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Six House Inc. needs office services volunteers to answer phones and do light typing. Pick your own schedule from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 244-6100.
Join the Hampton University Boosters Club and enjoy the excitement of Division 1 football and basketball played at the highest level. Membership is open to anyone who wants to support the Hampton University athletic programs. You do not have to be a graduate of Hampton University to join. Membership includes reserved seating and parking and packages are available to meet your level of enjoyment. Join the Boosters on bus trips to away football and basketball trips, and experience the excitement of cheering the Pirates on to victory. For more information call Joe Lewis at 757-766-0554, John Melvin at 757-874-2544, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for memberships is May 31.
Odyssey HealthCare needs volunteers to provide friendship and emotional support a few hours each month for terminally ill patients and their families on the Peninsula. Volunteers also needed for office work, knitting and craft projects. Free training classes available. Information: 461-0600. Medical professionals including pharmacists are needed to volunteer at the Dr. Richard F. Clark HELP Free Clinic one afternoon or evening per month for three hours. Please contact Linda Stevenson at 850-8956 or email@example.com. Dental professionals are needed at the Regional HELP Free Dental Clinic on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Please contact Debbie Williams at 757-848-5396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Virginia Peninsula seeks volunteers. To eligible as a volunteer, a person must be 55 years or older, willing to serve on a regular basis without compensation, and willing to accept instruction and supervision as required and a desire to volunteer within the organization's service area. No fee for enrollment. Benefits include: second accident, injury and liability insurance; a death benefit of $2,500 while serving as a RSVP volunteers, newsletters, annual volunteer recognition event, and on request, limited travel reimbursement. For details: 595-9037 or visit www.rsvpvapeninsula.org.
Lighthouse Outreach Inc. of Hampton needs volunteers to teach the youth of Hampton Roads to say no to sex before marriage, violence and drugs. Information: 827-7787 Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mentor Match, a volunteer mentoring program of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, is seeking mentors from the Peninsula area. The program brings young people ages 8-18 who are involved in the foster care/juvenile justice system together with adult mentors. Mentors must be at least 18 and meet security requirements. Training, including continuing workshops, will be provided. Information: 722-4707 or e-mail email@example.com. Web sites: www.mentormatch.info and www.lfsva.org.
Hampton Victim-Witness Assistance Ambassador Program is seeking volunteers who can make a commitment to work 3-5 hours per week, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 726-6978.
The Dr. Richard F. Clark H.E.L.P. Free Clinic seeks volunteer medical providers. Doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and pharmacy techs are urgently needed. Information: Tracy Hudson, 723-0648. Dental clinic needs dentists, assistants and hygienists. Information: Debbie Williams, 848-5396.
Odyssey Health Care needs hospice volunteers to provide friendship and emotional support a few hours per month for terminally ill patients and their families on the Peninsula. Volunteers also are needed for office work, knitting and craft projects. Free training available. Information: 461-0600.
Men for Violence Prevention is for men of all ages united in declaring their support for an end to violence against women and children. Participate in fundraisers and awareness events and give presentations to male youth groups and men's groups. Sponsored by Transitions Family Violence Services. Information: Jennifer Wellman Dziura, 728-0025, ext. 509, or visit www.transitionsfvs.org/volunteer.html.
The Virginia Defense Force needs volunteer backup for the Army National Guard. Seeking new members. Volunteers will assist with disaster relief and support community events. Information: 886-0838 after 6 p.m.
The Cat Corner is looking for volunteers to assist with the care and feeding of resident cats. Volunteers are needed 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon. The Cat Corner is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter in Hampton. On-site training is provided. Information: 722-0590 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animal Aid Society is a nonprofit no-kill dog shelter in need of volunteers, 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday. Help feed and care for dogs. Visit the shelter at 8 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, or call 865-0511 for information.
The Hampton History Museum gift shop, 120 Old Hampton Way, needs volunteers. Two shifts: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Information: Thalia Lawrence, volunteer coordinator, 723-5180.
Peninsula Agency on Aging needs volunteer van drivers for the MedTran program in Hampton and Newport News. MedTran provides nonemergency medical transportation for seniors 60 and older. Schedules are flexible; drive as little or as much as you choose. Volunteers can also assist in the comfort of their own cars. Information: 873-0541.
Heartland Hospice seeks volunteers to become companions to those who have life-limiting illnesses. Volunteers are trained, then visit clients for socialization, emotional support and caregiver relief. Information: 594-8215.
Peninsula READS needs volunteer tutors to help adults improve basic reading and writing skills. Information: call 283-5776, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.peninsulareads.org.
The Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater seeks volunteers to assist in oncology centers in Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg and Gloucester. Volunteers are needed Monday to Friday. Information: 286-8804 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refugee and Immigration Services needs volunteers two to four hours a week to teach English to refugees from war-torn countries. Training is provided. Information: Susan Smith, education coordinator, 247-3600, ext. 21 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sentara Home Care Hospice seeks volunteers to share their time and talent with patients and families in Hampton Roads. Volunteers provide various support services, caregiver relief, telephone support and comfort quiltmaking. Training and continuing support is provided. Information: Ellen Manning, 224-4813.
Transitions Family Violence Services. Volunteers are needed to answer the 24-Hour crisis Hotline and provide advocacy and support for victims of family violence. Volunteers work in the shelter, as mentors, as fundraisers and community educators and with the children's program. Upcoming training sessions are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 26; 6-9 p.m. Jan. 28; 6-9 p.m. Jan. 30; 6-9 p.m. Feb. 1; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 2. Registration: Jennifer Wellman Dziura, 728-0025, ext. 509.
The Peninsula Concert Band is looking for volunteers to become new members in all sections of the band: woodwind, brass, and percussion. Rehearsal: 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the orchestra room of Liberty Baptist Church, 1021 Big Bethel Road, Hampton. Directed by Thomas Newman, the band performs in the Tidewater area for civic functions. Information: 877-2836 or visit www.peninsulaconcertband.org.
Langley Air Force Base Retiree Activities Office needs military retirees and spouses to volunteer 2-3 mornings per month disseminating information to other military retirees in Hampton Roads. Couples or singles welcome. Training provided. Information: Arthur Korff or Harold Carney, 764-7386, on weekday mornings.
Coliseum Central district committees. If you live, work or own property in Coliseum Central, your help is needed. The Security Committee meets at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month; the Marketing Committee meets at 9 a.m. the third Thursday of the month; the Physical Improvements Committee meets at 3 p.m. the third Thursday of the month; and the Parade and Special Events Committee meets at 9 a.m. the first Thursday of the month. All meetings are held in the district office, 2021 Cunningham Drive, Hampton. Information: 826-6351, ext. 201.
Hampton Arts needs volunteers to help distribute Diversions magazine. Locations for drop off are all over Hampton Roads. Diversions volunteers receive two free tickets to The American Theatre for each issue they help distribute (excluding celebrity events.) Information: www.hamptonarts.net.
Meals on Wheels program of the Peninsula Agency on Aging needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors, particularly in Hampton and the East End area of Newport News. Information: 873-0541.
Hampton Public Library is looking for teen volunteers, ages 12 and older. Assist with computers and computer sign-up. Information: Visit the children's desk at the main library, 4207 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, or call 727-1157.
Hampton's Healthy Families Partnership needs volunteers. The partnership's goal is to ensure that all children are born healthy and enter school ready to learn. Most shifts run approximately 4-5 hours. Information: Diane Fulton, 727-2710 or
Human Relief Organization needs volunteers at its local office, 46 Towler Drive, Hampton, for local and international programs. Its mission is to provide medical assistance, education, food, clothing and a message of hope to less fortunate countries of the world. If your organization can provide medicine, educational materials or needed items of clothing such as shoes, HRO can get it delivered to those in need. Information: 838-1749, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.humanrelief.net.
Hampton Fire & Rescue seeks volunteers to train as firefighters and/or emergency medical technician-basic in support of its volunteer ranks. Applicants must have satisfactory driving record, be physically fit and be able to pass background screening. Training provided at no cost. Volunteers must donate a minimum of 24 hours per month to the fire company or rescue squad with which they are certified. Information: 727-1316 or e-mail email@example.com.
American Association of Retired People needs volunteers for its tax-counseling program. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Counselors provide free personal income tax assistance to all low and moderate income taxpayers, giving preference to those aged 60 and older. All counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing an open book exam. Volunteers are asked to give a minimum commitment of four hours per week from Feb. 1-April 15. Information: John McLeod at 877-4971.
The Peninsula Foster Grandparent Program is looking for "grandparent" volunteers, age 60 or older, to mentor and counsel special-needs youth in Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, York County and James City County. Volunteers receive a tax-free stipend, free training and reimbursement for physical exams and travel expenses. Information: 727-1858.
Bluebird Gap Farm, 60 Pine Chapel Road, Hampton, needs volunteers, especially a skilled carpenter for several small construction projects. Call or pick up a volunteer application form from a staff member in the office trailer. Information: 825-4750.
To have your organization listed, contact Shannon Humphrey at 247-4795 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.