Teen Board members endorse volunteering by doing it

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To volunteer means to give, bestow or perform willingly without seeking payment in return. But the first time many teens see this word is on college applications, followed by lines on which the applicant is to list the amazing things he or she contributed to society.

An essential part of the International Baccalaureate program is the volunteer hours, a requirement for graduation with an International Baccalaureate diploma. The purpose of the hours is to make students more active in the community.

I thought that the hours were a hassle at first. I hated giving up my Saturdays to sort clothes and clean old, stinky buildings.

As I progressed as a student, however, and participated in various activities, ranging from camp counselor to clothes sorter, I realized that volunteering is not that bad.

I felt satisfied. I realized that, "Hey, I am making a difference in my community and thus the world -- why hasn't anyone else done this before?"

I completed my necessary hours last year, but I still enjoy volunteering. Before the program ended, I was an active volunteer for the Saturdays program at the Augusta Urban Ministries.

The Xtreme Teen Board wanted to become more active in the community, so we decided to hold a clothes drive and donate the goods to the Children's Resource Center.

The purpose of this establishment is to help less-fortunate youths and problem-stricken adults by providing clothing.They need clothing, but they also are in need of volunteers.

On Feb. 2, members went to the Children's Resource Center to help out. I know that if the Teen Board can donate a Saturday to helping the community, then you can, too.

I am sure that the new YouTube video will still be there when you return and that Tom will not shut down MySpace while you are gone. The community needs help. Besides, this is something you can do and not have a boring weekend. Don't you want to have fun and make a difference?

Brianna Mack is a senior at the Academy of Richmond County.

DO SOME GOOD WITH WHAT YOU HAVE


The Xtreme Teen Board is making it easier to be a do-gooder. Drop off clothes you no longer wear in your school's lobby or front office, or The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St., the Columbia County Bureau, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3B, Evans; or the Aiken County Bureau, 123 Pendleton St. N.W., in Aiken. We'll take them to the Children's Resource Center.


WHAT THEY DO


The Children's Resource Center is run by the Columbia County Foundation for Children. Families or children are referred to the center by the Department of Family and Children Services, schools and churches.


Children are given five outfits, a jacket, shoes, underwear and socks. The center also is a store, so families can buy items for a small fee.


Volunteers at the Children's Resource Center mentioned they're scarce in clothing for children 7 and 8 years old and jeans for boys and men.


Participating schools: Midland Valley High School, Fox Creek High School, Aiken High School, North Augusta High School, Greenbrier High School, Lakeside High School, Academy of Richmond County and Augusta Preparatory Day Schools. The boxes will be in those locations through March 18.


The Children's Resource Center is open Monday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 2:30 p.m., and on the first Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

The store is at 6347 Columbia Road. Call (706) 541-2849

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