Volunteer opportunities: Help Just Food distribute holiday meals

Agency: Just Food

Contact: Elizabeth Keever at ekeever@justfoodks.org or at 856-7030

Just Food and its partners fight hunger in our community by increasing the availability of a variety of foods while reducing waste from discarded food. Just Food is looking for volunteers to help with handing out holiday meals from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 21, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 22.

Help Adopt a Family program

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to assist with its Adopt a Family program distribution. Tasks include sorting and organizing items provided through the Adopt a Family program and assisting families with pickup of items. Setup begins Dec. 19 and distribution is scheduled for Dec. 22-23. For more information, please contact jim_evers@usc.salvationarmy.org or at 764-0962.

Assist the hungry

Harvesters, a community food bank, provides a mobile food pantry that distributes nutritious, perishable food in a timely manner to feed insecure families. Harvesters has an urgent need for volunteers at its Eudora mobile food pantry. Volunteers will be outside helping with traffic flow, sign-in sheets, loading people’s cars (must be able to lift 5 to 20 pounds repetitively) and complete a bit of cleanup. Volunteers are needed from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Eudora United Methodist Church, 2084 North 1300 Road. Volunteers ages 12 to 15 are welcome with adult supervision. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact Community Engagement at 816-7750 or fighthunger@harvesters.org.

Serve on advocacy board

Independence Inc. provides advocacy, services and education for people with disabilities and for our community. Independence Inc. is seeking committed board members who will serve a three-year term. The board meets the second Monday of every month at 5:15 p.m. Individuals must be willing to participate in Independence Inc. activities, portray Independence Inc. in a positive manner and contribute to its mission and vision in the community. Individuals with disabilities are welcome. Please contact Sarah at stalford@independenceinc.org or at 841-0333, ext. 119.

Prepare taxes

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas offers a wide range of specialized programs and services that span from the beginning to life’s end. Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is seeking volunteers interested in preparing federal and state income taxes through the VITA — Volunteer Income Tax Assistance — program. VITA will be available two days a week from Jan. 30 through April 12. Please contact Michelle Carlstedt at 913-433-2080 or at marlstedt@catholiccharitiesks.org or stop by the office at 1247 Kentucky St.

Contribute gifts and money

Looking for a way to contribute to our community during the holidays but don’t have extra time to volunteer? The following agencies are still in need of donations of gifts, food and/or money:

• ECKAN– 841-3357; needs one family adopted

• Lawrence Meals on Wheels– 267-5900; needs many clients adopted

• Penn House — wayne@ballardcenter.org; needs 15 families adopted

• The Salvation Army– 764-0962; needs 25 families adopted

• The Willow Domestic Violence Center– 331-2034, ext. 105; needs 10 families adopted

— For more volunteer opportunities, please contact Shelly Hornbaker at the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center at 843-6626, ext. 301; at volunteer@unitedwaydgco.org; or go to volunteerdouglascounty.org.