Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2014
special olympics — American International College Lions Club seeking volunteers to help with Special Olympics Sat., Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Bocce Court of Nonotuck Park, Easthampton. Follow this link to register: http://soma.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/SXQP6XKN30A8XWX6

hospice volunteer training — Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice holds 20-hour training program to prepare volunteers to play a role with patients and their families in their homes, assisted living or nursing home settings. Serving Hampshire County and beyond, volunteers provide errands, transporTation, moral support for caregivers, complementary therapies and companionship. Minimum one-year commitment of 2-4 hours per week when assigned. Fall training Fridays, 9:30-1:30, Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3 and 10. Carol, 582-5354 or email carol_rinehart@cooley-dickinson.org

mother mary’s thrift shop — Fundraising project of Providence Ministries for the Needy seeks volunteers to assist in shop at 364 High St., Holyoke. Retail assistant; visual merchandiser/display designer; social media guru. Prefer volunteers committing to regularly scheduled shift of three or more hours at least once per week. Carrie, 536-5200 or mothermarysholyoke@gmail.com

northampton senior center — Volunteer opportunities include: Receptionists; Transportation Drivers; Gift Shop; Coffee Shop; Special Event Set-Up; Companion Program. Crystal Cote-Stosz, 587-1313 or ccotestosz@northamptonma.gov

manna soup kitchen — Needs volunteers for July meals at St. John’s Church Mondays, 11 a.m.-1:30 pm.; and at Edwards Church Wednesdays, 2-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Full schedule and online sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508084AACAE2FA57-manna4. Or call Elaine at 268-7896

dakin humane society — Welcomes volunteers for its Leverett and Springfield sites. Positions and times vary. Call 781-4000 ext. 111 or email volunteer@dpvhs.org

parent aide volunteer — The Parent Aide Program provides home visiting support to Hampshire County parents seeking guidance and assistance. No special skills required to become a parent aide. Volunteers needed who are non-judgmental, caring and flexible and who have three to five hours to give. Training and supervision provided. Lydia at Berkshire Children and Families in Hadley, 584-5690, ext. 144

gaylord library — South Hadley library needs volunteers to: help shelve books, join Gaylord Friends group and put your ideas to work, volunteer at the circulation desk — available time slot is the third or fourth Thursday a month, 1-3 p.m. 538-5047 or gaylordlibrary.org

RSVP (retired and senior volunteer program) of hampshire and franklin counties — RSVP matches the interests and backgrounds of adults 55 and older with volunteer needs in the community. Some opportunities: Meals on Wheels drivers; meal site helpers; school tutors; volunteer exercise leaders. Pat Sicard, 584-1300, ext. 183, or email psicard@hampshirecog.org

Homestay Hosts — The International Language Institute in Northampton is seeking people to host international students in its intensive English program. Generous stipend. Stays from one to six months. Warm, friendly hosts, private furnished bedroom, meals or kitchen privileges. Homestay must be less than 20 minutes away for ILI in downtown Northampton by foot or bus. Regular contact with coordinator. Email amy@ili.edu

girl scouts of central and western massachusetts — Seeking fun, enthusiastic individuals to serve as role models to girls ages 5 to 11. Volunteers will develop meaningful relations with girls and adults; explore areas of STEM, arts and crafts, animals and more while mentoring girls to feel empowered to be leaders. Flexible scheduling. 224-4024 or volunteer@gccwm.org

Chd’s big brothers big sisters of hampshire county — Seeking dedicated adults to serve as positive role models in local children’s lives. Bigs (mentors) commit to at least one year (or three semesters for college students) to meet once per week with their Little, as well as regular case supervision and volunteer training. The application process is thorough and begins by attending an information session. 259-3345 or email bbbsvolcorps@chd.org

birthday wishes Inc. — Seeking volunteers to help bring birthday parties to homeless children in shelters across western Mass., including Amherst, Northampton, South Hadley, Holyoke, etc. Some opportunities: wrapping gifts, delivering party supplies, attending parties, etc. Orientation/office tours offered Tuesdays, 9-2, and Thursdays, 12-5, at 17 Dayton St., South Hadley. Jennifer Matoney, jennifer@birthdaywishes.org or 866-388 9474 ext. 7

volunteers in northampton schools (vins) — Currently recruiting volunteers for the upcoming school year. Volunteers gives one to two hours a week or more of their time to local schools. Current needs include library assistance, individual tutors, and resource/activities volunteers. 587-1332, vinsvolunteer@gmail.com

amherst historical society — Seeking volunteers of all ages interested in history. Training provided, hours flexible. Tasks include serving as a greeter at the Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St., or as a docent showing visitors historical artifacts. Also needed are data entry people to help inventory the collection to a growing database and people to enhance the society’s social media presence or assist with mailings and special events. There are also research topics one could pursue off-site. 256-0678 or email amhersthistory@gmail.com

Overlook Hospice Team — Hospice volunteers needed in Amherst, Hadley and surrounding communities. Hospice volunteers provide companionship, respite care and support to hospice patients and their families. Volunteers often visit patients in their homes and in local nursing homes. Full training and support provided. Susan Fuller, 508-434-2200.

