Volunteer Services Agency, a United Way agency, is a local resource for volunteer recruitment, placement and management for people of all ages in the Mahoning Valley. It sponsors three programs: the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, which helps people 55 and older use their skills in their communities; Volunteer Service to Seniors, which provides assistance and companionship to the elderly living independently in their homes; and the Volunteer Center, which helps people of all ages connect with local nonprofit agencies that need volunteer assistance. For more information, call (330) 782-1220, or visit the Volunteer Services Agency at 5500 Market St., Suite 106, Boardman, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
WILL YOU HELP?
Volunteer help also is needed for these agencies:
Alzheimer's Association: Individuals needed to perform light receptionist duties from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The minimum volunteer commitment time is one day a week.
Camp Fire USA: People needed to help with the children's spring environmental camp from April 22 to June 5. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily. Camp activities include a woods walk, pond life study and bird study. Volunteers may work as few or as many days at their time permits.
Chili Open: People needed to help set up the event, supervise, and clean up after the event set for Feb. 22-23.
Forum Health at Home Hospice: People needed to provide support services such as respite care, run errands, and provide companionship to the patient and family. Volunteers must complete a training class. Volunteers also needed to assist with clerical duties in the Trumbull County or the Mahoning County office. Training will be provided by staff in the office of their choice.
G.T. Empowerment Organization: Individuals needed from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to provide recreational, educational and social experiences for children in grades two through 12 in the after-school programs. Minimum time commitment is three hours on any weekday.
Help Hotline: People needed to provide telephone crisis intervention, suicide prevention, information and referral. A new training class begins this month and takes place on Saturdays.
Planned Parenthood: Individuals needed to organize and maintain a resource library for the general public that includes books, periodicals, brochures and statistical data. After the initial organization, five to 10 hours a month is expected in volunteer commitment time.
Ronald McDonald House: People needed on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help families finish paperwork, to converse with families or just to listen. The minimum time commitment is four hours once a week.
Second Harvest Foodbank: People needed to sort food, pack food boxes, and stock and organize shelves from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The minimum volunteer commitment time is four hours on any weekday.
Seniors Reaching and Teaching Students (STARS): Individuals 55 and older are needed to staff the Youngstown City Schools STARS Programs. Volunteers will tutor and mentor kindergarten through fourth-grade students in an established curriculum during school hours. Volunteers must complete a program orientation and training. Background checks and physical examinations are required.
Volunteer Service to Seniors: Individuals needed to do grocery shopping for homebound seniors. The time commitment is once a week.