Local volunteer opportunitiesPublished 10:45am Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Girls on the Run need volunteers
Volunteers are needed to be head coaches, assistant coaches, substitute coaches, and for program support and the UWSM Girls on the Run 5K in May. The 2013 program starts the week of March 4 and culminates with a 5K Celebration on May 23. More than 220 coaches are needed. Deadline to sign up is Feb. 1.
Job descriptions and sign-up forms are on the United Way website at www.uwsm.org/girlsontherun.
‘Musical Adventure’ leaders
Curious Kids’ Museum has recently installed and opened a new exhibit, “Good Vibrations — A Musical Adventure for Kids,” with lots of musical instruments for visitors to play. Some of the instruments are self-lead, but others need an experienced musician to demonstrate and supervise as visitors use them. The concept is similar to an instrument petting zoo. Instruments available include the flute, cello, violin and saxophone. Volunteers are needed an hour a month toc ontribute time to this exhibit. Interested volunteers will need to enroll in the volunteer program at CKM, which basically consists of filling out a very small amount of paperwork. For more information, call Myrna Piehl at 269-983-2543 and leave a voicemail.
• Emergency room assistant: Assist the Emergency Department staff members in facilitating care to all Emergency Room patient populations through a variety of methods. This will give individuals who are interested in the medical field an opportunity to see the different areas within the health care field. Improve your ability to communicate with all type of patients and families in a variety of settings.
• Information desk greeter: Greeters are the first point of contact at Lakeland Community Hospital. These volunteers welcome guest to the hospital, assist guests in locating loved ones and guide patients and guest to their destination.
• Gift shop clerk: Did you know the gift shop at Lakeland Community Hospital in Niles helps buy important medical equipment? Of course, they also help encourage and cheer patients by making it easy for visitors to bring gifts. Come be a part of this important service when you volunteer at the Niles gift shop. You will help customers with their purchases, deliver phone orders, and run the cash register and visa machines.
All volunteers must complete an orientation, TB test and criminal background check – all completed by Lakeland. Call (269) 687-1433.
Berrien County Cancer Service
• Newsletter assembly: Help assemble monthly newsletter for mailing – fold in half, tape closed and affix mailing label. Current mailing list is almost 5,000. Join this group of volunteers for conversation and refreshments. Date varies each month based on when publication is returned from printer, but no matter what date, the time is usually 9 a.m.
• Pick up and deliver medical equipment: BCCS maintains a loan closet of medical equipment — walkers, electric scooters, wheelchairs, commodes, etc. Occasionally, people of our community want to donate equipment, but cannot deliver to the office. Also, sometimes clients are finished using our equipment, but cannot return it. Volunteers are needed to occasionally pick up and/or deliver equipment to the Stevensville office.
Leader Publications, in conjunction with Volunteer Southwest Michigan publishes volunteer opportunities on a regular basis. To find out about more volunteer opportunities, call 983-0912 or visit www.volunteerswmi.org. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.