Archive for Sunday, October 23, 2011

New York School Walking Bus looking for ‘drivers’ throughout rest of fall semester

October 23, 2011


Agency: Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority

Contact: Kendra Noll, 785-331-4418 or

The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority is in need of more volunteers for the New York School Walking School Bus. A Walking School Bus (WSB) is a group of students, with adult supervision, walking along a set route between school and their homes; it is a fun, healthy and simple alternative to motorized transportation. The New York WSB calls on parents and community members to be volunteer “drivers” and supervise children on their afternoon walk home from school. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday afternoons throughout the Fall 2011 semester (until Dec. 16), and will need to be at the school, 936 N.Y., by 2:30 p.m. All volunteers will fill out an application, undergo a background check and be trained before starting. For more information, contact Kendra Noll at 785-331-4418 or

Immediate needs

• Independence Inc. is in need of some volunteers who can finish painting the exterior of an elderly client’s house in Eudora. Independence Inc. would like to get the project completed before the weather gets too cold, and it could easily be completed in one day’s work. Times are flexible, so if you’re interested in helping, contact Cindy Pippert at 785-841-0333, ext. 114, with your availability and set up a time to help.

• The Lawrence Humane Society has redesigned its volunteer program and is ready to train and place new volunteers. There are a variety of ways to support the Lawrence Humane Society as a volunteer, including becoming a dog walker, cat companion, volunteer adoption counselor and so much more. For more information about upcoming volunteer orientations and trainings, and for more details about the various volunteer positions that are available, contact Maggie Cargill at 785-843-6835 or

• Ballard Community Services is in need of intake volunteers for its Holiday Bureau. Volunteers will provide assistance with signing up families for holiday assistance and will be responsible for the following tasks: filling out a single sheet form and verifying Douglas County residency, making a scanned copy of the clients’ driver’s licenses and Social Security cards, and entering the collected data into an Excel spreadsheet. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact Doug Davison at 785-842-0729, ext. 102, or

• Douglas County Visiting Nurses is looking for a volunteer who can provide garden maintenance at its Care Cottage, which is an assisted living residence near Holcom Park that provides care for four residents. This brick, ranch-style house allows the residents care around the clock when they can no longer stay in their homes, while keeping them in an environment as home-like as possible. The patio garden needs some T.L.C., and the outside of the house needs some light weeding on an ongoing basis. Volunteers are needed to help with the gardening duties during the spring, summer and fall, and while there are no special requirements, someone who can volunteer for all seasons is preferred. For more details, contact Sarah Rooney at 785-843-3738 or

— 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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