American Cancer Society’s Cancer Resource Center at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, needs volunteers to assist cancer patients, their families and caregivers with the latest in cancer-related information. Volunteers also will provide information on community programs and services, along with dates and times for local American Cancer Society events and programs. Training will be provided. 256-767-0823
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Colbert County needs volunteers to help represent the best interest of abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers will research each child’s background and assist the court in making decisions about that child’s future. Training given to all volunteers. 256-248-1932 or 256-740-9988
The Help Center, which provides services to the needy of Florence and Lauderdale County, needs volunteers to: serve in the reception, food, interviewing, clothing and receiving departments. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Located on the corner of South Court Street and Veterans Drive, Florence.
Shoals Animal Advocates at Colbert County Animal Shelter, Tuscumbia, needs pet care volunteers Monday through Friday to feed, walk, socialize, train, rehabilitate, love and bond with the shelter’s pets. Visit website to submit online application: shoalsanimaladvocates.org or email email@example.com. 256-712-4414
Pets are Worth Saving is dedicated to providing assistance to abandoned and abused pets in northwest Alabama. Through collaboration with other animal welfare organizations and shelters, PAWS seeks to implement innovative programs that will provide foster homes and promote adoptions. The organization also supports spay/neuter and other educational programs designed to teach citizens how to humanely care for their pets. PAWS’ foster-care network needs volunteers to provide short-term, in-home care for friendly dogs and cats until they are adopted. All veterinary care is paid. shoalspaws.com or 256-383-0690
Northwest-Shoals Community College’s Adult Education Program is seeking volunteers to help adult learners, prepare for the GED, learn/strengthen reading skills, improve academic skills and study English as a second language. Volunteers are needed in both day and night classes. 256-331-5440
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for members to become instructors for recreational boating safety public education and to become vessel safety examiners. No experience required. The auxiliary will provide training. 256-757-4622
The Healing Place provides ongoing grief support for children and teens and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one because of an accident, illness, suicide or homicide. Support available for children whose loved one is seriously ill. There is no charge for services. Volunteers are needed to assist with children/teens support groups and camp. Training available. 256-383-7133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details on dealing with grief: visit thehealingplaceinfo.org.
Florence-Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency’s Search and Rescue Team is looking for volunteers to assist with water safety, storm spotting, community activities, searching for missing people and response and recovery during times of disaster. Applications available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, EMA office, basement of Florence City Hall. 256-760-6363
Rape Response is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping victims of sexual assault in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence and Marion counties. Volunteers are needed to answer 24-hour crisis line, assist with prevention programs and office duties. Volunteer nurses are needed for examinations. Volunteers receive extensive training. 256-765-0025
The American Cancer Society is seeking cosmetologists, skin-care and make-up specialists to help women undergoing cancer treatments through a program called “Look Good ... Feel Better.” The program is a partnership of the American Cancer Society, National Cosmetology Association Foundation and Personal Care Products Council Foundation. It teaches women techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during treatment. Also need volunteers for Relay For Life Committee. 256-767-0825
The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive patients to cancer treatments. Volunteers must have a car, insurance and safe driving skills. 800-227-2345
Rolling Riders is a therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and young adults with disabilities. Each rider needs three volunteers to assist during the weekly session. Volunteers require only a sense of safety and desire to work with children with special needs. Nancy Squires or Dee Musselman, 256-740-8296
The NACOLG SeniorRx Prescription Program assists low-income elderly complete paperwork to qualify for free or low-cost life-sustaining medication. Volunteers needed to copy, file, do data entry and answer phones in the Florence, Haleyville and Phil Campbell offices. 800-243-5463 or Janette Sutton, 256-389-0532
Hospice of the Shoals is a nonprofit organization caring for terminally ill patients in their homes in Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties. Volunteers needed to do errands, light housework and provide companionship to patients and their families. 256-767-6699
