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      "The Giving Tree" connects volunteers with local needs

      A new Owens community outreach program hopes to connect volunteers with charities in need. / ~diP (Flickr)

      Owens Community College TMs Office of Students of Activities is providing opportunities for area residents to make a difference in their surrounding Northwest Ohio communities by announcing the establishment of "The Giving Tree" community outreach program.

      During the month of November, individuals will have the chance to give back to others through acts of kindness as determined by messages on designated leaves of "The Giving Tree."

      Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, participants will have the first opportunity to choose a leaf on the Tree for their community outreach assignment. Trees will be located in Founders Hall, the College Hall Atrium and the Student Health and Activities Center on the College TMs Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

      "Owens Community College TMs Office of Student Activities wanted to provide an outlet that connects the community to volunteer opportunities and ~The Giving Tree TM outreach program accomplishes that goal," said Nicole Lance, Owens Student Activities Assistant. "Participants will be able to go up to the tree and choose from one of three colored leaves. Red leaves will be the highest level of giving, orange leaves will be the second highest and yellow leaves will be the lowest level, which will primarily have no cost. Each leaf will have a volunteer task, which ranges from opening the door for someone to donating a toy item for Toys for Tots."

      Lance added, "All community outreach tasks are asked to be dropped off at the Student Activities Office Room 165 in the Student Health and Activities Center by November 18. At that time, all completed projects will be delivered to their respective community organizations. I encourage local residents to make a difference through small acts of kindness and participate in 'The Giving Tree' program."

      Among the organizations participating in "The Giving Tree" community outreach program are the Aurora House, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio, Toledo Area Humane Society, Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Beach House Family Shelter, Cherry Street Mission Ministries, The Cocoon Shelter, Missions International of America, the United States military in Afghanistan, Operation Christmas Cards and several local libraries.

      For more information about the community outreach program, call (567) 661-2994 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2994.