Volunteer Opportunities in Williamsburg

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ACT-SO. Volunteers are needed to help with recruiting students, coaches, mentors and qualified judges in the areas of science, humanities, performing arts, visual arts and business. Information: 253-0841.

Alzheimer's Association needs volunteers to assist in the Williamsburg branch office with answering the telephone, preparing mailings and providing outreach materials for Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton. To volunteer, call 221-7272 and leave your name and phone number.

Animal Resource Foundation needs volunteers who are interested in helping cats and dogs in their community. Volunteer activities include fostering, cage cleaning, fundraising and adoptions. Training will be provided. Information: 838-6985.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Williamsburg needs volunteers to serve as mentors for children in James City County, Williamsburg and northern York County. Information: 253-0676.

The Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater seeks volunteers to assist in oncology centers in Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg and Gloucester. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday. Information: 286-8804 or e-mail ccfot.larry@cox.net.

Child and Family Connection links families, children and caregivers to resources that nurture children's positive development. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: assist in child care searches for families, answer phones, prepare mail and make follow up calls (2-6 hours per week); prepare training materials and coordinate registration (3 hours per week); and schedule appointments and make follow up phone calls (4 hours per week). Information: 229-7940.

Drivers for Historic Triangle Senior Center's RIDES program needed. Give a morning or afternoon once a week or once a month. Drive Williamsburg-area seniors to medical appointments. Volunteers needed for drivers and office help. Information: 345-6166 or visit www.rides4u.org.

Habitat for Humanity seeks construction volunteers to help at least 20 hours per week, Tuesday-Saturday, on-site. Previous experience preferred but not necessary. Information: Lori Gutzwiller, 596-5553, ext. 4, or www.HelpHabitatForHumanity.org.

Heartland Hospice is seeking volunteers to become companions to people who have life-limiting illnesses. Volunteers are trained, and then visit clients for socializing, emotional support and caregiver relief. Administrative and bereavement volunteers are also needed. Information: 594-8215.

Hospice Support Care of Williamsburg at Hospice House seeks volunteers. Hospice Support Care of Williamsburg serves residents of Williamsburg and James City and upper York counties. Call Linda Russell, 253-1220.

Housing Partnerships seeks volunteers to help on a regular basis. Weekday/weekend work is available. Typical projects include bathroom and plumbing repair, window, door, flooring and roofing repairs, painting, building safety rails and ramps for the handicapped and general yard cleanup. Special group projects are also available throughout the year. Information: Brandie Weiler at 221-0225 or e-mail bweiler@housingpartnerships.org.

Human Relief Organization needs volunteers at its local office, 46 Towler Drive, Hampton. Its mission is to provide medical assistance, education, food, clothing and a message of hope to less fortunate countries of the world. Information: 838-1749, hro9@juno.com or www.hrointernational.org.

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.

Personal Touch Hospice has an opportunity for you to make an immeasurable difference in the life of a family coping with a terminal illness. Volunteers provide companionship and respite to hospice patients, make bereavement contacts or provide program planning to assist other volunteers. Opportunities available on the Peninsula, in Williamsburg and Gloucester. Four hours per week average; training provided. Contact Michelle Wells, 595-8005 for details.

Prepare-Care-Share Historic Triangle Hospitality Training Program needs volunteers to help ensure visitors find a consistent, welcoming environment. Volunteers are needed to support trainers with room setup and takedown, materials distribution, review of registration cards and taking photographs. Must be available for two to three sessions from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to familiarize participants to the area. A script will be provided. Must be enthusiastic and comfortable in front of a group. Knowledge of the area is a plus. Must be available 8:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for at least two to three of the tour dates. All volunteers must be at least 18. Information: 220-7008, e-mail vols2007@cwf.org or visit www.Americas400thAnniversary.com.

Refugee and Immigration Services seeks volunteers to teach English to refugees from war-torn countries. Spend two to four hours a week helping adults learn to communicate with employers and teachers. Training provided. Call Susan Smith, 247-3600, ext. 21 or ssmith@richmonddiocese.org.

Retired Activities Office at Langley Air Force Base needs volunteers who can answer questions from fellow retirees about benefits or legislation. People can volunteer for just a few hours per month individually or with friends/spouses. Call 764-7386 for information.

The Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Program is seeking volunteers interested in tutoring other adults. A one-hour orientation class is required. Information: 221-3325.

Salvation Army is seeking volunteers. Year round there is need for music teachers to start a music program for underprivileged children, life skills mentors/teachers for evening meetings/classes, officer help to answer phones and stuff envelopes, occasional moving of bulky items and packing and distribution of food boxes. In the spring and summer there is need for volunteers to cover for receptionists on summer vacation as well as packaging and distribution of Apple Tree back to school donations. In the fall and winter there is need for bell ringers, preparing and distributing boxes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, dressing teddy bears for Christmas gifts, taking applications for Angle Tree children, assisting with the Seniors Luncheon and assisting with packaging and distributing Angel Tree gifts. The Salvation Army is located at 151 Kristiansand Drive, Suite 109, Williamsburg. Information: 220-6651.

Transitions Family Violence Services needs volunteers to help change the lives of children and adults who have been affected by domestic violence. Information: Jennifer Wellman at 728-0025 ext. 509 or visit www.transitionsfvs.org.

United Way of Greater Williamsburg is committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for adults, youth and families through ongoing volunteer projects and one-time special events. Information: 253-2264.

The Virginia Fall Classic Committee is looking for volunteers, vendors, event sponsors and supporters for its fifth annual Virginia Fall Classic Events on Oct. 26-28. This family-oriented program will benefit the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. Additional information is available at www.VaFallClassic.org, or call Hal Hartel at 867-6336 before 9 p.m. or HarDHar@cox.net.

To submit an item for volunteer opportunities, contact Zak Minor at 247-7429 or by e-mail at zminor@dailypress.com.

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