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Archive for Sunday, June 3, 2012

How to help: Visiting Nurses seeks massage therapists, patient companions

June 3, 2012

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Agency: Visiting Nurses

Contact: Sarah Rooney at 785-843-3738 or sarahro@kansasvna.org

Visiting Nurses is seeking volunteers to help as Hospice Patient Companions and Hospice Massage Therapists. Companions will work directly with patients and their families by providing companionship, respite care, and/or relief for primary caregiver. No prior medical knowledge is required; training will be provided. Massage therapists must have previous training and experience in massage therapy, must be comfortable working around patients’ physical restrictions and have an understanding of contraindications. Volunteer time requirement is flexible. For more information, contact Sarah Rooney at 785-843-3738 or sarahro@kansasvna.org.

Immediate needs

• Lawrence Memorial Hospital needs volunteers for a variety of positions. Currently, the greatest needs are Food and Nutrition Service Volunteer Ambassadors, LMH Gift Shop help and Mario’s Closet help. Volunteer orientations are offered regularly. Contact Allyson Leland for more details about each volunteer opportunity now available at 785-505-3141 or allyson.leland@lmh.org.

• Kansas Tick-Borne Disease Advocates Inc. is still looking for several volunteers who can work 2- to 4-hour shifts at its 5K Race and 1-Mile Walk on June 16. There are various jobs available, including setup, vendor assistance, race marshaling, registration and more. A full list of specific jobs can be found by visiting kansaslymefighters.webs.com, where you can sign up as a nonparticipant (no fee), and move through the prompts to sign up as a volunteer. Call 785-248-3504 or email kansaslymefighters@yahoo.com with any questions.

• CLO’s Midnight Farm is looking for help in its day camps this summer. One-week camps run from June 25 through Aug. 3, and include campers 6 years and up, of all abilities, who will need aid in the riding lessons and in other horse and farm activities. Volunteers will act as sidewalkers during the riding lessons, and assist with other tasks as needed. Volunteers must be 14 years old and attend a training before starting. For more details, contact Brett Bauer at 785-979-1889 or brettbauer@clokan.org.

• Ballard Community Services is seeking volunteers to help with a one-day project at the Penn House, 1035 Pa., on Saturday, June 16. Volunteers will assist with light maintenance, cleaning, painting, yard work and other efforts to help spruce up the Penn House food and clothing pantries. Assistance is requested between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., but those able to assist for any portion of that time are welcome. Volunteers are welcome to bring cleaning supplies and tools, but that is not required. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Matt Ritscher at 785-842-0440 or matt@ballardcenter.org.

— 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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