Organizations need your help

Published: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.


Christmas is right around the corner; you can help us make the holidays a little brighter for some people. Donate holiday “fixings” to the Food Bank. Check out our website ( for a list of needed holiday meal items.

Or, organize a funds/food drive; for every dollar donated, we are able to distribute up to 10 pounds of food. When you find “buy one, get one free” deals, donate the free item to the food bank. Also, check out our wish list on

We love volunteers, so call us at 336-0839 to see how you can help.

FLORIDA'S LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN: Help protect rights of elderly

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and adult family care homes. Volunteers are needed to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns.

Special training and certification is provided. Interested individuals can call 888-831-0404 or visit the program’s website at

The local council meets at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Haven Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., to discuss the program’s current activities and give the public a chance to comment about long-term-care facility issues. Concerned residents and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend. A short video introducing the program will play 15 minutes prior to the meeting.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM: Advocate for children

During the holidays, we are all busy with places to go and family to see. What if you were a child who had been taken away from their parents due to neglect, abuse or abandonment and were in a home with strangers with no place to go and no family to see?

As a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, you can stand up for these children and help them believe that they have something to offer the world. Your input to the courts can help find these children safe and permanent homes.

Guardian volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary work. The program offers free training, and legal and staff assistance. Volunteers commit to at least one year and about 10 hours per month.

The next class starts Jan. 14. Sign up before the holidays because class size is limited. Be moved to make time to be there for the child, and share your blessings. Call 548-3823 or go to for more information.

HARVEST OF HOPE FOUNDATION: Donations assist migrant workers

The Harvest of Hope Foundation of Gainesville is seeking donations of antiques, collectibles and memorabilia to help raise funds to provide emergency and educational aid to migrant farmworkers and families across the country. For information on how to donate, contact Phil Kellerman at 262-5421 or

ALTRUSA HOUSE: Volunteers needed

Imagine having to choose between putting one of your elderly parents into a nursing home or quitting your job to stay home and watch over them. Thanks to community support and ongoing efforts by the Altrusa House of Gainesville Board of Trustees, you don’t have to make that choice.

Family members can continue to work during the day with the security of knowing their loved one is in good hands. Persons who are frail, elderly or disabled participate in recreational activities that support physical exercise, motor skills, personal hygiene and speech.

Altrusa House is in a beautiful, safe environment in Green Tree Park off Northwest 39th Avenue. A limited number of scholarships are available to clients in need of financial assistance.

Altrusa House is looking for a few dedicated volunteers to help fulfill our mission to the community in the areas of public relations, marketing or fundraising. Interested individuals can contact Dr. Margaret Fields at

To learn more about Altrusa House, visit, or call 377-7708.


The Alachua County section of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers to help low- to moderate-income taxpayers in need of assistance preparing and filing their 2013 tax returns.

Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or retiree to participate.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive free tax training and are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified, program-related expenses.

For more information about how you can join the Alachua County AARP Foundation Tax-Aide team, email, go to, or check us out on Facebook ( AideAlachuaCounty).

JUNGLE FRIENDS PRIMATE SANCTUARY: Help take care of 120 monkeys

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is currently recruiting volunteers for caregiving, administrative and workgroup positions.

We always have plenty of large projects for workgroup volunteers. Caregiver volunteers come on a weekly basis and are involved in the daily care of the monkeys. Administration volunteers are needed as social networkers, bloggers, videographers, photographers, office help and more.

We are seeking skills in chopping vegetables, sweeping, mopping, doing laundry and yard maintenance.

Volunteers must have a love of animals and be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by their parent, if arranged in advance. For more information, go to

Volunteer any day of the week; the daily schedule for volunteers is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 to 6 p.m. Email for more information or to schedule a time to volunteer.

GAINESVILLE PET RESCUE: Items needed for yard sales

Gainesville Pet Rescue is in need of donations for upcoming yard sales. All profits from the sales support our mission of providing foster homes and medical care for adoptable cats and dogs until loving, permanent homes are found.

Best-selling items are CDs and DVDs, jewelry, bric-a-brac, decorative items, pet items and small working appliances. We cannot accept clothing, computer or exercise equipment, large appliances or large furniture.

Items can be dropped off 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at 5403 SW Archer Road, next to Dogwood Park. A complete list of acceptable items can be found at

For more information, call 692-4773. Tax receipts for donations are available.

HOME VAN PET CARE PROJECT INC.: Help with holiday buckets project

Our primary mission is to provide pet food for the companion animals of homeless persons in our community. At Christmas, we like to do more than that. This year, we’re giving “Christmas buckets.” These are sturdy reusable buckets to be filled with pet food, toys and treats.

We will need bags of cat food and dog food, as well treats and donations to fund this project. We think these Christmas buckets will make a lot of animals very happy.

To donate pet food or to volunteer to help, contact Elizabeth Howard at 473-9423 or holisticliz@hot

You can donate funds by check to: Home Van Pet Care Project, c/o Elizabeth Howard, P.O. Box 14305, Gainesville, Fla. 32604 or by PayPal on our blog at

RETIREMENT HOME FOR HORSES: Annual Spring Sale to be held April 5

We are accepting donations for the 5th Annual Spring Sale to benefit the Retirement Home for Horses in Alachua. This year, we have a storage area that enables us to start gathering items early. The sale is April 6. We had a successful sale in 2012 and hope to have an even better sale in 2013. One hundred percent of sales goes directly to the horses.

Items that sell well are pet items, games, toys, tools, household and kitchen items, jewelry, fashion accessories, small appliances, children’s books, CDs, cowboy boots, DVDs and puzzles. We are unable to accept adult books, electronics, TVs, VCR tapes, clothes or large pieces of furniture.

Contact Georgia Crosby at or 494-5285. We are a nonprofit organization that provides a safe haven for old, abused, neglected and retired service horses. We rely strictly on private donations. Check our webpage at

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