Agency: Youth Employment and Support Services
Contact Person: Ruby or Sherry
The YESS program needs volunteers to tutor students in its program from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Kansas Union. Volunteers may choose days but are expected to keep a consistent schedule. YESS will run a Kansas Bureau of Investigation background check and child abuse check.
In addition to tutoring, the program pairs children with mentors. Mentors are usually chosen to teach children skills they show an interest in, such as sports or a musical instrument.
Last week's results
Meals on Wheels received about a half-dozen calls from people interested in delivering meals to the elderly and disabled. Those interested in delivering meals over the noon hour on weekdays can call Kim Tinsely at 979-1440.
Immediate volunteer needs
- The Community Drop-In Center needs creative volunteers to help cook donated produce. For more information, please contact Tami Clark at 832-8864.
- The Lawrence Public Library needs noncirculating upkeep volunteers. Volunteers will assist with tasks like reshelving noncirculating items, straightening areas of the library and cleaning books. Shifts last one to two hours, seven days per week. Supervision and training are provided. Call Mary Lynn Stuart at 843-3833.
- Lawrence Public Schools are looking for volunteers to assist site staff with planned activities at 21st Century Learning Centers' after-school programs from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Volunteers need to be 18 or older and can sign up for one afternoon or more. Call Susan Butterfield, after-school programs facilitator, Lawrence Public Schools at 832-5008, Ext. 657 for more information.
- Sign up to be a "Big in School" and mentor a school-age youth. Volunteers spend one hour per week with their matched child in a school setting. Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 843-7359 to learn more.
- The Jubilee Cafe provides breakfast to anyone needing a meal from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Friday mornings at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt. The cafe needs around 30 volunteers each morning, and volunteers can just walk in to help. Jubilee especially needs volunteers the Friday after Thanksgiving because most Kansas University students will be out of town. For questions, call 864-4073.
l Penn House is looking for people to adopt a family over the holidays. The organization has received applications for 500 families. For people who want to help, but cannot adopt a family, Penn House will accept food and gift certificates or cash donations at 1035 Pa. Those interested may call the organization of their choice about a family. For more information, call Linda or Jolee at Penn House, 842-0440.
For more volunteer opportunities, contact the Roger Hill Volunteer Center, a service of the United Way of Douglas County, at 865-5030 or online at www.rhvc.org.