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Small World helpers can expand horizons

August 29, 2005

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Agency: Small World

Address: 2415 Clinton Parkway

Contact: Kathy Mulinazzi, 841-3645.

Small World is a nonprofit, cooperative program whose mission is to help international women and their children adjust to the Lawrence community by improving their English skills, meeting new people and forming friendships that span cultures and languages. The program seeks women to serve as volunteer English tutors for adults and as classroom assistants in the preschool program. Tutors will work one-on-one with low- and introductory-level English students. There is no academic requirement for volunteer tutors, but they must have native-English speaking abilities. Classroom assistants will work with children ages infant to 6 years old, two mornings per week at the Small World program.

Immediate volunteer needs

¢ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County is looking for volunteers who want to help make a difference in the life of a child. Volunteers spend 30 minutes to four hours one time per week with a child, depending on the program in which they are enrolled. This opportunity is available to individuals, couples and families. Volunteers need to be at least 16 years of age, pass background checks, go through a screening interview and be willing to commit to the program for a minimum of one year. For more information, visit their Web site at www.mentoringmagic.org, or call 843-7359.

¢ The Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocate program is looking for volunteers to participate in a summer training session beginning Sept. 6. Volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the court. Volunteers must be 21 years of age and willing to commit to a case for a minimum of one year. Volunteers will undergo a background check. For more information or to volunteer, contact Executive Director Kerry Gaines at 832-5172, e-mail casa@douglas-county.com or go online at www.orgsites.com/ks/douglascountycasa.

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