Shoals Chapter, Alabama Kidney Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves kidney patients by providing assistance, education and support services, and provides public education to promote organ donation awareness and prevention of kidney disease. Meets second Thursday at UNA’s Baptist Student Ministry, corner of Nellie and Wood avenues, Florence. Volunteers are needed. Tisha Meredith, 256-701-9923, or Marty Rich, 256-766-7577
Big Brothers Big Sisters Inc. provides an adult role model for ages 5-15. A professional case manager interviews each child and parent. The parent shares information about the child’s personality, needs and interests and a suitable volunteer is paired with the child. The volunteer and the child decide the activities. Volunteers are needed for a community-based program and for school-based mentoring at Sheffield and Red Bay schools. Gina D. Mashburn, 256-248-1931, email@example.com, bbbsa.org
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to girls. It helps cultivate values, social conscience and self-esteem in young girls by offering programs in financial literacy, healthy living, science and technology and leadership. Nicole Fults or Jeanene Welch, 256-764-0331 or 800-734-4541, ext. 1003, or girlscoutsnca.org
The Salvation Army needs volunteers to sort and size clothing, refinish and refurbish furniture and appliances, stock items and collect donations. Also needed: people to prepare food and grocery baskets. 256-764-4432
The United Way needs volunteers for activities, especially for raising money and doing projects for needy individuals. 256-740-0324
Arc of the Shoals, which provides support for people with intellectual disabilities, needs volunteers for activities including cooking, art, gardening and musical events. Experience not required. Toni Reed, 256-383-1472
Therapy Dog Inc. needs volunteer dog owners to visit area nursing homes and assisted-living facilities on Mondays. Dogs must pass a temperament test and be at least 1 year old. 256-760-1777
The Colbert County Homeland Security RSVP needs volunteers, age 55 and older, who reside in Colbert County. Volunteers distribute emergency literature on disaster preparedness and provide park patrol at Spring Park, Tuscumbia. Accident, accidental death, excess auto liability and personal liability insurance provided. 256-386-8578, fax 256-386-8548; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shoals Area Tri-County Adult Program needs volunteers to assist instructors in adult education class, a class to prepare individuals to pass the GED test. Donnie Sweeney or Sandy Mitchell, 256-331-5438 or 256-331-5440
St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store is a nonprofit organization that sells donated items at a reasonable price. Surplus funds are used to subsidize the utility and rent program administered by the St. Vincent DePaul Society. The society helps anyone in need regardless of race or religion. The store is at 659 S. Poplar St., Florence, off Veterans Drive, behind Jenkins Brick. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 256-718-0901. For assistance with rent, utility bills and/or food, call 256-718-0921.
Colbert Caring Center, 102 N. Water St., Tuscumbia, provides partial payment on utilities, food from pantry and help with prescription drugs for Colbert County residents. The Caring Center is supported by churches, individuals and organizations. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 256-381-8464
The Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama needs individuals or groups to deliver meals to homebound individuals in Florence, Muscle Shoals, Petersville, Russellville, Sheffield and Tuscumbia. 256-766-4330
Mama’s Educational Turtle Haven and Rescue, a chartered and not-for-profit program, needs volunteers to bathe and oil large 200-pound tortoises, clean stalls in tortoise house, put down new bedding, transplant plants, weed, spray weed killer and clean water and food dishes. The haven accepts all turtles, well or sick. There is a drop bucket at the haven at 157 E. Lee Ave., Florence. Debbie Marsh, 256-764-5369
The Underwood Petersville Community Center needs volunteers to help with maintenance and upkeep of the building; help organize and serve at banquets at the center; assist with the center’s fundraising project, an all-you-can-eat breakfast the first Saturday of each month; and serve on the board of directors. 256-764-1388
The American Red Cross of Northwest Alabama has volunteer opportunities available at the Florence office at 318 S. Court St. Volunteers are needed to help with answering the phone, filing and data entry. There is a need for caseworkers and people qualified to take blood pressure at the free blood-pressure check stations. 256-764-2911, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday
Helen Keller Hospital’s Department of Volunteer Services, Sheffield, is seeking adult volunteers in several areas including: gift shop on Fridays; information desk attendant; day patient waiting area attendant on Mondays; greeter on Thursdays and Fridays; magazine cart attendant Monday-Friday; patient transport and errands on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays). Keller volunteers work a minimum of one four-hour shift per week and must go through an orientation process before beginning work. Christa Martin, volunteer coordinator, 256-386-4153.
