Volunteer opportunities: Help with community Back2School project

Agency: United Way of Douglas County

Contact: Colleen Gregoire at development@unitedwaydgco.org or at 785-843-6626, ext. 340.

The United Way of Douglas County brings community resources together to support a better life for residents by focusing on improvements in health, education, and financial stability.

The United Way is looking for volunteers interested in making an impact on educational needs of local school children by assisting with the communitywide Back2School project. Donations have been collected, sorted, and counted. Volunteers are needed to distribute the stuffed backpacks to qualifying families of The Ballard Community Center, ECKAN, The Salvation Army, and Penn House, on Aug. 10, 11 and 12, at the former Borders building.

A group of volunteers is also needed on the afternoon of Aug. 12 to put away 30 tables, tidy up the facility, and transport unused supplies to the United Way building. This is a great opportunity for business groups, civic groups, book clubs, groups of friends, or families.

To register to volunteer, please go to www.volunteerdouglascounty.org or contact Shelly Hornbaker at volunteer@unitedwaydgco.org or at 785-865-5030, ext. 301.

Coordinate volunteers for seniors

Douglas County Senior Services, Inc., is committed to promoting quality of life for older citizens, developing community partnerships, providing innovative programs and services, and serving as a focal point of comprehensive services for older citizens.

DCSS is looking for a volunteer to serve as a Coordinator of Volunteers. Tasks include recruiting, screening, scheduling, tracking, and evaluating volunteers for Douglas County Seniors Services. For more information, please contact Marvel Williamson at mwilliamson@dgcoseniorservices.org or at 785-842-0543.

Assist Just Food

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 assist in the warehouse. Tasks include weighing and recording incoming goods, helping restock shelves/coolers in the pantry and warehouse, and helping inventory and prepare goods. Please contact operations@justfoodks.org for more information.

Opportunities at Willow

The Willow Domestic Violence Center provides safe shelter, advocacy, and hope for survivors of domestic and family violence in Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson counties.

The Willow has many ongoing volunteer opportunities including administrative office assistant, shelter advocate, community educator, community advocate, marketing and publicity, court advocate, special events and projects, child activities assistant, and more.

The volunteer opportunities require varying levels of training, ranging from six to 40 hours, dependent upon the opportunity. Please contact Megan Stuke at 785-331-2034 x 104 or at mstuke@willowdvcenter.org, for more information.

Be an animal ambassador

The Lawrence Humane Society needs volunteers to assist with their Adoption Ambassador program.

Adoption Ambassadors care for an animal in their own home and receive training on strategies and resources to promote the animal for adoption and process the adoption on behalf of Lawrence Humane Society.

Ambassadors are matched with animals of their preferences. For more information on the Adoption Ambassador program, please contact Taylor Bauer at volunteer@lawrencehumane.org.

Help Salvation Army feeding program

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help prepare, serve and clean up after the feeding program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The hours are from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Please contact Lt. Marisa McCluer at 843-4188, ext. 102, for more information.

— For more volunteer opportunities, please contact Shelly Hornbaker at the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center at 785-865-5030, ext. 301 or at volunteer@unitedwaydgco.org or go to www.volunteerdouglascounty.org.