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Volunteers

ACES, a nonprofit child support advocacy group seeks volunteers to help with court monitoring, outreach, advocacy, fund-raising, etc. Information: 1-800-738-2237.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop is in need of volunteers to help in the new resale shop. They also need donated merchandise: furniture, collectibles, adult clothing, linens, jewelry and more. Information: 419-882-6567.

Arthritis Foundation of Northwest Ohio seeks volunteer clerical staff. Information: 419-537-0888.

Bay Park Community Hospital seeks volunteers for the Beacon gift shop and information desk. They are also looking for volunteers in the Health Resource Library. Both teen and adult programs are available. All volunteers receive a free health screening, orientation and training prior to their volunteer experience. A 40-hour commitment over a six-month period is requested. If interested please call the Volunteer Services department at 419-690-7509.

Bluebird Passenger Train volunteers needed for Wednesday and Thursday runs, mid-week runs are tours bus and school field trip programs. Hours vary depending on position, retirees welcome. Please contact Dawn Bly at 419-878-5126 or Bill Linebaugh at 419-878-2177.

Bridge Home Health & Hospice needs volunteers for respite sitting, fund-raising, friendly visits, office work, and bereavement. Information/registration: Julie Tiell, 419-352-9808.

Call for Action, Toledo-area affiliate of the international consumer-assistance organization, seeks volunteers one day a week to help solve consumer problems. Training provided. Information: 419-248-4421.

Coalition to Access Technology and Networking in Toledo seeks volunteers to teach basic computer skills at labs throughout the city. Information: 419-530-3447.

Crisis Response Team needs committed volunteers to be trained as responders or dispatchers to provide short-term crisis intervention to victims of domestic violence. Shifts available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Must be available to work a six-hour shift at least one day per month. All volunteers must pass a criminal background check. Information: 419-213-4715.

Easter Seals of Northwest Ohio needs a volunteer to be a Hal s Pals Storyteller for a disability awareness program, targeted at first-grade classrooms. Training provided. Information: Amanda Schwartz, 419-241-2600.

Family House emergency shelter for temporarily homeless families needs volunteers for reception desk or library, to tutor, plan children s activities. Information: 419-242-5505.

Foster Grandparent Program is looking for senior volunteers, age 60+ to help in schools, day care facilities, Head Start Programs and other non-profit community organizations. Volunteers receive a tax-free stipend for their work and reimbursement for their travel expenses. Training is provided monthly and social activities for the foster grandparents are planned throughout the year. Volunteers make a commitment to work twenty hours or more per week and are placed in assignments close to their homes. For more information call Debby Kelly at Senior Centers, Inc., 419-242-9511.

GED tutors , probation officers and case manager assistants for various departments within the Lucas County Common Pleas Court, general trial division. Volunteers must be 18 or older, high school graduates, and available daytime hours. Information: 419-213-6197.

Girl Scouts of Maumee Valley Council in need of adult volunteers. Must be at least 18 years old and be caring adults who want to help girls develop skills that make them resourceful, competent and successful adults. Information: 419-243-8216.

Hal s Pals, a disability awareness program for first grade classes in Toledo Public Schools, is looking for volunteers to present the program in the schools. If you are interested in becoming a trained Easter Seals volunteer to teach children about Hal s Pals, please contact Amanda at the Easter Seals Toledo office, 419-241-2600.

Harbor Behavioral Healthcare, a mental health and wellness organization in Northwest Ohio, is looking for volunteers to help in several diverse programs. Please contact Tracy at 419-475-4449 for information.

Heartbeat of Toledo, pregnancy center, is looking for volunteers. Information: 419-241-9131.

Heartland Health Care Centers and Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center are looking for people interested in working with seniors and have some extra hours to share. Information: 419-494-9506 or 419-252-5500, ext. 71297.

Heartland Hospice of Toledo offers training to volunteers who want to provide support and companionship to individuals facing an end of life disease. Information: 419-531-0440.

Hospice of Northwest Ohio is looking for gardening volunteers of all ages to help maintain the many gardens at its Hospice Center in Perrysburg, 30000 East River Rd. Volunteers can come alone or in groups, one time or on a weekly basis, any time that s convenient for them. Anyone interested should call 419-661-4001.

Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio, Inc., needs adult volunteers for grades K-12 in Toledo-area schools. Training and materials provided. Information: 419-865-5511 ext. 201.

Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, clerical duties. Information: 419-893-5512.

Lupus Alliance of America seeks volunteers to work with lupus patients and their families. Information: 1-800-705-6677.

Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek in Springfield Township is looking for volunteers to assist residents, many of whom do not have many visitors. Play cards, games, or just sit and visit. Information: 419-861-5531.

