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Beaufort County Senior Leadership presents program on Lowcountry opportunities

Beaufort County Senior Leadership is presenting a three-morning program to help recruit volunteers for the various non-profit service agencies throughout Beaufort County.

The event, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18, 25 and March 5 at the Fellowship Hall of Baptist Church of Beaufort (601 Charles Street), is to allow potential volunteers to learn more about Lowcountry culture, understand the critical needs in our community and hear from agencies that serve the community.

The program is focused on individuals who are interested in volunteering to help the disadvantaged and volunteers who have applied to or are now working for such agencies and want to be more helpful to clients served.

The program is free, but advance registration is required at https://lowcountry-volunteering-101.eventbrite.com.

Day 1 provides new and prospective volunteers with an understanding of the scope of poverty and human needs in Beaufort County, and the availability of opportunities to help the disadvantaged. Day 1 will also provide some basics to understanding cultural differences.

The disadvantaged include individuals and families who are currently using the services of and humanitarian agency/organization in Beaufort County.

Days 2 and 3 focus on sensitivity to and interacting with those of different cultures, ethnicities, and economic circumstances, as well as those with health issues and mental or physical limitations. The program seeks to prepare human service volunteers for the training provided by individual agencies specific to the needs of their service population.

Representatives from various agencies/organizations that serve the disadvantaged will be on hand. Among the leadership agencies are Untied Way of the Lowcountry (Chrystie Turner), Beaufort-Jasper Economic Opportunity Commission (James Williams), Human Services Alliance for Beaufort County (Fred Leyda), and S.C. Association of Volunteer Administrators (Debbie Cahoon).

For more information, contact Jack Shaughnessy at 860-306-6131.