Archive for Monday, April 2, 2012

How to Help: Volunteer opportunities abound for Day of Caring

April 2, 2012


Day of Caring is just around the corner on Saturday, April 21. Mark your calendars for the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center’s annual event and start gathering your friends, family, co-workers or anyone else you’d like to get together, and volunteer at one of 26 projects available. This year’s Kickoff Breakfast will be held at a Lawrence landmark, The Castle Tea Room, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. If you sign up to volunteer for a project, plan to drop by the Tea Room, 1307 Mass., for some light breakfast fare, a T-shirt, and even a tour of The Castle, weather permitting. Volunteers can read about all of the projects available by visiting and clicking on “Find a Volunteer Opportunity” to find Day of Caring details. Examples of projects include: trail maintenance at the Wakarusa Wetlands and Haskell Medicine Wheel; spring cleaning at various agencies, including Family Promise and Community Living Opportunities; painting projects at The Willow Domestic Violence Center’s administrative offices and The Villages Inc. group homes; shelving books at the Lawrence Public Library; grounds cleanup and garden work at local elementary schools like Pinckney, Broken Arrow, Deerfield, New York, and Prairie Park; and more. You can also contact Shannon Reid at 785-865-5030 or for more details.

Other immediate needs

• Woodlawn School is seeking volunteers to help with its carnival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 14. Volunteers will help with a variety of tasks including setup, managing booths, tear down, and whatever else is needed. If you’re interested and available to help, contact Jeanne Fridell at 785-832-5920 for more information.

• Ballard Community Services is looking for a volunteer who would be willing to come out and do some light yard work at its sites on a regular basis. Specifically, each of the four sites need to be mowed in the near future due to recent rains. Ideally, Ballard will find volunteers who can provide lawn-mowing duties throughout the spring and summer. Volunteers should have their own mower and transportation between each site. For more information, contact Seth Peterson at 785- 842-0729 or

• The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library is in need of help setting up the Friends Spring Book Sale, which runs April 12-17 and April 21-22. On April 11, after the tents go up, volunteers are needed to move tables and books into the tents. Other duties will include unpacking boxes, displaying and merchandising the books in preparation for the sale, and any other tasks that come up. Volunteers are needed anytime from approximately 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Much of this work is rather heavy lifting. There are a few opportunities to help with signage and displays, but it mostly involves moving tables and carts of books, so please consider your abilities before committing to volunteer. To sign up, contact Ruth DeWitt at 785-843-3833, ext. 149 or rdewitt@lawrencepublic

— 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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