Manor House at Wildwood is looking for volunteers with Holiday Spirit to help with the 29th Annual Holidays in the Manor House at Wildwood Preserves. Over 600 volunteers are needed to act as room hosts/hostesses, door greeters and musicians during the eight days that the decorated house is open for tours. Established shifts for volunteers are: Weekdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-3:30 p.m., 3:30-6 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. or weekends, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 12:30-3 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. For information call Marge or Elaine at 419-535-3050.

Maumee Valley Habitat For Humanity is looking for volunteers for service on construction sites, in the office, the ReStore, and on committees for the 2005 Build Season. MVHFH is also collecting aluminum cans, ink cartridges and cell phones to help Habitat for Humanity build homes in Lucas and Fulton Counties for families in need. The ink cartridges and cell phones can be delivered to 223 South Fearing Blvd. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or Grace Church, 3700 Dorr St. Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. If you would like to get involved you can contact them at 419-382-1964.

Meals for homebound in Bowling Green area needs individuals or couples to deliver meals, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Lunch provided to drivers, who must have own transportation and be licensed to drive. Call the Wood County Senior Center, 419-353-5661.

Medical University of Ohio Medical Center volunteer opportunities for adults and students. Information: 419-383-3835 or visit www.meduohio.edu/depts/volunteer.

Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe offers volunteer training for light duties including patient care, housekeeping chores, letter writing, running errands and providing companionship. Information on training sessions: 734-240-8946.

Mercy Health Partners is seeking volunteers to be ambassadors in the main lobbies and patient and family areas of Mercy Children s Hospital, Mercy College, Mercy Healthcare Center, St. Ann Mercy Hospital and St. Vincent Mercy Hospital. Volunteers are also needed in clerical areas. Volunteer hours are one day a week, four hours per day. Information: 419-251-4145.

Mobile Meals of Toledo, Inc., nearly all neighborhoods in Toledo area need help two days a month or more. Substitutes are also needed. If you are a student with service hour requirements or a teacher with some extra time this summer, you have the perfect opportunity to connect with your community. Information: 419-255-7806 or contact the Mobile Meals office at info@mobilemeals.org.

Monroe County Family Independence Agency is seeking foster parent candidates to provide children s foster care within Monroe County, call 734-243-7414.

Nature s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education in Whitehouse seeks volunteers 16 and older. Information: 419-877-0060.

Oakleaf Village, 4220 North Holland-Sylvania Rd., is seeking volunteers to escort residents to dinner, beauty shop, and help with other activities. Information: 419-885-3934.

Ohio Reads program needs mentors to teach reading to grade 1-5, 10:15 a.m.-noon, Monday-Thursday. Information: 419-473-3074.

Our Lady of Toledo Shrine, Oregon. Needs volunteers for variety of duties. Information: 419-697-7742.

Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter seeks animal-loving volunteers. Information: 419-841-8831.

Planned Pethood, Inc., seeks volunteers to foster a dog or cat in the home. Information: 419-478-2072.

Project Read Tutors urgently needed. Information: 734-242-5799, ext. 1325.

Rape Crisis Center, seeks individuals 21 or older with valid Ohio driver s license, reliable transportation, and able to complete a 40-hour training program. Information: 419-241-3235.

Reach Out and Read of Northwest Ohio, read to children in the pediatric waiting room of various clinics at MCO and Mercy Children s Hospital. High school students and adults welcome. Information: 419-383-4007.

RSVP Volunteers is looking for members 55 and over to provide service at more than 175 community organizations. Members will benefit from supplemental accident and liability insurance, mileage reimbursement and recognition. Information: 419-382-7060 or e-mail postmaster@areaofficeonaging.com.

Senior Center, Bowling Green, seeks volunteers to accompany seniors grocery shopping on Tuesdays. Information: 419-353-5661.

Senior Center, Rossford, seeks volunteers to deliver meals on Mondays and Wednesday. A substitute driver is also needed other days. Information: 419-666-8494.

Serenity Farm, Inc., Equestrian Center in Lucky, Ohio, is looking for volunteers to work with disabled people through October on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. All volunteers are required to attend a three-hour training, complete a volunteer application and be in good health to walk beside the equine therapists. Time commitment is usually about two hours a week. Contact Annie Heilman, Volunteer Coordinator at 419-833-3062.

St. Anne Mercy Hospital, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Children s Hospital and Mercy Healthcare Center are in need of volunteers for a variety of programs. Information: 419-251-4145.

St. Charles Mercy Hospital is looking for volunteers for the gift shop, transportation department (in-house), and clerical opportunities. Information: 419-696-7424.

St. Paul s Community Center, 230 13th St., needs help to prepare, serve breakfasts and lunch for the homeless and the mentally ill. Information: Marcia, 419-255-5520, days.

