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Archive for Sunday, January 1, 2012

How to Help: 2012 offers plenty of volunteer opportunities

January 1, 2012

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Resolve to volunteer in 2012! Mentor a child, adopt a park, assist with a fundraising event, walk shelter dogs, sort books, cook and serve meals, join a board or committee, assist with young children or teens, collect aluminum cans, visit nursing home residents, care for orphaned wild animals, deliver meals, shovel snow for an elderly resident, maintain trails, sort donations, tutor children or adults, paint a house or office, greet visitors, become an usher, or assist in a nonprofit office. There is something for everyone! Please contact the Roger Hill Volunteer Center for more information.

Immediate Needs

• Douglas County Senior Services is seeking assistance with data collection and data entry. Expert assistance is needed now through the end of January. Please contact Carleen at 842-0543.

• Headquarters is seeking caring people interested in training as a volunteer counselor. Learn more at one of the upcoming information meetings: Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt., or Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library. For more information, visit www.HeadquartersCounselingCenter.org or call 841-2345. Volunteer counselors must be at least 20 years old with a minimum of one year of independent living from parent/guardian.

• Van Go Inc. is seeking volunteers for the Spring JAMS Session, which runs from Feb. 13 through April 12. JAMS is a job training program where teens, ages 14-18, learn essential job and life skills while producing works of art. Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of one day per week to work directly with teens on site. Two volunteers are also needed to provide transportation from LHS and FSHS. A volunteer orientation will take place Jan. 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please contact Lindsay at 842-3797 to volunteer.

• AARP Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers to assist with tax preparations for low-income and senior residents throughout the area. Volunteers will help prepare and file state and federal income tax returns at no cost to qualified taxpayers. You do not need to be an AARP member or have previous tax-preparation skills, but should have basic computer skills. All volunteers will receive free training and materials in January 2012 and are reimbursed for program-related expenses. The program will run from Feb. 1 through April 15. For more information, please contact Sarah Merriman at 785-832-0080.

— For more volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Reid at the United Way’s Roger Hill Volunteer Center, at 785-865-5030 or volunteer@rhvc.org, or go to volunteerdouglascounty.org.

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