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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Information about volunteer listings should be sent to calendar@gazettenet.com

VOLUNTEER OPENINGS — The ACT Volunteer Center serves the greater Hampshire Franklin region, and is located at 21 Abbott St. in Greenfield. ACT is a program of DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services. The phone number for ACT is 774-7054, ext. 119, and the email address is act@dialself.org. Further information about ACT is available at www.actvolunteercenter.org

big brothers big sisters of hampshire county — Seeking dedicated adults to serve as positive role models in young people’s lives. Bigs (mentors) commit to at least one year (or three semesters for college students) to meet once a week with their little, as well as regular case supervision and volunteer training. Application process begins with an information session. 259-3351 or bbbsvolcorps@chd.org for details on upcoming information sessions in Amherst and Northampton.

bright Spot Therapy Dogs — Seeking human/canine teams in an effort 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, hospice, children’s reading programs and anywhere canine companionship can be of benefit. If you have a well-behaved dog over the age of one and would like to devote a small portion of time to sharing your dog’s love and companionship with others, visit www.brightspot.org

Horizons for homeless Children — Seeking fun-loving, dependable people to interact and play with children living in family homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters throughout western Massachusetts. Commitment of 2 hours a week required for at least 6 months. Day and evening hours available. Next training Tues.-Wed., Nov. 27-28, 6-8:30 p.m. in Springfield. western@horizonsforhomelesschildren.org or 532-0467

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, 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

Highland Valley Elder Services Ombudsman Program — The Ombudsman Program is a federally mandated advocacy program 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. If interested call J. Mary Sorrell, 586-2000 ext. 133.

suburban basketball coaches — Northampton Girls Suburban League looking for volunteer basketball coaches for girls ages 11-14. Send inquiries and coaching resume and references to flds@comcast.net

smith college botanic garden — Looking for volunteers interested in leading tours and staffing the reception desk on weekends. Other projects include developing thematic tours, assisting with exhibitions and providing hospitality for events such as the bulb show. Training session Jan. 16, 17, 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 585-2742 or email garden@smith.edu

Holyoke Tutor/Mentor Program — Needs volunteers this fall interested in working once a week with adults who are studying reading, writing and math or English for Speakers of Other Languages. Paricularly need tutors to help in daytime classroom, especially if you are bilingual or have background in teaching ESOL. Free training provided. Emily Fox, 552-2932 or email holyoketutor@holycham.com

hospice singers — Singers in all range of voices needed to join a hospice group to bring harmony and compassion to the ill, their families and the community. Kathi, 256-1157

NORTHAMPTON SURVIVAL CENTER — Seeking warm, mature, committed individuals who are able to give two to three hours per 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. Lynne Saner, lynne@northamptonsurvival.org or 586-6564 to register for an orientation session.

Parent Aide Program of berkshire children and families — Seeking volunteers to work three to five hours a week with Hampshire County families living in stressful situations. No special skills required. New training groups starting soon. Gail Fries or Marylou Spaulding at 584-5690 or gfries@bcfcma.org or mspauling@bcfcma.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

medical reserve corps — The Nonotuck Unit welcomes local health professionals to assist during public health promotions and emergencies. Pre-registered 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 5-18. 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.

Musicians — The Northampton Council on Aging and Senior Center is looking for musicians to perform for their monthly Community Concert Series. Concerts are held on Sundays, 2-3 p.m. All genres of music welcome. Small stipend available. Call Dominique Cruz-Soth at 587-1232.

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. We also need more beautiful cotton fabric. Renee Wetstein at Rwfamilylaw@aol.com.

Animal Care — The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society welcomes volunteers for its Leverett and Springfield sites. Positions and available times vary. For more information on volunteering, call 781-4000, ext. 111, or email volunteer@dpvhs.org.

Interfaith homeless shelters — The Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals are looking for overnight volunteers for the upcoming shelter season which runs through April 30. Volunteers are needed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. to supplement the ServiceNet staff member and set out breakfast. A small private room is reserved for the overnight volunteer to sleep in. Email info@hamphomeless.org or visit www.hamphomeless.org.

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