The Volunteer Connection
This continues RSVP’s column of volunteer opportunities. For details or to sign up for any of these opportunities, call Carol at 775-687-4680, ext. 6. Please do not call agencies directly, as they cannot process your application to volunteer.
RSVP needs volunteers to serve as friendly 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, and maybe help with some small tasks or in some instances have lunch, play cards or games.
The Carson City Parks and Recreation Department is training ushers for its Community Center Theater productions. They need light and sound technicians. It also is looking for volunteers for daytime building monitors, custodians and maintenance.
The Carson City Boldrick Theatre seeks an organized usher coordinator with a “great community spirit.”
ComputerCorps seeks technical, administrative and facilities volunteers to help with its “Every Home ‘A’ Classroom” Program that is administered through the individual schools. Through it, 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.
Cat lovers of Carson City are needed for cat socialization, local Saturday adoption events and other services important to cats’ welfare. Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation seeks help with temporary housing of cats until they are adopted.
Lack of transportation is a big problem for frail, low-income seniors trying to get to medical appointments because there is a lack of RSVP drivers. These seniors can’t afford a cab and rely on RSVP 100 percent. Call for details on driving, as the program is flexible and RSVP has its own vans. Drivers using personal vehicles are reimbursed mileage.
Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau seeks weekend volunteers for its visitor center and gift store. They must have excellent customer-service skills and enthusiasm about everything Carson City has to offer. The ability to operate a cash register, answer phones and handle other clerical duties is desirable. Orientation and training will be provided.
Caring for a loved one 24/7 can be exhausting. RSVP needs respite care volunteers to give caregivers some time off. Training is provided, and you will receive a small stipend and mileage reimbursement. Call for details.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is seeking volunteers to fill several volunteer positions: court monitoring, victim impact panel speaker and victim advocate. Nevada MADD volunteer orientation and online training will be provided. Computer access and experience are required.
Are you an animal lover? Carson City Animal Shelter needs volunteers to walk dogs and socialize with cats.
Western Nevada College seeks ushers and people who sew to assist with the costumes for Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company’s productions. Volunteers will receive free refreshments and a show souvenir, and they are allowed to watch performances for free.
Carson City Literacy seeks volunteers to teach people of all ages to read. A one-year commitment with two hours per week is required. Training will be provided.
The Chorus of the Comstock is seeking a new musical director to direct weekly rehearsals and any shows or singing gigs they may perform throughout the year. The Chorus is a nonprofit men’s barbershop-style chorus that provides skilled singers to numerous community events. Negotiation is open for a possible salary for this position. Any men interested in singing can join rehearsals from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Dr. For more information, send an email to email@example.com
All volunteers receive orientation and training. Also, volunteers can receive a limited amount of out-of-pocket expenses and are covered by several insurances. If you are a not-for-profit agency and would like us to feature your need for volunteers, call Carol at 775-687-4680, ext. 6.