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Volunteer Center opportunities

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Published in News on March 13, 2005 2:08 AM

Volunteer Wayne offers opportunities to serve Wayne County for all ages. This service is provided by Volunteer Wayne and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Wayne Community College. Contact Joy Pearce at 735-5151 ext. 336 or at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer for more information.

O llamar representatives de Latinos por Volunteer Wayne/RSVP: Gaspar Gonzalez, (910) 296-1851, o Willie Cartegena, (919) 735-5010 ext 116.

Volunteer Wayne/RSVP is growing. We are now assisting 70 community agencies with their volunteer needs. That translates to a multitude of diverse volunteer opportunities throughout Wayne County. At Volunteer Wayne/RSVP, we recognize that all people have time and talents to share,and that communities are strengthened when people connect across their differences through volunteer service. Whether you have just one hour a month, or several days a week to share, we can help you find a rewarding experience where your contribution makes a difference in Wayne County.

The following is just a sampling of opportunities in the local area.




Would you like to know more about understanding and caring for individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia? Volunteers who would like training, especially Stevens Ministers, and family members in the caregiving role should attend. Build skills, learn about available resources, and have the opportunity to share with others. Contact Anne Paugh at 919 759-2267 to pre-register. The workshop will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Goldsboro from 9:30 a.m until 1:30 on Tuesday, March 29th. There is no charge for the workshop. A light lunch will be provided.



Help prepare new mothers for their role as a parent with this ongoing project. Each newborn in Wayne County receives a basket of educational items and samples. In just about one hour of your time, you can assist in delivering the baskets to the maternity ward at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Some light lifting -- under 30 pounds -- may be involved. Individuals or groups may participate. Dates: March 14-18, 21-25, March 28- April 1, April 4-8, 1-15, 18-22, and April 25-29. Flexible times are available for assembly of Spanish baby baskets. Other support activities can use volunteers in baby asket data entry (days and times optional) and assistance with newsletters the last and first week of each month. Also, you can help give upcoming kindergarten students a good start. On April 8, backpacks will be distributed to registering kindergarten children and their parents at elementary schools throughout Wayne County.


A pianist or other musician can bring joy to psychiatric patients during their lunchtime. You will have the flexibility to coordinate appropriate music. Must be 18 years of age and able to interact with psychiatric patients.


Home Alone Program is looking for volunteers to teach first aid, Internet safety, and child abduction prevention for program that begins April 6. Time commitment varies from as little as six hours (including training) to as much time as you wish with this worthwhile program. Retired teachers, law enforcement, emergency and medical personnel are ideally suited for this opportunity; however, those skills are not necessarily needed.


Thank you, Wayne County, for your response to this need. One by one individuals are responding to this advocacy for children. However, the need is tremendous and more volunteers are needed. Wayne County has been designated by the state as a county of "Critical Need" as a result of the increase of child abuse and neglect. Do you have a minimum of five hours a month to investigate the needs of a child and advocate for the best interests of that child? This program provides advocacy services for children who are involved in the court system as a result of abuse, neglect and dependency. Last year over 425 children were served in the Wayne, Lenoir, and Greene counties through this program.



You can make a difference if you are able to schedule blood drive appointments on the phone. Flexible hours for one or two people willing to take a leadership role. Training is available. By calling to schedule appointments for blood drives, you can help give the gift of life. You never know when you or a family member may be on the receiving end. Blood drives are scheduled March 14, 21 and 26.


Assist with social activities within a Senior Center. Calling bingo and being energized about physical fitness are just a few of the duties you will be involved with that will provide opportunities for seniors to socialize and keep them healthy. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. The length of time depends on your availability.



Assist staff in creation of monthly themes for teen population in psychiatric unit. Must be at least 14 years of age and able to design and arrange the bulletin board.




Do you have 30 minutes one or more days a week to deliver meals to patients at a hospice center? Volunteers will pick-up up to twelve meals from the nursing facility and deliver them to the hospice center. Round trip usually takes less than 30 minutes! This can be done on your lunch break or on your way home from work. Volunteers are needed weekdays and weekends at 11:30 am and 4:30 p.m. Dependability and commitment to the job are a requirement as patients rely on you to deliver their meals. Must have valid drivers license and transportation and complete meal delivery training.



Faith based non-profit can use your office skills. After completing an in-service training period, responsibilities will include making client appointments, greeting clients, performing simple office duties, and answering and directing all incoming calls. The volunteer commits to a 4 hour "shift" once a week. Special projects volunteers are needed from time to time, such as preparing newsletter for mail out, distributing flyers, making phone calls, doing odd jobs at the center, or making refreshments for special meetings. This organization is not affiliated with any denomination, however, volunteers must agree with the organization's basic principles to participate.



Office skills are needed for this position that will free staff for more complex duties. Filing, answering phones, and other tasks will help this non-profit in its mission to train girls in leadership. Flexible hours. Will train.



You can make the day a little brighter for the elderly. Activities available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday are calling Bingo from 1-3 p.m. or conducting devotionals anytime between 10-11:30 a.m. Located in Pikeville.



Deliver a hot meal as well as to check on homebound individuals. Only an hour of your time will bring smiles to the appreciative people served.



A few individuals with sufficient strength to maneuver wheelchairs can be a tremendous help at this senior center. Also, at least two caring individuals with patience and understanding of dementia are needed to assist with the Alzheimer's respite program on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9-2.


A variety of positions are available in several schools in various grade levels. Some require special skills while others do not. Just some of the opportunities are: working directly with students, monitoring halls, grading papers, making copies, and filing. Special needs are preparing seventh-grade students for the End of Year Writing Test and one on one attention with bilingual and special needs students.



Do you like working with youth from the ages of 7 to 18? Adults, 18 years and older, can shape the minds of young men through this leadership and citizenship training for young men through the use of outdoors training, physical fitness endeavors and challenging experiences. Role models are needed to help with training and "on the ground" camping. Groups meet on a weekly basis for about an hour and a half.



Volunteers are need to give guided tours of historic buildings and present living history demonstrations such as open hearth cooking, corn shelling and candle making to school groups and the general public. Volunteers may also be needed to help run the cash register and clean the historic buildings and the visitor center. Volunteers may occasionally be asked to wear a costume, which will be provided by the site. Training will be provided.

Volunteer Wayne Online! You can now find your volunteer niche online at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer or www.unitedwaywaynecountync.org. United Way has provided this service to encourage more people to become involved in our community. Seniors can also see us at www.joinseniorservice.org provided by the Corporation for National Service. Volunteer Wayne is funded by United Way of Wayne County. RSVP is primarily funded by the Corporation for National Service through Senior Corps.