Volunteers are improving the world

The Crossing

The Crossing is a non-profit, Christian coffee house that welcomes people

of all ages and offers a place of fellowship, live entertainment, family game nights, acoustic music jams, Wii tournaments, Thursday trivia night and more! We function as a volunteer-based organization, which includes

a board of directors, shift workers, and those who help keep The Crossing a clean, warm and inviting place to be.

The Crossing is in need

of volunteers to fill 2- to 3-hour shifts while we are open Thursday through Sunday. Shift volunteers prepare food in a microwave or convection oven, take orders, work the cash register, keep the tables clean, and make sure everything is running in order. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or

older. We love working with students who are fulfilling volunteer hours for their senior projects! We are also in need of people who are

passionate about Christian ministry who would like to become involved on a committee or as a board member. Call 814-331-5943 or email “mailto:thecrossingwarren@gmail.com”>thecrossingwarren@gmail.com for more information.

Warren YMCA

The YMCA has a new volunteer program. There are several areas of need. The Y has archiving available for those who like to scrapbook , organize and

record events and the growth of the Y. There are several boxes of photos from years and years ago to look through . We also have family events that can use a volunteers to help direct people, play games with children and their families and the set up and tear down of events. Volunteers are

needed to help with swim events such as timers, snack bar, escorts and more. The Y has premier races that are in need of check point staff and registration, just to name a few. There is gardening, decorating and so much more. To volunteer call coordinator Chris Kintner; she can help you

find something that suits your interests. Call at 726-0110 ext 126 and find your place at the Y.

Pregnancy Center

For more than 20 years, the Pregnancy Support Center of Warren County has been helping women experiencing crisis pregnancies and their families. These are teens, single working parents, couples who have lost jobs or grandparents who are supporting grandchildren all in unexpected and overwhelming circumstances, and most with limited finances and support systems.

The center provides free materials, from maternity clothing to baby clothes, car seats and pack-n-plays or cribs for those who qualify, to blankets, diapers, newborn care items and more. Whenever possible, we directly connect them with County resources which can include medical care, social services, legal aid, adoption or foster care and housing for those who are homeless.

Through each opportunity, volunteers can share the love of Christ through support and guidance during a challenging decision-making period. We are in need of volunteers to continue to offer current operational hours two times weekly (scheduled for 1-2 times monthly). Other volunteer areas include expansion to monthly evening hours, occasional transportation to local appointments, scheduled nursery care for those wishing to earn GEDs or diplomas, and mentors for “Showers of Love” newborn and parenting education programs. If you are interested in learning more or want to become involved, call 723-4357 or email hope.pscwc@verizon.net and leave your contact information.

Warren County

Special Olympics

We have Final competition for basketball on March 2nd at Warren Area High School. Athletes should arrive by 09:30AM with competition starting at 10AM and ending 11:15AM. Come on down and cheer us on! We always need volunteers to help with our sports programs. Swimming is scheduled to start March 9th at the YMCA from 09:45 to 10:45 and will continue at this time until the end of April. Consider volunteering in 2013 in one of our many sports programs and meet a great group of people. Time spent helping Special Olympics counts toward community service hours for your school, church or scouting project. For a complete schedule or any further information about volunteering for Special Olympics, please contact the Warren County Special Olympics Volunteer Coordinator, Gregg Heinold at 726-3218 or email at warrencountyspecialolympics@yahoo.com. Come join the fun!

Golden Living

Center Kinzua

If you would like to volunteer several hours a week, we welcome you to join our dedicated team at Golden Living Center – Kinzua, 205 Water St. No experience is necessary. All you need is a desire to help our residents achieve an enjoyable quality of life. Some of the volunteer opportunities include: assisting with bingo, distributing mail to residents, assisting with crafts, helping with parties, reading to residents and helping them write letters. We are also always in need of individuals willing to share their talents, whether it be entertainment (singing, dancing, playing an instrument, etc.), or displaying your hobby. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Deb Lajoy at 726-0820.

Helping kids

Become a CASA volunteer and be rewarded with some of the most powerful and fulfilling experiences you can find. CASA is the only organization that empowers everyday citizens as appointed “friends of the court”. Volunteers fit well with the court as the American Justice System is built on juries; a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law. In 1990 with the inclusion of the CASA Program in the Victims of Child Abuse Act, Congress affirmed the use of volunteers in our otherwise closed juvenile court systems and made provisions for the growth of our volunteer movement nationwide. Locally CASA of Warren and Forest Counties has 23 volunteers serving 23 children. Your involvement will make a direct impact on a child’s life and perhaps generations to come. CASA of Warren and Forest Counties welcomes volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help contact CASA of Warren and Forest Counties at 723-4434.

RSVP

Ruth M Smith Center: Volunteers are needed to help with general office duties such as answering the telephone, making copies, filling and possible basic computer skills. This position is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Contact the RSVP Office if interested at 723-3237.

RSVP Toy Shoppe: Santa is in desperate need of wooden toymakers. We provide toys to children at Christmas. The Shoppe is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, flexible hours. No experience necessary, will train. Call the RSVP office at 723-3237 for more information.

Allegheny Community Center- The ACC is in need of hostesses. These volunteers will greet people in the dining area with a warm friendly demeanor. Interested volunteers may contact the ACC at 723-4180.

American Cancer Society- Road to Recovery drivers are in great need. The drivers are responsible for transporting cancer patients to various hospitals for treatment. Some are local trips and others are for appointments in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo. Drivers must go through training and certification before they can drive. This includes a background check, forms to be completed and training sessions. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity please contact the RSVP at 723-3237

Bi-Lingual Communicator- Snyder Memorial is looking for a Spanish speaking volunteer who would be willing to spend a couple hours a day translating for a resident. Hours would be flexible according to the volunteer’s schedule.

