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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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

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 is required for at least six months. Day and evening hours available. Next training is June 12-13, 6 to 8:30 p.m., in Springfield. Email aditmer@horizonsforhomelesschildren.org or call 532-0467

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

Mutton and Mead Medieval festival — Seeking volunteers to help set up pavilions and decorations for the fair and to work the fair June 22-23 in either morning or afternoon shifts. Volunteers receive free admission, t-shirt and certificate of appreciation. volunteers@muttonand mead.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: 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 volunteeer to help the agency with various tasks, such as: typing, computer data entry, filing, mailings, putting together kits, document collation, making phone calls, online research, copying, more. Flexibile scheduling available during regular office hours, which are Mon.-Fri., 9-4. Office is located at 330 Montague City Rd., Turners Falls. Becky Kopera at rkopera@fchcc.org or 773-5555 ext 2267

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

intercultural opportunity — The International Language Institute in Northampton is seeking people to host international students, ages 18 and up, for stays of one to six months. Stipend provided. Students in school full-time studying English at ILI. Need furnished, private room; meals or kitchen use; conversation and inclusion in household social activities. Must be within 20 minutes walk or bus to downtown Northampton. Email amy@ili.edu

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

Animal Care — The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society welcomes volunteers for its Leverett and Springfield sites. Positions and times vary. For more information on volunteering, 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. Volunteeers 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.

Historic Deerfield Guides — Historic Deerfield is seeking individuals who like working with people — and who are interested in history, museums or the decorative arts — to become museum guides. Flexible schedules, offering one or two days per week of tour guiding with some weekend and holiday work. Amanda Rivera Lopez, arlopez@historic-deerfield.org or 775-7216

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.

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, hospice, 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 — The 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. If interested 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. We also need more beautiful cotton fabric. Renee Wetstein at Rwfamilylaw@aol.com

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