Guardians ad litem needed for children
By TIMES WIRES
Published November 19, 2006
About 1,800 children in Pinellas County need someone to be their voice in the courtroom, and the county's guardian ad litem program hopes that could be you. You can learn about becoming a guardian ad litem by attending a one-hour orientation held each week on Thursdays. The time of the orientation is varied to accommodate the schedule of prospective volunteers. Guardians ad litem speak on behalf of abused, abandoned or neglected children in Pinellas County courts. As a child's advocate, a guardian ad litem becomes familiar with the child and case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment. Guardians ad litem receive training and ongoing supervision to help them make a positive difference in the lives of children. Call 727 464-6528 to sign up for an orientation. For information, go to www.guardianadlitem6.org.
Nature preserve is looking for volunteersVolunteers are welcome to help restore the biodiversity of the Ozona Nature Preserve. Adults interested in working in the preserve can call volunteer site coordinator Reggie Hall at (727) 784-2131 or e-mail Hall at vision firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters needs help
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County seeks volunteers willing to spend as little as an hour a week with local children who need mentors.
Volunteers must be at least 18 and have a valid driver's license.
For information, call (727) 518-8860 or visit www.bbbspc.org.
As part of the state's mentoring initiative, some employers allow an hour or so per week of administrative leave for employees to mentor.
Visit www.volunteerfloridafoundation.org to find out more about the program.
VFW sponsoring essay contests for students
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10093 will sponsor essay contests this fall with cash prizes for students receiving public, private and home-schooled educations.
For applications and guidelines, contact Ann Crum, chairman, P.O. Box 342, Oldsmar, 34677 or (813) 855-1182.
Red Cross seeking volunteer drivers
The Clearwater Red Cross is seeking volunteer drivers and dispatchers to operate its Transportation Program in North Pinellas, based at 2481 Sunset Point Road. Drivers and dispatchers are needed to fill assignments from 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Volunteer drivers will use Red Cross vehicles to drive those who have no other means of getting to critical medical and dental appointments.
For details, call the Clearwater branch at 446-2358, ext. 234.
Volunteers needed to work at food bank
Religious Community Services Food Bank is looking for volunteers to sort, deliver and pick up food, interview clients and distribute food to families two to four hours a day, one day a week during the Food Bank's regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Youth groups are encouraged to participate.Call (727) 443-4031 or visit email@example.com.
Volunteers needed for library gift store
Volunteers who like to be around books and people are needed at the Friends Book & Gift Store at the Clearwater Main Library. A short training session is required. The store is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To volunteer, call Rosalie Murray at (727) 531-0667 or Rita Garvey at (727) 446-3845.
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