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Lawrence volunteering

Family Promise volunteer shares life and love with homeless families
July 29, 2013
Some of Katherine Dinsdale’s most rewarding moments as a volunteer for Family Promise of Lawrence have been spent on the floor. When you’re involved in an organization that provides support and shelter for families experiencing homelessness, you seem to end up on the floor a lot, reading a book to preschoolers, playing games with teens or rubbing the back of a baby who is having trouble falling asleep. By Micki Chestnut
Douglas County youths making a difference in this Summer of Service
July 22, 2013
Made possible with financial support from the Douglas County Community Foundation, the Summer of Service is now in its 4th year. This summer, 87 youths volunteered for 24 Douglas County nonprofit organizations, logging about 3,500 hours of service as they participated in large group service projects and individual internships. During the 10 weeklong group projects, the youth did things like build dog houses for Habitat for Humanity; harvest seeds from Baker Wetlands plants to sow at the new wetlands site; and spend time with seniors, playing games, giving manicures and exercising.
How to Help: East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation seeks school supply drive organizer
July 15, 2013
East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation supports and provides resources that enable families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency. ECKAN is looking for volunteers to organize donations of school supplies and pack the supplies in back packs. The supplies will be distributed in early August. This is a great family or group volunteer project. To volunteer, please contact Lillie Okwuone at 785-841-3357 or lokuwone@eckan.org.
How to Help: Theatre Lawrence looking for ushers, box office managers
June 17, 2013
Theatre Lawrence is seeking Show Time volunteers to serve as ushers, box office managers and refreshment servers at The Cove, the bar inside the newly opened community theater building.
Agencies join forces to help homeless population acquire financial literacy
June 6, 2013
The Salvation Army’s Project Able case management program’s Money Matters Self Sufficiency Class helps clients gain a better understanding of the thorny personal financial issues that often capsize people’s attempts to move from homelessness to permanent housing. by Micki Chestnut
American Cancer Society to host volunteer open house
May 14, 2013
As a celebration of the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society, the organization is encouraging people to raise awareness and join the fight against cancer.
Community museum volunteer brings history alive for visitors
April 26, 2013
Look at Lawrence’s colorful past through Charlie Thomas’ lens, and you’ll see a story filled with curiosities, wonders and intrigue. By Micki Chestnut
Domestic violence survivor honored for volunteer work with other abuse victims
April 24, 2013
“I didn’t hit you that hard,” Mary Metz remembers her abuser telling her. It was his way of rationalizing years of domestic violence, which grew progressively worse until Metz finally found the courage and support she needed to escape.
Event honors ‘everyday heroes’
April 23, 2013
The Celebration of Volunteers! event presented by the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center at the Carnegie Building on Tuesday evening honored the “everyday heroes” who make Lawrence what it is today. By Giles Bruce
KU’s Big Event getting bigger: Thousands turn out to volunteer for one-day, citywide effort
April 13, 2013
Kansas University’s Big Event is, in fact, big — and getting bigger. About 3,000 students, faculty and staff members turned out Saturday to perform community service projects at about 400 sites across Lawrence. Organizers say the effort is a very visible way for KU to say “thank you” to the community. By Sara Shepherd
CASA is perfect home for caring lawyer
March 11, 2013
As a newly minted attorney practicing with the Lawrence firm Pendleton and Sutton, Anne Hall had been looking for a way to volunteer in the community. Her husband, Adam Hall, suggested she become a Court Appointed Special Advocate as a way to combine her passion for mentoring teens with her legal know-how. By Micki Chestnut
How to help: Mentors needed to help first-time homeowners
February 4, 2013
Tenants to Homeowners Inc. is seeking volunteer mentors for its “A Place To Make Your Own” program. Staff Reports
How to help: Headquarters needs volunteers to answer hotline calls
January 21, 2013
Headquarters Counseling Center is seeking empathetic, caring, and non-judgmental volunteers to answer its counseling and suicide prevention hotline calls.
How to help: Meals on Wheels needs more delivery drivers
January 14, 2013
Lawrence Meals on Wheels is in need of several new volunteers to take over six to eight routes that have recently become available.
How to help: Agencies planning volunteer opportunities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 6, 2013
The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center has collaborated with some local agencies to coordinate volunteer projects for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (MLK Day), which is just around the corner.