Retired Teachers Association members hear of local programs

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Linda Anstaett, volunteer coordinator at Cox Monett Hospital, recently spoke to members of the Barry County Retired Teachers Association about the need for more volunteers at the hospital. Contributed photo

Group plans date to serve at Community Kitchen

Members of the Barry County Retired Teachers Association met Feb. 22, and heard about two local programs.

The first was on the volunteer program at Cox Monett Hospital.

Abby Patton, a senior at Monett High School and a participant in the GO CAPS program there, told attendees at a recent Barry County Retired Teachers Association meeting about her Blessing Box project to provide healthy packaged foods to those in need. Contributed photo

Linda Anstaett, volunteer coordinator, spoke of the need for more volunteers working in the hospital, where they can spend time cheering a lonely patient, delivering flowers from loved ones or making a sick patient less anxious.

In Monett, volunteer opportunities also include direct patient contact through working on nursing units, as a Gift Shop cashier, staffing the information desks, clerical duties in offices, fundraisers, and many other areas. On-the-job training is provided. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.

The second program was presented by Abby Patton, whose project through the Greater Ozarks Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS), is a Blessing Box filed with healthy packaged food items.

The box is located by Cox Monett Rehab Center, and Patton is seeking monthly sponsors to help keep the box filled with nutrition-rich packaged foods that are easy to open.

For more information on how to become a sponsor, call Monett High School at 417-235-5445.

Members of the association plan to serve at the Community Kitchen, located at First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central Ave., in Monett, on July 25.

The next meeting of the Barry County Retired Teachers Association will be at 10 a.m., Friday, March 22, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 23237 State Rd H, in Monett.