Archive for Sunday, April 28, 2013

How to Help: Senior Services needs Medicare volunteers

April 28, 2013


Douglas County Senior Services Inc. is committed to creating opportunities that allow older residents of Douglas County to remain independent and active in their homes and communities. The organization is seeking volunteers to provide unbiased and confidential Medicare counseling for Medicare beneficiaries. Counselors are trained to assist with Medicare coverage explanation, enrollment assistance and general questions. Required training will be provided on May 14, June 18 and and July 23. Please contact Criss Tomlin at 785-842-0543, or email at to volunteer.

Other immediate needs

• 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 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 will be at the property from 12:45-2:15 p.m. Training for volunteers is provided. To volunteer, please contact Kerry Altenbernd at 785-842-6478 or

• Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build project is looking for 10 women volunteers for a build day on May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and volunteers will have an amazing time helping create a home for a great family.

• KVC Behavioral Health Care enriches and enhances the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral health care, social services and education. KVC Behavioral Health Care will be hosting a Parents Night Out educational session in Paola on May 7, from 6-8 p.m. Volunteers are need to provide child care for the children of the parents attending the educational session. To volunteer, please contact Stacy Yowell at 913-956-5320, or email

• The Success By 6 Coalition of Douglas County strives to provide parenting support to families with children under the age of 6. The Coalition is hosting a parent event on May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Plymouth Congregational Church at 925 Vermont St. Volunteers are needed to provide child care during the event. To volunteer, please contact Rich Minder at 785-842-8719, or email

• 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, please contact Robert Baker at 785-842-5494, or email

• The Douglas County AIDS Project provides supportive and responsive care for anyone affected by HIV/AIDS. The agency is looking for an individual with 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, please 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, please 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


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