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Group To Give Back

July 7, 2011

Staff photo/Mike Burkholder: Members of AWS’ Day-Hab group pose for a photograph. The group will volunteer to man the miniature golf course in K.C. Geiger Park as part of a service project.

ST. MARYS — A group of residents with community service on their minds will be handing out putters and scorecards for the next eight weeks as part of a service project.

Clients of Anthony Wayne Services’ Day-Hab Services will be volunteering at the miniature golf course at K.C. Geiger Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through August starting next week. The facility, located at 1621 Celina Road, St. Marys, also will donate its proceeds to various local nonprofit groups.

“The reason we are doing it is because we do volunteer projects for the community and this was one we thought would be fun,” said Renee Goodwin, day services program manager at AWS. “We do lake cleanup and we work wit the Auglaize County dog warden on Tuesdays to clean the cages and we were just looking for a new opportunity to build up our volunteer work.”

AWS helps adults and children who are disabled live independent lives through a variety of programs. Volunteer work is one of the main aspects that AWS stresses, Goodwin said.

“We assist them to be in the community and to give back,” Goodwin said. “That’s our goal. We have a fun time but are still involved in the community.”

Various nonprofit groups man the miniature golf course and concession stand as a way to raise money. A portion of the proceeds is then given to the group. Goodwin said AWS’ proceeds will be donated back to the nonprofit group that is working that week.

“We are doing it for free,” Goodwin said, noting the concession stand will not be open during AWS’ time at the course. “This is exciting.”

Goodwin said the idea to volunteer at the course surfaced following an outing to the facility. The additional hours, she noted, also should benefit local residents.

“This is just another opportunity to get the kids out and give them something to do in the summer,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin said the service project also will benefit the volunteers.

“As far as our clients, I think it helps them because when you work with them, they just love to be involved and give back to the community,” Goodwin said. “It boosts self-esteem and confidence.”

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