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Archive for Monday, August 15, 2011

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department needs volunteers as it takes aim at tobacco

August 15, 2011

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Agency: Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Contact: Lisa Horn at 785-856-7632 or lhorn@ldchealth.org

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is seeking volunteers to help with its tobacco prevention campaign. Volunteers are needed starting today to help disperse tobacco prevention materials to local bars and restaurants. Any amount of time volunteers can give is appreciated, and times are flexible, based on volunteers’ schedules. For more details about the campaign and where materials will be distributed, contact Lisa Horn at 785-856-7632 or lhorn@ldchealth.org.

Immediate needs

• The Recovery and Hope Network (RAHN) is seeking volunteers to help run its funnel cake booth at the Renaissance Festival. RAHN is the only funnel cake provider at the festival and proceeds go to support programs for people living with and recovering from severe mental illness in Douglas County. Several volunteers are needed for shifts every Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 3 through Oct. 16. All volunteers will receive two free tickets to the Renaissance Festival to use any other day. For more details, visit recoveryandhope.org/volunteer or contact Kendall Simmons at 785-856-1222 or kendall@recoveryandhope.org.

• The Lawrence Hunger Project is searching for volunteers to help with the planning of its Oct. 16 food packaging event. The Lawrence Hunger Project is a collaborative effort to draw attention to the problems of hunger both here in Douglas County and throughout the world. Several volunteers are needed to serve on various committees that will be involved in making this event a huge success. If you are interested in helping with publicity, community outreach, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, logistics, etc., contact Christina Holt at 785-749-2646 or christina_m_holt@yahoo.com for more details.

• Headquarters Counseling Center is looking for new volunteer counselors for its 24/7 crisis counseling hotline. Community members interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer for Headquarters can attend one of the upcoming informational meetings: 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Aug. 23, at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt., or 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vt. Because of the nature of their work, volunteers should be at least 20 years old and have at least one year of independent living from a parent/guardian. For more information, visit HeadquartersCounselingCenter.org or call 841-2345.

— For more volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Reid at the United Way’s Roger Hill Volunteer Center, at 865-5030 or volunteer@rhvc.org, or go to volunteerdouglascounty.org.

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