Archive for Monday, July 12, 2010

Volunteers needed to help long-term care residents

July 12, 2010


Agency: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Contact: 620-230-0743 or

The state Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program will be providing training for people interested in becoming a LTC ombudsman volunteer. The training will be held at the Kansas Advocates for Better Care office at 913 Tenn., Suite 2, beginning on July 26. Training will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings for four weeks, followed by facility tours and facility placement. The program’s mission is to advocate for the well-being, safety and rights of residents of Kansas long-term care facilities by assisting them in attaining the highest possible quality of life. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer may come to the training on July 26, or call 620-230-0743 or e-mail Gina at

Immediate needs

• Lawrence Meals on Wheels is in need of regular volunteers, who can commit to a route once a week, and substitute volunteers, who can fill in on routes when needed. Routes are available Monday through Friday. They start at Lawrence Memorial Hospital at 11:20 a.m. and take about an hour. There are currently seven open routes and eight clients on a waiting list to receive services, which cannot begin until more volunteers join the program. Contact Kim Culliss at 830-8844 to get involved.

• Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community Health Center, 4851 Harvard, is seeking volunteers for a variety of activities in July. These are great activities for teens and/or families to do together. No experience is necessary. The residents will be delighted to be with you for whatever time you can give. To get involved, contact Pilar D’Asto, the life enrichment coordinator, at or 785-344-1106.

• The Villages Inc. is seeking a “concrete crew” with the skills and tools needed to install a small concrete basketball court at a family group home south of Lawrence. The Villages takes care of high-needs, troubled kids in a home-like environment. Having a safe, supervised spot to release energy and tension will make a big difference in the lives of these young men and women. For more information about The Villages, visit To volunteer your services or for more information, contact Michael Bradley at 785-267-5900, ext. 104, or send e-mail to

— For more volunteer opportunities, contact Paige Blair at the Roger Hill Volunteer Center, a service of the United Way of Douglas County, at 785-865-5030 or Opportunities are also online at


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