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Local organizations need volunteers


Published: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 1:13 p.m.

BREAD OF THE MIGHTY FOOD BANK: Help feed hungry

The holidays are over, but hunger never stops. Bread of the Mighty Food Bank needs your help in keeping our shelves stocked to help us feed the hungry of our community.

You can help by donating financially. With our buying power, we can purchase and distribute up to 10 pounds of food for each dollar donated. You also can host a food-and-funds drive. When you “buy one, get one,” donate the free one to the food bank. Check out our wish list on amazon.com.

We love volunteers; call us at 336-0839 to see how you can help, or go to www.breadofthemighty.org.

FLORIDA'S LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN: Protect the 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 http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.

The local council meets at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17 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 provide comments 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.

NONPROFIT CENTER OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA: Nonprofit Expo to be held Jan. 20

Martin Luther King Jr. once said life's most urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” Nonprofit organizations are the heart of our community and play a crucial role in helping us enhance our quality of life.

The Nonprofit Center of North Central Florida will present an opportunity for the community to come together and support nonprofits at the 2013 Nonprofit Expo, 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Hilton UF Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St. This free event helps to generate awareness and connect people with the many opportunities they have to get involved by donating time, talent or treasure to our local nonprofit organizations.

Last year's expo drew about 300 community members who visited with the 40 registered organizations.

There is something for everyone, including adults, children, high school and college students, businesses or anyone interested in learning more about how they can impact nonprofits in our community.

To find out more, go to www.ncncf.org or call 352-381-7067.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM: Advocate for kids

During the holidays, we were 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? Become a Guardian ad Litem volunteer and stand up for those children. 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 Monday. Be moved to make time to be there for a child, and share your blessings. Call 548-3823 or go to www.gal.alachua.fl.us for more information.

HARVEST OF HOPE FOUNDATION: Raise funds for 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 352-262-5421 or email at phil@harvestofhope.net.

ALTRUSA HOUSE: Elder day care

Imagine having to choose between putting one of your frail 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. A limited number of scholarships are available to clients in need of financial assistance.

Altrusa House is looking for a few dedicated volunteers in public relations, marketing or fundraising. Contact Dr. Margaret Fields at mfields747@gmail.com.

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

AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE: Help with taxes

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 aarptaxhelp@gmail.com, go to www.aarp.org/tavolunteer8, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AarpTax AideAlachuaCounty).

JUNGLE FRIENDS PRIMATE SANCTUARY: Help take care of 120 monkeys

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary needs volunteers for caregiving, administrative and workgroup positions.

We 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 much more.

Seeking skills in chopping vegetables, sweeping, mopping, doing laundry, running a riding lawn mower and using a weed eater.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by their parent, if arranged in advance. For more information, go to http://junglefriends.org/opportunities.shtml.

Volunteer hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 2-6 p.m. any day of the week. Email info@junglefriends.org for more information.

GAINESVILLE PET RESCUE: Donate for sales

Gainesville Pet Rescue is in need of donations for upcoming yard sales. All profits from the sales support the 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 the facility next to Dogwood Park, 5403 SW Archer Road. A complete list of acceptable items can be found at www.GainesvillePetRescue.org.

For more information, call 352-692-4773. Tax receipts for donations are available.

HOME VAN PET CARE PROJECT INC.: Pet food needed

Home Van Pet Care Project provides food for pets of homeless and low-income residents in our community.

We are in need of bags of dry cat food as well as dog food. We also need funds to purchase pet food and supplies.

We need volunteers to seek donations of funds and pet food from local businesses and to help us on distribution days.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Howard at 473-9423, or holisticliz @hotmail.com. Checks can be mailed: c/o Elizabeth Howard, P.O. Box 14305, Gainesville FL 32604. Visit our blog, homevanpetcareproject.blogspot.com, for newsletter, photos and to donate using PayPal.

RETIREMENT HOME FOR HORSES: Annual Spring Sale

We are accepting donations for the 5th Annual Spring Sale to benefit the Retirement Home for Horses in Alachua. 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 gig4508@yahoo.com or 494-5285.

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