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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Volunteers Needed For Children’s Services Planning Group

familyfunfair09jleetePotter County Integrated Children’s Services Planning Committee has put out a call for parents and grandparents to join the group and play a part in deciding what programs and services would best benefit area young people — especially those from low-income or disadvantaged families.

Next committee meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 10 am at the Potter County Human Services offices in Roulette. This committee’s signature event is the Family Fun Fair at the Potter County Fairgrounds.

At this year’s fair, Judge John Leete (left) was among committee members who pitched in to operate games and booths. Planning meetings, which are held quarterly, are open to the public. For more information, call Potter County Human Services at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560. Potter County Today


Anonymous said...

Volunteers needed? you cant find volunteers on this site. You only find people who bash volunteers here.

Anonymous said...

You are wrong 5:36, see this is a perfect example of where volunteers are needed.

If these volunteers happen to show up late it's no big deal...but if the volunteers that I was referring to (emergency personnel) happen to show up late while your guts are leaking out on the road, or your child is burning alive inside your house...well that's an entirely different matter!

Solomon's words for the wise said...

I don't mean to be disrespectful of your opinion about having paid professional medical and fire people, but apparently you have no idea where we have been in this area.When I first came to this area about 1965, I vividly remember waiting for the ambulance (actually a hearse from the local undertaker in Port Allegany) to arrive after a child had been hit by a car on North Main. After a bit the hearse showed up and the undertaker and his helper picked the kid up by his arms & legs , put him on the cot and rushed him off to the local hospital. Never heard if the child survived or not. We've come a long way baby! I worked the ambulance squad in Bolivar back then for a short time. Our only requirement was a red cross first aid course. Since that time, our ambulance associations and our fire departments have progressed to the point that they are trained professionals with the equipment and knowledge to go out and save lives and professionally fight fires. We have the communications and the best in technology to back them up. They spend hundreds of hours training and then spend more hours raising money to keep their associations going so they can save your life or your home. They have many modern tools at their disposal and medical helicopters that can be on scene to transport you to a trauma center in a matter of minutes unless the weather stops them. Your opinion that you are touting about having paid professionals is just not possible at this time in this place. In my personal opinion, most of the volunteers are professionals, my local Roulette fire and ambulance crews have usually responded before the siren stops blowing the first time. No paid department could do any better. If you live in this area, thank your volunteers for what they do, because without them there is NOTHING. It would be nice if our local hospitals had the best brain surgeons available 24 hours a day, but they don't, and they won't, but think of the alternative if you had to travel to Danville or Buffalo or Pittsburgh or Philadelphia to go to a hospital. Point is appreciate what we have and do our best to support them and make them better. Don't make our volunteers feel like telling you to go whistle......because they might just do that....and I wouldn't blame them.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the support jim

Anonymous said...

Well said Jim, Thank You...

Anonymous said...

Yes, bless anyone willing to devote their time by volunteering for a local fire and/or ambulance department. This requires time for training, time away from their family life, etc. Kudos. If more people would volunteer for "good" community causes, they would get addicted to it. It sure does bring one around to what life is really about. It takes a community!

Anonymous said...

With all due respect Jim, I stand behind my argument.

Please understand that I am not criticizing these volunteers...the issue at hand is not even something they have control over.

I still feel we need full time emergency responders, and I personally believe it is possible. We're talking about John Rigas owing a half billion dollars in taxes, but we cannot afford salaries for emergency personnel.

I'm not saying we need to get rid of the volunteers or take anything away from them.

We have come a long way Jim since 1965, but to compare today's day and age to that is barely an argument. So much has changed since then, this is practically an entirely different country.

Anonymous said...

When you look at the facts, and actually do some research on the matter, the difference between paid and volunteer companies in basically non existant. Response times get better by an average of less than 60 seconds, and skill levels stay the same. If anything, we should be considering giving our volunteers incentive money, they deserve it for doing a duty for free that so many others make a living out of.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Judge Leete, I just know Steve Minor will do the same!

Anonymous said...

ICSP is a very good way for the community to get involved with human services, don't sit back and wait for things to happen, help and make a difference. I sit on the ICSP committee in another county as a human service worker, it is very difficult to get parents involved; however when things do not go their way it is then that they get involved, by reporting to the state human services aren't doing their jobs. Be proactive and get involved with local ICSP and you will make a difference.