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Volunteer opportunities

12:22 PM, Jul. 2, 2013  |  Comments
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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.

Wood County Transportation Program: Volunteer drivers are needed Monday thru Friday to transport elderly and disabled adult clients to and from medical appointments. Volunteers must have valid Wisconsin driver's license. Proof of current insurance coverage of 100/300/100. Pass Wood County Criminal Background check and satisfactory review of driving record.

Homelessness Initiative: Volunteers are needed for a Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Count that will be held from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. July 31. Volunteers will be assigned an area in Wisconsin Rapids and the surrounding area and will travel in groups of three volunteers (one volunteer will be an auxiliary or part-time police officer). Volunteers will conduct interviews with participating homeless people and offering information about resources that can help. A minimum of 24 volunteers are needed to form eight teams of three. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old. Volunteers do not need any related skills but will be required to attend a training (date and location to be determined); and will need to fill out an application. There will be minimal walking and volunteer may need to provide his/her own transportation. Volunteers need to dress appropriately for the weather and bring along a flash light. Vest and any other supplies that will be needed will be provided.

Family Center: The Family Center is need of volunteers to help with childcare from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays during meeting times for the moms. Volunteers must pass a background check and confidentiality is a must. There are also many other volunteer opportunities at the center.

Acorn Apartments: Acorn Apartments is housing for handicapped individuals. The tenants love to play card games and board games. They also love to help someone prepare a meal. Crafts are a big hit too. There are funds from the soda machine that can be used to buy food to prepare or purchase items for crafts. They are looking for volunteer groups to help out: from groups of teens through senior citizens. One requirement is to meet with the resident manager or Tenant Service Coordinator to set up time- date-and specifics of activities. Notice by management will be given to tenants.

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