HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley, engaging 21st-century volunteers to improve civic health and social conditions by reaching out to volunteers to raise awareness and inspire them to make a difference; providing people with access to projects and other opportunities to learn new skills and engage in work to improve their communities; and mobilizing people to use their time, talent, money and voice to create community change. The office is located at 5500 Market St., Suite 110, Boardman. HandsOn is a monthly column that serves to communicate the impact that volunteering can have on our community. To express interest in one of the opportunities below, contact HOVN at 330-782-5877, fax to 330-782-5001, or visit its website at www.HOVN.org


YSU Summer Festival of the Arts: Many shifts are available for Summer Festival of the Arts events. Email information to info@HOVN.org to choose a spot. Set-up day is Friday and will require volunteers to register artists and help with other set-up; shifts available are 7 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 to 7 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, one volunteer each is needed for artists registration and the festival of nations, and other volunteers for the information booth, children’s art fest, artist-booth sitting, assistance at performance sites and other general needs; shifts are 7 to 10 a.m., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. The last day of the festival, next Sunday, requires volunteers for the children’s art fest, information booth, artist-booth sitting, help at performance sites, other general needs, and one volunteer each for festival of nations tear- down, helping artists pack and de-installation.

Camelot Center volunteers: The Camelot Center is an equine-assisted, therapeutic-riding program whose mission is to provide therapeutic riding to physically, mentally or emotionally disabled, learning disabled, minority and/or disadvantaged children and adults. With certified instructors and trained volunteers, the program offers individuals the opportunity to learn horsemanship skills, grooming techniques and basic horse-management skills. The center also offers handicapped individuals the opportunity to become self-sufficient by providing job training and employment opportunities. Volunteers needed include side walkers to lead horses while providing physical and emotional support to riders and assisting riders in following instructions. Also required are horse leaders, to lead horses during riding lessons and maintain control; a scrapbooker to put together photo albums and scrapbooks of newspaper articles, special events, thank-you cards and letters; a trail cleaner to offer upkeep on trails and make new trails for the horses; and barn and ground maintenance to mow, landscape, repair stalls and fencing, maintain equipment and clean stalls.

Ohio Benefit Bank Counselor: The HandsOn Volunteer Network, in cooperation with Ohio Benefit Bank and the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks, needs help to connect low- and moderate-income Ohioans with work supports and tax credits. Counselors assist individuals by walking them through electronic applications for programs. Volunteers need only basic computer skills. OBB provides access applications to programs, including food assistance, Ohio Medical Benefits, home-energy assistance, federal student aid, prescription assistance, voter registration and federal and state income-tax filing. Training, orientation and support to volunteers who become OBB Mobile Volunteers is provided. For information, email aharden@hovn.org or call Addonnus at 330-782-5877.

“Buck Night” for the HandsOn Volunteer Network: HandsOn will raise much-needed funds by providing volunteers to staff Eastwood Field’s portable beer and wristband stands for Mahoning Valley Scrappers “Buck Night” games Thursdays. Volunteers 18 and older are needed to check identification and distribute wristbands to patrons 21 and older. Each of these stations requires two people. Adult volunteers 21 and older will serve beer at one of the three stations. Games still available include Thursday, July 25, Aug. 8, 22 and 29. Volunteers should report to the ballpark for orientation at 5 p.m. If the volunteer commits to multiple games and already has received orientation, they should arrive at 5:30 p.m. The estimated time commitment is five hours per game. HandsOn needs the confirmation of 12 to 15 people for each game to participate in this opportunity. If all the volunteer spots are filled, the Scrappers will make a monetary donation to HandsOn Volunteer Network, in addition to any tips received at the stands. To participate, contact Kristen Gallagher by emailing kgallagher@HOVN.org, or call 330-782-5877, ext. 106. Have a particular game or games in mind where you can commit your time.

The Concern of Sebring Food Pantry Associate: A food- pantry associate is needed to stock shelves and pack food for distributions, pickup and unload deliveries, and help with fundraising, food drives and assisting with Ohio Benefits Bank access.

Veterans Affairs van driver: Volunteers are needed to transport veterans from Youngstown to Cleveland once a week using the agency van. Screening and proof of valid driver’s license required along with a clean driving record.

Veterans Support Associate: Volunteers will provide reminders of medical appointments or optometry assistance and make referrals as necessary. The support associates must be compassionate and understanding of the medical issues to best assist veterans with finding solutions.

Trumbull Mobile Meals: Drivers are needed to service summer routes and fill in for volunteers who are on vacation. Routes typically take 90 minutes per day. This opportunity is appropriate for families, teams, businesses, retired couples and students who are majoring in the social services, nursing or medical fields.

Delivery driver for the Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry: Help the Ursuline Sisters by picking up and delivering food from Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley to the Ursuline Motherhouse.

Grow Youngstown volunteers: Grow Youngstown is seeking two volunteer pickup managers in their locations at Fellows Riverside Gardens or the East Side Library. Volunteers are needed through November, required for 18 or 25 weeks, and they will be asked to work from 3:15 to 6 p.m. Tuesday each week. As a stipend, volunteers will be given a family share of produce. Volunteers must own a midsize to large vehicle and be prepared to transport crops in personal vehicle and transport them to a pickup location. Among other tasks, volunteers must accept cash and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)/Ohio Direction Card Vouchers; track who picks up their produce and their payments by category with a provided tracking sheet; call in EBT voucher-confirmation numbers to the GY program coordinator the same evening; and take or mail received money and vouchers to the Grow Youngstown office by noon the day after the pickup. Grow Youngstown cannot provide gas mileage, vehicles or money in return for your time. Contact Elsa Higby at 330-286-0688, or email csa@grow-youngstown.org

Animal Charity of Ohio volunteers: Animal Charity of Ohio needs a volunteer receptionist to answer phones, greet clients and perform other tasks as needed for the veterinary office. A humane-department volunteer to assist the department with record keeping and answering phones as well as a dog walker are needed.

Iron Soup Historical Preservation Co. volunteer Saturdays: The Iron Soup Historical Preservation Co. will host volunteer Saturdays through Aug. 31. Rain dates will be the following Saturday at the same time. All-day volunteers will be served lunch and dinner, treated to evening festivities and automatically entered into a drawing for prizes.

Transportation for cancer patients: The American Cancer Society is in need of volunteers to provide transportation to follow-up doctor’s visits for those undergoing treatment for cancer. The volunteers typically will provide a ride from the patient’s home to their appointment and home again. The volunteer must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and be flexible and understanding. Volunteers do not receive compensation.

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