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Volunteer opportunities

The following volunteer opportunities for individuals 18 years of age and older are published weekly in The Times Leader. To volunteer, or to have your organization listed, contact Cathy Faatz at the Volunteer Action Center at 829-671 1, or check out volunteer information at www.unitedwaywb.org. Volunteer forms and news release forms can be obtained online. Interested volunteers may also access the network and search for volunteer opportunities in communities across the nation by visiting www.1-800-volunteer.org and entering a ZIP code.

Summit Healthcare Center, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: assist with patient activities

Hours: 6:30-8:30 p.m. only Monday and Wednesday

Requirements: ability to push a wheelchair; good personality with the elderly

Swetland Homestead, Wyoming

Volunteers: tour guides for historical home. Help arrange children’s programs.

Hours: noon-4 p.m. weekends

Requirements: training will be provided

United Rehabilitation Services, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: assist a committee with fundraising activities and events throughout the year

Hours: weekdays 3-4 p.m.

United Way of Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: high school students interested in learning about program funding and allocation of small grants.

Hours: January through April after school; once a month

Requirements: training, plus a general overview of United Way agencies, will be provided. Must be in the ninth grade.

Volunteers: willingness to translate for Latino individuals at various agencies.

Hours: volunteers will be contacted on an as-needed basis; name will be placed in a database

Requirements: must be fluent in Spanish and comfortable translating face to face.

Volunteers: join one of five panels that review programs at participating organizations that apply for United Way funding.

Hours: Monday to Friday; times vary with each panel; approximately 30 hours per year from fall to early spring

Requirements: training provided

Volunteers: Tax preparers work one-on-one with customers through April 15 using intake forms and computer software to electronically file tax returns and help working families receive all eligible tax refunds and credits.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6-8 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays

Requirements: tax law experience not necessary. Basic computer literacy, attention to detail, and customer service skills needed. Training will be required for new and returning volunteers.

Valley Crest Adult Day Care, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: entertainers such as singers, dancers, choral groups, drama and comedy performances of interest to residents

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays

Requirements: need not be professional; open to community groups, seniors, children, students and clubs

Volunteers: Community Guest Program needs individuals and groups to demonstrate, share or discuss hobbies or interests.

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays

Requirements: need not be professional; open to individuals, seniors, hobby groups and collectors

Victims Resource Center, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: answer phones, assign calls, greet walk-ins as back-up for regular receptionist

Hours: four hours; daytime hours vary

Requirements: must take a 3-hour orientation and 3-hour confidentiality training

Volunteers: assist office staff with copying, sorting, filling data entry and mailings.

Hours: flexible; daytime hours or one night per month

Visiting Nurse Association, Edwardsville

Volunteers: office work such as mailings. Transport patients and families for doctor visits and food shopping. Provide in-home respite for families. Assist in the Inpatient Unit with activity planning, visiting patients and clerical work. Telephone bereavement contacts.

Hours: flexible

Requirements: an orientation program is provided. Good interpersonal skills are needed.

Volunteers: in-hospital service volunteer; transport patients by wheelchair when discharged; sort and deliver patient mail; light computer duties; deliver flowers and package.

Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 1-4 p.m. weekdays.

Requirements: on-the-job training will be provided.

Volunteers of America, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: Help process donations; sort and hang clothing; stock shelves at thrift store.

Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Volunteers: assist in the pregnancy counseling program; pantry; clerical functions; delivery of pantry items; support fragile families.

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

Requirements: criminal background check and confidentiality agreement are required.

West Pittston Library, West Pittston

Volunteers: assistance with Web site and data input.

Hours: flexible

Requirements: computer literate person requiring minimum supervision

West Side Food Pantry, Kingston

Volunteers: answer telephone and take, pack and hand out orders; help with deliveries

Hours: 1-3 p.m. Monday and Thursday to take orders; 9-1 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and Friday, pack and hand out orders once a month; help with deliveries.

Requirements: onsite instruction; volunteers commit two to three hours a month.

Wyoming Valley Aids Council/Linc – One Buddy Program

Volunteer: volunteers work together to satisfy and assist HIV infected clients. Various positions available such as phone, e-mail, transportation or social buddies needed.

Hours: flexible; arranged by the volunteer and the client.

Requirements: 3-hour training is provided.

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