Here are some of the local groups that are looking for assistance:
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 needs volunteers to help in the new resale shop. Also needed is donated merchandise: furniture, collectibles, adult clothing, linens, jewelry, and more. Information: 419-882-6567.
Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio is seeking seniors over age 55 for volunteer opportunities. Call for details: 419-382-7060.
Arthritis Foundation of Northwest Ohio seeks volunteer clerical staff. Information: 419-537-0888.
ASSE international student exchange programs are looking for volunteers to serve as area representatives to recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad, and supervise the visiting exchange students in their community. Area representatives are reimbursed for expenses and are provided with travel opportunities. Information: 937-903-9584 or 1-800-736-1760.
Bay Park Community Hospital seeks volunteers for the Beacon gift shop and information desk, as well as in the Health Resource Library. Both teen and adult programs are available. Volunteers receive a free health screening, orientation, and training. A 40-hour commitment during a six-month period is requested. Information: 419-690-7509.
Bluebird Passenger Train volunteers needed for Wednesday and Thursday runs; mid-week runs are tour buses 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 and registration: 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.
Cherry Street Mission Ministries has many opportunities for volunteers including: administrators, cooks, food prep workers, wait staff, educators, nature lovers to tend the gardens, mentors and Bible study leaders, volunteers with a valid driver s license for pick-ups and deliveries, and groups to organize fund-raisers and community drives for food, clothing, and hygiene products. Those interested should call at 419-242-5141, ext. 241.
Cocoon Shelter Volunteer Advocacy Training, a 50-hour class that prepares volunteers to attend to the needs of victims of domestic violence by providing crisis intervention and conducting intakes into safe shelter. Due to procedural restructuring, applications from women and men are being accepted for volunteer advocates. Information: 419-373-1730.
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. Volunteers must pass a criminal background check. Information: 419-213-4715.
Deliver meals for the home-bound in Bowling Green. Individuals or couples are needed from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Lunch provided to licensed drivers who must have own transportation. Call the Wood County Senior Center, 419-353-5661.
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 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 20 hours or more per week and are placed in assignments close to their homes. Call Debby Kelly at Senior Centers, Inc., 419-242-9511.
The Girl Scouts of Maumee Valley Council needs adult volunteers. Must be at least 18 years old and be interested in helping girls develop skills which make them resourceful, competent, and successful adults. Information: 419-243-8216.
Good Bears Of The World is seeking loving, caring, and compassionate people to help provide teddy bears for children and adults who are victims of various traumatic situations, and to older adults in nursing homes. For information, call Terrie Strong at 419-475-2309, Sandy Flick at 419-843-2221 (evenings).
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. Call Amanda at the Easter Seals Toledo office, 419-241-2600.
Heartland Health Care Centers and Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center are looking for people interested in working with seniors. 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.
Immergrun volunteers needed to transport persons from the Amish community to and from bus and train stations to local clinics and hospitals. Immergrun is an organization formed by several area doctors to help the Amish receive surgery at a lower cost. Details: 1-800-333-3561.
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.
Lucas County Common Pleas Court, general trial division seeks GED tutors, probation officers, and case manager assistants for various departments. Volunteers must be 18 or older, high school graduates, and available daytime hours. Information: 419-213-6197.
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.
Luther Home of Mercy in Williston, Ohio, is looking for volunteers to accompany staff and clients to community outings such as shopping and restaurants, movies, etc. Expenses are paid and trips are scheduled sporadically on Wednesdays and Fridays from about 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Activity assistants also needed to assist clients in various centers such as arts and crafts, sewing, gardening, and music, weekdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m. Call 419-836-7741.
Maumee Valley Historical Society is seeking volunteers for the Wolcott House Museum Complex in Maumee. Volunteer store clerks, hosts and hostesses, tour guides, and school guides are needed. Call Sandy Miller, volunteer coordinator, Wednesday through Friday at 419-893-9602.
University of Toledo Medical Center offers volunteer opportunities for energetic adults and students. Placement opportunities available in direct customer service assignments or volunteers can assist health care professionals, perform clerical tasks in an academic office, or provide courteous and professional service to patients and visitors. Call 419-383-3846.
Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe offers volunteer training for light duties including patient care, housekeeping chores, letter writing, running errands, and providing companionship. Information: 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. Anne Mercy Hospital, and St. Vincent Mercy Hospital. Volunteers 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 the Toledo area need volunteers two days a month or more to deliver meals to the elderly, ill, disabled, and home-bound. Substitutes also needed. Information: 419-255-7806 or visit www.mobilemeals.org.
Monroe County Department of Human Services is seeking foster parent candidates (Michigan residents only) to provide foster care to children in Monroe County. Call 734-243-7414.
