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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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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

Homework House — Homework House works with elementary school children in the poor neighborhoods of Holyoke, offering help with homework, reading, math. Volunteers are needed for at least two hours after school, 3 to 5, one day of the week — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday — from now to early May. Jane Morrissey, jmorrissey@homeworkhouseholyoke.org

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts — Volunteer orientation Tues., March 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Volunteer opportunities include processing food donations in our Hatfield warehouse, providing administrative support and assisting with Food Bank-hosted and community-sponsored special events. Visit the volunteer section of our website (www.foodbankwma.org) or contact Erin Sullivan, 247-0312, ext. 128. Preregistration is required.

volunteers in northampton schools — Seeking literacy volunteers to participate in free training and to help in grade-school classrooms. VINS has received a Northampton Education Foundation grant to provide training for VINS Literacy Volunteers this spring. Volunteers attend 15 hours of free professional training and commit to volunteer weekly in a Northampton elementary school. Training includes the basics of how students learn to read and write; strategies and techniques to work with the struggling reader and writer; differentiated instruction methods for students with learning differences; and interactive read-aloud techniques. Trainings will be Thursday mornings, March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23. Lynn Barclay, 587-1332 or vinsvolunteer@gmail.com

vna & hospice of cooley dickinson hospital — Hospice volunteers needed to spend 2-4 hours/week visiting with patients and their family caregivers for at least a year. No previous training necessary but volunteers need to be good listeners and exhibit flexibility, caring and compassion. Next 20-hour training program Fridays, March 22, 29 and April 5, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the hospice office, 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton. Application deadline March 15. Email carol_rinehart@cooley-dickinson.org or call Carol at 582-5354

Library Volunteer — The Gaylord Library in South Hadley library 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

parent aide VOlunteer — The Parent Aide Program provides home visiting support to Hampshire County parents seeking guidance and assistance. No special skills needed to become a parent aide. Must be nonjudgmental, caring and flexible and have 3 to 5 hours to give. Training and supervision provided. Spring training forming how. Mary at Berkshire Children at Families in Hadley, 584-5690 ext. 115

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 wide variety of people. Pat, 584-1300 ext. 183 or email psicard@hampshirecog.org or visit www.rsvphf.org

reach fest — REACH, a multi-city exhibition of contemporary practitioners, seeks assistance of volunteers for art installation, exhibition guards and events preparation. This unique volunteer-run exhibition planned for April and May 2013 looks to increase awareness of intermedia art to the neighboring cities of Easthampton and Holyoke. Volunteeers may be interested in arts administraiton, art installation, collaboration and community building. Sign up at reachfest.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 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.

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 mspaulding@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. 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

Interfaith homeless shelters — The Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals are looking for overnight volunteers for the current 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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