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Support local youths by volunteering

10:17 AM, Feb. 5, 2013  |  Comments
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Have you ever considered volunteering your time to impact the life of a child? Volunteering with children as a mentor, teacher assistant or chaperone can be rewarding and fun. As a volunteer, you'll have the ability to help children grow and learn.

This month, the United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center would like to highlight some volunteer opportunities that focus on kids. Check out these opportunities and start making a difference today:

? Central Wisconsin Children's Museum: Art room attendants

The Children's Museum always is looking for volunteers to help in their art room. If you love to get your hands messy in paint, glitter or other art supplies, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Help kids complete various craft projects and clean up the art room. For more information, or to fill out an application visit www.cwchildrensmuseum.org/volunteer.

? CAP Services Early Childhood Development: Classroom or office assistants

Early Childhood Development includes Head Start, Early Head Start and child care programs. These programs need volunteer support in many areas. Help in the classroom, supervise children on the playground, read books to kids or assist with office work - CAP Services has an opportunity for you. To learn more, call the Family Development Center at 715-343-7152.

? Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS): Child care volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help with child care at Mothers of Preschoolers, or MOPS, meetings on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers provide supervision and age-appropriate play with children. Responsibilities include, serving snacks, helping with crafts, clean-up and diaper changes for younger children. For more information, call Lori Kozicki at 715-345-2605.

? Big Brothers, Big Sisters: Become a Big

As a big, your role is simply to share experiences with a child and model responsible behavior. Bigs and Littles are matched based on compatibility, so you should have some things in common right away. You and your little decide when you'll get together, and what activities you'll do. Simply put, all you have to do is play. Big Brothers, Big Sisters has two programs; a site-based or community-based match. Visit www.bigimpact.org for more information about how to become a big.

For more volunteer opportunities and information, go to www.volunteersrock.org or call the United Way Volunteer Center at 715-341-6740.

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