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Volunteer Opportunities

The Mail Tribune publishes this volunteer opportunities column to inform the public about a variety of volunteer needs and explain how readers can get involved.

For more information, contact the Mail Tribune at 776-4400 or e-mail . Fax changes to 776-4376. .

AARP TAX AIDE PROGRAM: Volunteers are needed to provide free tax help to middle and low-income taxpayers. Training in basic tax information and computerized tax programs is provided. Call RSVP at 857-7780.

ABOUT CANINE CONNECTIONS: Volunteers are needed for visiting pet programs serving the elderly and children in need. Call Julie at 482-8422 or Sandy at 245-0840.

ACCESS FOOD SHARE GARDENS: Volunteers and garden supervisors are needed to help manage and maintain Food Share Gardens in Central Point, Gold Hill, Medford, and Rogue River. Garden helpers are asked to give at least two hours a week to tend the garden and may take home organic produce for their own consumption. Garden supervisors typically give 3 or more hours a week, depending upon their commitment and availability. The garden's output goes to local emergency food pantries. It's a rewarding activity that feeds your family and lets you mingle with fellow gardeners while making a needed contribution to your community. Individuals with organic growing experience are especially needed to help manage the gardens but anyone wishing to learn how to grow vegetables should sign-up. For information on how to get involved, call Nicki Bell at 779-6691 or e-mail nicki@accesshelps.org

THE ADDICTIONS RECOVERY CENTER seeks mentors. Individuals in recovery are encouraged to bring their experience, strength and hope to help others in the early stages of recovery. Call Edward Burns at 779-1282, Ext. 108 or e-mail edb@addictionsrecovery.org.

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'S DISCOVERY SHOP needs volunteers with a few hours a week to work in the shop. There are opportunities in sales, displays, sorting or pricing. Training is provided. Call Cliff at 779-8909.

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION: Volunteers needed with flexible schedule during office hours, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Qualifications include patience, good communication and organization skills and ability to email/use Internet. References are requested. Alzheimer's Association will train right person/s to respond to helpline calls and walk-ins who often are caregivers and/or family of persons with dementia. Callers often need referred to resources such as support groups, respite, behavior and communication information, education programs or to check out materials from our Lending Library. Other volunteer opportunities available include classroom teacher, providing education on a variety of Alzheimer's topics such as caregiver issues, safety & communication. Volunteers are also needed to serve as facilitators for our support groups. Facilitators receive ongoing training and support by the Alzheimer's Association. Times and locations for support groups vary. We also need volunteers for our annual October Memory Walk to assist with event promotion. For further information, please call 541-774-9348 or email Loretta.Ascencio@alz.org.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS: Assistance is needed at the Blood Donor Center and at blood drives in Jackson and Josephine counties; clerical volunteers are needed to help in the office, CPR/first aide instructors are needed to teach classes and community members are needed to become an active part of our Emergency/Disaster Services Team to be trained to respond when local and national disasters strike. All training is provided. Call 779-3773.

ANIMAL LOVERS: Committed Alliance To Strays rescues, tests, vaccinates, neuters and provides a full adoption shelter for homeless cats awaiting adoption. Skilled volunteers are needed to answer phones, adopt out cats, keep the shelter clean, help with public relations and outreach programs. Call Jan Whetstone from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 779-2916.

AGE WISE AGE WELL: This program consists of older adults volunteering as peer counselors to provide support, counseling and advocacy for older adults in the Rogue Valley. Call Alan Mulleary at 541-857-7273.

THE ARC OF JACKSON COUNTY: Advocates For The Developmentally Disabled needs volunteers to assist in the thrift store, Treasures II. Call Mike or Trish at 541-779-4520.

ASANTE HEALTH SYSTEM needs volunteers at Rogue Valley Medical Center (RVMC) and Three Rivers Community Hospital (TRCH). There are opportunities to serve throughout the week, including some evenings and weekends, but the greatest need is during the weekday. Volunteers provide much needed service in our waiting and patient care areas. Volunteer opportunities include greeting and assisting patients and visitors, escorting patients, courtesy blood pressure screening, providing spiritual support, and helping customers in gift shop. No experience is necessary. Training is provided. To learn more, please contact Volunteer Services at 541-789-5875 or email volunteer@asante.org

ASANTE HOSPICE: Needs volunteers willing to spend a few hours a week to help hospice patients and their families. No prior experience is needed. Asante provides 30 hours of training several times a year. Call 789-6859.

ASHLAND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: Auxiliary volunteers are needed in the gift shop, same-day surgery, and at the outpatient desk. Men and women are invited to call the membership chairman at 488-7968 for orientation and training information.

