The volunteer connection
This continues RSVP’s regular Sunday column of outstanding volunteer opportunities. Take a good look at it and see what you would like to do to add some extra joy to your life by helping others.• Lack of transportation is a big problem for frail seniors trying to get to medical appointments because there is a lack of RSVP drivers. Call for details on driving as the program is very flexible and RSVP has its own vans in some cases. Drivers with personal vehicles are reimbursed mileage.• RSVP needs volunteers to serve as companions to seniors who are home alone during the day. These folks need a friend who will call on them from time-to-time and visit; maybe help with some small tasks or in some instances have lunch. • Are you an animal lover? Carson City Animal Shelter needs volunteers to walk dogs and socialize with cats. Provide these little creatures with some loving attention.• Caring for a loved one 24/7 can be very exhausting both physically and mentally. RSVP needs volunteers to give caregivers some time off. Training is provided and you will receive a small stipend and mileage reimbursement. This is a great gift to a harried caregiver. Call for details.• The SPCA is looking for caring volunteers that can provide temporary foster care for cats and/or kittens that are not quite ready for adoption. They also need help with special events to raise money for this all volunteer program. Some experience with animals is helpful and loving them is a must.• ComputerCorps needs Technical, Administrative and Facilities volunteers to help with its “Every Home ‘A’ Classroom” Program that is administered through the individual schools by which families of school aged children who can’t afford a computer system can qualify for a free one. Volunteers receive mileage reimbursement, snacks and lunch. • Silver State Charter School is seeking math tutors to work with kids who need some extra help in pre-algebra, algebra and simple geometry. Must have patience and basic skills in high school level algebra and simple geometry.• Mothers Against Drunk Driving is seeking volunteers to fill several of its volunteer positions: Court Monitoring, Victim Impact Panel Speaker, and Victim Advocate. Nevada MADD volunteer orientation and on-line training will be provided. Computer access and experience required.• Western Nevada College needs ushers and people who sew to assist with the costumes for Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company’s productions. Volunteers will receive free refreshments, a show souvenir, and are allowed to watch performances free of charge.• Like to see great shows for free? The Carson City Parks and Recreation Department is training ushers for its Community Center Theater productions. They need light and sound technicians. This is exciting work and you get to see all the great shows in the theater! Also looking for volunteers for daytime building monitors, custodians, and maintenance.• Carson City Literacy is in need of volunteers to teach people of all ages to read. One-year commitment with two hours per week required. Training will be provided.All volunteers receive orientation and training. Also, volunteers can receive a limited amount of out-of-pocket expenses and are covered by several insurances. For details call Carol at 775-687-4680, ext. 6. Please do not contact the agencies listed above directly.