Cinderelli’s Consignment Boutique — Fundraising project of Providence Ministries for the Needy seeking volunteer store workers during regular store hours, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No experience necessary. The store offers a large selection of new and like-new clothing and accessories and is located at 480 Newton St., South Hadley. 540-0693 or cinderellisboutique@gmail.com

A home within — Seeking private practice psychotherapists to volunteer to take one current or former foster youth or adult into pro bono weekly therapy. Clinicians in turn receive free CEU’s through trainings and weekly consultation groups sponsored by the organization. Applications available through the national office ahomewithin.org/volunteer or 1-888-898-2249 or rfay@ahomewithin.org. Local contact, ekaren@me.com or 626-2802

bright Spot Therapy Dogs — Seeking human/canine teams to meet the demand for certified therapy dog teams to visit the over 80 health and education facilities in its network, including nursing homes, schools, hospices, children’s reading programs and anywhere canine companionship can be of benefit. If you have a well-behaved dog over the age of 1 and would like to devote a small portion of time to sharing your dog’s love and companionship with others, visit www.bright-spot.org

fRANKLIN COUNTY HOME CARE CORPORATION — Seeking an administrative volunteer to help the agency with tasks such as: typing, computer data entry, filing, mailings, putting together kits, document collation, making phone calls, online research, copying, more. Flexible scheduling available during regular office hours, which are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Office is at 330 Montague City Road, Turners Falls. Becky Kopera at rkopera@fchcc.org or 773-5555, ext. 2267

Northampton survival center — Seeking warm, mature, committed individuals who are able to give two to three hours a week. It takes roughly 35 volunteers to ensure that 2,500 pounds of food goes home with families in need each weekday. The center needs help with stocking, sorting clothing, serving clients, picking up retail donations, more. Diane Drohan at Diane@northamptonsurvival.org or 586-6564 to register for orientation session

wordpress volunteer — Friends of Hampshire County Homeless is seeking a volunteer to help with its Wordpress website. Some higher-level tasks, some one-time and some ongoing. Also, more routine Web tasks that need to be done from time to time. The organization provides shelter to hundreds of homeless individuals during the coldest months of the year. 586-5787

yiddish book center — Seeking volunteer docents to greet and orient visitors, answer questions about events and membership, provide support to staff and process donations. Volunteers should be comfortable working with groups, speaking with visitors and using a cash register, and should have an interest in Yiddish culture. Training provided. Docents typically work one three-hour day per week. No prior knowledge of Yiddish required. 256-4900, ext. 114, or lnewman@bikher.org

Volunteer drivers — The Medical Transportation Program at the Northampton Council on Aging seeks volunteers to drive city seniors to medical appointments. Drivers use their own vehicles and decide when, where and how often they will drive. Patte Shaughnessy, 587-1231

Highland Valley Elder Services Ombudsman Program — The Ombudsman Program is a federally mandated advocacy service for nursing home and rest home residents. Ombudsmen are volunteers trained to assist residents of nursing and rest homes with benefits, rights and entitlements guaranteed under federal, state and local laws. Highland Valley Elder Services administers the program in Hampshire County. New recruit volunteers are required to interview with the program director and complete a CORI background check prior to training. Call J. Mary Sorrell, 586-2000, ext. 133

medical reserve corps — The Nonotuck Unit welcomes local health professionals to assist during public health promotions and emergencies. Preregistered volunteers assist with activities such as staffing shelters, vaccine clinics, on-site medical care and triage. Free trainings. Register at maresponds.org or 522-0712.

Massachusetts 4-h program — Adult volunteers needed for a couple of hours each month to serve as club leaders for local 4-H clubs. Leaders provide skills from their own areas of expertise while developing meaningful relationships with youth ages 5 to 18. Especially needed are volunteers with skills working with large and small animals, in science, the environment, creative arts, foods and sewing. 545-0611 or www.mass4h.org

foster care review — Volunteers are needed to serve on three-person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers are needed in Greenfield, Holyoke, Springfield and occasionally in Northampton and Hadley. Volunteers must be 18 or older and must participate in a day-and-a-half of training. Carol Judd at carol.judd@state.ma.us or 452-3373

The northampton key club — Looking for people who know how to use sewing machines and who are willing to help high school students make pillowcases for children in foster care and others who need cheering up. The club also needs more beautiful cotton fabric. Renee Wetstein at Rwfamilylaw@aol.com