Volunteer Opportunities

REGIONAL

ANIMAL RESCUE NETWORK OF NEW ENGLAND

The Animal Rescue Net­work of New England is a nonprofit organization that rescues pets that are sched­uled for death row from the South because there simply are not enough homes. They spay, neuter, vaccinate, mi­crochip and treat any medical conditions and then place them in carefully screened forever homes. They are in desperate need of volunteers. Information: 233-4801 or info@arnne.org.

BARNYARD BUDDIES

Barnyard Buddies at Touch­stone Farm home of Horse Power in Temple is seeking fun-loving and responsible volunteers. Must be 12 or older and enjoy being around people and animals. Sessions run 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon­day-Friday. Information: Terri at 654-6308.

GARDENING MENTORS

The 4-H Green Thumb Team, an initiative of the New Hampshire Common Ground Garden Project, a program of the UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H, is recruiting new volunteers. The garden is located at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn and serves as an educational site for inner city youths ages 5-14. Volunteer mentors guide youths in exploring gardening through fun, hands-on activities. In addi­tion to teaching children, the Garden Project donates pro­duce to the New Hampshire Food Bank. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities in addition to mentoring youth. Information: Hillsborough County UNH Cooperative Extension office at 641-6060, or Carol Martin Ward at 315-0334 or Susan Kroehl at 641-5623.

HHHC HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Home Health & Hospice Care is seeking volunteers to work in the hospice program with home-bound patients and clients who live in Amherst, Hollis, Hudson, Merrimack, Milford, Nashua, Pelham and Greater Man­chester. Free training covers a variety of topics. Individuals interested in hospice training for personal or professional reasons may attend for a $100 fee. Call for training schedule. Register: Tanya Prather at 424-3822 or volunteer@hhhc.org.

CIRCLE HOME HOSPICE VOLUN­TEERS NEEDED

Circle Home (formerly the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell) is seeking hospice volunteers. Free training begins in September. Special need for volunteers to visit with patients and fami­lies in Nashua, Hudson, Dun­stable, Mass., and Pepperell, Mass. Rewarding activity with flexible schedule and full support. Information: Cathy Damon at 1-978-459-9343, and ask for hospice program; circlehomehealth.org.

MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS NEEDED

Meals on Wheels urgently needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens and disabled adults from 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. in Bedford, Merrimack, Milford and Nashua. Just a few hours of your assistance on the weekday of your choice can help the elderly and disabled remain healthy and live inde­pendently at home. Informa­tion: Terri McGrew, assistant program manager at 424-9967 ormealsonwheelsnh.org.

POWER OF FLOWERS PROJECT

The Power of Flowers Project is seeking volunteers to create small, individual arrangements of refreshed and recycled flowers donated from weddings, funerals and party events. Flowers are then delivered free to seniors, veterans, hospital patients and others in need. Floral-ar­ranging experience isn’t required; we will train you. Other volunteer opportu­nities include picking up or delivering flowers and fund­raising. Hours are flexible and vary according to donations and your level of interest. Information: powerofflow­ersproject.org or 1-978-226-8545.

RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES

Volunteers are needed to staff area blood drives. Duties entail serving refreshments to donors, welcoming donors and helping them with regis­tration, and escorting donors to lounges and the canteen area. Information: 1-800-262-2660 or 625-1951.

UPREACH

UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, 153 Paige Hill Road, Goffstown, is a nonprofit organization dedi­cated to improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities through partner­ing with the horse to provide therapeutic riding and driving lessons. Volunteers are needed in hour-long time slots, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday to serve as leaders and sidewalkers with UpReach participants. Previous experience isn’t re­quired. Volunteers must be at least 14 and attend a training session. Information: Liz at 497-2343 or Liz@upreachtrc.org.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is seeking volun­teers to drive patients to and from cancer treatments. Infor­mation: 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit cancer.org.

NASHUA

AMERICAN RED CROSS

The American Red Cross N.H. Region has several volunteer opportunities avail­able in Nashua: development intern, volunteer services and emergency services. Visit red­cross/org/nh/volunteer and click on Ways to Help, then scroll down to the Nashua Office. Or call 889-6664, ext. 224.

BREAKFAST EXCHANGE CLUB

People interested in helping to improve the lives of seniors in southern New Hampshire are invited to attend a Breakfast Exchange Club meeting. The club provides support through a variety of programs for Great­er Nashua’s seniors, including Days of Caring shopping sprees, Heat Up/Cool Down energy assistance programs, cookouts and other social activities held at senior hous­ing locations throughout the area. The club holds several fundraisers in support of its outreach programs. The club meets at Langdon Place of Nashua, 319 East Dunstable Road, at 8 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in July and August and on the second and fourth Wednes­days the remainder of the year. The club is affiliated with the National Exchange Club. Information: bxcnashua@gmail.com.

COMFORT SHAWL KNITTERS

St. Joseph Hospital is seek­ing volunteers to help knit or crochet comfort shawls. The shawls bring a special mea­sure of comfort to patients. The shawls are knitted or crocheted with great love by volunteers, who donate them to the hospital. Call the Spir­itual Care Department at St. Joseph Hospital at 882-3000, ext. 67800. Leave your name and address, and you will be mailed information and a brochure with knitting and crocheting instructions.

CORE

CORE (Community Outreach and Resource Education Center) is a newly formed faith-based nonprof­it that provides activities that relate to the welfare of the community by offering educational programs, health awareness, mentoring (sup­port groups), referrals and a meeting place. Every Thurs­day from 8:30 a.m.-noon (or until food is gone), they give out boxes full of food to those in need. Mail donations to 8B West Hollis St., Nashua, NH 03060. To volunteer: call 1-267-354-0187. Information: corenashua.org.

DAY AWAY PROGRAM

St. Joseph Hospital is seeking volunteers to pro­vide one-on-one compan­ionship for participants of the Edward V. Karg Day Away Program, which is designed to give those caring for loved ones suffering with Alzheimer’s a break. The program, which runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. one day a week, offers music therapy, crafts, pet therapy, physical thera­py, lunch, games and other stimulating activities for the Alzheimer’s participant. The program is at Milette Manor, 72 Vine St. Information: Kath­ie Rice Orshak, 595-3144.

THE FIXIT PROGRAM

Southern New Hampshire Services’ The Fixit Program is seeking volunteers to help seniors 60 and older and the disabled with minor home repairs and maintenance. If you enjoy keeping busy, like using your skills and take pride in knowing you have had a direct impact on another’s life, the RSVP Fixit Corps would like to talk to you. Donations accepted also. Information: Nicholas Copadis at 598-9421.

GATEWAYS COMMUNITY SERVICES

Volunteer at Gateways in Nashua, a private non­profit corporation created to establish and maintain programs and services which promote growth and independence for individ­uals with developmental disabilities. Information on Gateways: 882-6333 or gatewayscs.org.