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Volunteer opportunities


Friday, January 12, 2018

Volunteer with Horizons for Homeless Children — Do you have two hours each week to play with young homeless children (0-6) in one of our Playspaces? Are you fun-loving, dependable and looking for a way to make a difference? Help a homeless child learn, play, and thrive.

Upcoming volunteer training:

Saturday January 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Shriner’s Hospital, Springfield. Johanna Berube, 532-0467.

SMITH COLLEGE BOTANIC GARDEN — Each January, the Botanic Garden offers an intensive three-day training program to those interested in volunteering. In addition to leading tours, volunteers also staff the reception desk on weekends and during the Spring Bulb Show, help with developing thematic tours, assist with exhibitions, and providing hospitality for special events. (Please note: volunteers are not involved in any hands-on horticulture work.) The next training session takes place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, January 17, 18, and 19, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Preregistration is required. These sessions will be followed by additional monthly meetings and training tours. The training includes a history of the Botanic Garden; tours of conservatories; some basic botany and horticulture; commercial, medicinal and food plants of the Lyman Plant House; and how to guide visitors and school groups. In exchange for the training, volunteers are required to volunteer at the Botanic Garden for at least one full year and attend monthly meetings. Pre-registration is required for the training — Anyone interested in volunteering may apply online: https://www.smith.edu/garden/get-involved/opportunities/volunteer or request an application by phone (413) 585-2742.

INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER — This emergency shelter for homeless adults, offering warm beds and hot meals now through April 30, needs volunteers. The 20-bed site is located at 43 Center St. in Northampton.

Meal teams of three or more people are needed to prepare and serve dinner at the shelter throughout the season; overnight volunteers stay from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. to supplement the ServiceNet staff member and set out breakfast. A private room is reserved for the overnight volunteer to sleep in. If you are interested in helping please email us at volunteer@hamphomeless.org or call Rick Hart at 413-586-5787.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Looking to expand its team of volunteers in Amherst, Bellingham and Holyoke for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned.

Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for volunteer tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance and interpreters. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification. Cindy Campbell, cacampbell@aarp.org; 617-305-0515

Massachusetts association for the blind and visually impaired — Volunteers needed to read, shop or walk with a blind or vision-impaired person in your community. Learn how your sight and generosity of time can benefit blind and vision-impaired persons in your area. Call 888-613-2777

RSVP VOLUNTEERS — Retired with some time on your hands? Lend a hand to local non-profits a few hours each week. Whether it is driving seniors to appointments or delivering meals on wheels, your neighbors need you. RSVP offers a variety of long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities in Hampshire and Franklin Counties. Share your time, skills and experience to benefit others. Contact Pat Sicard, 413-387-4558 or psicard@hampshirecog.org to get started.

HADLEY COUNCIL ON AGING — Seeking volunteer handyman or woman to carry out light duty tasks for seniors, such as putting an air conditioner in a window, repairing a broken wooden step or other simple tasks seniors need done to remain in their homes safely. If you have the time, talent and heart to help out occasionally, contact Suzanne Travisano at 586-4023

Round the world women — Round the World Women in Amherst is seeking female drivers for a community of international women. Volunteers need to commit to 2-3 hours per week driving international women to local activities on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-12 during the academic year (excluding university and local school vacations). Valid U.S. drivers license required. More information about the project can be found at www.umass/ipo/iss/about_rwww. Contact Christ Talmage at (413) 522-9177 or christalmage2003@yahoo.com.

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 Mon.-Wed., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dayton St., South Hadley. Jodi@birthdaywishes.org 866-388 9474 ext. 7

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

The Cancer Connection Thrift Shop — Shop at 375 South St. in Northampton has ongoing need for enthusiastic volunteers to help with sorting and processing donations of clothing and more. Contact Christine at shopvolunteer@cancer-connection.org or stop by the shop. www.cancer-connection.org/thriftshop

COOLEY DICKINSON HOSPICE — Make a difference in someone’s life while doing something rewarding and meaningful. Become a hospice volunteer for Cooley Dickinson. Seeking companion/respite volunteers, massage and Reiki therapists, administrative, and bereavement support help. Contact Carol Devine, Volunteer Coordinator: 413-582-5354, cdevine4@cooleydickinson.org

Volunteer drivers — The Medical Transportation Program at the Northampton Senior Services seeks volunteers to drive city seniors to medical appointments. Drivers use their own vehicles and decide when, where and how often they will drive. Call Jennifer Carbery at 587-1301.

