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Volunteering not as hard as it seems

Sunday, September 14, 2008 | 8:30 p.m. CDT; updated 9:27 p.m. CST, Monday, February 9, 2009

COLUMBIA — As energy prices rise, it seems that everyone is feeling the strain. More money is coming out of pocket for necessities such as groceries and energy costs, and there isn't much left to give to those in need. Although monetary giving is helpful to and needed by a variety of organizations, giving time is just as crucial. The Missourian looked for some no-cost or low-cost ways that can help the community without hurting the wallet, and there's a time frame to fit into almost any schedule. You can volunteer as many or few hours a week as you like, but keep in mind that some organizations require at least four hours of your time each month, and there could be training required beforehand. Check with the organization for details.

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