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Archive for Monday, March 26, 2012

How to Help: Child care center seeks volunteer to assist with administrative duties

March 26, 2012

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Imagine Drop-In Childcare, a program of Trinity In-Home Care, is seeking individuals who are interested in the administrative aspect of child care. Duties may include filing, mailings, computer work, answering the phone, assisting the director, helping with theme preparation and organizing the center. Imagine is the only drop-in child care center in Lawrence, offering affordable hourly services. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and may come one or more times a week for two-hour shifts. Scheduling is flexible, and volunteers are needed between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Wednesday afternoons. For more information, contact Scott Criqui at 785-842-3159 or scott@tihc.org.

Other immediate needs

• Project Lively, a program of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, is in need of a volunteer who can assist an elderly client with raking and tree trimming at her North Lawrence home. If you’re available to help, contact Sarah Norman at Project Lively by calling 785-856-5352 or sending an email to snorman@ldchealth.org.

• Van Go Inc. is looking for volunteers for its summer Jobs in the Arts Make Sense, or JAMS, session, which runs from May 29 to June 19. JAMS is an arts-based youth employment program for at-risk teens, 14 to 18 years old. This “earn while you learn” job training operates year-round, hiring teens to make public works of art that are sold in the community. The JAMS program uses art as a tool to give troubled teens a job, real world skills and the opportunity to succeed. Currently, volunteers with painting skills are needed to help in the summer “benchmark” session, in which each teen will be assigned a bench client, and design and paint a bench for the client’s business or home. The JAMS work schedule is 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least a half day once a week, on the same day of the week. All volunteers must attend a mandatory three-hour training that will take place before the beginning of the session. For more information, contact Lindsey Ritscher at 785-842-3797 or lindsey@van-go.org.

• CLO’s Midnight Farm is looking for volunteers, ages 14 and up, for its Therapeutic Horseback Riding program and summer camps. Volunteers will get to work with the horses and riders by assisting riders of all abilities with games, exercises and the development of horseback riding skills. Volunteers are needed during daytime and evening hours throughout the week, in addition to Saturday mornings. Completion of Midnight Farm volunteer training is required; trainings are scheduled monthly. Please visit midnight-farm.org for an application and information, or contact Brett Bauer at brettbauer@clokan.org.

• Just Food is seeking volunteers who can help with a monthlong food drive at local grocery stores in May. Just Food needs to stock up on foods for the summer months, when the demand increases and donations decrease. Information and collection tables are scheduled to be set up at all Lawrence grocery stores from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday in May. Several volunteers are needed to staff these tables throughout the community. Volunteers can sign up for just one two- to four-hour shift, or help out each week of the month. If you’re interested in signing up for a shift, call 785-856-7030 to put your name on a list of people to be contacted in April for scheduling.

— 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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