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Care Net to host inaugural Ministry Fair this month

Friday, November 5, 2010

Clothing is stored in bins in a storage room at Care Net on the Square. The organization is in need of gently used, safe baby items, executive director Shelly McFadden said. Banner Graphic/AMANDA JUNK
GREENCASTLE -- Care Net Pregnancy Center of Putnam County is hosting its inaugural Ministry Fair from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 13, and if executive director Shelly McFadden has her way, it will become at least an annual event.

Her ultimate goal is to have it become biannual in the spring and fall to raise awareness of volunteer opportunities and the services provided at Care Net.

"It gives an opportunity for those in the church to get involved with a local mission," she said.

Those interested in volunteer opportunities at Care Net are encouraged to attend. A volunteer training session will follow up the fair and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 through 17. All three sessions are required for volunteer candidates; lunch will be provided.

The organization will have booths set up for potential volunteers to learn more about the opportunities available at Care Net and to find out what types of services it provides, including confidential pregnancy tests and education on abortion, McFadden said.

McFadden would like to have a staff of two volunteers and a volunteer receptionist to cover each three-hour work shift. Currently she has 10 volunteers total, so the need for more help is great.

"There aren't very many places that are supported and staffed solely by volunteers," she said.

Last year Care Net had 1,276 total client visits, and McFadden estimates this year's client record is on track to match or exceed that number. She said services are open to all.

"We don't ask for proof of need for help," McFadden said. "People come in for help, and we're happy to be able to help them."

Care Net opened in June 1994 as Crisis Pregnancy Center of Putnam County to assist those facing unplanned or "crisis" pregnancies, according to its website.

To keep programs like this running, McFadden said Care Net is always need in donations of diapers and safe and gently used baby items and clothing.

Care Net on the Square is located at 12 N. Jackson St. in Greencastle, For more information about its services or how to volunteer call McFadden at 653-6605 or visit www.carenetpc.com

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