New Year's resolutions made easy
“Resolution season” has many looking inward with hopes of losing weight, getting more organized or paying down debt. In Lakewood there are also opportunities for looking outward to help others. Consider making a resolution to give back to your community through volunteering.
Options in Lakewood range from spending one morning joining with hundreds of neighbors this spring at Volunteer Day, to spending a few evenings a month at a park coaching neighborhood kids, or getting active on your own block in Neighborhood Watch. See details below on how to get started.
Residents pitching in have improved the quality of life in Lakewood for more than 60 years.
If you want to help but don’t know what’s the right fit for you, visit www.lakewoodcity.org/volunteer or call 562-866-9771, extension 2408. City staff can help match your interests with over 35 activities and community groups.
Meals On Wheels
The Lakewood Meals On Wheels program (MOW) has been making life easier for elderly residents and shut-ins of all ages since 1975. MOW volunteers range in age from teens to seniors and help with everything from making sandwiches and packaging meals to driving and delivering meals to dozens of Lakewood clients.
The nutritious meals are important, of course, but daily contact with a caring volunteer is just as important. Meals On Wheels is a non-profit community agency sponsored by the members of Lakewood/Long Beach Soroptimist Club and the City of Lakewood.
How to help: More information is at www.lakewoodcity.org/MOW. To volunteer, call 562-925-8747.
On Saturday, April 14, 2018, hundreds of Lakewood residents will fan out across the city to spruce up the yard or home exterior of fellow Lakewood residents in need. This will be the 22nd year that Volunteer Day has been making a positive difference in Lakewood.
Individuals and teams of volunteers from scout troops, schools, businesses, clubs and religious congregations assist residents in need who are unable to maintain their properties themselves.
How to help: Suggestions for sites and offers to volunteer can be made online at www.lakewoodcity.org/volunteerday or by calling the Burns Community Center at 562-925-7512.
This homegrown Lakewood effort was founded in 1972 and has operated successfully ever since, providing help during the holiday season to residents suffering economic hardship. Project Shepherd also provides a limited amount of assistance outside of the holiday season for emergency household hardships.
Additional volunteer opportunities include:
• Lakewood Youth Sports coaching
• Weingart Senior Center
• Pathways Volunteer Hospice
• Friends of the Lakewood Libraries
• Neighborhood Watch
• Lakewood Education Foundation