Archive for Monday, August 20, 2012

How to Help: Headquarters in need of volunteer counselors

August 20, 2012


Headquarters Counseling Center is seeking caring people interested in training as a volunteer counselor. Learn more at one of the upcoming information meetings: 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt., or 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. For more information about joining the volunteer counseling staff at one of the oldest continually operating crisis centers in the country, visit or contact the volunteer coordinator, Kristine Chapman at 785-841-2345 or Volunteer counselors must be at least 20 years old with a minimum of one year of independent living from a parent/guardian.

Other immediate needs

• Friends of Hidden Valley invites volunteers to come help at one of its upcoming annual workdays at the camp. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16, several volunteers will work alongside local Girl Scout troops to help spruce up the cabin, outbuildings, butterfly garden and grounds in the center of the camp. Other tasks may be cleaning up fire rings, restocking woodpiles, cutting back encroaching brush and burning brush. There will be tasks for all ages, and families are welcome. Instruction, tools and gloves will be provided. Refreshments will also be available, but volunteers are asked to bring water bottles or cups, and to wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work; durable, enclosed shoes are a must. For more details, contact Durand Reiber at

• Small World is looking for several volunteers to fill some essential roles for its fall semester. Volunteers are needed to be lead teachers, general administrative assistant, children’s program classroom assistant and nursery caregiver. Small World focuses on helping international women and children adjust to living in Lawrence. Volunteers must be willing to make a commitment to teaching at Small World for the entire academic year, which begins Sept. 4. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. All of the students are adult women who are very motivated and eager to improve their English skills. To find out more or to read a full job description for each of the volunteer positions available, contact Kathy Mulinazzi at 785-841-3645 or

• GaDuGi SafeCenter Inc. is seeking volunteer advocates for its upcoming training. Advocates are a vital part of the victim-centered services that GaDuGi provides to community members affected by sexual violence. Advocates are on-call for a week at a time, every four to six weeks, and must commit to being available from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. during the week and 24 hours a day over the weekend while on call. Volunteer advocates answer crisis calls that can range from providing support and service referrals over the phone to accompanying someone to the hospital, police station or court. Volunteers are also provided opportunities to assist with prevention and education, community awareness, and outreach services regularly. GaDuGi SafeCenter is gearing up for its next training, which will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 18, Sept. 20, Sept. 25 and Sept. 27. Advocates must be at least 18 years old; own or have access to a car; have a cellphone with voice mail; be able to complete 30 hours of training and skill enhancement; have a commitment to providing nonjudgmental, supportive listening and empowerment-based advocacy for victims; and commit to at least one year as a volunteer advocate upon training completion. For more details about GaDuGi SafeCenter and its services, or for a volunteer application, visit, or contact Pam Lawrence at 785-843-8985 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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