Nature s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education in Whitehouse seeks volunteers age 16 and older. Information: 419-877-0060.
Newborns in Need seeks volunteers to help quilt, knit, sew, or crochet baby items which are donated to facilities that provide for the needs of premature and newborn babies who are sick or in crisis. Work takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every second Saturday of the month at Calvary Assembly of God on Glendale Avenue. Instruction and supplies provided. Information: 419-865-4470.
Oakleaf Village, 4220 North Holland-Sylvania Rd., is seeking volunteers to escort residents to dinner and the beauty shop and to help with other activities. Information: 419-885-3934.
Odyssey Healthcare Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit hospice patients and make caring cards and comfort blankets. Volunteers also needed to provide music therapy to terminally ill patients. Music therapist preferred. Information: 419-887-6700 or 1-866-913-6700.
Ohio Reads program needs mentors to teach reading to grade 1-5, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday. Information: 419-473-3074.
Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter seeks animal-loving volunteers. Information: 419-531-7964.
Project Read of the Monroe County Intermediate School District needs tutors. Information: 734-242-5799, ext. 1325.
Rape Crisis Center seeks individuals 18 or older with valid Ohio driver s license and reliable transportation. Volunteers must complete a 20-hour training program. Information: 419-241-3235.
Reach Out and Read of Northwest Ohio seeks volunteers to read to children in the pediatric waiting rooms 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 volunteers 55 and over to provide service at more than 225 community organizations. Volunteers will benefit from supplemental accident and liability insurance, mileage reimbursement, and recognition. Information: 419-382-7060 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
S.A.F.E. (Senior Advocates for Fire Education) is seeking volunteers to represent the Toledo Fire Rescue Department in promoting safety and fire prevention through education, distribution of information, and demonstrations to older adults. Volunteers must be 55 years or older, possess a valid driver s license, and high school diploma or equivalent. Background check required. Call the Area Office on Aging at 419-382-7060, ext. 2215.
Senior Center, Rossford, seeks volunteers to deliver meals. Substitute drivers also needed. Information: 419-666-8494.
St. Charles Mercy Hospital is looking for volunteers. Many positions available ranging from direct people contact to various clerical areas. Commitment and training are minimal. Information: 419-696-7424.
St. Paul s Community Center, 230 13th St., needs help to prepare and serve lunch for the homeless and the mentally ill. To volunteer call Marcia, 419-255-5520, ext. 124 during 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Children s Hospital is looking for volunteers for their Ambassador Volunteer Program. Information: 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 e-mail her at StitchFromHeart@aol.com.
Sunset House and Sunset Village, providing assisted living and health care to men and women, has opportunities that include 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.
Therapeutic Riding Center, Vail Meadows at 6118 Cedar Pointe Rd., Oregon, needs volunteer side walkers and horse leaders Monday through Wednesday, mid-mornings. Training provided. Call 419-693-9285.
Toledo Area Humane Society is recruiting volunteers who share a love of animals. Opportunities include animal care, pet therapy, education programs, front office, public speaking, and special events. Information: 419-891-1561.
Toledo Botanical Garden is looking for volunteers to help with events now through October: 419-936-2644.
Toledo Museum of Art, volunteer information: 419-255-8000, ext. 7390.
Toledo Repertoire Theatre is looking for volunteers for the office, as well as to serve as costume sewers, scene builders, bulk mailers, backstage crew members, and actors. Information: 419-243-9277.
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.
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. to 4:30 p.m. Call: 419-213-4726.
Visiting Nurse Hospice and Health Care, volunteers needed to share time with terminally ill patients and their families. Information: 419-897-2803.
Waite High School in East Toledo looking for algebra I and geometry tutors, for after school program that meets Mondays and Wednesdays between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 301 Morrison Dr. For school year 2007-2008. Information: 419-691-4687.
Women Blessing Women has volunteer opportunities in its Empowerment program for women, over age 18, to obtain a living wage job and break the cycle of poverty. Volunteers are needed for career mentor, basic computing and Microsoft office skills, fund-raising/special events, GED tutor/teacher, job coach, job program instructor, and life skills facilitator. Women Blessing Women is located at 223 Page and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 commitment. Information: 419-352-3554 or www.woodcountycasa.org.
Wood County Historical Center is looking for volunteers to serve as hosts or hostesses inside the museum during special events. The historical center is located at 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. Information: Heather Sloane at 419-352-0967, ext. 104.
World Heritage, a non-profit student exchange program, is seeking a volunteer local community representative to provide high school exchange students with program support. Call Sue at 1-800-888-9040.
YWCA Battered Women s Shelter needs 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 needs 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.