ASHLAND FAMILY YMCA The Ashland Family YMCA has volunteer opportunities available for people with a genuine interest in the welfare of youth and strengthening the mission of the YMCA. Opportunities exist at our front desk, childcare program, aquatic center, wellness center, summer camp, landscaping/grounds, fundraising, youth sports programs and others. Training available, days and hours variable. Visit our website at www.ashlandymca.org for further information and application, or contact the Ashland Family YMCA at 541-482-9622, ext. 337.

ASHLAND PARKS AND RECREATION needs volunteer instructors for Outdoor Nature programs for grades K-6 and Drop-In Gardeners for the North Mountain Park Nature Center. Lithia Park Hosts are also needed to assist visitors during the busy summer months. Call 541-488-5340.

ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT is in need of community service volunteers for a variety of positions. Volunteers need not live in Ashland. The police department's community service volunteer program is also in need of volunteer office help, and needs someone to come in on a morning of their choice from Monday through Thursday. The office volunteer should be proficient in Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel. For more information, call Frank at 541-482-5211 ext. 2121.

ASPIRE PROGRAM needs volunteer mentors to work one-on-one with high school students, helping them to continue their education after high school. ASPIRE has programs at Eagle Point, Medford and Ashland high schools. Call Jed Maclaurin at 830-6723 or see www.aspireoregon.org.

BEAR CREEK GREENWAY EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION: This nonprofit organization dedicated to building a horse/all-purpose trail in Rogue Valley needs additional members to attend monthly planning meetings. Goals include connecting trails in Central Point and Talent and providing a riding/hiking/picnic facilities throughout the valley area. Equestrian enthusiasts are encouraged. The trail is sanctioned by the Jackson County Parks Department. Call 535-6637 or 664-1941.

BICYCLE SAFETY: The Bicycle Transportation Alliance seeks volunteers to help with bicycle safety classes for fifth- and sixth-graders in Medford, Talent, and Ashland public schools. Call 482-1887.

BRITT: Do you love music, the outdoors and working with people from all walks of life? Then the Britt Festivals team needs you! There is a job for just about every person, too. Volunteers do everything on the hill from serving as ushers to scooping ice cream, from working security to selling raffle tickets, from working on a clean-up crew, to helping in the Britt office. Individually, volunteers give as much time as they'd like, whether it's just a few concerts, or the bulk of the summer. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2009 Britt season and live in the Rogue Valley, contact volunteer coordinator Bow Seltzer at 541-779-0847 ext. 112 or e-mail volunteers@brittfest.org or stop by the Britt office at 216 West Main St. in Medford.

CALL-A-RIDE-PROGRAM needs volunteers to drive clients to dialysis and other medical appointments. They work around your schedule, offer mileage reimbursement and supplemental insurance. Call Jenny Knotz, volunteer coordinator, at 541-857-7783.

CAMP WHITE MILITARY MUSEUM: Volunteers are needed to help staff the Camp White Military Museum and will receive a free lunch. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Al Inlow at 826-2111, ext. 3674.

CANCER SOCIETY: The local chapter of the American Cancer Society is recruiting volunteers to staff their resource centers at Providence Medical Center and Rogue Valley Medical Center. The centers are open different days of the week and different hours. Volunteers receive training prior to being assigned and can choose their hours and days of service. For more information, call Linda Alba at 245-6974.

CAP: THE CIVILIAN VOLUNTEER AUXILIARY of the U.S. Air Force needs volunteer members for Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and the Cadet Program for young people age 12-18, as well as general administration: non-pilots, or low-time pilots, to be observers in air crews; adults who would enjoy working with cadets; or who could assist in administrative or communications roles. Training is provided. For information, call 608-6362.

CASA CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocates is seeking volunteers to help the community's children. CASA volunteers help provide a safe and loving home for children going through the foster care system. Volunteer orientation is offered every Thursday from 11am-Noon and training begins in late June. Volunteer your time to change a child's life. To attend the orientation, call 541-734-2272.

C.A.T.S: Committed Alliance To Strays rescues, tests, vaccinates, neuters and provides a full-adoption shelter for homeless cats awaiting adoption. Skilled volunteers are needed to answer phones, adopt out cats, keep the shelter clean, help with public relations and outreach programs. Call Jan Whetstone from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 779-2916.

THE CENTRAL POINT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is looking for volunteers to work from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Duties would include providing local resource information by phone and taking messages and giving out chamber booklets and brochures. Volunteers would be working in a one-person office and can choose what days and hours they would like to work. Call Paulette Marin between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 664-5301.

CENTRAL POINT SENIOR CENTER The Central Point Senior Center needs volunteers to help serve lunch and with clean-up between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. One day a week would be very much appreciated. For more information, come by 123 N. Second St. in Central Point or call 541-664-4933.

THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER is looking for volunteers interested in working on the Charity Ball, scheduled for Jan. 28, 2012. We are seeking people who have good organizational skills, are good communicators, and are self-starters. Experience in fundraising or planning is desirable but not necessary. Volunteers could be involved in a variety of tasks such as solicitation of items for auction, event planning, donor communication, public relations calls, correspondence, and record-keeping. If you're interested, contact Alexis McKenna at 541-282-5474, ext. 119, or email amckenna@cacjc.org. .

CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS: DHS Child Welfare Programs needs the help of committed, dedicated individuals to transport children and adults to family visits and other appointments. Benefits include mileage reimbursement, flexible schedules and the satisfaction of helping others. Call Ardy Birkmeyer at 776-6186, ext. 7.

CHILDREN'S MUSICAL THEATRE OF OREGON needs volunteers to provide light, sound and tech help. No experience is necessary; training is provided. There are also opportunities in concessions, ushering, costuming, sales, vocals and acting. If you are interested call John Taylor at 778-3365 or www.cmtoregon.org for upcoming shows.

THE CITY OF ASHLAND COMMUNITY SERVICES VOLUNTEER PROGRAM places volunteers within the city limits, though it does recruit from outside the city limits. Contact: Lt. Frank d'Entremont at the Ashland Police Department. 482-5211.

THE CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD needs volunteers in Jackson County to review the cases of children in foster care. The CRB is a division of the Oregon Judicial Department whose mission is to serve the best interest of children and families by monitoring and helping to improve Oregon's foster care and juvenile justice systems. www.ojd.state.or.us/crb.

People from diverse backgrounds with an interest in child welfare are encouraged to apply. Volunteers serve one day per month and are provided with all necessary training. Call Suzanne Callahan, CRB field manager at 776-7171, Ext. 175 or apply online at

COMMUNITY WORKS: Dunn House, the Rogue Valley's shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children is in need of volunteers in the following programs: children's program, court advocacy, shelter volunteers, support group facilitators, specialty volunteers, Hispanic services. HelpLine, the county's 24-hour crisis and information hotline is also looking for volunteers for the crisis hotline. Sexual Assault Victim Services seeks volunteers for its crisis hotline and in-person response, community education, special events and public awareness and office support. Forty hours of training and a criminal background check are required to volunteer with Victim Services. For more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, or to register, call Dawn Burks, HelpLine volunteer coordinator at 541-779-2393, ext. 212 or Danika Taylor, Dunn House volunteer coordinator at 541-608-7005, ext. 1001. Volunteers work on a variety of projects, including HelpLine, Sexual Assault Victim Services (formerly Rape Crisis), and Dunn House. Call 541-779-2393 or visit www.community-works.org.

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING: Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon is seeking volunteers to help low-income older people and the disabled ensure that bills are paid on time and that they are not victims of financial abuse. Duties include check writing and checkbook balancing. Knowledge of household budgeting, accuracy in maintaining financial records, patience and tactfulness is needed. Training is required. E-mail lapradamario@cccsso.org..

COUNTY PARKS ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Volunteers are needed for three vacancies on the Jackson County Roads Committee. One position represents the trucking industry, one represents agriculture and one will represent the public. The terms are three years each. For more information, call Julie Slaughter at the Roads Department at 774-8184. For an application, call the Jackson County Board of Commissioners at 774-6116.

Volunteers are also needed for three vacancies on the Animal Control Advisory Committee. Two positions represent the interests of livestock/cattlemen; one represents the public. The term length varies from two to three years, ending on June 30. The committee meets six times yearly. Call Colleen Macuk at 774-6644. To apply, call the board of commissioners at 774-6116.

CRATERIAN GINGER ROGERS THEATER: Volunteer opportunities are available in the box office and ticket sales, ushering and concessions. Call 779-3000 to reserve a spot.

CRIME VICTIM AND WITNESS SERVICES: This program seeks concerned, dedicated volunteers to provide direct services to children and adults who have been victims of crime. A minimum commitment of six hours per week is required. Training is provided and bilingual, bicultural volunteers are encouraged to apply. Call 774-8187 or visit 717 W. 10th St., Medford.

DIABETES JACKSONVILLE WALK COMMITTEE: Volunteers are needed for the American Diabetes Jacksonville Walk Planning Committee. Contact Julie Ball at 541-830-0827.

DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN OREGON : The Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon has several volunteer opportunities to help families touched by Down Syndrome. Contact Joyce Rogers at 541-776-9805 or joyce@dsaso.org

DUCKS UNLIMITED: Central Point/Medford Ducks Unlimited seeks volunteers to help organize the annual dinner and auction and to help collect donations from the community. For more information, visit www.ducks.org. To volunteer, call Aniese at 541-858-8161.

DUNN HOUSE: Dunn House, the Rogue Valley's shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their children seeks volunteers for the following: Children's program, support group facilitators, specialty volunteers, shelter volunteers and Hispanic Services. Crisis hotline and in-person response, community education, special events and office support. Call Angela Fleischer, Dunn House volunteer coordinator at 541-608-7005, Ext. 1001.

