Archive for Sunday, April 21, 2013

How to Help: Volunteers needed to help run Wellness Festival, race

April 21, 2013


Agency: Kansas Tick-Borne Disease Advocates Inc.

Contact: Peggy Blumhagen at 785-248-3504, send email at, or visit

Kansas Tick-Borne Disease Advocates Inc. is seeking volunteers to assist with its annual fundraising event, “Hope for Healing,” which includes a 5K Race/Walk and Wellness Festival, on May 11 at South Park, 14th and Massachusetts streets. Volunteers are needed to help with registration of race participants, distribution of T-shirts and refreshment tables, and to serve as race marshals. Help is also needed with overall setup and cleanup tasks. Volunteer training will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at 2518 Ridge Court. To volunteer, contact Peggy Blumhagen at 785-248-3504, send email at, or visit the website at

Other immediate needs

• Theatre Lawrence creates and delivers theater and education programs for community members of all ages. Theatre Lawrence will be processing a massive mailing for upcoming activities. Volunteers are needed for stuffing envelopes and adhering labels on envelopes. Work sessions are scheduled for April 23, 24 and 25, starting at 10 a.m. each day. Contact Susan Buehler at 785-843-7469 for more information.

• Tenants to Homeowners Inc. empowers tenants to become homeowners through programs for education, construction and creative financing, and strives to create a permanent stock of affordable housing in Lawrence. Tenants to Homeowners is currently planning for its annual fundraiser, “Every Home Can Be A Castle.” The event is a silent auction on Sept 22. A volunteer with graphic design experience is needed to design an event poster and related publicity for the event. To volunteer, contact Robert Baker at 785-842-5494, or email

• The Black Jack Battlefield Park contains the Black Jack Battlefield and the Pearson Farmstead home, as well as a nature park. The park helps tell the story of the unique role that the battle played in our history. Volunteer tour guides are needed to lead narrated tours of the property. Tours begin on Saturday, May 4, and run each Saturday through Oct. 19. Volunteers need to be at the property, a few miles east of Baldwin City on U.S. Highway 56, from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Training for volunteers is provided. To volunteer, contact Kerry Altenbernd at 785-842-6478 or

• The March of Dimes gives support to programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and it funds research to find answers to serious problems that threaten babies. On Saturday, April 27, the March of Dimes will have a one-mile or three-mile March for Babies Walk, beginning at 10 a.m. at the South Park Gazebo. The event is in need of volunteers to set up and take down tables, oversee food and beverage tables, help with registration, hand out water, instruct walkers where to go, and hand out stickers at the finish line. Shifts begin at 7 a.m., and cleanup is usually around noon. Contact Stephanie Rasys at 785-838-1894 or email at

• The Douglas County AIDS Project provides supportive and responsive care for anyone affected by HIV/AIDS. The agency is looking for an individual with a business background and a network of local connections to serve on its board of directors. Board members serve a three-year term. Strong leadership skills are required. For more information about this opportunity, contact Elena Ivanov at 785-843-0040, or email at

• Project Lively, a part of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, provides care management for residents who are 60 years of age or older. Project Lively is looking for a volunteer to provide lawn and garden assistance. To volunteer, contact Corey Roelofs at 785-766-7414.

— For more volunteer opportunities, contact Shelly Hornbaker at the United Way’s Roger Hill Volunteer Center, at 785-865-5030 or, or go to


oneflewover 5 years, 2 months ago

"Wellness festival". Only better name I cane think of would be the "Epic Wellness Festival"

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