Volunteer Center to close for holiday period

The Benton Franklin Volunteer Center, which will permanently end operations early next year, will be closed Thursday through Jan. 3 for the holidays.

Maureen Bell, board president, said the staff and a special board committee are concluding Volunteer Center operations in comprehensive steps.

Special projects, such as seniors helping kids with school supplies and the home volunteer program that provides crafted clothing and blankets for schools and social service agencies, may be continued by other local agencies.