Service opportunities vary in Rexburg

From serving food to organizing donations, there are many ways to volunteer in Rexburg.

According to the Volunteering in America web site, Idaho had an average of 52 volunteer hours per resident between 2008 and 2010, ranking it third in the nation.

Organizations in Rexburg that accept volunteers include The Homestead, an assisted living facility; the City of Rexburg Animal Shelter; Madison Memorial Hospital; Legacy Flight Museum; and the Family Crisis Center.

The Family Crisis Center helps victims of domestic violence by providing housing, attorneys, a food bank and a thrift store.

“We always need more help in the food bank or organizing donations in the thrift store,” said Katie Moon, the manager of The Family Crisis Center thrift store and food bank.

Walk-ins of individuals or small groups are welcome. Large groups may call ahead.

The Homestead also provides options for individuals looking to volunteer.

“We always need more help in the kitchen, serving food, and the residents love getting manicures and pedicures,” said David Thueson, a proprietor at the Homestead Assisted Living in Rexburg. “The residents love having people visit with them.”

The Homestead has 100 residents in three buildings within Rexburg.

“Many of the people here are living with depression, and having volunteers brings new energy and light to the residents,” Thueson said.
Another place to volunteer is the Legacy Flight Museum, where service options include mopping and sweeping.

“We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us,” said Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during a September 2009 address.

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