One of the goals of United Way of Inner Wisconsin's Volunteer Center is to recruit and match volunteers for non-profit organizations needing your help in south Wood and Adams counties. The following are this week's volunteer opportunities.
Literacy Council of Wood County: Scrabble Tournament volunteers are needed for a March 12 event in Marshfield. We need volunteers to help promote the event, distribute posters, round up teams and help with setup and cleanup. We will train you. This is a fun-raiser. The only requirement is having fun.
Ombudsman: Volunteer ombudsmen are needed in Wisconsin Rapids. A volunteer ombudsman makes unannounced, weekly, focused visits to an assigned nursing home in their community to be a voice for the residents. Volunteers would be assigned to a nursing home in Wood County. Volunteer ombudsmen: care about people in long term care facilities; have a desire to help people living in nursing homes; have two to three hours each week to give; and want to make a difference. Volunteers must: pass a criminal background check; fully complete and return formal application; attend a mandatory seven-hour initial training; attend continuing education sessions; and provide your own transportation. There will be a training on March 20.
Safe Routes to School (wisconsin Rapids Police Department): 18 volunteers are needed to participate in a "Walking School Bus" to Mead Elementary School. Volunteers escort groups of children to school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The program starts April 9 and lasts until the end of the school year (possibly continuing for summer school) and starting back up during the 2013-14 school year (until winter). Mead Elementary School is the first location selected for this program with hopes of extending it to other schools in the district. There are three routes and two volunteers are needed per route per day. Volunteers can select the days they participate or take all three days. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. (mornings only). Volunteers must agree to a background check, need to be able to walk up to one mile and be available for a one- to two-hour training session.
South Wood County Humane Society: If you love animals, we would love to have you come help us at the South Wood County Humane Society. Cat care volunteers clean cages, groom, socialize and help to organize cat rooms. Volunteers must be 16 years of age.
For more information, call United Way of Inner Wisconsin's Volunteer Center at 715-421-0390 or go to www.volunteerinnerwisc.org.