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January 10, 2014

People Helping People

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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

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