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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

AARP seeks volunteers to offer tax filing aid

October 9, 2006

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Organization: AARP

Contact: 842-0729

Volunteers are needed to provide free tax assistance to residents of Douglas and Franklin counties during tax season. Community volunteers with experience in preparing their own taxes can be trained for the AARP program. Computer skills are helpful but not required as volunteers assist with general services including receptionist work and other support. For more information, contact Jack Connelly at 865-3985 or connjac@aol.com.

Immediate volunteer needs

¢ The Lawrence school district seeks community volunteers to assist with textbook and supply distribution. Volunteers are needed to assist by bar-coding and boxing items for delivery to schools. Individual volunteers as well as volunteer and civic organizations are welcome. To volunteer, contact Becky May at 832-5000, ext. 2583, or rmay@usd497.org.

¢ Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. and Hospice Care in Douglas County seek volunteers who will be screened, interviewed and trained for their tasks. Successful volunteers are caring, compassionate people who want to help families cope with the end of life of a beloved family member. Hospice volunteers help by conversing with patients and listening to tales of days gone by, preparing light meals, turning and repositioning bedfast patients, reading aloud and helping to write letters, assisting ambulatory patients to the rest room, and providing companionship while the primary caregiver is away. Interviews are required for registration. For more information, contact Steve Satterfield at 843-3738.

¢ The Girl Scouts of Kaw Valley Council seeks volunteers to help with a drug awareness and prevention after-school program. The program runs one hour each week for eight weeks, and volunteers can choose a preferred day and time slot. Contact Melissa Mackey, membership and marketing manager, at (785) 273-3100, ext. 43, or mmackey@girlscouts.net.

¢ Ballard Community Services seeks volunteers for Late Night in the Phog on Friday. Volunteers will assist by collecting nonperishable food items and boxing them. Volunteers must be available by 4:45 p.m. Friday and will be done in time to participate in the festivities. Collected items will benefit Ballard Community Center, Penn House, Salvation Army and ECKAN. To volunteer, contact Paul Hunt at the Ballard Center, 842-0729.

¢ The Lawrence Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers to assist with meal delivery for several recently established delivery routes. Volunteers deliver lunch to homebound community members. Driver positions are available each day of the week. Route delivery takes approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call the Meals on Wheels office at 979-1440.

- For more volunteer opportunities, contact the Roger Hill Volunteer Center, a service of the United Way of Douglas County, 2518 Ridge Court, room 200, at 865-5030 or info@rhvc.org. Opportunities are also online at www.rhvc.org.

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