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save all year long to visit and vacation here - where we live -
right here in our unique and beautiful Calaveras county! A
place where they will always remember having experienced a feeling
of acceptance and being part of a larger family - a sense of community.
Whether you recognize it or not, you are
perusing the Volunteer Center website because you understand that we
all have something to share and that to do so is the true test of a
compassionate heart - and perhaps you have a need to make a
difference in your life, your community and beyond.
We volunteers do everything - we give voice to
our frail, isolated and otherwise invisible populations - our
neighbors. We are the connective tissue of society. We may not be
paid in spendable dollars, but we are never-the-less compensated 100
times over by the knowledge that every shared moment, shared skill
or small act of kindness, consideration or compassion is
contributing to the overall effort to make life better - for someone
else, for ourselves individually, and for the collective "us."
Thank you for doing and sharing what you can.
Check out the
page to find groups and organization seeking
If you are in need of volunteers, add your
OPPORTUNITY to our database.
If you have any questions, go to the
Through her ordeal she kept an optimistic
outlook and discovered one of the things that makes living in
Calaveras County so great - the people. Her friends and
neighbors, and complete strangers, prepared meals for her family, tended to her yard,
encouraged blood donations, tried to find a bone marrow donor, as well as ran marathons to
support her and others with similar diseases.
Her “bone marrow” transplant consisted of
umbilical cord “Cord Blood” stem cells. The doctors preferred her
to have a transplant using adult peripheral stems cells; but,
unfortunately, an adult donor match could not be found.
Rachel would like to encourage everyone to
consider becoming a donor and find out about storing cord blood stem
To read the entire account of Rachel's fight,
you may visit
www.caringbridge.com; click on "visit a site" and type in
You may visit the
Mayo Clinic or the
Center to get more information about cord blood and consider
becoming a donor. There are many other organizations that have
additional information. They are very easy to find if you do a web
search for "cord blood" or "cord blood donations."
After reading Rachel's story, we hope you will
be inspired to volunteer in any way you can - drive others to
doctor's appointments, read to someone who is house-bound, help a
non-profit with office tasks, make a monetary donation, or anything
else where you can offer the skills or talents that make you unique.
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