Archive for Sunday, December 2, 2012

How to Help: Willow center seeks help wrapping gifts for adopted families

December 2, 2012


Agency: Willow Domestic Violence Center

Contact: Becca Burns at 785-331-2034, ext. 104, or

The Willow Domestic Violence Center is in need of several volunteers to help wrap gifts for families who have been adopted through its Family-to-Family Holiday Program. Volunteers are needed to for two-hour shifts starting next week, from Dec. 10 through Wednesday, Dec. 19. Wrapping will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays only. Volunteers will sit in the administrative office and greet people who come to drop off gifts and will wrap them as they come in. If you are interested in participating in one or more two-hour shifts, please contact Becca Burns at 785-331-2034, ext. 104 or

Immediate needs

• The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence is in need of Academic Enrichment Volunteers at all 11 of its after-school sites. Volunteers will work with elementary students on education activities during “Power Hour,” which is 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at each site. Volunteers are asked to commit to one day a week — Monday, Tuesday or Thursday — for an entire semester. Retired teachers, college students and high school students are encouraged to apply; training will be provided. Please contact Zachary Hall at 785-841-5672 or

• ECKAN is still in need of community members who can “Adopt a Family” for the holidays. You can adopt a family of any size and receive a wish list of items to help guide your contributions. ECKAN, along with other local social service agencies, is a part of the Holiday Bureau, which connects community members interested in giving to families in need during the holidays. Adopters are asked to provide one outfit of clothing and one personal item or toy per family member; additionally, you can offer gift cards/certificates to help the family purchase food for a holiday meal. Families can be adopted through ECKAN until Dec. 17. For more information, please contact Lillie Okwuone at 785-841-3357 or

• The Kansas Arthritis Foundation needs volunteers for its upcoming Jingle Bell Run on Saturday in downtown Lawrence. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks along the 5K route; no training is needed. For more details or to get signed up, please contact Jane Harris at 785-691-6990 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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