NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 27, 2013

People Helping People


Newburyport Daily News

---- — The following volunteer opportunities are available in the Greater Newburyport area:

Anna Jaques Hospital is looking for information desk volunteers. The shifts are 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Volunteers will greet patients and visitors, provide directions, and occasionally escort patients and visitors to their destinations. Call the Anna Jaques Hospital volunteer office at 978-463-1150. There are also available volunteer shifts for the gift shop and mailroom.

Auntie’s Closet, a charity thrift store in Salisbury, needs volunteers. Tasks include counter sales, organization and pricing Thursday through Sunday. Call Vicki at 978-376-5629 or email Mel at mel@yardsaleforcharity.org for more information. Auntie’s Closet is located at 48 Elm St. (Route 110).

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley is recruiting and training volunteers to help the elderly with various tasks. These include: providing transportation to medical appointments and accompanying elders to these appointment, food shopping, pharmacy pickups, bill management, and companionship. Contact Eileen at 978-946-1463.

Historic New England, contact: Bethany Groff, Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, 978-462-2634. Volunteers needed at historic house museums in Newbury. HNE is looking for people to assist with a variety of positions, including docents, clerical, reception desk at visitors center, special event volunteers and others as needed. Training provided.

Lowell’s Boat Shop, 459 Main St., Amesbury, 978-834-0050. Volunteers needed as docents, maintenance projects and administration activities.

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, a nonprofit, no-kill cat shelter, needs volunteer help for cat care in the Salisbury adoption center, administrative tasks and special events, and feral cat feeders (volunteers ages 15 and older), as well as volunteers for foster care, feral spay/neuter clinics, feral cat trappers and more (volunteers ages 18 and older). Volunteers may apply online at www.mrfrs.org, or stop by the shelter at 63 Elm St. (Route 110), to fill out an application. Call 978-462-0760 for more information.

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, 60 Island St., Lawrence, 978-681-8858. Contact: Sharon Mason, email sharon@merrimackvalleyhabitat.org. Merrimack Valley Habitat builds homes, shares hope and changes lives by moving families from overcrowded, dispiriting living conditions to safe, decent and affordable homes, providing the stability and foundation they need to build a better life. It is a partnership of hope, and of a helping hand. Construction and administrative volunteers are needed to help continue the mission. Flexible arrangements.

Merrimack Valley Hospice, Home Health VNA, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence. Contact: 978-552-4522 or volunteermanager@homehealthfoundation.org. Merrimack Valley Hospice is a nonprofit organization serving northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Volunteer opportunities include working with patients and families directly, administrative support to hospice staff, fundraising, and more. Volunteers receive training and ongoing support. A commitment of two to four hours a week on an as-needed basis is required.

Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St., Newburyport, 978-465-8769, naa@newburyportart.org, www.newburyportart.org. The NAA is an active and vibrant art association serving artists of all ages and skills living in the Greater Newburyport area. Volunteer opportunities include exhibition installation support, organizing and hosting receptions, assisting with community outreach programs, sitting the gallery, small building upkeep projects, and special events.

Newburyport Maritime Society, Custom House Maritime Museum, www.thechmm.org, 25 Water St., Newburyport, 978-462-8681. Volunteers needed to staff the gift shop and admissions desk, to act as docents (guides for tours), and for administrative activities. Three-hour shifts. Email info@thechmm.org for more information.

Newburyport Council on Aging seeks volunteers to assist senior citizens with yardwork and small home repairs. The Council on Aging matches the needs of elders with the resources in the community. Contact: Roseann Robillard, director, at 978-462-8650 or RRobillard@cityofnewburyport.com.

Newburyport Youth Services, contact: Andrea Egmont, supervisor of youth services, 60 Pleasant St., Newburyport, 978-465-4434, email: aegmont@cityofnewburyport.com, website: www.cityofnewburyport.com. Opportunities to help with programming or events.

Nursing homes are very happy to have volunteers. Contact the activities director and go in for an orientation. Typical activities are one-on-one room visits, writing or reading letters and stories, card or board games, sharing your interests and skills, and helping with their programs. Popular times are late morning and midafternoon.

