Here is a list of volunteer opportunities for southern York County

Volunteers

ANIMAL RESCUE of New Freedom is looking for people who can donate a few hours of their time each week on a set day. Cat areas are cleaned every day, which involves sweeping and mopping, cleaning dishes and litter boxes and changing linens. This can be hard work, but when you're done your cleaning duties, one of the most rewarding things about volunteering is to sit down with the cats and give them love and attention. Anyone interested in this position is required to shadow an experienced caregiver to learn the general cleaning process, must be able to do general bending and lifting and walking up and down stairs, and should not be severely allergic to dogs or cats. No one younger than 18 is accepted without parental supervision. For details, call 717-965-5073 or 717-993-3232.

H.O.P.E., or Help for Oncology Problems and Emotional Support, a New Freedom-based organization, needs volunteers to assist directly and indirectly with clients and families dealing with cancer. Duties include providing transportation, babysitting, light cleaning, cooking or errands. To volunteer, email hope@glinenet.com or call Barbara Titanish at 717-227-2824.

LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES SHREWSBURY is in need of volunteers to help maintain beautiful outdoor flower gardens with planting, weeding and pruning. Create your own schedule and work at your own pace. Ability to work independently. To volunteer, call 717-227-8517.


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SOUTH CENTRAL SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom, is in need of volunteers to deliver "Meals on Wheels" once a month for about two hours. To volunteer, call the senior center at 717-235-6060.

SOUTHERN COMMUNITY SERVICES, a program of Penn-Mar, 44 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, a supportive service organization for families and individuals with disabilities or human-service needs, is in need of volunteers to assist in monthly food distribution from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month; minimum age is 14. Packing of food bags is also done the day before, beginning at 9 a.m. Occasional transportation providers for area seniors are also needed; minimum age is 21. To volunteer or for details, call Gail Sanger at 717-227-0333.

SOUTHERN BRANCH YMCA, 100 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury, needs volunteers for maintenance 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; minimum age is 18. All volunteer positions could be partial days or weeks. To volunteer, email Deb Klinedinst at dklinedinst@yorkcoymca.org or call 717-846-8256.

SOUTHERN YORK COUNTY PODCAST provides citizens of southern York County with a free source of local news and information. Volunteer opportunities are available in numerous areas for those who want to gain media experience, such as digital audio/video recording editor to help edit the programs for posting, including dubbing messages and music into programs; interviewer/host for local podcasts to research topics, possibly write scripts and find and interview guests about various topics; sports co-host and analyzer to discuss mostly high school sports, but some college and professional sports; and fundraising committee organizer to chair the fundraising committee and give direction to the other committee members and the organization. For details or to volunteer, call 717-382-4943.

STEWARTSTOWN AREA SENIOR CENTER has volunteer opportunities for adults who enjoy working with senior citizens. Activity aides can help once or twice a week at the center or for special events. Seniors 60 and older are welcome to serve as board members and attend monthly meetings to work on center business. For details, call the senior center at 993-3488.

TRANSPORTATION VOLUNTEERS are needed from southern York County to work with the following York-based agencies:

· Touch a Life, 717-854-4313

· Senior Companion, 717-843-2677

· Compeer, 717-843-6973

YORK COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING is seeking volunteers for the following programs. To learn more about these programs, call Beth Grove, volunteer coordinator, at 852-4904 or call 1-800-632-9073 or email at eagrove@york-county.org.

· Apprise Program. Volunteers are needed for this state health insurance counseling program. If you are interested in helping senior citizens understand the complex Medicare system and the difficult decisions facing them, then this is the challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunity for you. State and local trainings will be offered in the near future. Trained volunteers will have flexibility in deciding the time commitment they can make to the program.

· Friendly Visitors. A Volunteer Friendly Visitor is someone who is willing to share an hour or two each week with a homebound, elderly person. Many of these elderly person have very limited social contact. These visits are often the high point of their week; whether reading, writing letters, playing cards or board games, or just spending time chatting with them. This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for both men and women of all ages.

· Volunteer Ombudsmen. A Volunteer Ombudsman serves as a liaison with YCAAA staff ombudsmen, who investigate resident's complaints of nursing or personal care homes in York County, or with any long term care services received in their homes or community. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging training must be completed in order to be certified to visit facilities as an YCAAA representative.

· Financial counselors for the Volunteer Financial Counselor program. Financial counselors assist agency consumers with financial issues, from simple budgeting and record keeping, to more complex issues. Being a financial counselor affords flexible scheduling and a modest time commitment of four to eight hours a month. No experience necessary and training will be provided.

· Telephone Reassurance program. Volunteers make regular telephone calls to homebound YCAAA consumers. Many of these homebound elderly persons have very limited social contact. If you enjoy talking on the phone, this is the perfect program for you.

· Judicial Center Tour Guide program. Tour guides will provide free prescheduled tours to groups of 45 or less with a suggested age of middle school age or older.

· A Matter of Balance coaches needed. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is conducted in eight, two-hour sessions and features group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent. Coaches need to be able to lead low- to moderate-level exercises. If interested in becoming a coach or would like more information about the program, call Melissa Graham, A Matter of Balance coordinator, 717-852-4964.

Training for some of these worthwhile programs will be provided by the York County Area Agency on Aging.

Y.O.U.T.H. PROGRAM in southern York County, works with youth, farm animals and the community in a youth agriculturally focused business. Adults can mentor youth and assist with art projects, animal recreational therapy and fundraisers. High school and college students can do internships, senior projects or graduate work. Volunteers can also assist with carpentry, gardening, fishing, computers, websites, newsletters, graphic design, photography and grant writing. Students learn how to dye wool and yarn from Border Leicester sheep to make Christmas related gift items. Knitters, crocheters and handmade crafters are needed to make sweaters, hats, scarves and mittens for resale. All proceeds benefit the program. Hours are flexible. 717-244-8353.