March 4, 2010 in Washington Voices

Volunteers

 

AARP Tax-Aide Program – Tax Counselors are needed for the AARP Tax-Aide Program, which provides free personal income tax form preparation to middle- and low-income wage-earners. Counselors will assist individuals with the preparation of their tax returns in accordance with the guidelines established between the IRS and the AARP Foundation. In addition, greeters are also needed to welcome the individuals and review their paperwork prior to meeting with the counselors. And, a local coordinator is also needed for tax sites, to recruit, appoint, ensure adequate training, supervise and evaluate counselors. Training is provided for all positions. United Way is sponsoring this volunteer opportunity. For more information call Lucille Simmons, community impact manager, at (509) 838-6581 or visit www.unitedwayspokane.org.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop – Volunteers are needed for the Discovery Shop, located at 905 W. Garland Ave., for help with a number of duties. For more information, call Judy at (509) 328-9373.

Catholic Charities – Drivers are needed to deliver “brown bags” to those in need of meals who are unable to obtain food themselves. Volunteers must pass a Washington State Patrol background check, have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle to use for food deliveries and be able lift and carry bags weighing 8 to 10 pounds. For more information, call Judy Marte at (509) 358-4250 or visit www.catholiccharities spokane.org.

Corbin Senior Activity Center – Lunch helpers are needed to set and clear tables, make coffee and serve food on Wednesdays. Volunteers are also needed to pick up food once a month.

A food handler’s permit is preferred. For more information, call Christa Richardson at (509) 327-1584 or visit www.corbinseniorcenter.org

Friend to Friend – Community volunteers are needed to visit one-on-one with residents in Spokane area long-term care and assisted-living facilities. Each adult volunteer visits one resident, a couple of times a month at their convenience for a one-year commitment. Call Jan Kendrick, Volunteer Coordinator, at (509) 483-1600.

Inland Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Inland Northwest Chapter is looking for volunteers to assist the staff with receptionist duties, data entry, filing and hands-on projects in preparation for special events. Call Kerry Wiltzius, program director, at (509) 482-2022.

Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels – Volunteers are needed to deliver hot meals to elderly and disabled people in Spokane Valley. Volunteers will also need to check on the well-being of each person on their route. Volunteers may choose to drive a route any day, Monday through Friday, or drive as a substitute on flexible days. Meals will be picked up at 11 a.m. and delivered to approximately 15 people and delivery time is approximately 90 minutes. Volunteers are also needed to help prepare meals for elderly and disabled people. All skill levels are needed. Volunteers must use their own vehicles to deliver meals and must pass a background check. For more information, call Pam Almeida, executive director, at (509) 924-6976 or visit www.valleymow.org.

Spokane Valley Partners – Volunteers for an administrative assistant to the program director to maintain the volunteer database; six-month commitment, up to 10 hours per week; assist in the recruitment and hourly tracking of volunteers involved in seasonal programs, food bank and clothing bank. Contact Connie at (509) 927-1153, ext. 18.

Transitions – Volunteers are needed for Transitions Medicaid Treatment Childcare program and EduCare program, to help the teachers in the classroom. The children, ages 2-6, are behaviorally challenged and have special needs and require extra help and attention. Volunteers will be required to attend two-hour training due to the special nature of the environment. They must also be 21 years old and pass a Washington State background check. Volunteers will need to commit to a three-hour-a-week block of time. For more information call Jaki Brophy at (509) 328-6702 or visit www.help4women.com.

This list is a sample of opportunities included on the Spokane County United Way Volunteer Solutions Web site. For a complete list visit www.unitedwayspokane.org and click on the link for the volunteer center, or call for more information about these and other opportunities. If your organization is looking for volunteers, contact the Spokane County United Way at (509) 838-6581.


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