One of the goals of United Way of Inner Wisconsin's Volunteer Center is to recruit and match volunteers for nonprofit organizations needing your help in south Wood and Adams counties. The following are this week's volunteer opportunities.
Aging & Disability Resource Center: Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to noon to deliver meals from our Centralia and Huntington House dining sites. These meals enable frail, elderly people to remain in their own homes and receive a hot and nutritious meal. Consider bringing a bit of comfort and food to an individual who needs it most. Routes typically take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Some volunteers choose to volunteer daily or even seasonally and some commit to specific days of the week. Volunteers do not have to drive every day but can set a schedule based on how often they are interested in volunteering. Training will be provided. Volunteers use their own automobile and must be able to lift the coolers (30 pounds).
Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area: Mentors are needed to work with boys or girls ages 6 through 12. Volunteers are needed to work one-on-one; or to do small group activities after school between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. or during summer programming. Applicants must complete a volunteer application and background check.
Growing Friends Wisconsin Rapids Community Gardens: Volunteers are needed for the following positions: co-leaders who facilitate garden activities and meetings; garden coordinator who organizes spring registration; a treasurer who collects fees; communications representative who writes the newsletter, etc.; events/outreach/community relations coordinators; leadership team members; grounds crew volunteers to maintain the area; garden helpers who assist the gardeners with their plots; and horticulture advisers to share information.
Villa Pines Living Center: Morning wake-up helpers needed. The volunteer will help to provide simple morning exercise games for residents. Examples of these games could include tossing and catching a beach ball, playing with a parachute (inside, not in an airplane!), and more. Often the residents have so much fun with you that they don't realize that they are exercising. The volunteer should feel comfortable working with small groups of about four to eight residents.