Nature preserve is looking for volunteers

By Times staff
Published November 21, 2006

Nature preserve is looking for volunteers 

Volunteers 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 management@verizon.net.


Guardians ad litem needed for children

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.


SPCA has cats and dogs for adoption

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay has more than 80 dogs and 155 cats in need of adoptive homes. Adult dogs and cats are available for $25. The adoption fee includes vaccinations, including rabies; spaying or neutering; county license tag; microchip for identification; and free obedience classes for canines. The main shelter is at 9099 130th Ave. N. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Adoptable pets are also featured at www.SPCATampaBay.org.


Dog Training Club offers varied classes

The Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club, a nonprofit organization, offers beginning through advanced classes in agility, clicker training, conformation, junior handling, obedience and puppy kindergarten.

The club also offers trials and opportunities to show your dog. The air-conditioned indoor club, 2101 Logan St., is near the Long Center. Call (727) 449-8738 or visit www.usdtc.org.


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.

Call 446-2358, ext. 234.


Group needs volunteer mentors

Make a lasting difference in the life of a child by volunteering as a mentor. Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers 30 and older to be matched with children from single-parent homes who need adult companionship and positive role models. No experience is necessary and there are no costs to participants.

To learn more, call Nancy at 479-1813 or Beverly at 479-1841.


Learn about phone options for deaf

A representative from Florida Telecommunications Relay will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday of the month at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., to offer special phones and ring-signaling devices to qualified deaf or hard-of-hearing residents. Call (727) 399-9983 (voice) or (727) 399-9422 (TTY) for details.


Junior Achievement seeks volunteers

Junior Achievement of West Central Florida is seeking volunteers for the 2006-07 school year. Junior Achievement offers programs from kindergarten through 12th grade, and it teaches young people about business, economics and free enterprise. The time commitment varies from a single half-day session to weekly one-hour visits for five to 10 weeks. To volunteer, call (727) 530-0884, ext. 34 or visit www.jawcf.org.


Support group for mental illness open

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pinellas County, invites the public to attend an education meeting and support group at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month. There is no charge. NAMI is the nation's largest nonprofit, grass roots, self-help support and advocacy organization of consumers, families and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. Through its affiliates and volunteer members, NAMI works to achieve equitable services and treatment for the millions of Americans living with severe mental illnesses and their families. Call 791-3434.


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 in need 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 443-4031 or visit www.rpantry@tampa.rr.com.