HandsOn offering volunteer placements

HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley mobilizes volunteers, promotes leadership and transforms communities. For more information, call 330-782-5877 or visit their Web site at http://www.HOVN.org. At any time during the year, organizations have specific needs for long- and short-term volunteers. If you are involved in a group that would like to adopt a charity, call the HandsOn Volunteer Network and they can help you maximize your contribution. Some opportunities appear below.

Community Meet and Greet Session: HandsOn Volunteer Network – Sessions occur from 3 to 6 p.m. at the HandsOn offices, 5500 Market St., Suite 110. Sessions are designed to aid people and organizations looking for volunteers or those seeking more information on volunteer opportunities. Representatives from your organization can come and speak directly to a staff member and explore possibilities.

Dog walkers: Mahoning County Dog Pound – Volunteers must be 18 years or older and must sign a waiver form with proper identification before walking dogs (first visit only). Contact HandsOn for more information.

Mentors: Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education –Five mentors are needed to support high-school students in achieving academic success and prepare them for college. Volunteers must have a college degree and be available two hours per week on Saturday from September-May.

Mentor/tutor: Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry – Tutors offer educational enrichment to children individually or in small groups two to six hours per week. Volunteers must have a high school diploma and the ability to work well with children.

Volunteer fundraiser: SOPHIA (aka Stop One Place Help Is Available, Inc.) – Volunteer needed for fund-raising activities. Individual should have the ability to recruit workers and chair events. Events benefit SOPHIA’s direct monetary assistance program in Trumbull County for non-narcotic prescriptions, eyeglasses, and utility-disconnect prevention.

Volunteer: Junior Achievement of the Mahoning Valley – Volunteers needed for both one-time and long-term opportunities. One-time opportunities need one visit to the classroom and long-term opportunities need five to seven visits, 45 minutes each, to the classroom during the school year.

Senior volunteers:  RSVP – Volunteer opportunities for persons 55 and older include feeding people, working in disaster services, and assisting with issues related to veterans. Call or email Marlene Braunlich at 330-782-5877 or mbraunlich@hovn.org

Pinwheels for Prevention – For anyone interested in supporting and preventing child neglect and abuse. Student volunteers needed to place pinwheels on the lawn of Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman on April 2. Contact Gretchen at 330-782-5877 or gbrown@HOVN.org to participate.

Scrappers school outing volunteers – Volunteers are needed to aid local school districts during the Scrappers Day game on May 15. Volunteers will be screened and work with teachers and school staff. Volunteers must complete a short training before the game. Call Kristen Gallager at 330-540-0102 or 330-782-5877 on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

2012 Leadership Youth Explosion – Volunteer are needed on April 21 to aid 400 area students in getting to workshops and exhibits.  Call Gretchen Brown for details and to register: 330-782-5877 or email at gbrown@HOVN.org    

Access Health Mahoning Valley –Volunteers provide information and help people seeking services.

Iron Soup Historic Preservati0n – Nonprofit organization seeking to preserve Youngstown Sheet and Tube worker housing is looking for skill-based volunteers and others who can help with general tasks.

OH WOW! exhibit specialist – Volunteers work with the public on the exhibit floor and help with school field trips and group visits. Supplies and training provided. Minimum commitment requested is six to 10 hours a month.

American Cancer Society ‘Road to Recovery’ program – Volunteer coordinators help schedule rides for cancer patients.

Rib Burn Off volunteers – Volunteers are needed to help Mill Creek MetroParks during the 2012 Mahoning Valley Rib Burn Off  on May 18-20. Volunteers will clean, check wristbands, greet guests and provide directions and general help. Volunteers will work in shifts lasting from 3.5 to five hours. Includes some perks. Call HandsOn for information.

Compass Family Services volunteer – Skilled people needed to aid with updating electronic files, updating software and general system cleaning. A flexible and supportive environment.

Warren City Schools volunteers – Needs a range of volunteers, including hallway-traffic monitors, lunchtime hosts, classroom tutors and library aides.

Shepherd of the Valley/Eyes for the Visually Impaired volunteer – Volunteers help older adults with low vision play games and read mail and will read books and magazine articles aloud to residents.

United Methodist Community Center volunteers – Numerous opportunities for people who wanting to help youth, adults and families at the Youngstown and Warren sites. Flexible hours, days and opportunities.

Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board Golf Outing volunteers – Needs volunteers for their 15th annual golf outing on June 22 at Old Avalon. Duties include directing golfers, registration and serving lunch. Volunteers can choose between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. shifts. The minimum age requirement is 18.

Veterans advocate – HandsOn and the Ohio Veterans VISTA Project is looking for volunteers who can commit to guiding veterans through the process of applying for benefits, obtaining DD214, obtaining emergency help with food, clothing, housing, counseling and more. Training and mentoring will be provided. Call Richard Whittenberger at 330-941-3314 or email richard.whittenberger@gmail.com for information.

Austintown Senior Center volunteer instructors – Looking for a computer instructor and other volunteers to teach various hobbies and subjects of interest to seniors.  Critical needs include having someone to teach a beginner computer class or offer help-desk assistance. Contact Marlene Braunlich at 330-782-5877.

Meals on Wheels/Trumbull Mobile Meals drivers – Volunteers deliver meals to home-bound seniors and use their own vehicles.

Compiled from media releases from the HandsOn Volunteer Network.

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