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Grapevine Sun (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Grapevine, Texas ,. Thursday dec. 9, 1999/the Grapevine sun/5asouthlake explores Volunteer program by Raymon d. Fullerton Iii staff writer Southlake officials Are seeking a few Good citizens to help out with City chores. After a couple of recent attempts to establish a corps of volunteers in the City sputtered Southlake officials have begun laying the groundwork for a full scale citywide program a your expectation is that a Volunteer program in the City will be ready to fully operate in Early january a said Nona Whitehead manager of the Southlake senior activity Center. Whitehead said City manager Billy Campbell has asked her to create and develop a Volunteer framework. Officials said the South Lake Volunteer program goals include a enhancing City services with volunteers who will complement staff efforts a providing citizens with the Opportunity to participate in providing improved services a giving the City an alternative to higher taxes for funding additional personnel and a decreasing expanding workload on existing City employees which could result in increased efficiency. Whitehead said a Basic Volunteer commitment of time will be four hours per week for a minimum of three months. A unofficial tabulations for 1999 and just for the senior activity Center show that Volunteer hours amount to $6,345 in what would have been paid to a Par time City worker a Whitehead said. A these calculations Are based on a $9.50-per-hour wage a Whitehead said. Whitehead said Hurst Arlington and Plano Are among the local communities that have Active Volunteer structures in place. Jean Bixler Hurst a Volunteer program coordinator said her City has used volunteers for 20 years. A Over the two decades of the Volunteer program our estimate is that More than $2 million has been saved for the Hurst taxpayer a Bixler said. A volunteers serve a wonderful purpose a Bixler added that Hurst currently has around 150 Active volunteers officials said one motivation for establishing a Volunteer program is Southlake growth which parallels the City a ability to deliver High Quality services. City manager Campbell says the4 Opportunity for volunteers in Southlake is Ripe. A i like to look at the Volunteer program As a Way for those who live in our Community to see firsthand the positives and negatives of How a municipal government works a Campbell said. A we Are real excited about the program a Campbell said All City department Heads will by furnishing Whitehead a needs assessment within the next to Days. 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