HANDS ON Volunteering

HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley, engages 21st-century volunteers to improve civic,health and social conditions; provides people with access to projects and other opportunities to learn new skills and engage in work to improve their communities; and mobilizes people to use their time, talent, money and voice to create community change. The office is at 5500 Market St., Suite 110, Boardman. HandsOn is a monthly column that provides a list of volunteer opportunities. Like it on Facebook by searching for HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley. Contact HandsOn Volunteer Network by calling 330-782-5877 or emailing info@HOVN.org about these opportunities:


YSU Summer Festival of the Arts event volunteers: Volunteers needed for shifts and responsibilities for the YSU Summer Festival of the arts. Friday is setup day. Shifts available are 7 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 3 to 7 p.m. Artist registration and artist setup shift is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and has many volunteer assignments available. Other shifts available Saturday are 7 to 10 a.m., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Next Sunday, volunteers will be needed at the children’s art fest, information booths, artist booth sitting, help at performance sites and other help where needed; shifts are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 4 p.m., and 4 to 7 p.m. Help is needed after 4 p.m. next Sunday for festival of nations tear-down and helping artists pack up.

3rd annual Olivia’s Backyard Carnival event volunteers: Olivia’s Backyard Carnival benefits the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. Volunteers can give a few hours or the whole day. Help is needed to run games, help with food prep, sell raffle tickets and more. The carnival is from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Welker Park in New Middletown. For information or to volunteer, call Steve or Crystal at 330-366-0148.

Autism Speaks Walk for Autism Walk committee member: Assist the committee in reaching its goals by assisting in tasks that focus on top teams, top walker, corporate development, logistics and publicity.

Choffin Aquaponics: The Aquaponics program at Choffin Career and Technical Center is seeking volunteers with levels of skill and experience that involve plumbing, construction, curriculum development and facilities operations for the 2014-15 school year. Throughout the summer, volunteers will construct parts of the systems and maintain the day-to-day operations of the facility. This program is designed to use water that is pumped from fish tanks to provide water and nutrients to a variety of plants growing in water containers rather than soil. This opportunity is appropriate for science majors, retired systems engineers, architects and retired teachers. Responsibilities include: facilities assistant to feed fish, clean aquariums, tanks and filters, maintain the floors through sweeping and mopping; systems-maintenance assistant to analyze water systems and maintain pump systems; communications specialist to write and edit materials to be used in the classroom and for the marketing campaign; illustrators to draw cells and other scientific organisms for classroom presentations, marketing materials and online library; a revenue-development specialist to research grant opportunities and identify outside researchers who could use the facility. HandsOn is managing the volunteer program, and all volunteers are required to go through HandsOn.

RSVP Lead With Experience for Project More: HandsOn is expanding Project More in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence is a volunteer reading mentoring project for students with disabilities or those that are not on track. McGuffey Elementary is now a station of RSVP volunteers with Project More of Ohio. Volunteers help students gain the skills and confidence they need to increase their individual reading levels by working with students for one to four 30-minute, one-on-one sessions. Contact Addonnus Harden for information at 330-782-5877.

Hospice of the Valley Hospice House: Volunteers needed to provide support and companionship to patients and their families before and after the patient’s death through visits while the patient is in Hospice House. All volunteers must complete the training program as required.

Additional Hospice of the Valley Hospice House volunteers: Clerical volunteers are needed to assist personnel with copying, filing, inventory, phone calls and scheduling at the front desk; fundraising volunteers are needed to assist with signature events by securing auction items, selling raffle tickets, setting up and tearing down event venues, gift-wrapping and other tasks; and mail-team volunteers are needed to process all mass mailings for the agency as well as other tasks.

United Methodist Community Center Warren Food Give Away assistants for veterans: The United Methodist Community Center will host food giveaways to homeless veterans and their families the fourth Wednesday and Thursday of each month. Volunteers are needed Wednesday to organize, sort and pack groceries for the veterans and Thursday to help with giving out the bags and assisting those veterans who may need extra help. Plan for a three-hour time commitment Wednesdays and two and a half hours Thursdays.

VFW Post 9517 honor guard associate: A volunteer is needed to facilitate access to veterans’ benefits and supportive services by offering emotional and psychological comfort in a time of crisis to family members of the deceased veterans through an honor guard at military funerals; maintenance of uniforms, flags and supplies; administrative support necessary for the provision of services. Volunteers must be a VFW or ladies/spouse auxiliary member with the ability to perform flag ceremonies or provide other support.

Veterans Outreach: The Veterans Outreach Center in Struthers is looking for assistance with website development and veterans-benefits assistants. For information, contact Harden at aharden@hovn.org or by calling 330-782-5877.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio: The Scouts need various volunteers. An adult-learning facilitator is needed who can mentor, be a role model and facilitate the learning and leadership needs to all GSNEO volunteers. This volunteer will deliver and facilitate adult learning within the council jurisdiction that will enable GSNEO volunteers to carry out their position’s responsibilities with confidence and satisfaction. A Journey Series program facilitator also is needed. The series urges girls to learn how to discover, connect and take action in our world. This volunteer will prepare for and deliver the program in an assigned location as prescribed in course curriculum, support positive participation with girls, parents/guardians and other volunteers, and administer and submit program evaluations.

American Red Cross receptionist: American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley is needs a volunteer receptionist who is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers answer phones and direct calls, handle incoming and outgoing mail and assist staff when needed. The Red Cross office is in Liberty.

Affordable Care Act volunteers: The ACA’s first deadline has passed for enrolling, but many people are getting ready for the next deadline and need assistance navigating the system. HandsOn needs to boost its volunteer ranks for ACA inquiries. Those who have a background in a helping profession, prior volunteer experience or knowledge in navigating difficult Web pages are needed for an Affordable Care Act project at HOVN. The training is free and will be done at HOVN offices. Call 330-782-5877.

Math tutors: Volunteers who have about 30 minutes a week are needed to help students understand critical academic information. Contact Harden for information.

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