St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Children s Hospital is looking for volunteers to be members of their new Ambasador Volunteer Program. If you would like to make a difference in our community please call the Volunteer Services Department at 419-251-4145.

Stitches From The Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters and hats for babies in need. These items are donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns are available. Donated yarn also appreciated. Call Kathy Silverton toll free at 866-472-6903 or email her at StitchFromHeart@aol.com.

Suitably Attired, professional clothing closet for women seeking self sufficiency, needs volunteers for reception and inventory duties, assisting clients or fund-raising experience. Information: 419-478-7420.

Summer Reading Pals needed at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library for the summer reading program. Registration at various branch libraries. Volunteers will be expected to volunteer two hours per week and need to be at least 16 years old. For information call Cathy Bartel at 419-259-5276.

Sunset House, Sunset Village providing assisted living and health care to men and women, have opportunities that include providing companionship, reading, activities and meal delivery. Information: 419-536-4645, or 419-724-1200.

Swan Creek Retirement Village, 5916 Cresthaven Lane, needs volunteers over age 14 to visit with seniors and participate with them in activities. Information: 419-865-7601.

Toledo Area Humane Society is recruiting volunteers who share a love of animals. Opportunities include animal care, pet therapy, education programs, front office and special events. Information: 419-891-1561.

Toledo, Lake Erie & Western Railway is looking for volunteers to be Maintenance Personnel, Crew Members, Depot Staff and Car Attendants. Anyone interested should contact William Linebaugh, President of the Bluebird Passenger Train , at 419-878-2177 or contact us at info@tlew.org.

Toledo Museum of Art, volunteer information: 419-254-5090.

Toledo Zoo is seeking education volunteers for the new Exhibit Interpreters education program. For more information contact Bill Davis at 419-385-5721 or bill.davis@toledozoo.org.

United Way volunteer opportunities listed in Share the Joy, a booklet designed to help find ways to serve the needy. Copies: Volunteer Center in Lucas County, 419-244-3063; in Wood County, 419-352-2390; in Ottawa County, 419-734-6645. Also, available at: www.uwgtol.org.

Vail Meadows therapeutic riding center seeks volunteers to work with special-needs students in therapeutic horseback-riding program. Information: 419-697-8960.

Valentine Theatre seeks volunteers to usher, work concessions, and check coats during performances. Information: 419-242-3490.

Victim Witness Assistance Program needs volunteers to assist with light clerical duties and correspondence to victims of crime. Time slots available during business hours at the Lucas County Common Pleas Courthouse Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Visiting Nurse Hospice and Health Care, share time with terminally ill patients and their families. Information: 419-897-2803.

Wolcott House is looking for people interested in history and in volunteering at the Wolcott House Museum Complex, especially as docents on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and tour guides to lead school groups during the morning hours Tuesday through Friday. Other volunteer possibilities include museum store, special events, clerical, maintenance, and educational programs. Volunteer training offered. Information: 419-893-9602.

Women Blessing Women has volunteer opportunities in our GED, Job Education and Preparation, and life skills programs. Volunteers are needed for Career Mentor, Basic computing and Microsoft Office skills, fundraising, GED coach, GED tutoring/teaching (Math, English, Reading, Science, History), job coach, job program instructor, Website setup/maintenance, and life skills facilitator. Women Blessing Women is open 9-5 Monday through Friday. For more information call 419-241-9789.

Wood County CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate program is looking for volunteers to monitor a victimized child as a result of abuse, neglect or dependency. Volunteers need to be at least 21 years old, submit an application, provide three references, complete training and make a one-year committment. Information: 419-352-3554 or go to www.woodcountycasa.org.

Wood County Historical Center is looking for volunteers to serve as roving hosts or hostesses inside the museum during special events. The historical center is located at 13660 County Home Rd. For more information call the museum at 419-352-0967.

Wood County Senior Center looking for a volunteer gardener to take care of plants on the center grounds, 305 North Main St. Fertilizer and soil provided.

World Heritage, a non-profit student exchange program, is seeking a volunteer local community representative to provide high school exchange students with program support. You should enjoy fostering international friendships, be community minded and enjoy working with teenagers. For information call Christina at 800-888-9040.

YWCA Battered Women s Shelter is in need of volunteers to answer the 24-hour domestic violence crisis line, provide children s activities, sort donations and perform light office duties, must be 18 years of age, criminal background check required. Information: 419-241-3235.

YWCA Rape Crisis Center is in need of volunteers, especially those who speak Spanish and those who can sign for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Must be at least 21 years old, submit an application, pass a background check, attend a monthly meeting for support, commit to a minimum of 12 hours a month, have car and insurance, have a flexible personal schedule and complete a 52-hour training program. Information: 419-241-7006.



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