NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 15, 2013

People Helping People


Newburyport Daily News

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

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.

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.