EASTER SEALS MEDFORD: Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year in programs that serve children (ages 3 and older), teens and adults with disabilities. Volunteers (ages 16 and up) are needed to work as recreation buddies for the children's programs held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month, and for Monday through Friday afternoons. There will also be summer day camp opportunities. Call 842-2199.

FOOD & FRIENDS: needs volunteers. Home delivery drivers are urgently needed in Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, Medford, Phoenix and White City. Volunteers help provide hot nutritious meals and a friendly visit to hundreds of homebound seniors. Meals are served through the week and site help is always welcome. Mileage reimbursement is offered as well.

FOOD SHARE GARDENS OF JACKSON COUNTY: See ACCESS Food Share Gardens above for details.

FOTAS: The Friends of the Animal Shelter seeks volunteers to help save homeless cats and dogs. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available at the shelter. Call 774-6646 or see www.fotas.org.

FRIENDS OF APPLEGATE VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT NO. 9: Volunteers are needed to help firefighters by providing food and drink to firefighters on extended fires, fund-raising to purchase equipment for the fire district, and planning activities for the volunteers and EMS personnel and their families, including an annual party, picnic, awards banquet, and yard sale fund-raiser in Ruch. Call 899-1050.

FRIENDS OF JACKSONVILLE HISTORIC CEMETERY: Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery seeks volunteers to help conduct an inventory of the cemetery, both written and photographic, as well as help with restoration and preservation work and cemetery grounds clean-ups. For more information, call 826-9939 or write FOJHC, P.O. Box 1541, Jacksonville, OR 97530

Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington - We are currently seeking volunteers for a variety of positions including Troop Leaders, Co-Leaders and more. Become a volunteer and make a difference in the lives of girls! Whether you have a day, a weekend or more we will match your skills, talents, interests and goals to the volunteer opportunity that works for you. No experience is necessary just a desire to help build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. For more information contact the Medford Service Center at (541) 773-8423 or e-mail the Membership Coordinator at gsvolunteer@ymail.com.

GOLF DRIVING RANGE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. The Veterans Affairs domiciliary in White City needs volunteers to operate the domiciliary's driving range. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Individual hours are flexible. Volunteers working a minimum of four hours a week are eligible to play free golf. Contact Ted Morehouse at 826-9710 or Ray Keasler at the golf shop at 826-2111, ext. 3124 or 7406.

GREENSPRINGS FIRE AND RESCUE seeks volunteers to help with barbecues, picnics and food and drink administration for firefighters who cover the communities of Hyatt Lake, Lincoln and Pinehurst and the Cascade/Siskiyou National Monument. Weekly training sessions are offered. Call 482-0614 or 488-0911.

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND and Rogue Valley Guide Dogs in Training have several openings for adult puppy raisers. Meetings are at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Smullin Center. Call Brenda Riggs at 773-4422.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to help at the Re-Store. Help run the donation center, process donations and get them ready for the sale floor, assist in donation pick-ups and a cashier. Needing volunteers who are available to help on a regular basis and hours are flexible. Call 541-779-1983.

HELPLINE: Volunteers are needed to answer calls at HelpLine, a program of Community Works, and the only 24-hour crisis hot line and information/referral service in Jackson County. Training is provided on an individual basis by the HelpLine staff. Call Bill Ross at 779-2393, ext. 212.

HELP NOW! ADVOCACY CENTER is recruiting volunteer advocates. Help Now! needs a volunteer who has IT expertise to assist on an ongoing basis with computer/network issues. Call Larry Kahn at Help Now! at 732-1911, ext. 14. The center provides free advocacy services to the disabled, seniors, minorities, and the economically disadvantaged by helping resolve disputes with governmental agencies, businesses or individuals. Training in negotiation and dispute resolution will be offered.

HOMELESS PREGNANT TEENS: Magdalene Home, a non-denominational Christian-based home providing a safe and caring environment with 24-hour supervision for homeless pregnant and parenting teens, needs dedicated individuals to transport the mothers and babies to and from doctor appointments, court appearances and other appointments. Call 773-5040 and leave a name and phone number.

HOPE EQUESTRIAN CENTER FOR THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING needs volunteers to lead, prepare and walk horses will lessons are being given. Call 776-0878 or e-mail volunteeers@hopeequestrian.com.

HOSPICE UNIQUE BOUTIQUE. Hospice Unique Boutique, the HUB, 1618 Ashland St., 541/488-7805 provides ongoing financial support for Hospice and end-of-life care programs, and is sponsored by Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice. The HUB recycles gently used antiques, jewelry, furniture, clothing, books and house-wares. Donations are received during regular business hours, Tuesday through Saturday 10:30a.m. to 5 p.m. The HUB thrives from the generosity of their volunteers and are accepting volunteer applications. The next new volunteer meeting is set for Monday, Jan. 16, 9:30 to 10:30 am at the shop. Come and meet other volunteers, see the store, and learn about opportunities available. Call or email for more information. thehub@opendoor.com


THE JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS comprise a non-profit political organization that is run entirely by volunteers, and from time to time we need additional

volunteers to help with various events. To volunteer, call 541-858-1050.

