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Volunteer opportunities

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Published in News on October 23, 2005 2:03 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.



From Oct. 15-22, volunteers from businesses, government, churches, civic organizations, schools and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base participated in supply drives for the needy or joined "hands on" projects in non-profit organizations. For the fourth year in a row, United Way of Wayne County led the way with partners Volunteer Wayne/RSVP, the County of Wayne and the City of Goldsboro. Volunteers offered opportunities to help 27 agencies with 40 different ways to participate. Each volunteer made a difference where they chose to serve.

On Saturday, county, city and base leadership volunteers joined together to celebrate the volunteers' contribution at a ceremony on the Wayne County Courthouse steps. Just some highlights of the accomplishments in Wayne County were the collection of food and paper products for the Salvation Army food pantry and Community Soup Kitchen, and collection of school supplies for Communities in Schools, hygiene kits for the Red Cross, and "flood buckets" and baby items for the MERCI Warehouse. Everyone had a heart for some community agency. The Meals on Wheels recipients benefited from non-perishable bag lunches prepared by 4-H participants for days when meals are not delivered to the homebound elderly. The Officers and Civilian Spouses Club and the Enlisted Spouses Club of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Meadow Lane School lentd muscles and skills to a Meadow Lane beautification effort. Once again, Wayne Community College students, faculty, and staff banded together for hurricane survivors at a peer community college to present "Mardi Gras North." This family friendly fun and fund raising carnival themed event sold Mardi Gras beads, held a silent auction, and carnival activities as a benefit for the students, faculty and staff of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. We know everyone enjoyed the day and learned a little more about the non-profit agencies that make Wayne County better for all of us.


Decorators and activity assistants are needed for this "one-time" opportunity. The Special Services Department of our local psychiatric facility can use volunteers to assist in the decoration of an outdoor ball field in preparation for the "Pumpkin Patch Bash." Or they may assist patients with playing games andactivities. Decorators are needed from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and activity assistants are needed from approximately noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have the ability to interact with psychiatric patients, have the ability to follow directions, and be energetic with an enthusiastic attitude.



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 from 68 community agencies in the local area.


Help move books for the Friends of the Library Book Sale and then arrange them on tables. Three or four individuals are needed during the hours from 8:30 -noon on Oct. 24 and 31.


This is the perfect opportunity for you! Volunteers deliver books and discuss them with homebound Wayne County residents. Volunteers will be required to drive their own vehicles but individual delivery routes will be confined to a small geographic area. Hours are flexible.



Volunteers provide assistance in the home of terminally ill patients and their families.Assist by providing companionship, comfort, and emotional or spiritual support. Volunteer may read, write letters, run errands, or do some shopping for the family. Requires 2 hour minimum commitment per week. Flexible hours. Minimum age is 16 with own transportation.


The Mount Olive area WAGES Nutrition Program is in need of a few individuals to deliver meals to homebound individuals. In just an hour you can bring meals and earn smiles from appreciative seniors while checking on their well-being. Tuesday and Thursday are both available.


This program demonstrates the influence of positive peer pressure and allows young people to realize they can play a meaningful role in reducing crime in their communities whether it be at home or school. Adult and teen volunteers are needed.


You can be a part of the solution! Help our schools prepare students for a successful future. There are many ways you can contribute your time and skills. Assist children in developing reading skills or math. Assist in the office. Times are flexible and positions are throughout schools in Wayne County.



You do not have to be able to speak another language to help a student learn English. Students need help speaking, writing and listening to a native speaker of English. Positions are available in several schools.


Foster a greater chance for children's success later in life. Several opportunities are available. You can assist with one-on-one homework help. Or take part in programs throughout the year, such as: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Sports and Fitness, Health and Life Skills, and the Arts. These are ways you can share your expertise and help children develop healthy habits and relationships with adults.


Did you know that mean people do not give blood? That has been the experience of Red Cross Blood Collection staff. If you like people and have a pleasant personality you will enjoy greeting blood donors, have them sign-in, or serve them a beverage and snack after their blood is collected. Blood supplies will be depleted by the extensive recent disasters. You can help maintain an adequate supply of blood by being a greeter, manning the phone to schedule donor appointments, or donating blood. Hours are flexible with many dates from which to choose. You decide how much time you wish to serve. Training is available.



The Balloon Brigade delivers a special birthday wish to terminally ill patients at hospice center and to in-home hospice patients in Wayne County. With assistance from the Volunteer Coordinator, the Volunteer Organizer will be responsible for assisting with recruitment of volunteer teams, donations, and scheduling. Minimum age: 16 with own transportation. Hours vary and can be flexible to fit your schedule.


Donate blood to replenish supplies depleted by recent disasters. Dates available: Oct. 26-28.



Visit a small group of psychiatric patients (usually no more than six) in geriatric unit with your pet on Mondays from 1-2 p.m. You must be at least 18 years of age, able to interact with psychiatric patients and complete shot/health verification form for animal. Small dogs are preferred.



Do you have 30 minutes or more once a week (or more) to deliver meals to patients at local hospice center? Volunteers will pick up 12 meals from Brian Center and deliver to the center. The round trip usually takes less than 30 minutes. Opportunities are available 7 days a week at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dependability and commitment to the job are essential as patients depend on you to deliver their meals. If you say yes to this opportunity, you must be 16 years of age, possess a valid driver's license, and transportation. Training will be provided. Several slots are available, as well as substitute positions to fill in for vacationing volunteers. Ideal for individuals, church groups, or other civic organizations.



Several agencies can use some assistance answering phones, greeting visitors, and other various activities. You may register volunteers, serve them food and drinks, or organize photos into a scrapbook to document the agency's history.


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.


Office skills are needed for this position that will free staff for more complex duties. Filing, data entry, moving folders, labeling folders, answering phones, and other tasks will help various non-profits in their missions as they serve the residents of Wayne County. Flexible hours. Will train.

Volunteer Wayne Online! You can now find your volunteer niche online at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer or www.unitedwaywaynecountync. org. United Way has generously 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.