RBRO welcomes new volunteers

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Rock Bridge students signed up to participate in various RBRO cores today in the PAC. Photo by: Kathryn Fishman-Weaver

Kelsey Harper

Rock Bridge students signed up to participate in various RBRO cores today in the PAC.  Photo by: Kathryn Fishman-Weaver
Rock Bridge students signed up to participate in various RBRO cores today in the PAC.
Photo by Kathryn Fishman-Weaver
Today, Rock Bridge Reaches Out had our two informational meetings and got to share our 11 core groups with Rock Bridge students. We had our 33 core leaders speak about the wonderful things they’re going to do this year. In case you missed out, here’s a recap:

  • Art that Matters does various art projects for the community. Throughout the year, they will make cards for premature babies and kids in the hospital. They’ll also work with preschools and other organizations around Columbia to bring the joy of art to all.
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters is recommended for upperclassmen. You will be paired with a “little” at Rock Bridge Elementary School and meet with them once a week.
  • At Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, horseback riding therapy is provided to children and adults with disabilities. Volunteers will work as side-walkers to assist the riders and leaders who guide the horses. Working outside with the animals and building meaningful relationships with the riders makes volunteering at Cedar Creek a great experience. No previous horse experience is required. As a Cedar Creek volunteer, you must attend the training session.
  • At the Central Missouri Food Bank, RBRO volunteers help pack backpacks that go to underprivileged children. These buddy packs are spread around the CPS district.
  • The Food Service core will work with different organizations around Columbia like the Ronald McDonald House, St. Francis House and the Rainbow House to bring food to people in need.
  • Volunteers at the Humane Society will play with and walk the rescued dogs and cats. A brief training is required at the beginning of the year. 
  • The Intersection is an after-school program for kids. RBRO students play with the children, help them with their homework and cook meals with them.
  • The goal at Project Linus is to provide handmade blankets for children who are ill, traumatized or in need. Volunteers can help by making blankets. No sewing experience is necessary.
  • Relay for Life is an international organization that raises money for cancer research. This core will help set up a team that will raise money and participate in Columbia’s Relay for Life walk in the Spring.
  • The Stream Team is a great project for those who like the outdoors. The members of this group go to local streams and rivers and pick up litter along the shore.
  • Wheelers and Dealers is a perfect group to volunteer with if you like to play games. Volunteers visit South Hampton Place Assisted Living Center to play games with the residents.

We had about 300 kids show up to our informational meetings, and we’re all very excited for a great year of serving the Columbia community. If you would like more information about RBRO, follow us on twitter @RBreachesout, or shoot us an email at [email protected].
By Kelsey Harper