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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers needed for 3rd Annual Family Style Christmas Dinner.  Interested in doing something different this Christmas?  Interested in helping out & spending time with some terrific people?  How about volunteering at our 3rd Annual Family Style Christmas Dinner, a free community event.  We are looking for helpers on Christmas Day to serve meals, drinks, desserts & to help with clean up.  We are also seeking help the day before, with food prep & hall set up.  We would also like someone to play music or sing during the dinner.  The event is being held at the Harnden Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Road in Wilton (across from Tractor Supply).  If interested, please call 778-6520.

The Dixfield Food Pantry and Sharing Center is growing! We now provide more than just food for those in need. We also accept donations of household goods and small appliances to be shared with those who need them. Because of crowded space, we are planning to add another section to the back of our building. This will make for a more efficient work environment as well as provide much needed storage space. Anyone who would like to donate building materials or funds toward the $4,000+ goal is asked to call Pastor Ken or Linda Hinkley at 562-7470 or 364-6405.

34th Annual Trek Across Maine. We are looking for volunteers to help us support the Trek Across Maine. From the Mountains to the Sea we have many volunteer opportunities available from June 15th, 2018 through June 17th, 2018. Please contact Kim at (207)-624-0313 or Kim.Chamard@lung.org for more information.

Care And Share Food Closet, Inc. is looking for more volunteers. There are many duties that need fulfilling to continue to run the food closet. We are looking for committed volunteers who could help with serving the people, gleaning and prepping food to give out each day, office work such a data entry, trucking picking up donations, etc. please call the food closet at 778-0508 and leave a message for Therese Hersey or email to careandsharefoodcloset@gmail.com.

SeniorsPlus, the designated Western Maine Agency on Aging, seeks volunteers for several of its programs. A list of current volunteer opportunities follows. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Heather Chandel, at SeniorsPlus, by phone at 207 513-3710, or by email hchandel@seniorsplus.org.

Dining site volunteers: healthy meal assistance including set up, serving, cleanup and donation collection at the sites. In Farmington on Mondays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. At Meadowview and Heritage Court in Lewiston on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. No experience necessary. All training provided.

Meals on Wheels drivers/deliverers: deliver nutritious meals and social contact to the homebound in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, one or more days per week from the Lewiston production kitchen. Most routes take about one hour and a half, Monday through Thursday mornings between 9:30 and 11:30 am. Must have a valid Maine driver’s license.

Kitchen Helpers/Packers: assist with preparation of meals or packing of delivered meals at the Lewiston production kitchen, one or more days per week, Monday through Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 11:00 am.

Our SEARCH Outreach Program for Seniors has arrived in Franklin County! We currently support seniors in the areas between Livermore Falls/Jay to Farmington. Our SEARCH program, (Seek Elderly Alone, Renew, Courage, & Hope) is a program of Catholic Charities Maine. Our mission is to enable vulnerable seniors to remain independent and create a long-term support system to meet their needs. We are new to Franklin County but have been offering services to seniors for over 42 years in Androscoggin County. Our new SEARCH office is housed in the St. Rose of Lima parish in Jay and we can now begin to take referrals for seniors, who live in their own homes, and are in need of support to help them remain in their homes as long as possible.

We are also in need of community volunteers to be matched with an isolated or lonely senior. Our volunteers provide the support services to the clients by making weekly reassurance calls, providing friendly visits & companionship, or by assisting them with transportation support for their errands, grocery shopping or doctor’s appointments. We provide services to seniors of all faiths, ages 60 and above, and it is free to all clients enrolled in our program.

