Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Volunteer needed to be ArtsCare liaison

Interested in Art? Haven Hospice is looking for interested individuals who would like to learn and work with our ArtsCare program.

Volunteers must have a keen interest and knowledge of art and be able to coordinate and facilitate the delivery and removal of artwork from local artists. This position requires someone who is organized and is a good communicator.

Our artists give 35 percent of their sales to Haven Hospice to help fund outreach programs. For more information contact Volunteer Manager Shirley Gonzalez at 379-6239.


PAL volunteers needed

Shands at AGH is starting a new patient-focused program called the "Patient Advocate Liaison (PAL) Program." This program will have volunteers visiting patients each day to make sure that everything is going well during their stay at the hospital.

Volunteers who enjoy talking with people and who can commit to one three-hour shift per week are asked to contact Constance Keeton at 733-0414.


Women builders needed

Volunteers are needed for Women Build, a branch of Habitat for Humanity in which women perform all the construction activities on the homes for which they've raised funds. Two Women Build homes are currently under construction in the subdivision of Celebration Oaks.

No experience is necessary. The team builds every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also, mark your calendar: Women Build is having a fundraising pancake breakfast at Applebee's on Feb. 9. Tickets are $6 per person.

For more information, please call 332-2259 or e-mail


Volunteers needed

The Shands Auxiliary is in need of caring people to help families and patients, most of whom are far from home and facing major medical treatment.

Activities include delivering mail, escorting patients to surgery, helping families who are waiting for patients in surgery, working in the gift shop and cuddling babies.

For more information, call the Shands Volunteer Services Department at 265-0360.


Docents needed

The Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation, is recruiting volunteer docents/tour guides. Training is provided on a flexible schedule. Commitment is four hours per month.

We are also seeking people to help with publicity and fundraising.

Call Karen Kirkman at 262-5652, or e-mail For more information, see


Volunteers needed

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers needs volunteers for the 3rd Annual Five Points of Life Race Weekend on Feb. 23-24.

Help is needed in a variety of areas including at water/aid stations during the runs, to help ensure runner safety at intersections and along route, to work registration, spirit stations and the finish area.

To volunteer, call 224-1623 or e-mail For more information, visit


Help with tax preparation

The Gainesville district of AARP Tax-Aide, is seeking volunteers of all ages to help taxpayers complete their 2007 federal tax forms in 2008. This is a free community service program for lower and middle-income taxpayers regardless of their age.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers receive an IRS approved tax training course as well as training in use of the tax preparation software. There also are opportunities for volunteers who do not want to prepare tax returns but would like to support the program.

For more information, e-mail Judie at or call 371-2031.


Experience life on an 1880s farm

Dudley Farm is looking for people to work in the vegetable and flower gardens, assist with school tours, general maintenance and as docents. We also need those who can play stringed instruments (piano, fiddle, banjo, guitar) at special events.

Call 472-1142 for information.


Give a voice to a child in need

A Guardian Ad Litem is a court appointed volunteer who advocates for the best interests of a child in the dependency court system.

A GAL becomes familiar with the child and the child's case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure a safe, caring, stable and permanent environment.

No special or legal background is required. Training is provided. Contact Renee Marshall at 374-3656, ext. 2238, or


Teddy bears benefit area cancer patients

The North Central Area American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers for its Bears for Cares program. Donate a new or nearly new teddy bear at one of the volunteer organizations and drop-off sites around town.

The bears will be tagged with ribbons, American Cancer Society information cards and the donor's name. The American Cancer Society will distribute the bears to area hospitals and oncology clinics, including Shands Cancer Center, Shands AGH, North Florida Regional Medical Center and the Community Cancer Center of North Florida.

For information, contact Brittany Bailey, area patient service intern, at 376-6866, ext. 127, or


Donations needed

The Harvest of Hope Foundation, based in Gainesville, is seeking donations of memorabilia, antiques and collectibles to sell to raise funds to provide emergency and educational aid to migrant farmworkers and families across the country. The Foundation also is seeking volunteers to help organize fundraising events.

For more information, contact Philip Kellerman at 372-1312 or 1-888-922-4673, or e-mail Visit for more information.


Donate books for kids

Children's Medical Service Pediatric Clinic is in need of new or gently used children's books for its early literacy program. If you would like to donate, contact Jenna Priest at 265-0680, ext. 88218, or


Be a phone friend to the elderly

Volunteers are needed to make friendly reassurance calls to area elderly, frail and disabled people living alone. A daily call can provide physical safety as well as vital social interaction.

Callers can also provide reminders about medication or appointments or help participants connect to other services as needed. Therefore, each volunteer is committed to being a true telephone friend to their client.

Call Linda Gardner at 372-0294 if you or someone you know can benefit from this service or if you would like to be a telephone volunteer.


Mentors needed for middle, high school students

Take Stock In Children provides deserving students with the guidance of a caring adult mentor and the incentive of a four-year college tuition scholarship.

Mentors are needed to befriend, support and advocate for middle and high school students that have pledged to stay in school, keep up their grades and stay out of trouble.

Most students will be the first in their family to attend college and need guidance on exploring their college and career options. Mentors meet at the student's school once a week for about an hour.

For more information, contact 955-7246 or

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