Archive for Sunday, July 6, 2014

How to help: Volunteer opportunities

July 6, 2014


Agency: United Way of Douglas County

Contact: Sarah at 865-5030 or at

Help equip Douglas County students for school by staffing our school supplies drive on July 19 and July 26. All donations will stay in Douglas County and be distributed to clients of local agencies such as Ballard Community Center, ECKAN, Penn House, and the Salvation Army. All collection supplies will be provided — just bring your smiles and be ready to be amazed by the generosity of Lawrence residents!

Two-hour shifts at various local retailers are available from 10 a.m.-noon, noon-2 p.m., and 2-4 p.m. July 19 and July 26. This is a great opportunity for families or groups. For more information, please contact Sarah at 865-5030 or at To register for the event, go to

l The Douglas County Dental Clinic is a nonprofit community dental clinic serving the residents of Douglas County. The Dental Clinic is looking for a volunteer to serve as a Spanish interpreter who can assist patients who are referred out of the clinic to other community dental practices for treatment. Dental vocabulary is necessary. Frequency and timing of volunteering will be based on scheduled appointments with appropriate clients. Please contact or 312-7770 for more information.

l StopGap Inc. provides support, education and assistance to youth aging out of foster care in Douglas County. StopGap is looking for an individual with grant writing experience to assist in obtaining funding for the organization. For more information, please contact Justine Burton at or at 856-7833.

l Tenants to Homeowners, Inc. strives to empower tenants to become homeowners through managing an inventory of affordable housing options and providing programs for education, construction, and creative financing surrounding home ownership. Tenants to Homeowners is looking for volunteers that have good interpersonal skills and would like to help soliciting donations or in-kind contributions or help plan for the Every Home Can Be a Castle fall fundraiser. For more information, please contact Robert Baker at or at 842-5495.

l The Merc Coop is hosting its third annual Running for Food Running for Health 5K Fundraising Race at 7 a.m. July 26. The 5K race will begin and finish at the West Garden, 2700 Harvard Road. Runners can expect the same fun course, charming character, great cause, nourishing food and efficient chip-timing system. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event go to the Growing Food Growing Health School Gardens at West Middle School, Sunset Hill Elementary and Hillcrest Elementary. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks before, during, and after the race. Please contact Lily at or 843-8544, if you are interested in volunteering at the event.

l Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County provides one-to-one relationships for children facing adversity. Are you looking to make a difference in the life of a young boy in our community? For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a “Little” the invaluable gift of your friendship. Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for a male mentor for a 7 year old boy. His mother speaks Spanish, so if you want to practice your Spanish speaking skills, this would be a great opportunity for you. This little boy is well-behaved, calm, sweet and excited to have a positive male role model in his life. He is open to matching with a Big Couple or Family, as well as an individual. To make a difference in the life of this young man, please contact Stacie Salverson-Schroeder at 843-7359, ext 112, or at

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


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