For more information about joining our program, becoming a volunteer to support an elderly person from your community, or if you would like to refer an elderly neighbor, friend or relative who could benefit from our services please call our local office and speak to our new Outreach Coordinator, Stephanie Crowe, at 200-0844. Thank you and God Bless

Dining site volunteer needed to set up serve and clean up. Serve your community and meet some new people. No experience necessary. FMI hchandel@seniorplus.org or 207-513-3710

If you desire to increase literacy in people’s lives, we have a variety of volunteering opportunities. On our website, you will see job descriptions for the following available volunteer positions. All volunteers are required to attend a 2 hour orientation: at the Literacy Volunteers Office (Mt. Blue Adult Education Offices). Call 207-500-3131 for a schedule. Equal opportunity; no discrimination based on race, religion, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

1. One to One tutoring Program-Tutors:

To provide one-to-one or small group tutoring to adults over 18, who need help with reading, writing, math, technology, or English as a second language to each goals. QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or equivalent
Expectations: To commit to tutor at least 1 hour a week for at least one year, complete one 2 hour tutor training session, attend at least 3 ongoing training sessions of choice within a year, work with a learner as a peer and involve the learner in all major decisions about instruction, participate in progress monitoring and data collection system.

2. One to One Tutoring Program-Resource Manager:
Management of assessment materials, leveled books, and instructional materials. Qualifications: Attention to detail and organizational skills. Sample Tasks: Copying, printing, organizing, tracking inventory. Estimated time commitment: 1 Wednesday morning a month for 2 hours. Location: Literacy Volunteers office at Mt. Blue ABE offices

3. Traveling Libraries Program- Team Leader:
Lead the Traveling Libraries Team to support the 7 sites where books are being shared. Primary Responsibilities: Oversee Maintenance of 7 sites, maintain a communication loop with team members via email and phone calls when needed, facilitate book deliveries to sites, attend at least 3 meetings a year at the LV office. Estimated time commitment: 2 times a month for 2 hours of your choosing.

Volunteer Driver Needed. Seeking a Volunteer Driver for the Rangeley Townhouse Meals Site to pick up and deliver meals locally. Needed on Thursdays at 11 a.m. for approx. one hour. Must have valid Driver's License. If interested, or for more info, please call Shirley at 864-3986.

Make a Difference for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. SeniorsPlus, the Western Maine Agency on Aging, is collaborating with the Maine Chapter of the Alzhiemer’s Association to form a volunteer social engagement committee that will plan monthly community activities for people with dementia and their caregivers. Volunteers are needed to make a positive difference in the lives of persons living with Alzheimer’s disease. Volunteers are sought for the Alzheimer’s Association’s new Central Maine Social Engagement Committee. Committee volunteers will plan and present one to two social events monthly for eligible persons diagnosed with dementia and their care partners. Contact Mark Pechenik at 207-772-0115 or by email: mpechenik@alz.org to sign-up for this event.

SeniorsPlus Needs Volunteer Bill Payers for Money Minders Program. SeniorsPlus, the Western Maine Agency on Aging, seeks volunteers for its Money Minders program, which aims to prolong independent living for individuals sixty and over who are at risk of losing their independence due to inability to manage their financial affairs. Volunteer bill payers will be matched with older adults who need help keeping finances in order. This volunteer will visit the client once or twice a month and will provide checkbook balancing and bill paying services. The client will retain control or her/his finances at all times. Some clients are served on a short term basis, but the majority are served on a long-term basis. Volunteers are currently needed in Jay, Farmington, and Oxford. For more information contact Dana Morrell, Money Minders Coordinator, at 207-513-3740 or dmorrell@seniorsplus.org.

Volunteer at the Western Maine Homeless Shelter 547 Wilton Road Farmington, lower level of the Living Waters Community Church. Call Western Maine Homeless Outreach at 207-491-4100 or email: Alivernois@wmHomelessoutreach.org.

Literacy Volunteers of Franklin & Somerset Counties. If you're interested in providing one-on-one confidential tutoring with adults in a public location, with free training provided (required), give us a call. Training: 18 hours of Basic Reading Tutor Training in workshop format over several sessions. Required commitment: At least one hour a week for one year. Other volunteering opportunities available! Call Barbara Averill, Executive Director, at 207-500-3131 or email literacyvolunteersfs@gmail.com.