JACKSON COUNTY LIBRARY SERVICES Jackson County Library Services need volunteers at all fifteen branches to help with Summer Reading Program activities. The volunteers would assist patrons in signing up for the program, help with some activities, and hand out prizes. Days and times are flexible and begin in early June. For more details, contact Carrie Prechtel at 541-774-6407 or cprechtel@jcls.org.

JACKSON COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL seeks volunteers to assist in the library, bookstore and with general office duties two to four hours per week. They also seek tutors to help adults students with reading, writing, math and language skills. Tutor training and materials are provided at no cost in conjunction with RCC. Call the Literacy Council at 245-8699.

JACKSON SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT seeks a volunteer clerk with knowledge and expertise in Quick Books and Excel. This is a two-day-per-week position, one day before Wednesday and one day after Wednesday. Hours are negotiable. Volunteers must be bondable as required by state law. Call 734-3143.

KIDS Imagination Discovery Space, a nonprofit Rogue Valley organization, has volunteer opportunities for the following positions: playful parent, special events assistant, group host, program lead assistant, materials/art assistant, play guide, special skills assistant, birthday buddy, exhibit production assistant, landscaping assistant, outdoor exhibit assistant, face painting artist, mural artist and on-call volunteer. For more information, or to volunteer, contact KIDS at 772-9922 or visit www.discoveryspace.org.

Kids Unlimited is looking for volunteers to help with the after school program at Howard, Jackson, Oak Grove, Washington and White City Elementary schools. Volunteers are needed to tutor and mentor students as well as assist with enrichment activities (dance, music, art, etc.). We are also looking for volunteers for the Kyle Singler Southern Oregon Open May 11th and 12th. Volunteer opportunities for that event include door, scorekeeper, clock and concession stand. For more information please contact Emily Freeman volunteers@kidsunlimitedoforegon.org. Also - additional information information can be found at www.kidsunlimitedoforegon.org. .

LIFESPAN RESPITELifespan Respite, program of The Arc, seeks volunteers to assist with activities at a respite program for adults and seniors with special needs. For more information contact Lifespan Respite at 541-821-8764.

LINDA VISTA NURSING AND REHABseeks volunteers who enjoy working with the elderly to come in to visit, read to, play music and games with residents. Call Diane Fair at 482-2341.

LITERACY COUNCIL OF JACKSON COUNTY has served Jackson County's literacy needs for 35 years. They are in need of tutors as well as volunteers to serve as board members in various capacities. Call 245-8699.

LOVEJOY HOSPICE will train compassionate people to provide respite, lend a hand, visit clients, help in the Hospice offices or in the adult and children's bereavement programs. They are also interested in volunteer chaplains. Call Carol at 474-1193 or toll free 888-798-8569

MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION needs volunteers in Southern Oregon. Volunteers work directly with wish children and their families, speak to interested community groups, or help coordinate fund-raising events. Volunteer meetings are held each month and the time commitment is flexible. Call Kara Minkoff at 800-934-9474 or visit www.orwish.org.

MEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT: Volunteers are needed by the Medford Police Department for records evaluation, handicapped parking control, bike path/Bear Creek Greenway patrol and for taking calls for reports. Volunteers will be asked to fill out a background information sheet. For more information, call Community Serve Officer Howard Pendleton, 774-2268.

MEDFORD SENIOR ACES is requesting volunteers for teaching, greeting or setup and take down of equipment. Call 773-4226, 774-9780 or 482-3182.

MENDED HEARTS: The Medford Chapter of Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit volunteer organization, needs volunteers for its patient visiting program, monthly speaker meetings and to help publish a newsletter. Call 772-0478.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION: Volunteers are needed to stuff envelopes and put together fund-raising kits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call 858-9815 Monday through Friday.

MY SISTERS CLOSET: My Sisters Closet, which operates under the umbrella of Bridge to a Better Future helping women and men struggling to find employment by allowing them to pick out at least one good interview outfit, needs volunteers for sorting through clothing, on the phone bank, with transportation, web maintenance, personal shoppers and grant writing. They also need help during fund-raising events, as well as assisting clients directly. The average number of hours per month is eight. For more information, call 541-326-7047.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS - SOUTHERN OREGON: NAMI-SO seeks volunteers to work 2 1/2 hours per week in the Nami-So library. If interested, call 774-7872.

NATIONAL RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Southern Oregon Chapter National Railway Historical Society is getting ready for the upcoming season at the Medford Railroad Park that runs April through October. Volunteers are needed for several areas of the park that include concession stand help, museum docent, and operators for hand car motorcars. Help with rail operations; conductor and station docent, are also needed. Knowledge of railway history or retail/food handling experience is helpful. Specialized training is offered. Call 541-890-8145.

