Archive for Monday, November 21, 2011

How to Help: Senior Meals in need of food distributors

November 21, 2011


Senior Meals, a program of Douglas County Senior Services, is in need of several volunteers to deliver food to local homebound seniors throughout the county. Meal deliveries are made between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is a great volunteer opportunity for any community member who can spare at least one lunch hour per week to help out. Consider bringing your young children along with you to brighten a homebound senior’s day, or get your co-workers to pitch in with you and take rotating shifts on what can become your business’ regular route. Volunteers with four-wheel drive vehicles are also needed to help on an on-call basis throughout the winter when snow and ice prevent other volunteers from making their typical deliveries. For more details, contact Kirsty Elliott at 785-842-0543 or

Other immediate needs

• Douglas County AIDS Project, or DCAP, is currently recruiting new members to serve on its board of directors. Volunteering to be a board member for a local agency is a great way to provide ongoing support to an organization and cause that matters to you. DCAP is looking for compassionate individuals with any or all of the following interests and abilities: HIV advocacy and/or education, fundraising, grant writing, event planning and corporate/business connections. If you’re interested in finding out more about DCAP’s board of directors and how to become a board member, contact Elena Ivanov at 785-843-0040 or

• The Lawrence Public Library Foundation is in search of volunteers to help with its annual Caddy Stacks event to benefit the Lawrence Public Library. Caddy Stacks features an 18-hole mini golf course that winds throughout the library. There are a number of fun volunteer opportunities available, including helping with the planning of the event, building or decorating a hole (bases are available for use), working during the adult golf party or volunteering during a shift at the public golf session. For more information about requirements for building one of the 18 holes, or to sign up to help with the event in other ways, contact Kathleen Morgan at 785-843-3833, ext. 131, or

• Lawrence Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to join the various committees that provide essential support for the agency and its mission. Volunteers are needed on all 10 of Habitat’s committees, which are Fund Development, Finance, Communications, Construction, Family Selection, Family Support, ReStore, Site Selection, Faith Relations and Women Build. Each committee meets about once a month. For more information, contact Mana Uchida at 785-832-0777 or

• Lawrence Fair Trade needs volunteers for its annual Fair Trade Holiday Market, taking place at Ecumenical Campus Ministries Friday through Dec. 3. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Volunteers are needed to provide a minimum one-hour shift on any, or as many, of the dates available. Volunteers who will be processing cash and check payments can attend one of the two training sessions at the ECM, 1204 Oread Ave., either at 7 p.m. today or 5 p.m. Tuesday. Contact Alicia Erickson at 785-969-3482 or or Hadley Galbraith at for more information.

— For more volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Reid at the United Way’s Roger Hill Volunteer Center, at 785-865-5030 or, or go to


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