Shout out to Volunteers in the greater Farmington area. Did you know over 50 percent of our nursing home residents never receive visitors? Want to make a real impact within your community? Then maybe hospice volunteering is for you. Volunteers of all talents are needed to provide care and comfort for hospice patients and their families. Male volunteers are needed too! As well as Veteran volunteers for our Veteran to Veteran program! Hospice volunteering is not about a patient’s demise, it is about their Living! “Being a hospice volunteer has been an incredibly fulfilling experience for me. Many people comment that it must be depressing, but I enjoy and look forward to my weekly visits. Often just saying “hello” makes the residents’ faces light up. I’m loving being a hospice volunteer.” – Amy Lesko, Livermore. For more information, please contact Adult Ed program at 897-6722 ext 202 or Kelly Herlihy, Volunteer Coordinator, 621-1212 / kherlihy@beaconhospice.com.

Franklin Community Health Network/Franklin Memorial Hospital is looking for volunteers for the Gift Shop and Valet Parking. Do you have some extra time on your hands? Are you looking to help those in need…we could use your help. As an active volunteer we provide a free lunch for each shift you volunteer, free flu shots, awards banquet and many other perks for giving time to our organization. To become one of over 150 volunteers at FCHN/FMH please call Jodi Cordes, Director of Volunteers at 779-2635 or go online to print out an application at http://www.fchn.org/support/volunteering.

Touch of Class Thrift Shop. Are you retired or have a few extra hours a week and looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity? Please contact Lynne at the Touch of Class Thrift Shop at 778-4492. The Thrift Shops were created to employ and support local individuals with intellectual disabilities. We could use your help in sorting all the beautiful donated items from the community. Call Lynne 778-4492

Senior Living Center. Do you have a talent that you would love to share with a fun loving group that enjoy a variety of entertainment? Do you have a hobby that you would love to show people that other people would enjoy, be it painting, sewing, etc.? Did you take a trip that you would love to share your adventures with? Do you love to be around the elderly to sit and talk or play a game? We have the setting for you. Please contact Shelley Seavey at Edgewood Rehab and Living Center at 778-3386 for more information.

Community Drivers: Provide a Ride, Improve a Life! Community Drivers are needed in Franklin County to provide rides to people who have no access to transportation. Drivers use their own vehicles and receive reimbursement of $0.41 to $.044 per mile. Drivers are reimbursed weekly for all miles, starting and ending at your driveway. Mileage reimbursement is a stipend for volunteering and does not need to be claimed as a wage for income taxes, SSI, TANF, or other income-based benefit programs. You must have a registered, inspected and insured vehicle and a clean driving record to drive with us. For more info, please call Kirk at 713-0857 or email kbellavance@community-concepts.org.

AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

Work First Inc. is always looking for more volunteer opportunities. If you know of an organization needing assistance, or would like more information, please call 778-3200.

LINKS TO COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZERS

There are many volunteer opportunities at Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) in East Wilton. Opportunities in reception, inventory management, data entry, and maintenance along with many others are available. Please contact Anna Frechette, HR and Finance Manager at 1(800) 645-9636 or afrechette@wmca.org

There are many volunteering opportunities at Franklin Memorial Hospital and the Franklin Community Health Network through the volunteer program, as well as the Auxiliary, which raises funds for the hospital.  For more information and a listing of volunteer opportunities, visit the FCHN volunteer page here. For information about the Auxiliary click here.

Mt. Blue Regional School District. Volunteer in the classroom, mentor a student, provide teacher support and many more possibilities are available. For more information, call Erica Emery, the district's volunteer coordinator at 778-3707 or email: eemery@mtbluersd.org.

There are a variety of opportunities to volunteer with Wheels for the World, a ministry of Joni Eareckson-Tada, which collects wheelchairs (mechanical only), walkers, canes, and crutches (metal only) to help those in developing countries who cannot get around to go to school or work. Volunteers can donate equipment, hold a wheelchair drive, raise funds for the organization, help with picking up equipment throughout the state of Maine, or sew wheelchair bags. For more information about the organization and a listing of additional volunteer opportunities, visit the Wheels for the World page here. For information and questions about local volunteer opportunities, please contact the Chair Corps State Representative Bernadette Harvell at 491-8972 or email wftw.maine@gmail.com.

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