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Volunteers needed to welcome more than 25,000 visitors
Ability Center is seeking advice on futures planning
We are now in “deer crash” season
Local Red Cross recruiting needing volunteers
Be a foster parent


Volunteers Needed to Welcome More than 25,000 Visitors

The 41st annual Holidays in the Manor House opens Saturday, December 3, and continues through Sunday, December 11, at Wildwood Preserve Metropark, and volunteers are needed to help direct visitors through the 30,000-square-foot house.  The nine-day event is open each day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Volunteers are placed throughout the house as stationary guides, welcoming and directing visitors on the self-guided tour of 32 displays. Other volunteers help with children’s activities at nearby Metroparks Hall, or by stoking the fires and supplying visitors with the cookies and marshmallows to make s’mores at the welcome tent. To volunteer, visit MetroparksToledo.com/volunteer or call 419-407-9840.

Ability Center is seeking advice on futures planning

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo is seeking the opinions and experiences of community members to guide our future success. We actively use feedback to improve our delivery and provide you with the best possible service. You can help by completing this community perception survey. Please answer the statements indicative to your feelings of The Ability Center’s activities, services, and practices.

We expect the survey to take about five minutes of your time. Your responses will remain confidential, and contact information will not be shared.

Community Perception Survey

We are now in “deer crash” season

October ushers in the deadly “deer crash” season. During the fall there is a sharp increase in the number deer vs. driver encounters. Last year in Ohio there were more than 21,000 deer crashes causing nearly 900 injuries and four deaths. In the Toledo area there were 2,357 deer crashes, and nearly half of those crashes (1,108) occurred during the months of October, November and December. Be on the alert. Read more for tips on safe driving during the deer season.

Local Red Cross Recruiting Needed Volunteers

The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio  is recruiting volunteers to join its workforce to help families affected by an increase in disasters  caused by severe storms across the country. Volunteers constitute about 90 percent of the American Red Cross workforce. Volunteers make it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, most of them home and apartment fires.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a trained Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer, please visit the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org or contact Regional Volunteer Specialist, Diane S. Dixon, CVA, at 419-329-2741 or by email at diane.dixon@redcross.org.

Be a foster parent

Are you someone who loves kids and wants to make a difference in a child’s life? If so, consider becoming a foster parent through Lucas County Children Services (LCCS).  LCCS needs all kinds of individuals to care for all kinds of children, but has a particular need right now for families able to care for groups of brothers and sisters, and for caregivers experienced in working with children with developmental and behavioral challenges. To learn more about becoming a foster parent, call LCCS foster care recruiter Celine Woods at 419-213-3336.