Unity House believes in the inherent
potential of all people through our
Respect and Dignity
Empowerment and Teamwork
Opportunity and Growth
Not one individual, but a group of women who have not only made a difference in my
life, but in the lives of many are four retired teachers from Southern Cayuga School. Judy
Furness, Trudy Buxenbaum, Ellen Schaffer, Julia Krueger...friends, neighbors and former
colleagues...have for years given of themselves to our community. They have been found
volunteering at their churches, Hospice, the hospital, local historical groups, Matthew
House, Red Cross, the soup kitchen, school, our local ambulance, for neighbors in need
and much, much more.
I admired each of these women as elementary school teachers, going above and beyond
to bring out the best in their students, working with the families and inspiring those of us
who follow with their eagerness, energy and creativity. Through them I have learned the
importance of community service and caring for others. They are quick to lend a hand, pro-
vide a meal, send a card or make a call, hold a hand or lend a shoulder, set an example for
how to help. They have made a difference for many in our community, and beyond, for a
number of years through their caring. Their volunteerism does not go unnoticed. Thank
you, ladies, for all that you do for so many others.
The Montezuma Wetlands Complex flourishes because of it's dedicated volunteers.
Larue St. Clair is invaluable for his weekly bird surveys. His surveys are used each week
by hundreds of visitors are area birders for information on what there is to see. They also
provide the Refuge with valuable biological information. Visitors love Larue and you will
frequently see him letting people look through his spotting scope while he gives them
some bird identification tips. Carol Anderson runs The Lodge, the Friends of the Montezuma
Wetlands Complex store located in the Visitor Center. She orders merchandise, runs the
cash register, keeps the inventory and has fun meeting new people from across the world.
The volunteer possibilities are endless.
Come help staff the visitor center or store, give a program, help with mailings, plan events,
or help however you are capable. Everyone is welcome and has something to offer. We will
provide training to those interested. Volunteering is very rewarding, not only will you
meet some great new friends but you will also have a part in helping to conserve our nat-
ural resources. For more information, please visit www.friendsofmontezuma.org.
- Give of yourself to others
- Develop fulfilling relationships
- Develop or learn new skills - Invest in your community
- Meet educational or professional requirements for
Check out the Volunteer Opportunities listed with local
agencies in this directory and/or on the Coalition's web-
For information contact Barbara Bowen, Administrator,
Human Services Coalition.
Phone: (315) 253-9743 Fax: (315) 255-0119
The Citizen. Auburn, New York
People Who Make A Difference
Monday, February 27, 2006