The first signs of spring not only bring out the primroses but they also inspire us to think of summer vacations. That will bring an influx of visitors looking for the natural beauty of our state and its many outdoor activities.

A good place for them to get acquainted with what this region has to offer is the Roseburg Visitors Center and it is actively recruiting volunteers to greet those visitors and direct them to area attractions and places to stay and dine. Volunteers can also share with the visitors the quality of life and livability of our community. Morning and afternoon hours are available on a weekly or “on call basis.” Training is provided. Applications are available at the Visitor Center, 410 S.E. Spruce St., in downtown Roseburg. For more information contact Wanda at 541-672-9731 Ext 14 or e-mail her at

If that opportunity does not appeal to you, there are many others listed below.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Douglas County is looking for volunteers 21 and older willing to represent the best needs of neglected and abused children in foster care. Canyonville, Myrtle Creek and Tri City training begins this coming Thursday, Feb. 16. Roseburg training begins Saturday, Feb. 25. Once a week information sessions are from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Garden Valley Starbucks in Roseburg. Go to to learn more about CASA or contact Catherine at 541-672-7001 or

RSVP/AARP Tax Aide Program provides free income tax service and needs many volunteers to assist as receptionists, providing onsite support at the Tax Aide location and in various other ways. Volunteers must be 55 and older. Call the volunteer hotline at 541-492-3526 to apply or get more information.

Head Start and Early Head Start is looking for volunteers to help children of low-income families achieve education readiness and to help parents grow with their children. Volunteers are needed for classroom support, assisting with nutritional needs, administrative support and more. Volunteers must be over the age of 18. Call the volunteer hotline at 541-492-3526 for details.

Senior Companion Program wants volunteers over 55 to provide assistance and friendship to seniors and individuals with disabilities. Volunteers may also take them to community outings, assist them with daily activities or provide respite for family caregivers. A tax-free stipend and mileage reimbursement is available for a minimum of 15 hours of service weekly. For more information contact Colleen at 541-492-3520 or email her at

UCAN Food Bank needs able-bodied volunteers 18 years and older to help in the warehouse and to repack food boxes. Drivers are also needed to pick up donations from area grocery stores. Jeanine will give you details at 541-492-3524.

UCAN/RSVP volunteers are needed to deliver meals to seniors and the disabled; bring clarity to recipients about their Medicare benefits; assist seniors with their medication costs and access resources that can help them. Call the volunteer hotline at 541-492-3526 to apply.

UCAN/RSVP is looking for three volunteers to help place volunteers in appropriate programs, provide creative and design support in developing volunteer materials and promotional information, work with social media, assist with data collection of volunteer hours and volunteer stats vital to grant and program operation, and assist with volunteer recognition events. Volunteers must be 18 years and older. Karen can give you more information at 541-492-3917.

UCAN/RSVP Vet Team is seeking veterans, male or female, to help find housing for homeless veterans in the county and provide support to the veterans in the house program. Duties include helping applicants fill out paperwork, taking them to look at designated houses and mentoring them through the process. Call Karen at 541-492-3917 for more details.

Mercy Medical Center has an ongoing need of volunteers as pharmacy couriers; emergency department liaisons; escort services; gift shop cashiers and many more. Contact Michelle at 541-677-4465 or at

Mercy Hospice also wants volunteers to serve in various categories from office help to providing support services to patients and their families in their homes. Get in touch with Candice at 541-677-2384 or at

Amedisys Hospice of Roseburg has an ongoing need of volunteers 16 years and older to provide emotional and physical support for terminally ill patients and their families. Contact Keri at 541-440-2583 or at for details.

Friendly Kitchen has an ongoing need of volunteers in the kitchen, in the dining room, custodians to do clean up, as well drivers to deliver meals for the homebound. Give Annette a call to get details at 541-673-5929 or reach her at

Ada Duncan of Roseburg writes a monthly column about volunteer opportunities in Douglas County.

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