Volunteer with Over the Road Gang
Interested in volunteering at the 31st Annual Ol' Marais River Run? If you are interested in volunteering to help at any of the Ol' Marais River Run events, please let us know by emailing the club at email@example.com.
Our club consists of approximately 50 members, so you can imagine that there is no way our small group can put on an event of this size by ourselves. The larger our car show becomes, the more we find that extra help is needed by many of our committee chairs.
Examples of Where Help May be Needed
Without help from our community, we could not possibly put on events as large as the Ol' Marais River Run and Back to the 60's Cruise Night. To thank these organizations for giving up their time to help us, donations have been made to many of the following groups who volunteer and spend several hours to help control parking in the downtown area during the cruise night. Some groups help keep Forest Park clean throughout the weekend. Our thanks go out to each of the following groups for all they do for our event and our community.
COF Training Services Inc.
COF is an acronym for the names of the three counties in which services are provided: Coffey, Osage, and Franklin. COF is a not-for-profit social services organization founded in 1968 that serves people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities as well as those with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Down syndrome, and autism. COF consumers have access to a variety of services and resources, providing the opportunity to increase independence, productivity, and integration into the community. This support promotes a high quality of life and creates an environment in which the rights and responsibilities of those with intellectual/developmental disabilities are both respected and encouraged.
Communities in Schools (CIS)
CIS is the nation's leading community-based organization helping young people stay in school and prepare for life. With so many young people struggling in our schools today, CIS understands that schools alone cannot solve the complex and diverse problems faced by today's students. CIS serves 1.3 million students nationwide in 26 states and the District of Columbia. At the local level, each CIS organization is shaped by the needs and resources of its community. Local affiliates coordinate community assets, bringing them to the place where children and teens are already spending a great deal of their time-their schools.
Franklin County 4-H Groups
4-H is a community of young people across Kansas engaged in learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Caring adults who support the programs are essential for youth to achieve their potential based on the guidance, respect, skills, knowledge, and wisdom adults can share. Each of the four H's of the clover represents ways youth can grow and develop; Head, critical thinking, problem-solving; Heart, self-discipline, integrity, communication; Hands, serving others; and Health, choosing healthy lifestyles.
Franklin County Crime Stoppers
Franklin County Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that provides rewards for tips that lead to an arrest for felony crimes. The organization operates and is funded solely by tax-exempt contributions from businesses, service organizations, corporations, and individuals. With each arrest of a criminal, the Franklin County community becomes a safer place to live and work. Crime Stoppers involves the public, news media, and law enforcement agencies to fight crime in our community. A special telephone number receives and processes information and tips. Persons who furnish information leading to a felony arrest are offered anonymity and cash rewards. Contributions are needed to sustain this successful and effective program. Just call (888) 311-TIPS.
Franklin County Sheriff's Reserves
This group has assisted with our event for many years. The officers involved not only have an annual food booth at the Back to the 60's Cruise night but also assist with traffic control during the cruise.
Franklin County Water Rescue
Pottawatomie Fire provides a wide range of suppression and rescue duties. We have personnel trained and certified in collapse and trench rescue, HazMat, Structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, wide-area search & rescue, advanced blackwater recovery divers, rescue divers & swift water rescue personnel. We also provide BLS First Response for Franklin County EMS. Pottawatomie Township also provides these services to all jurisdictions within Franklin County & provides them to Miami County and Anderson County through written mutual aid agreements.
Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1993 and serving all of Franklin County, including Ottawa, Princeton, Richmond, Pomona, Wellsville, Centropolis, and Williamsburg, Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor—"sweat equity"—into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.
Optimists International & District #37 (Ottawa, Kansas)
The mission of the Optimists is to provide hope and a positive vision to bring out the best in kids. Their vision is to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one's self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life, and the world.
Ottawa Tornadoes Youth Sports
The Ottawa Tornadoes exists to promote and sponsor the LYF youth program of competitive grade tackle football combined with the teaching, training, and supervision of the ideals of sportsmanship, teamwork, and development of good character.
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
Volunteers are a vital part of the Ottawa Police Department Family! Serving side-by-side with the officers and paid staff, the men and women of VIPs actively give back to the Ottawa community, enjoy personally fulfilling experiences, and perform vital functions in the department. Members of VIPS donate 1200–2500 hours per year.
Community Service Programs for VIPs include McGruff The Crime Dog, DARE Camp, Citizens Watch, conducting surveys for various City agencies, roadway surveys, traffic safety monitoring, and more. To volunteer, please contact Ron, the Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VIPs are a huge help with traffic safety at our Back to the 60's Cruise Night each year and also serve as security at Forest Park during the overnight hours of the Ol' Marais River Run. Many thanks to the VIPs for the services they provide.