Here are a few ways you can get involved in your community:
The Isle of Wight County Museum needs volunteers. Recently reopened in November, the museum interprets local history and features exhibits of prehistoric fossils, American Indian and Colonial artifacts, a country store and the museum's most notable artifact - the world's oldest, edible cured ham. The Isle of Wight County Museum is located at 103 Main Street in Smithfield. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (757) 356-1223.
Experienced chess players needed to teach chess to beginners at the Carrollton Branch Library Chess Club. Chess boards are provided. Times and days may be in the afternoon or evenings.. Call 238-2641 and ask for Beth or Connie.
Experienced knitter needed to teach beginners in a knitting group at the Carrollton branch of the Blackwater Regional Library. Call 238-2641
Adults who like to work with children are needed to help staff supervise a play group of preschoolers at the Carrollton branch of the Blackwater Regional Library. The group meets twice a month on Friday mornings. Call Beth or Connie at 238-2641.
Adults are needed to work at the circulation desk 2 hours each week at the Carrollton branch of the Blackwater Regional Library. Flexible schedule can be planned with the volunteer coordinator. Training is provided. Call Beth at 238-2641.
Teens or adults who can volunteer to teach basic computer skills either in afternoons or evenings are needed at the Carrollton branch of the Blackwater Regional Library. Call 238-2641.
Children's Center needs volunteers in Smithfield, Suffolk and Franklin. Information: 757-562-6806, ext. 329 or www.thechildrenscenter.cc.
Citizens' Committee to Protect the Elderly needs volunteers to provide companionship to residents in nursing homes and assisted-living sites. Also needed: Professional nurses to participate in the information and guidance programs, as well as volunteer artists to help with programming. Training offered 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every third Wednesday in Virginia Beach and every fourth Wednesday in Portsmouth. Information: 518-8500.
Foundation on the Peninsula. Part-time volunteers are needed to perform administrative duties such as answering the phone, helping with mail correspondence and marketing materials. Information: 327-0862.
Franklin Cooperative Ministry needs volunteer staff from 9 a.m. to noon any Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Centralized assistance for friends, neighbors and travelers in need. Serves the city of Franklin, as well as Southampton and lower Isle of Wight counties. Information: 516-6322.
Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court. Volunteer positions available for people to work with children and teens. Information: Shawn Reid, 397-2799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospice Volunteer. Riverside Hospice Agencies is seeking dedicated people willing to donate their time to hospice patients at their homes, particularly for the Smithfield area. Information: Monica Sutton, 594-2745; fax, 594-3227.
Isle of Wight Branch of the Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities needs volunteer docents to interpret the 1750 Olde Courthouse in Smithfield. Training is provided. Information: Brenda Joyner, 365-9794.
Isle of Wight County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to work between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Assistance is needed for cleaning, walking dogs, answering telephones, filing and photographing pets for our Web site. Information: Chief Ed Sullivan, 365-6318 or e-mail email@example.com.
Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary needs volunteers ages 18 and up to support squad members, help with fundraising and community projects. Join us at 5:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month, at the squad building on South Church Street, Smithfield. Contact 357-4612 for details.
Medi Home Health and Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of the team. This takes only an hour or two each week and there are many ways you can help: Companionship, bereavement support, office assistance, special projects, events, yard work, handyman or even playing a musical instrument. Information: Colette, 420-7192.
Nansemond-Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad needs volunteers as emergency medical technicians, emergency vehicle operators and support personnel to help with building and grounds maintenance, fundraising and other duties. EMTs at all certification levels are needed. Training will be provided for noncertified personnel. Interested personnel may also sign up for one ride-along. Information: 539-6870 or www.nsvrs.org.
Suffolk Art League is in need of additional volunteers ranging from helping with education programs to the annual fundraiser, the Antique Show and Sale. Most jobs are occasional, but regular gallery sitters are also needed. For details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surry Area Free Clinic. Volunteers needed: physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, EMT's, eligibility workers and receptionists. Send resume to Surry Area Free Clinic, P.O. Box 32, Surry, VA 23883. For details, call 294-0132.
The Voices for Kids CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program. The program needs people with time and passion to advocate for children who are abused and neglected and are receiving court-mandated services. Volunteers assess the child's situation and report their findings and recommendations to the court. Information: Joyelle Saunders, 357-2170 or email@example.com.
Western Tidewater Free Clinic seeks volunteers. Specifically: doctors (family practice and internal medicine); nurses (nurse practitioners, RN and LPN); and general help (office assistant, eligibility clerk, receptionist and data entry clerk). Download an application from www.WTFreeClinic.org. Information: 923-1060, or stop by at 3000 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk.