Eagle man honored for volunteer work

awebb@idahostatesman.comJuly 2, 2013 

Volunteer David Shaw holds one of the many shelter dogs he has helped. Shaw ended up adopting the mixed-breed pooch, whose name is Rags.


David Shaw, 70, has received the Home Instead Senior Care network's Salute to Senior Service award. He is the Idaho winner.

The organization is recognizing Shaw for his community service, including his work at the Idaho Humane Society.

Shaw spends many hours walking, grooming, transporting and generally making life better for dogs at the shelter.

As one of 50 state winners, Shaw earned $500 for his charity of choice. Naturally, he's giving it to the Humane Society.

Shaw also will have a spot on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on SalutetoSeniorService.com, where his nomination story has been posted. He now goes on to compete at the national level.


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has helped out people in need through its food pantry on the Boise Bench for about two years.

The organization is furthering its outreach thanks to a new dining hall next to the food pantry at 3209 Overland Road. The plan is to offer community suppers several nights a week, said President Mike Gallagher.

The dining hall also means more opportunities for volunteers. St. Vincent is looking for groups interested in serving a meal a month on a specific schedule.

The Idaho Foodbank will provide the food. A chef will be on-site to manage the process, help prepare the meal with volunteers and make sure everything complies with health department regulations. Volunteers will do the rest.

"This would be a good endeavor for youth groups with a couple of chaperones," said Gallagher. "We feel strongly that young people are greatly affected in a positive manner by this type of activity. This is an outreach ministry that requires no participation in religious services and will not discriminate in any way toward the visitors. We are here only to serve and help our fellow human beings."

If you're interested, contact Gallagher at 331-8409 or mikeg@svdpid.org.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness is looking for volunteers who are interested in being trained to be able to work as "facilitators" in the Nampa-Caldwell and Boise areas.

Facilitators help lead group discussions on a range of topics. The Nampa group meets at Rainbow Recovery Room.

The Boise groups meet at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other locations.

The Nami-Family and Friends Support Group (for family and friends of those living with mental illness) also needs facilitators.

If you think this might be a fit for you, call Victoria Nolan, office manager, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Boise: 376-4304.


To mark the sesquicentennial of the Idaho Territory, the organization is asking people to share their stories - especially if their ancestors lived in Idaho prior to March 4, 1863, when it became an organized territory.

The group also welcomes stories from after this date and up to 1890, when President Benjamin Harrison signed Idaho into statehood. Stories from the northern and southeastern parts of the state are of particular interest, as the society rarely gets family histories from these regions.

Send stories as word documents and photos in JPEG format, idahogenealogy@hotmail.com, or mail them to the Idaho Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1854, Boise, ID 83701-1854.


Artisans4Hope is a nonprofit organization that helps members of the local refugee community develop marketable skills, work on their language acquisition and integrate more fully into the community.

The idea is to build on the traditional handcraft skills refugees bring with them to America, and find opportunities for them to sell the items they make.

Fostering friendships in a safe, welcoming atmosphere is a big part of the mission as well.

The organization recently moved into a new space, 723 N. 15th St. in Boise.

Visitors are welcome. Workspace hours are 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays for sewing work; 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays for knitting, 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays for sewing.

New students, volunteers and donors are welcome. Call 286-8460 for more.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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