Temporary/Volunteer Opportunities

America Reads
Volunteer staff is needed to help teach children in homeless shelters to read. If interested please call Mike at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club at 413-732-7201.

Ludlow Public Schools - Volunteer Program
The Ludlow Public Schools has the following volunteer opportunities: Mentoring or Tutoring, Helping in the Libraries, Assisting Administrative Personnel and Helping the the Classrooms. Training and Guidelines Provided. Please call the Volunteer Office at 413-583-8372, ext. 106 or email M. Batista to find out how you can help.

T.J. O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center
Volunteer Opportunities are available for students working with the animals through the Dog Walkers and Cat Fanciers programs. The volunteer program offers the students a way to strengthen skills in marketing, fund development and community and event coordination. If interested please contact Susan Dziczek at 413-781-1485, ext 105.

Volunteer Tutors
Straitway Youth Center is looking for volunteer tutors for reading and math for an after school program for underprivileged children in the community. If you would like to volunteer please contact Straitway Youth Center at 413-785-1626. For more information email Straitway2heaven.

Volunteer at Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers
Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers is looking for volunteers who want to get hands on work while supporting the medical facility. Volunteers will provide assistance to patients, work with records, assist in some medical aspects, and also help with other various duties. For an application please call: Jacqueline Paul at 413-284-5235 or Adele McCarthy at 413-284-5343.

Outreach Worker
The Valley Opportunity Council seeks an Outreach Worker for 6 - 8 weeks to build up participation of the Summer Lunch Program. Salary is $10 - $12/hr. Send R to Human Resources, Valley Opportunity Council, Inc., 300 High Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.

The Zoo in Forest Park
The Zoo in Forest Park depends on many dedicated volunteers to support the Zoo and its educational mission. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. Training is provided by the staff and experienced volunteers. If interested send an application, found on the Forest Park Zoo web site, to Alison Summers, Director of Education and Volunteer Services, The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center, PO Box 80295, Pecousic Drive, Springfield, MA 01138.

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a volunteer program abroad in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia, Tanzania and Thailand. CCS operates volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people from all over the world together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. For more information visit the Cross-Cultural Solutions web site. For questions please call 1-800-380-4777.

Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House, a house away from home for families with children in area hospitals, in Springfield seeks volunteers to greet and register families, familiarize them with the House and explain policies and rules. A volunteer also answers the phone, gives tours and helps with housekeeping, which is greatly appreciated. Anyone who is over 18 and in good mental and physical health may apply for volunteer service. If you are interested, please contact Suzanne Herlihy, Volunteer Coordinator, 34 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107.

Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, Springfield, MA has numerous volunteer opportunities such as: Reception Desk, Hospital Guides, Hospitality Lounge, Emergency Room Liaison, Admitting Desk, Out-Patient Surgery, Clerical Support, Transport Department, Gift Shop, Pre-Natal Center. If you are interested in volunteering and any of these areas please call Volunteer Services at 413-748-9074 for an application.

Springfield School Volunteers
The Springfield School Volunteers seek volunteers to help make a difference in the life of a child. It only requires one hour a week, flexible scheduling and choice of school and grade. There is a specific need for reading and math tutors. For more information contact Springfield School Volunteers at 413-787-7015 or visit the Springfield School Volunteers web site.

The YWCA has many volunteer opportunities such as: Medical Advocate (YWCA Sexual Assault Services) to provide immediate emotional support to survivors of sexual assault at local area hospital emergency rooms, Safe Plan Volunteers - providing crisis intervention information, referrals, legal advocacy, and safety planning to domestic violence victims seeking protective order through Hampshire or Hampden Probate Courts, Supervised Visitation Volunteers - to assist site Coordinators in supervising visits between non-custodial parents and their child or children in a safe and neutral setting, Youth Build - mentors to spend 30-60 minutes a week helping to guide young people between the ages of 16-24 toward a productive and independent life style and Childcare Assistant - to assist with childcare/youth groups at the woman's shelter from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. while mothers attend evening support programs. For more information please contact Maureen Warren, YWCA Volunteer/Intern Coordinator at 413-732-3121 ext 154 or email Maureen Warren.

Volunteers for Peace
International Voluntary Service Volunteers for Peace offers over 3,000 projects worldwide. You will live, work, share and learn in an international community and challenge yourself by helping others. To learn more about this opportunity please go to the VFP web site.

Community Accountability Board Program of Hampden County Sheriff's Department
The Community Accountability Board Program of Hampden County Sheriff's Department is currently seeking volunteers in the Holyoke and Springfield areas. Volunteers would serve their community by conducting meetings in a group setting with offenders who are re-entering into the Holyoke and/or Springfield communities. The volunteers must be at least 20 years of age, must live and/or work in the target community, must be able to commit to participating on the board once a month for one year and must complete a three-hour training. For more information please contact Monica Dominique at 413-858-0816 or email Monica.

Homework House
Homework House provides free after-school tutoring and mentoring for children who are at-risk for academic failure and dropping out of school. We give children a loving and caring environment. We help them improve their literacy skills so they can become productive members of our community. We work towards rekindling their interests in learning and self-improvement - one page at a time. Services are provided to school-age children without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or gender. The tutoring sessions are held in Holyoke and Springfield, MA. Go to the Homework House web site to learn more about the program. If interested in tutoring or mentoring please call 413-265-1017, 413-210-2945 or 413-210-3323 or email hpedholyoke@gmail.com, hpedroholyoke@aol.com or homeworkhouse@me.com.

The Performance Project/First Generation
The Performance Project/First Generation, seeks volunteers for two youth programs in Springfield: First Generation, and Generaciones:Cuerpo, Mente, Alma, y Cultura. Both are arts based, youth leadership development programs. This is an opportunity to be involved in the behind-the-scenes work and logistics of unique and visionary youth programs. Please email Performance Project or call 413-374-4938.

Spend a Few Hours With a Child With Autism
A local family is looking for volunteers to spend time with Thomas in the home-based child centered program Son-Rise (www.son-rise.org). Looking for fun loving, open hearted volunteers to look at books, throwing a ball, painting, cooking, etc. This opportunity would be for 4 1/2 - 5 hrs a week for at least 6 months. No experience is necessary; training will be provided. For more information and if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Maggie at 413-734-7270.




















NEWSLETTER #30, April 7, 2014