Lansing’s volunteerism movement

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by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (February 22, 2019) – “I just want to know, is there any kind of way that I can volunteer to get involved with the things going on in Lansing?” This question was posed by Dwanna Harris during the Public Comment section of the February 5 Village Board meeting.

Dwanna Harris is looking for ways to get involved. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Board members responded with smiles and even some light applause before Trustee Jerry Zeldenrust replied. “There’s lots of ways to get involved in Lansing,” he affirmed, and then offered a few stories of how the Love for Lansing group and other church members have stepped up to meet needs. Zeldenrust met with Harris after the meeting to exchange contact information.

Harris’ question highlights a resource and a need in Lansing. Newer generations of residents who love the village and want to get involved don’t always have an on-ramp to opportunities. While there are many organizations in Lansing who are giving back to the community in a variety of ways, no system is in place for matching known needs with available volunteers.

Informal discussions are taking place—online and in person—about how to coordinate what Zeldenrust has referred to as “this growing volunteer movement.”

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