Children are our country’s most vulnerable treasure. They may have been uncared for or abused and end up with no voice and at the mercy of a complicated legal system, or in some cases lack something as simple as a bed to sleep on. They need folks with a big heart to help them.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Douglas County recruits, trains and assigns volunteers to be advocates for the children in legal proceedings. CASA holds an informational meeting every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at their office, 541 W. Umpqua, Suite 2, Roseburg, and will hold training sessions every Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Oct. 19 to Nov. 10. If you are over 21 years old, stop by their office next Monday or contact them at 541-672-7001 or casaofdouglascounty.org for details.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is looking for volunteers 12 years and older, with or without woodworking experience, to build bunk beds for needy children. Build Days are being scheduled for the next bed delivery in October. Materials, tools and simple designs are supplied. Call J.P. Wilson at 541-900-0740 or visit www.SHPBeds.org for more information.
SMART is seeking volunteers to read for one hour per week, one-on-one, to children in the pre-Kindergarten through third grade. Readers are needed at 15 elementary schools from Camas Valley to Glendale, as well as Head Start, the YMCA, and the Boys and Girls Club. Call Sandra at 541-672-6477 or apply online at www.getSMARTorgegon.org
Knitters and crocheters are needed to create caps, scarves and afghans for children and adult residents at Casa de Belen. Yarn and needles are provided. Call Vi at 541-671-7124 for details.
If these opportunities don’t appeal to you check out the following:
- Senior Companion is looking for seniors 55 and older to offer companionship, friendship and a helping hand to senior and disabled adults. Volunteers receive a tax-free stipend and mileage and meal reimbursement. Call Colleen at 541-492-3520.
- RSVP/AARP Tax Aide program needs tax preparers to train through the AARP Foundation and IRS to be ready to assist individuals of all ages to file their income taxes. No past experience is required. The program also offers training credits for tax preparers. Call the Volunteer Hotline at 541-492-3526.
- UCAN is a program that offers energy education and assistance, a weatherization program, homeless
- outreach, homeless veterans housing and supports Head Start. It is looking for volunteers 18 and older to provide office support, help with record keeping, assist clients to fill out paperwork
- and various other tasks. Volunteers can
- serve 3 or more hours a day Monday through Friday. Call the Volunteer Hotline, 541-492-3526, for information.
- Douglas County dining sites in Winston, Glide, Sutherlin, Yoncalla and Glendale need meals-on-wheels drivers and kitchen helpers. Yoncalla also needs a desk register person. Drivers get a mileage reimbursement. Call 541-440-3677 to learn more.
- Senior Services office at the courthouse needs a volunteer to update the database and four volunteer greeters for the information booth in the lobby of the courthouse. Hours and days are flexible. Call 541-440-3677 for details.