Plenty of choices to volunteer this week

For those who have wanted to lend a helping hand in the community but have been unsure how to do so, this may be the week for you.

There are a handful of simple, easy ways to give back in the Marietta area through events already organized and scheduled. We know it can be tough to decide what to do and how to get involved, so we urge those who aren’t regular volunteers to use this as an opportunity to get started.

The Empty Bowls luncheon will be held Saturday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church. To help stock area food pantries, all people have to do is show up, pay a small fee and have lunch, or for a few dollars more, also take home a beautiful bowl.

Zonta is collecting clothes again this evening at the Frontier Shopping Center for its spring Unique Boutique, which offers clothing to area people at a very low cost. To help, anyone can clean out their closets and drop off a donation. The clothes might be purchased and worn for job interviews, special events or everyday life.

For those who want a more active way to give back, Community Service Day is Saturday, with projects going on all across the area. Some involve gardening, some involved sprucing up and cleaning and there’s even a chance to help repair grave sites at Oak Grove Cemetery. All you have to do is show up.

Volunteering or giving donations not only helps the community, it can do wonders for the individual doing it.

It can allow you to meet new people you never would have crossed paths with before and get a taste of some activities that could become new hobbies. It will also add to your skill set and give you a sense of achievement and purpose.

We have a great community full of people who give back, but for those who haven’t yet, consider that now may be the perfect time.