Amesbury Village Skilled Nursing and Rehab, 22 Maple St., Amesbury, 978-388-4682

Brigham Manor Nursing and Rehab Center, 77 High St., Newburyport, 978-462-4221

Country Rehab and Nursing Center, 180 Low St., Newburyport, 978-465-5361

Harborside Health Care-Maplewood, 6 Morrill Place, Amesbury, 978-388-3500

Port Health Care, 113 Low St., Newburyport, 978-462-7373

SeaView Retreat, 60 Mansion Drive, Rowley, 978-948-2552

Opportunity Works, 10 Opportunity Way, Newburyport. This organization serves adults with developmental disabilities beginning at age 22. Volunteers are enthusiastic, compassionate and willing to work hard for the benefit of others while having lots of fun. The organization offers a variety of high-quality services that lead people to independence, including socialization and employment. A sampling of volunteer opportunities: landscaping, special activities such as music, exercise, hothouse gardening, community events and one-to-one relationships. Please contact Karen Nicholas for more information at 978-462-6144, ext. 240, or karen.nicholas@opportunityworks.org. Website: www.opportunityworks.org.

Our Neighbors’ Table, P.O. Box 592, Amesbury, MA 01913; 978-388-4863 or 978-835-3016. Our Neighbors’ Table serves a free community meal every Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m., and hosts a food pantry every Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed throughout the week to help prepare for and implement these programs. Please contact Joan at community@ourneighborstable.org or 978-388-1907 for more information.

Parental Stress Hotline, nancy@parentshelpingparents.org, 800-632-8188 (a Massachusetts-only number), 24-hour hotline to defuse parental stress. This hotline requires a one-year commitment to take telephone shifts on a statewide toll-free hotline. Overnight shifts taken in the volunteer’s home via a call-forwarding system. Ten hours of training and mentoring takes place in Watertown.

Parents Helping Parents, nancy@parentshelpingparents.org. Child care volunteers are needed to care for the children of parents attending a free and confidential parent support group Monday evenings, 7-9 p.m. Help parents in our community become connected and supported.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 978-465-5753, ext. 31. Volunteer positions available in visitor information and as plover wardens.

The Peace Garden is seeking volunteer gardeners. Established on the waterfront to honor those who have lost their lives in Iraq, the garden was created by a local chapter of the national organization Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND). Volunteers work together in the garden as part of a team and receive notice of gardening times by email once or twice a month during the growing season. Gardening times are weather-dependent and usually last about two hours. Contact Joanna Hammond at 978-270-3941.

Pettengill House, P.O. Box 5551, 13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, 978-463-8801. The Pettengill House is a nonprofit community social service organization serving the greater Newburyport area. A variety of volunteer opportunities exist, including help with office work, food pantry, special events and fundraisers, and special programs. For more information, call Julie Havey, volunteer coordinator, at 978-463-8801.

ROOF Over Head Collaborative works to support homeless and at-risk families in our community as they transition to permanent housing and independent living through community collaboration, education and advocacy. Volunteer opportunities include readying homes for families, serving on the Board of Directors, becoming a member of a committee and helping with events. To learn more about ROOF, visit www.roofoverhead.org. To volunteer, contact info@roofoverhead.org or 978-267-ROOF.

Salvation Army, 40 Water St., Newburyport, 978-465-0883. Volunteers needed to assist elderly, visit nursing homes, odd jobs and youth programs, feeding programs, food pantry, seasonal help.

The Samaritans, 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, 866-912-4673. Volunteers trained to take shifts responding to hotline calls.

Shared Caring Hospice Inc., PO Box 564, Newburyport, 978-462-1210. Trained volunteers needed to work with the terminally ill.

Strongest Link Aids Services, 5 Federal St., Danvers, 978-777-5885. Volunteers needed for office support and transportation services for people living with HIV and their families. Support also needed for annual holiday program.

Turning Point, Safe Recovery Program and Main Stream Housing Program, P.O. Box 548, 5 Perry Way, Newburyport, 978-462-8251. These programs serve women and children who have become homeless due to domestic abuse and/or substance abuse. Housing provided up to 24 months.

YMCA, contact: Sandra Brien, Northeast Family/Tri-Town Branch, Route 110 Plaza, Amesbury, 978-462-6711. Volunteers needed at events and for programs.

YWCA, 13 Market St., Newburyport, 978-465-0981. Volunteers needed at the pool desk and after-school day care program, etc. Help needed for specific projects.