations and churches no matter the denomination. She said JustServe first started in Churchill County more than two years ago, and this is the second “JustServe Community Service Week.” When residents think of helping, Faught said she hopes prospective volunteers automatically think of JustServe.

Terra Koenig, chairwoman of this year’s JustServe program, said this is a free resource program for any community. Koenig said schools, government agencies, churches and nonprofit organizations always need volunteers to promote volunteerism and recognize the organization’s website as an invaluable tool.

“Justserve.org is a means to unite the community through service,” she added.