Cherokee Rescue Squad needs volunteers to provide ambulance transportation and search/rescue services. Training provided. Volunteers needed as first-responders, emergency medical technicians, search personnel, drivers and boat operators. Meetings are at 7 p.m. first Monday at the rescue squad building, Daniel Street, Cherokee. email@example.com
Lauderdale County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is offering people ages 55 and older a chance to share their skills, talents, interest and knowledge through community service. RSVP is trying to meet the needs of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department, Lauderdale County District Attorney’s office, Carver Heights and Cherry Hill homes, Children’s Advocacy Center and the Department of Human Resources. Volunteers are needed to answer the phones, greet visitors, file and do other clerical work. Looking for quilting volunteers. The RSVP office is in the basement of the Lauderdale County Courthouse, Suite 1, Room 1. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 256-760-5888
Court-Appointed Special Advocate volutneers investigate cases involving abused and neglected children in court. CASA volunteers require no special background; interested individuals attend 30 hours of training and spend an average of 5-10 hours per month working on the child’s behalf. After talking with everyone who touches the life of the child, the volunteer reports to the judge the acquired information and makes recommendations. CASA, P.O. Box 1313, Florence, AL 35631, or call 256-765-0041
Safeplace Inc. provides services for victims of domestic violence in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties. Volunteers are needed for answering the crisis line; child care and activities with children; tutoring; yard work and maintenance; secretarial, office work and bulk mailing; language interpretation; prevention programs; pick up and delivery of donations; court advocacy; speaking engagements; special event coordination; and other activities. 256-767-3076
Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital is seeking volunteers for: Transporter — This person will help transport patients to their vehicle after their stay in the hospital. It requires a lot of walking and some interaction with patients. Cath lab, ICU and CCU waiting areas — This person greets families to the waiting area and is available for questions from family members. Patient information — This person serves as a greeter to those who enter the hospital, searches for patient information on the computer and relays it to the visitor on the telephone or in the hospital. 256-768-8491
Sheffield‘s improvement group, SHINE, promotes family friendly events in Sheffield. SHINE has monthly meetings at Sheffield City Hall and needs volunteers to help with events. Amy Holcomb, 256-314-1911
The Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments seeks volunteers for the State Health Insurance Program. Counselors and volunteers are not affiliated with any insurance company. Volunteers are trained to provide counseling and information regarding health insurance options; to provide materials and plan comparisons for individuals needing supplement plans, Medicare Part D Drug Plans; to assist with filing, answering the phone and general office duties. 256-389-0538
Northwest Alabama Reading Aides is a nonprofit United Way agency in need of volunteers to teach adults how to read. After completing a three-day training workshop to become familiar with the teaching material, volunteers are matched with an individual student at a convenient time to them both. Jim Green, 256-766-5709
The Cramer Children’s Center is a nonprofit organization that needs volunteers who could help by monitoring court-ordered visitations and/or answering phones, light filing, greeting clients when they have appointments and playing with children while their parents speak to a therapist. The center is a nonprofit 5013c agency. Ashley Whitehead, 256-760-1140, nwacac.org
The Children’s Museum of the Shoals, Florence, is seeking volunteers to help as birthday party room volunteers, field trips volunteers and with book fairs. 256-765-0500
Shoals Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1120 N. Royal Ave., Florence, seeks volunteers to work in the store, as well as help with pickups and deliveries. The restore sells donations of anything except clothing to help finance additional Habitat houses. 256-764-4494
Kennedy-Douglass Volunteers are committed to supporting and promoting the arts in the Shoals. Meetings are monthly and include an arts-related program. Volunteers raise funds through a variety of projects, including Arts Alive and Kennedy-Douglass Center Gift Shop, and assist with the gallery at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Annex and the Southall-Moore House in Florence. For details, visit the arts center at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St., Florence; call 256-760-6379; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local nonprofit agencies are looking for volunteers to fill the community’s needs. A list of different agencies will run every other week. Send volunteer needs to Valerie Sherer, in care of the TimesDaily, P.O. Box 797, Florence, AL 35631; fax to her attention 256-740-4717; or email to valerie.sherer@TimesDaily.com. Please indicate in subject line that the item is for Volunteers. Please include a phone number. To schedule a photograph to run with your listing, contact Teri Thornton, Lifestyle editor, at 256-740-5742.