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY offers numerous opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors while working with Conservancy ecologists and volunteer teams to protect some of the planet's most critical habitats. With 10 preserves to manage in Southwest Oregon, work to be done varies greatly by site and season. Volunteers help with such tasks as seed collection and sowing, planting native flora, removing invasive plants, building and removing fences, counting rare plants, data analysis and entry, measuring trees, and more. Call or write to find out about our work party schedule, student projects or to organize your group for a day of service at one of the preserves near you. Contact Teresa at tfernandez@tnc.org or call 541-7710-7933 ext 5# for more information or to join the listserv and get updates about upcoming opportunities. Visit nature.org/oregon/volunteer to learn about statewide efforts to protect some of nature's great places!

OFFICE OF THE LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN seeks volunteer advocates and investigators to serve as ombudsmen for residents of nursing home, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes. Volunteers will be trained on the aging process, communication skills, problem-solving skills and investigation. Call Dale Swire at 858-2073 or 800-522-2602.

PACIFICA ARTS GUILD seeks volunteers to take a 10-minute survey to determine the type of benefit events the public would enjoy. Call 488-2577 or e-mail cgrant80@yahoo.com.

PARKINSON'S RESOURCES OF OREGON: Parkinson's Resources of Oregon needs one-time volunteers to help with their awareness walk, Sole Support for Parkinson's, to be held on Sept. 15, 2012, in Medford. Volunteers are needed to assist with walker registration, hospitality, marking the course, as well as set-up and tear-down. Call Holly at 800-426-6806.

PET FOSTER CARE: Friends of the Animal Shelter needs volunteers to provide a good short-term foster home for a cat, kitten, dog or puppy from the county shelter. Basic requirements are a safe environment, time and resources to help an animal find a good home. Call 774-6646 or visit www.fotas.org.

PROVIDENCE HOSPICE seeks men and women to support hospice patients and their loved ones in a variety of ways. Massage therapists are also needed. Training is available several times a year. Call Susan at 732-6532.

PROVIDENCE LIFELINE needs volunteers to help install Lifeline and assist program. Lifeline is an emergency response service that links customers to 24-hour assistance at the push of a button. It allows customers to move freely around the home or yard with more confidence. For more information, call 732-5054.

PROVIDENCE MEDIVAN Compassionate volunteer drivers are needed to take area seniors and disabled adults to medical appointments. This is a free service. For more information, call 732-5466.

PROVIDENCE MEDFORD MEDICAL CENTER GUILD needs volunteers for greeting, helping, blood pressure, information desk, short stay, messengers, outpatient registration, surgery waiting, cancer center library and the gift shop. For more information, call 732-5179.

RES-Q RANCH HORSE RESCUE: This nonprofit organization at 3077 Highway 234 in Sams Valley seeks volunteers committed to the recovery and care of unwanted, neglected or abused horses. Evening hours and weekend are open. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Call 830-4999 (evenings).

ROGUE BOOK EXCHANGE needs reliable volunteers to mind the storefront during open hours and/or help sort and shelve their huge backlog of donated books. Rogue Book Exchange is a nonprofit that provides books, movies and CDs free to the public. For more information, see the Web site at www.roguebooks.org or contact Jenny at jenny@roguebooks.org or 779-1326.

ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE needs tutors for adult students in basic reading, writing, math and English as a second language. Work one-on-one, in a small group or in a classroom. Free training and materials. Call 245-7576.

ROGUE GALLERY & ART CENTER, MEDFORD: Interested in volunteering at a busy and vibrant gallery and art center? Volunteer at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center and meet interesting and talented artists and art supporters. Volunteers receive a 10 percent discount on retail items and many classes and events and gain experience working at the front desk in retail sales, hanging exhibits, taking part in monthly events and/or working in the art classrooms. For more information, call 541-772-8118 or e-mail ginger@roguegallery.org or visit www.roguegallery.org.

ROGUE VALLEY GROWERS & CRAFTERS MARKET needs volunteers for assistance on farmers market days, special event days and other day to day market duties. Meet new people, learn new skills, acquire knowledge about the farmers market. Volunteers can contribute a 2 to 3 hour commitment on a special day, be a weekly volunteer, or share a special talent. Visit www.rvgrowersmarket.com. Application to volunteer can be obtained by contacting Lori at 541-772-4614 or Lori@rvgrowersmarket.com.

ROGUE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER needs volunteers. There are opportunities to serve throughout the week, including some evenings and weekends, but the greatest need is during the weekday. Volunteers provide much needed service in our waiting and patient care areas. Volunteer opportunities include greeting and assisting patients and visitors, escorting patients, courtesy blood pressure screening, providing spiritual support, and helping customers in gift shop. No experience is necessary. Training is provided. To learn more, please contact Volunteer Services at 541-789-5875 or email volunteer@asante.org.