Living Wage Western Mass (LWWM) — An organization operated by a steering committee that encourages all employers to pay their workers at least a living wage. LWWM seeks volunteers to serve on its steering committee. Duties include attending steering committee meetings in Northampton and doing outreach to employers. Email Kitty Callaghan at kcallaghan@livingwagewesternmass.net or call her  at (413) 387-7680.

GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON’S GIVING GARDEN TEAM — Help grow fresh organic to be donated to soup kitchens, Easthampton Community Center, and the Northampton Survival Center. Tasks include planting, tending, harvesting and delivering to our community partners. For a schedule of our regular work days email pat@growfoodnorthampton.com.

red cross blood drives — RSVP of Hampshire and Franklin counties looking for volunteers ages 55 and older to provide reception and registration at local Red Cross blood drives, three to four hours each month. Contact Pat at psicard@hampshirecog.org of 584-1300 ext. 183.

Free medical clinic of the Amherst Survival Center — Seeking: Volunteer physicians and volunteer nurse practitioners to provide basic medical care to patients in a walk-in clinic. The Amherst Survival Center Free Medical Clinic is seeking to expand its team of volunteer physicians and also invites volunteer nurse practitioners to see patients during clinic hours on Mondays, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 4:15 to 6 p.m. 549-3968 ext. 109 or email richard@amherstsurvival.org

umass amherst hearing researchers — Seeking volunteers ages 40 and older to participate in studies of hearing changes with age. Participants will be asked to make a two-hour visit to the UMass Amherst campus where they will complete hearing, speech comprehension and cognition tests. Participants will be paid $10 per hour and free parking is availalbe. Janet Lathrop, 545-0444 or hearingbrain@comdis.umass.edu

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. 124, or sbleichfeld@yiddishbookcenter.org.

Massachusetts 4-h — 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

Time travel with The Trustees — And take our visitors on the voyage with you! Become a National Historic Landmark Greeter at Mission House (Stockbridge) or Tour Guide at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead (Cummington) and share the stories and magic of these special places. No experience necessary. Training provided. Fridays through Sundays. Flexible. Fun. Social. Rewarding. Visit www.thetrustees.org/volunteer or contact tbeasley@thetrustees.org or 413.532.1631 ext. 3119 for more information. 

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

Volunteer Drivers — The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers in Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties for its Road to Recovery program that provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Drivers and volunteers can connect using the new Service Match online tool. Trainings on the new tool are available for both new and experienced volunteer drivers. 800-227-2345

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.

Round the World Women in AMHERST — Seeking female drivers for a community of international women. Volunteers need to commit to two to three hours per week driving international women to local activities on Tuesday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., during the academic year. Chris Talmage, 498-4411 or 522-9177 orchristalmage2003@yahoo.com.

Amherst Survival CenteR — The Amherst Survival Center connects residents of Hampshire and Franklin counties with food, clothing, healthcare, wellness and community, primarily through volunteer efforts. The center needs volunteers to make a two to three hour/week commitment (for a minimum of three months) to prepare and deliver programs at its North Amherst location. There are also one time/month volunteer opportunities in the community. Email carleen@amherstsurvival.org or call 549-3968 ext. 111. Or log on towww.amherstsurvivalcenter.org/volunteer

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

board treasurer volunteer position — Amherst-based nonprofit research organization related to alternative energy is looking for a volunteer to serve as board treasurer. Requires up to 3-4 hours per quarter and attendance at quarterly board meetings. Scientific knowledge not required. Send CV and references to mrocco@quantalresearch.org