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Volunteer Opportunities

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jones library volunteer tutors — The Jones Library English as a Second Language Center is looking for volunteers to teach English to newcomers in the Amherst area. Tutors meet twice weekly with an adult immigrant at a time and location that is convenient to both. Materials, ongoing assistance and meeting space provided. Nine-month or two-semester commitment required. 10-hour training workshop will be offered four Tuesdays, 6:30-9 p.m., staring Sept. 10. www.joneslibrary.org/esl/volunteer/volunteers.html.

VNA & Hospice of cooley dickinson — Seeking people with a kind presence to apply for 20-hour fall hospice volunteer training program on three Fridays, Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the hospice office at 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton. Volunteers provide companionship, errands and support for caregivers and clients. Weekday flexibility desirable. Certification in pet therapy, massage or Reiki very helpful. Email carol_rinehart@cooley-dickinson.org or call 582-5354.

intercultural Experience in Your Kitchen — The International Language Institute in Northampton is seeking people to host international students in its intensive English program. Meals or kitchen use only. Generous stipend. Homestay must be less than 20 minutes away for ILI in downtown Northampton. Regular contact with coordinator. Monthly arrivals, year-round. Stays of 1-12 months. Email amy@ili.edu

amherst historical society — Seeking volunteers or 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.

manna soup kitchen — Occasional and/or regular volunteers needed for weekly meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer. Volunteers assist in food preparation, set tables, serve guests, clear the dining room and clean up. Volunteers are welcome to dine with our guests or take home a dinner. Monday noon dinners are at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Elm St., Northampton; Wednesday evening dinners and Saturday noon lunches are served at Edwards Church, Main St., Northampton. Online sign-up: www.signupgenius.com/go/508084AACAE2FA57-summer1. Or call Elaine Ulman at 268-7896

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 a 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

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. 540-0693orcinderellisboutique@gmail.com

food for thought books — Amherst bookstore needs volunteers for the summer. 253-5432, info@foodforthoughtsbooks.com

Library Volunteer — The Gaylord Library in South Hadley is seeking a volunteer to assist at the circulation desk once a month on Friday, 2:45-5 p.m. Volunteer should enjoy working with the public and have basic computer skills. One year commitment requested; training provided. 538-5047 or email shgaylord@comcast.net

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: http://ahomewithin.org/volunteer or 1-888-898-2249 or rfay@ahomewithin.org. Local contact: email ekaren@me.com or 626-2802

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 Mon.-Fri., 9-4. Office is at 330 Montague City Road, Turners Falls. Becky Kopera at rkopera@fchcc.org or 773-5555 ext 2267

Animal Care — The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society welcomes volunteers for its Leverett and Springfield sites. Positions and times vary. For more information, call 781-4000, ext. 111, or email volunteer@dpvhs.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. Many long-term, short-term or occasional opportunities exist to interest a variety of people. Pat, 584-1300, ext. 183, email psicard@hampshirecog.org or eee.rsvphf.org

reach fest — REACH, a multi-city exhibition of contemporary practitioners, seeks assistance of volunteers for art installation, exhibition guards and events preparation. Volunteers may be interested in arts administration, art installation, collaboration and community building. Sign up at reachest.com or email reachfest@gmail.com

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.

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.

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

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

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. 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 5-18. 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. The club also needs more beautiful cotton fabric. Renee Wetstein at Rwfamilylaw@aol.com

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