DEAR SUN SPOTS: Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine (CRCWM) is looking for people to volunteer in the following capacities: supervise drop-in hours, assist with mailings and phone calls, create cards and notes to send to patients, do light cleaning, and assist with opening the center for classes and programming, including set-up and monitoring the event.

We’d also love for you to share your skills in stamping, exercise, meditation, yoga, fly tying, knitting and photography. More opportunities include getting the word out about our programs by distributing posters and brochures in the community. Our director needs assistance with creating the monthly program list and calendars and producing newsletter public relations pieces.

From serving on the board of directors or being a committee member to joining the knitting or sewing groups, there are many opportunities for all. Our outreach includes teaming with other organizations such as the Maine Buddy Program, a program of the Cancer Community Center of South Portland for people living with, caring for, or who have lost someone to cancer. Participants are matched with a trained volunteer. The American Cancer Society also has two programs we participate in including Reach to Recovery, supporting those living with breast cancer; and Road to Recovery, a program that provides transportation for cancer treatments.

An application can be found at crcofwm.org. Complete and return it to Sherri Otterson at PO Box 263, Norway, ME 04268. Candidates will be interviewed to determine areas of volunteering interests. For more information, call 207-890-0329.

— Larry, no town

ANSWER: CRCWM provides and shares resources and services that enhance life for individuals and their loved ones facing the challenges of cancer. I have had loved ones use their services and resources and am so grateful to the many volunteers who put their positive energy to work helping others. My hope is that many Sun Spots readers will join in!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to the Jan. 15 Sun Spots, every Christmas season cards are sought to distribute to patients at the Togus VA hospital. After donating my surplus cards for a few years I learned that the cards were being distributed unsigned unless the donor signed them. This year I solicited help from friends to include signatures as well as a friendly greeting. Should anyone want to donate their unused cards this coming year with their added signature (first names only, please), as the season approaches, the cards can be dropped off to Jerry DeWitt, Veterans’ Advocate, 1155 Lisbon St., Lewiston. Extra cards, if there are any, will be distributed to other veteran agencies/individuals.

I meet monthly with Jerry and other individuals and various agency representatives, as part of the Maine Military & Community Network at Tri-County to discuss and when feasible, address veterans’ needs and issues on local, regional, state and even national levels. Check out what many are doing throughout Maine to assist both active duty and veteran service members and their families at Mainemcn.org. Public attendance and involvement in our efforts and at our events are strongly encouraged. Thank you for helping our military and their families and honoring our veterans.

— Nancy, Lewiston

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