ROGUE VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE needs men or women over 18 who are willing to train hard and work hard. In addition to searches, there is a need for calling team members. Callers are not required to be physically active. Call 826-6670 between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

RSVP RESPITE PROGRAM: Volunteers are needed to provide safety and comfort for two to three hours a week to an ill person while the caregiver takes a break. Call Jenny Knotz at 541-857-7783.

ROGUE ROCK LEARNING CENTER: Volunteers are needed for office jobs including computer use, phoning and mailings. A volunteer gardener is also needed. For an application, call 552-1201. The center is at 206 W. Wagner, Talent. References and transportation required.

ROGUE VALLEY YMCA: The Rogue Valley Family YMCA seeks volunteers to mentor youth in its afterschool and camp programs, especially someone interested in sharing an age-appropriate hobby or talent in the arts or sciences. This can be done for as little as an hour a week. Interested parties may contact Youth and Family Director Debbie Rose at 772-6295, ext. 205. Sports enthusiasts interested in volunteering as a coach or referee in youth sports such as basketball, flag football and track can contact Youth Sports Director Gary Taylor at 772-6295, ext. 207. Aquatics and Fitness also needs volunteers to help with swim lessons, yoga and dance. Contact Fitness Director Andy Eck at 772-6295, ext. 206.

ROGUE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AUXILIARY: The Rogue Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is looking for individuals willing to give of their time and talents to assist patients, families and staff. Currently, volunteers are needed in the Bartels Health Information Center, Courtesy blood pressure, Emergency, Gift shop, Information desks, Sewing group, Spiritual care, Surgical services waiting area, Senior transportation van drivers, and Women's Imaging. Call 541-857-7880.

SANCTUARY ONE: Sanctuary One is a group that helps people of all ages experience nature's power to heal by providing them with an opportunity to volunteer on a nonprofit care farm. Care farms are places where people, animals and the earth work together for mutual healing. Working with animals and gardening as been shown to lower blood pressure, ease depression and stress and help lonely people establish therapeutic relationships. For more information about volunteering, see www.SantuaryOne.org or call 541-899-8627.

SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army needs volunteers for the following: Food pantry: Help with processing canned goods, assembling food boxes and distributing more than 450 food boxes each month to low-income individuals, seniors and families in Jackson County. Call Jeanna Sherman at 773-6965 or e-mail: .

SCIENCEWORKS HANDS-ON MUSEUM needs volunteers to do a variety of jobs including school group assistants, museum guides and office workers. Volunteers can commit to just a couple hours a week or only occasionally for special events. Call Char at 482-6767, ext. 29 or e-mail char@scienceworksmuseum.org.

SENIOR ACES COMPUTER CLUB needs volunteers to teach or assist teachers with basic Windows or MAC classes using Rogue Community College facilities. They also need volunteers to teach or assist at Thursday afternoon workshops. Only basic computer skills are necessary. Call 482-3182 or 773-4226.

SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SHIBA): seeks volunteers to help seniors and people with disabilities make important Medicare decisions that could save them hundreds of dollars a month. After completing a training program, volunteers will work one-on-one with clients or their family members, helping them learn and understand their benefits and options. For more information, call the local SHIBA office at 857-7780.

SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM SERVICES (formerly Rape Crisis) seeks volunteers. SAVS advocates receive 40 hours of free training and carry a cell phone and rsource bag during their shift. Advocates respond to local hospitals to provide clothing, teddy bears and a caring, safe ear for teen and adult sexual assault victims and their families. Advocates may accompany survivors through the medical and legal processes. Trainings are offered three times a year. To register for the next training, call Tira at 779-2393 or e-mail tira@community-works.org.

SMART: The Start Making A Reader Today program seeks volunteers to coordinate the program at campuses and to read to children. Program coordinators oversee volunteers, who read one-on-one with children who need literacy support. The program helps kindergarten through third grade students learn to read and read to learn. SMART volunteers spend one hour a week during the school year reading with two children for one half-hour each. Call 541-734-5628 for both Jackson and Josephine County or visit www.getsmartoregon.org.

SOCSTC: Southern Oregon Child Treatment Center needs volunteers to work with at-risk children, youth and their families. Call Stephanie Maurer, volunteer coordinator, at 776-0497 or visit www.socstc.org

SODA: Southern Oregon Drug Awareness needs help with office tasks and event organizing: answering phones, filing, bulk mailing, running errands and helping with the organization of events with SODA-Teens. Call SODA at 608-4028.

SOUTH MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL ASPIRE program needs volunteer mentors to work one-on-one with high school students helping them to continue their education after high school. If you are interested in becoming a mentor contact Bettina Burns, the ASPIRE on site coordinator at 541-842-5398, or e-mail her at bettina.burns@medford.k12.or.us.

