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January 28, 2014

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Volunteers are also being sought to aid in the inventory and packaging of blankets. Some of the distribution sites for the blankets include the Amesbury Holiday Program, Pettengill House, DCF Haverhill office, Pregnancy Care Center, and Amesbury Fire and Police departments.

The group meets weekly on Mondays at 10 a.m. in the Senior Center’s Institution for Savings Arts and Creativity Room. Anyone interested in making or receiving blankets should contact Beverly Drew at 978-852-3042 or email blanketsforkids@aol.com.

Volunteer opportunities

The Amesbury Council on Aging is in search of volunteers to assist in several different areas. The Council on Aging is looking for adult volunteers for Friendly Visitors, a program to help helping caregivers and people who are frail. Friendly visitors are paired with homebound adults who are older or frail and have scheduled visits one to three times each week. The program aims to helps homebound adults with socializing, meeting the individual’s social needs, helping caregivers, and on occasion running local errands to pick up items such as groceries. No transporting of people in your vehicle is needed.

In other areas: the reception area for two to five hours at a time to answer phone, schedule van trips, register clients for events; technology support at times that are flexible to manage social media, websites and distribution lists. For more information, stop by the Council on Aging on Elm Street. For a volunteer packet, or contact Jean Marie at 978-388-8138.

Call for volunteers

The Carriage Barn Equine Assisted Therapy Program is looking for volunteers to assist with therapeutic riding and carriage driving, fundraising, events and activities. Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the week to work with horses and clients. Adults and retirees are welcome, and volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Experience and horse knowledge is a plus, but is not required. Anyone interested in learning more can contact The Carriage Barn at 603-378-0140 or email carriage-barn@comcast.net. The program is a 501c3 Not-for-Profit Organization, as well as a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International

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