Volunteers are improving the world

Habitat for Humanity of Warren County Cars for Homes

When you donate a car to “Cars for Homes”, you will help your local Habitat for Humanity build and rehabilitate houses with families in need of affordable shelter. The car donation process is quick and easy. It can be accomplished online or with a toll-free phone call to 1-(877) 277-4344. If you donate an automobile or other vehicle, you may be eligible for a tax deduction. You can donate a car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle, construction or farm equipment or any other vehicle even if it does not run.

Why let that old vehicle take up space in your driveway or garage when (1) the proceeds from the sale of your car can help your local Habitat for Humanity build and renovate houses with families in need; (2) you can receive a tax deduction if you itemize, and (3) by recycling your car you can save energy and natural resources.

For more information about the “Cars for Homes” program see our local website at habitatwarrenpa.org.

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 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 the Warren YMCA at 726-0110.

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 are playing softball at Lacy Park, 6-7 p.m. for skills and 7-8 p.m. for team play. Softball is scheduled for Aug. 4, 6, 11, 13 and final competition on Aug. 18. Consider volunteering in 2014 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. Donations to Warren County’s Special Olympic program can be sent to PO Box 752, Warren, Pa 16365. 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.

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

The Rouse Home has a need for volunteers in the following areas. The beauty shop could use some help transporting residents to & from beauty shop appointments on Tuesday & Friday mornings. Volunteers would need to be here around 9:30 & would finish up around 11:30. There is a great need for a volunteer to clean the bird aviary in the recreation room. This needs done once a week and can be completed during any non-activity time. The job is shared with another volunteer and is only needed every other month. It is not difficult & training is provided. This position has been open for some time & really needs to be filled so please call if you are interested in helping out. The Dogwood room snack bar has openings on Tuesdays & Thursdays. This would be a weekly job from 1:00-4:00. The Rouse Summerfest will be held on July 12th. This is a large event for residents, families & the community. Volunteers will be needed to help in various areas including helping residents outside to enjoy the bands & other entertainment, monitoring the bouncy houses, set up & clean up plus much more. If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please call Amy Trask at 563-6401 or email atrask@rouse.org.

Ruth M Smith Center, Sheffield

If you have experience or interest in working with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and persons with physical limitations we are in need of transportation to church services. To volunteer, call 968-3238.