Archive for Monday, September 12, 2011

How to help: Opportunities available at Renaissance Fair

September 12, 2011


The Recovery and Hope Network, or 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 through Oct. 16. All volunteers will receive two free tickets to the Renaissance Festival to use any other day. For more details, please visit or contact Kendall Simmons at 785-856-1222 or

• The Willow Domestic Violence Center is looking for volunteers to help set up and tear down for its Sept. 23 event, Festival of Cultures, in South Park. Approximately seven to 10 volunteers are needed at 7:30 a.m. to help set up tables, chairs, etc., and another seven to 10 people are needed to tear down everything about 5 p.m. Additionally, any volunteers willing to use their trucks or vans to help transport tables and other supplies would be greatly appreciated. For more details, please contact Becca Burns at 785-331-2034, ext. 104, or bburns@

• Friends of the Lawrence Public Library is looking for volunteers to help with the Friends Book Sale from Oct. 6 to 11. The biggest need is for volunteers to assist with setup and teardown of the event. Several people are needed between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Oct. 5 to help get hundreds of books from their storage area to the tent and set up all the signs, tables, etc. Additionally, several volunteers will be needed after 7 p.m. Oct. 11 to take everything down and put things in the garage and close up. Volunteers are also needed to help run the book sale over the course of the five days. If you’re available to help at any time, please contact Ruth DeWitt at 785-843-3833, ext. 149, or for more information.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of 100 volunteers to help with the Rev it Up Hot Rod Festival at South Park on Oct. 8. Volunteers will set up and tear down the event, staff the registration and information booths, and sell food. There will be five two-hour shifts between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. To sign up for this event, please contact Cathy Brashler at 785-843-7359 or

• The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority is in need of several volunteers for the New York Elementary Walking School Bus. A Walking School Bus, or 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 Elementary WSB calls on parents and community members to be volunteer “drivers” and supervise children on their afternoon walk home from school. Volunteers are asked to commit to one day a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday) throughout the fall 2011 semester (today to Dec. 16) and will need to be at New York School by 2:30 p.m. on their designated days. All volunteers will fill out an application, undergo a background check and be trained before starting. Additionally, there is an upcoming informational session that is open to the public from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will take place at the Barbara Huppee Community Facility in Edgewood, 1600 Haskell Ave., No. 149-150. For more information, please contact Sarah Madden at 785-331-4418 or


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