COLUMN: Ways to get involved in your community

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Time is scarce for all of us, but investing an few hours – as little as 90 minutes Tuesday – over the coming months can help several groups move forward with important projects.

The public is welcome to attend a Tuesday gathering to hear updates to Perry County’s Hometown Competitiveness project, which launched last year. Volunteers are working on five broad areas important to the community: youth, leadership, entrepreneurship, leaving a local legacy and rural families’ economic success.

Each group or pillar has a committee of hard-working men and women who over the past few months have circulated surveys to gather public input on community strengths and weaknesses, important needs and goals for the future. A story on the gathering appears on Page 4. The meeting will be held at the Schergens Center in Tell City, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and should be wrapped up by 1 p.m.

The city of Tell City is working on plans for a community meeting on a comprehensive plan. That meeting is set for 2 to 5 p.m.

Watch for a front-page story on those meetings in a future issue. Another evening session will held soon. Again, watch for details.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters

A meeting was held Friday morning at the public library in Tell City to discuss the needs of Big Brothers-Big Sisters. Director Linda Reed penned a letter in The News last week and shared some of the successes of the organization. It is active in local schools but is in need of not only more funding through community partners, but also needs more volunteers to serve as mentors to young people. To volunteer your time or talent, call Linda at (812) 425-6076.

Junior Achievement

Volunteer opportunities to instruct Junior Achievement classes in two elementary schools still exist. Volunteers are needed for third-grade classes at William Tell and Perry Central and at Perry Central Jr.-Sr. High School.

Call Cheri Taylor, the local coordinator for Junior Achievement, at 547-2385. I’ve never taught any of the classes but have sat in on a few. I think it would be an enriching experience. The program offers lesson plans and materials. What’s needed is enthusiasm.

Don’t Fall Prey to Scams

It’s not unusual for the paper to get calls about various scams, by letter or telephone call. I’ve fielded two calls from readers who were called by someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House who told them they had won prizes worth several thousands of dollars.

The only hitch is that the winners were supposed to purchase money orders and mail them to cover taxes or other costs.

The two people knew the calls were bogus and were scams. However, people fall prey to them every day. Publishers Clearinghouse never announces prizes by phone call and never requests money.

As a reminder, never send money to anyone or cash a check from someone you don’t know. Never provide personal information, whether it’s Social Security numbers or bank information over the phone.