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Volunteers provide all types of community services and assistance. There are volunteer health care professionals, firemen, coaches for youth sports, tutors, teachers, food bank workers, grant writers and more. Just about every job skill available out in the community can be used by volunteer groups and organizations in our communities. The San Manuel Miner is sponsoring this regular feature that hopes to connect non-profit organizations, churches, schools and events with volunteers. To have your volunteer opportunity posted here, please submit: • Name of organization • Contact information • Type of volunteer(s) you are seeking • A brief description of the volunteer’s job • The number of hours expected from your volunteer • Any other relevant information Send your information to editor@minersunbasin.com. Safe Journey House Volunteers are needed for Safe Journey House, a program of Against Abuse, Inc. Volunteers may be asked to answer phones, watch children, gather supplies, or assist with similar light duties while an Advocate is talking with a client. We ask for a minimum of two 4-hour shifts a month and also to be on-call in case a substitute is needed. Requires an understanding and agreement to maintain confidentiality of services rendered and also passion for assisting victims of domestic violence. If interested please call 520-385-4970 or email: SJH-Donna@against-abuse.org. The center is located at 212 E. Fifth St., San Manuel. San Manuel Library The San Manuel Library is seeking volunteers for up to three hours once per week. Computer skills are helpful but not necessary as training is provided. Volunteers will learn valuable new skills and meet people from not only the Tri-Community but also other states and countries. If interested, please apply with Kathy Smith, library director at 108 W. 5th Avenue in San Manuel or call 520-385-4470 for more information. Tri-Community Visitors Center Looking for friendly people who love the Oracle, San Manuel, and/or Mammoth area. You will greet people from all over the world, including your neighbors, and will tell them what’s to see, do, buy and enjoy in our towns. We are open Tues-Sat 1:00 - 4:00 PM and have flexible openings. Please contact Debi either by phone (520) 400-5772 or email NatrevHealth@yahoo.com. “Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds; it changes the odds.” – President Bill Clinton

San Manuel Miner, San Manuel, Arizona November 6, 2013

Enriqueta Exercise Group at the Elks Club promotes healthy change

By Nina Crowder San Manuel Miner Enriqueta Guevara leads a free exercise group at the Elk’s Club back entrance at 143 8th Ave. in San Manuel every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Enriqueta feels strongly about helping others get healthy with exercise. Enriqueta with Jeanie Woods, Maxine Gillespie and Doris Haynes helped start the group. Enriqueta has been doing this for five years now and Maxine had started this at the senior center about 18 years ago. The Elks Club doesn’t charge for this, but any donations are appreciated for materials. Enriqueta says she is very happy to be doing this. Chuck Cancaid with his wife Jan are avid participants and Chuck holds the record for sit ups. He has to outshine the women. The group ranges between ages 58 and 83, any ages are encouraged to come participate. “When people become ill they think of exercising but never do it, they just give up and it is sad, you are alive and should be able to feel healthy, exercising will help you do that,” Enriqueta said. Enriqueta uses weights because she is worried about the loss of muscle in individuals as

we age. Doris Haynes is a breast cancer survivor. She was informed that people who exercise have a much lower reoccurrence rate. She keeps coming to exercise because she cares about her health. Enriqueta encourages people to try and do what they can, over time they will be able to increase the exercises. If people want to feel better, have more energy and even live longer, look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. The benefits of exercise are there for the taking, regardless of age, sex or physical ability. Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When people are physical they burn calories, the more intense the activity, the more calories they burn. Some of the exercises the group performs are stretches with rubber bands, lifting with small weights, walking, sit ups by sitting in a chair and pulling their legs up, and lunges, to name a few. Feel free to start out slowly and increase with time, participants will soon see and feel the results. Many people in the community are ill or have some

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Enriqueta Guevara demonstrates how to work out even from a chair. (Nina Crowder photo) health condition. Whether it is diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other illnesses exercise in time will help. Exercise can help with cancer, depression and arthritis. Exercise can even help stimulate various brain chemicals that can leave people feeling happy and more relaxed. Exercise can also serve as a confidence and self esteem booster.

Enriqueta and the group of people participating at this exercise group were enthusiastic, fun, happy and full of life. All of the participants were encouraging others to attend. The friendships and value of health they have gained is irreplaceable. If you have a chance stop in and see how easy you can change your life with some simple exercise and great attitudes!

Exercise at the Elks

Who: Anyone who wants to get healthy Where: San Manuel Elks Lodge

When: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8-9 a.m. Cost: Free (but donations gratefully accepted)

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