Warren County Assistance Office- Looking to have someone come approximately two days per week for one to two hours for general office work (shredding, stuffing packets, filing, running mail through the mail machine, etc).

Warren County DAV Transportation- Volunteers are needed to help with general office duties such as answering the telephone and scheduling ride appointments. This position is very low stress. You may choose your own schedule. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Warren County YMCA- Volunteers are needed to help with races this summer. Such tasks are needed filled as helping at water stations, directing traffic and directing racers. For more information contact the RSVP office at 723-3237.

Persons interested in any of these positions should call the RSVP office at 723-3237 for more information.

Warren General

Caring people are welcome to volunteer. We have many volunteer opportunities, so it is easy to be a part of the Warren General Hospital Volunteer family.

Window Box Caf Table servers needed for breakfast and lunch. Work a two-hour shift in our cozy restaurant. This is a wonderful opportunity for friendly people who enjoy interaction and conversation with others.

Gift Shop Cashier Volunteers work 4-hour shifts in our beautiful Gift Shop. Use our easy-to learn computerized cash register and help customers and staff to choose a perfect gift.

Imaging Escort Transport patients to and from their rooms by wheelchair or stretcher for x-rays, sonograms and other screening. These volunteers work closely with nursing and imaging staff. This position calls for an active and compassionate volunteer. Shifts vary from two to four hours.

Emergency Care Center Ambassador- These volunteers assist in our busy emergency room. They greet people as they enter the hospital, direct patients to registration, escort patients and communicate to the family as directed by staff, and generally provide concern, understanding and a listening ear for patients and their families.

Home Alert Installer Learn to install personal emergency response equipment used in the home for emergency situations. Home Alert sends a signal over the telephone line to call for help. Installers serve our clients in their local communities throughout the county. These volunteers help at-risk people to continue to live independently in their own homes. Mileage is reimbursed upon request.

Reception Desks- The hospital is always looking for volunteers for our Outpatient, Inpatient and One Day Surgery desks. Duties vary from desk to desk, but may include answering the telephone, greeting the public, delivering newspapers, mail or flowers and transporting patients by wheelchair.

For more information or an application, call Debbie Gray, Director of Volunteer Services, at 723-4973 ext. 1835.

Red Cross

When you hear the sirens blaring, do you ever wish there was something you could do to help those in need? There are a variety of ways you can help at the American Red Cross! Do you like to help people? The Warren Chapter is looking for disaster volunteers to provide assistance to local families after a fire, flood, or other disaster. Nurses and EMTs are needed when shelters are opened.

Perhaps you enjoy working with children. The Red Cross is actively involved in the county’s schools and daycares. Volunteers are needed to teach students health and safety lessons as well as assist their Jr. Red Cross clubs.

If office work is your area of expertise, there are always projects going on that could use a helping hand. Some of the tasks include gathering and organizing materials for disaster preparedness education events, newsletter and donation mailings, filing, and registration and canteen services at blood drives.

Many say that they’d like to help but their busy schedules only allow them to volunteer once in a while. That’s fine! A few hours of assistance with lawn work, building repairs, or at special events goes a long way.

The Red Cross promises to be there for Warren County when help is needed the most. The time you spend volunteering for the Red Cross makes a huge difference in the safety and recovery of your neighbors. If you are interested, contact: Rex Rossey, Executive Director at the Warren County Chapter, 723-6000 or email acrwarrened@atlanticbbn.net . The Red Cross would love to help you find a way to support those in need in a manner that is most fitting for you!

Suites at Rouse

The Suites at Rouse, Personal Care Home has a newly established volunteer program. We are looking for volunteers age 11 and older to assist us with the many activities provided at the Suites. We are seeking volunteers to assist with games, arts and crafts, music, religious services, reading, trips to various locations and activities, and much more. If you can help out for one hour or several hours, your time and talents will be greatly appreciated. In addition, we are in need of assistance with special events that are held annually at the Suites.

To register as a volunteer, call 563-1650 or email kris_whitaker@rouseestate.org. All volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation class before beginning as a volunteer.

Friends of Youngsville

Library

Friends of Youngsville Public Library need volunteers to help with programs and community events. Activities include baking cookies, reading to preschool children, assisting children with story hour crafts, assembling envelopes for mailings, helping with the annual book sale, distributing flyers, creating raffle baskets, and creating displays. Contact Friends president Evelyn Ann Stufflebeam, 563-4326, or vice president Barb Kent, 563-3194, or stop by the Youngsville Library during regular business hours and complete a Friends volunteer form.

Rouse Home

There are many volunteer opportunities at the Rouse Home. We are currently looking for a volunteer to pass the morning newspapers. This would need to be done in the early morning and a list of residents and room numbers will be provided. We are in desperate need of a volunteer to paint fingernails on a regular basis. A list and supplies are available. This can be done anytime that works with the volunteer and residents’ schedule but needs to be done on at least biweekly. As always the Dogwood room snack bar has openings on the weekends. This would be once a month obligation; training is provided. The hours are 1 to 4 p.m. We are always looking for kids groups to come in and enjoy activities with our residents. If you know of a scout troop, youth group, 4H club or any youth oriented organization, we would be very interested in arranging an activity with our residents. Please contact Amy Trask at 563-6401 or email atrask@rouse.org if you are interested in volunteering.