Archive for Monday, February 7, 2011

Volunteers can make a big impact in child’s life

February 7, 2011


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County is in search of dedicated volunteers who are interested in becoming mentors to area youths. Volunteers are needed for both the community program as well as the Bigs In Schools program. Any interested community members can attend an information session to learn more about this opportunity. Sessions are held at 5:15 p.m. every Tuesday and noon every Wednesday at the BBBS office, 1525 W. Sixth St., Suite A. There is no need to RSVP; just show up and learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County. Call 843-7359 if you cannot attend either of the weekly information sessions.

Immediate needs

• The Kansas Land Trust is in search of volunteers to assist with various tasks such as record keeping and media efforts. The group needs skilled volunteers who can help manage its database with the use of Access 2010, provide assistance with map making, exhibits, and the use of ArcMap, edit landowner interview videos, organize the photograph library, and assist with data entry. Volunteers work in shifts between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the land trust office, 16 E. 13th St. Contact Jerry Jost at 749-3297 to find out more about getting involved with The Kansas Land Trust.

• Lawrence Memorial Hospital is in need of volunteers to help at the West Information Desk. Several customer service-oriented volunteers are needed to help staff the information desk on a regular basis. Currently, the following shifts are available: Tuesday and Friday mornings, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Allyson Leland at 505-3141 or for further information.

• Van Go Inc. is looking for two volunteers who can transport two apprentice artists to the JAMS (Jobs in the Arts Makes Sense) after-school program on Monday afternoons. Volunteer drivers need to be over high school age, and have a current driver’s license and proof of insurance. The two young adults need to be picked up and transported at 3:05 p.m. every Monday from Feb. 14 to April 14. Volunteers are invited to stay and assist the youths during the JAMS sessions, which last until 6 p.m., but are welcome to volunteer only to drive as well. Contact Jordan Ryan at 842-3797 for more information.

• The Grassland Heritage Foundation (GHF) needs a volunteer who can help update its membership database and input information about new contacts. All work can be performed from home and as fits the volunteer’s schedule. This work is very important in helping GHF maintain accurate membership records and to help GHF recruit new volunteers. A working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and an understanding of how to use the Internet is required, and all potential volunteers will meet with the membership and education coordinator to learn how to use the database. For more information, contact Kim Bellemere at 841-8104 or


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