SOUTHERN OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY seeks volunteers 14 and older for the following: House tour guide and piano player at Beekman House in Jacksonville, tour and wagon ride guides at Hanley Farm in Central Point, activity leader at Hanley Farm, front desk assistant at the Jacksonville Museum and Children's Museum in Jacksonville. Call Jayme Neil at 773-6536, ext. 225.

SOUTHERN OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY needs volunteers 12 and older to help with a variety of programs. Call Deltra or Babette at 779-3215.

SOUTHERN OREGON LIVE STEAMERS needs volunteers to assist and direct visitors to available parking spots and keep the ingress and egress ways clear for the fire department next door to the Medford Railroad Park. The park is open every second and fourth Sunday until October and shifts are one hour long 11a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 541-857-7780.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Volunteers are needed to assist with bowling, volleyball and swimming September to late November. All volunteers must submit an application and pass a background check. Call Marie Quinn-Cabler at 857-0947.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: St. Vincent de Paul need volunteers to work in the thrift store, kitchen, pantry, office and receiving areas. Hours flexible. We are an all volunteer organization dedicated to helping the poor and needy. Call Volunteer Coordinator Cheryle Tatman at 899-9343 for more info. 2424 N. Pacific Highway, Medford.

THE STUDIO AT LIVING OPPORTUNITIES : The Studio at Living Opportunities is an art studio for artists with a wide range of disabilities. They seek volunteers to help artists set up their painting materials and aid them in the creative process. In addition, they need volunteer receptionists for the art gallery. The workshops are held at The Studio at Living Opportunities, 32 S. Central, Medford. The Studio hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone interested in volunteering may call 541-772-1503 and fill out an application at the main office, 861 Valley View Drive, Medford.

THE VA SOUTHERN OREGON REHABILITATION CENTER AND CLINICS (Domiciliary) in White City seeks golf course/driving range volunteers. Hours are flexible and applicants must have good interpersonal skills. For more information, contact golf course volunteer manager Ted Morehouse at 826-9710 or Tom Marshall at 826-2111, ext. 3269 or 3585.

STITCHES FROM THE HEART needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for babies. These items are donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns are available and donated yarn is appreciated. Contact Kathy Silverton toll-free at 1-866-472-6903.

UPPER ROGUE COMMUNITY CENTER in Shady Cove needs volunteers to help in the office, thrift store and with Wednesday adult activities lunches, which involve meal preparation and cleanup. Throughout the year, it needs volunteers for fund-raisers and classes for adults and children. Call 878-2702.

UPPER ROGUE WATERSHED ASSOCIATION : Seeks volunteers to help on various projects to improve the economy and quality of life. The group meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Upper Rogue Community Center. Call 878-7404 or 541-210-0670 or visit the website at roguebasinwatersheds.org.

VA SOUTHERN OREGON REHABILITATION CENTER AND CLINICS (Domiciliary) in White City needs volunteers (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the visitors information greeters desk. Duties would include helping veterans with facility information, directions and general assistance. No experience is necessary and training is provided. For more information, contact Tom Marshall at 826-2111, Ext. 3585.

VA SOUTHERN OREGON REHABILITATION CENTER AND CLINIC in White City is looking for volunteers to drive for the Volunteer Transportation Network, especially to transport veterans to and from clinic appointments. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individual driving hours are varied and flexible. Vehicles and gas will be provided. To apply, call James Cunningham at 541-826-2111, Ext. 3796 or Tom Marshall at 541-826-2111, Ext. 3585.

VIP: VOLUNTEERS IN POLICE SERVICE PROGRAMS, The City of Ashland seeks volunteers for the “Volunteers in Police Service” programs such as vacation house checks, downtown patrol, bicycle path patrol, mail and D.A. couriers.

Volunteers are used during emergencies, the Festival of Lights, for traffic control and other activities. For more information, call 541-488-2211.

WINTERSPRING CENTER FOR LIVING WITH LOSS AND GRIEF, a nonprofit organization that provides grief and loss education and support services, needs compassionate people to help grieving children, youth or adults. After training and a background check, grief support volunteers may have the opportunity to work in play-based groups, classes involving arts, crafts or poetry and journal writing, peer support discussion groups or with individuals. Bilingual assistance will be especially helpful. The required 28-hour grief and loss education series includes two weekends at an Ashland location. Pre-registration is required and early registration is encouraged. Actors, including children and teens, stage help and mentors are also needed for the WinterSpring Theater. There is no training requirement. For information, call 552-0620 or visit www.winterspring.org.

WORLD HERITAGE: World Heritage, a nonprofit student exchange program, seeks a volunteer to serve as the community representative. The volunteer will screen potential host families, meet with local high schools, provide support for families and students and should enjoy working with teenagers. Call Julie at 866-985-4111 or see www.world-heritage.org.