COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

June's roundup of ways to improve our community

A listing of events and volunteer opportunities


Published: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

UF MEDICAL GUILD SPECIAL PROJECTS: $25K available for projects

The UF Medical Guild Special Projects committee is accepting grant applications for 2014. The committee has $25,000 in grant money available for projects that relate to health care, benefit a large number of people, serve those in Gainesville or Alachua County, can be accomplished in one year, are not covered by operating budgets and do not include printing, copying or mailing costs.

To apply, send an email to UFMedGuild@gmail.com requesting an application. The application deadline is June 30.

ALACHUA AREA MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS: Assist with area medical needs

The Alachua Area Medical Reserve Corps provides volunteer assistance to the community and surrounding counties for relief efforts in disaster situations and solutions to health care needs. That includes medical coverage of hurricane shelters, support for firefighters during prolonged wildfires and providing flu immunizations to schools and county organizations.

While most members are health care professionals, many are administrators, teachers, support personnel. The corps meets quarterly to review current projects, familiarize team members with new equipment and learn about future needs. The next general meeting is 6:30 p.m. July 10 at the Alachua County Health Department, 224 SE 24th St.

For information, visit www.aamrc.com or call Brad Caron or Kris Faircloth (334-7913) at the Alachua County Health Department.

UF HEALTH/SHANDS SURGICAL: Waiting room volunteers needed

Volunteers in the surgical family waiting room at UF Health/Shands follow the status of patients and provide updates on lengthy procedures to family members, follow their progress through recovery and, eventually, to their destination within the hospital or to outpatient recovery. Volunteer shifts are generally 3½ hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., one day a week Monday through Friday.

Volunteers also are needed to work at the information desk in the Atrium from 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Volunteers receive meal tickets, parking privileges, free flu shots and quarterly luncheons. For more information, call Volunteer Services at 265-0360.

ALACHUA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Join the Family Support Partners

Habitat for Humanity's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. To make this happen, Alachua Habitat for Humanity needs a few good people to act as Family Support Partners.

These volunteers act as mentors to Family Partners (homeowners) who are working toward obtaining a Habitat home.

Responsibilities include meeting with Family Partners at various steps in the process, contributing 20 “sweat equity” hours to the Family Partner and providing support at mortgage closing.

Volunteers work at the main office at 2317 SW 13th St. If interested, contact Kristine Thompson at 363-6496 or kthompson@alachuahabitat.org.

HAILE'S ANGELS PET RESCUE: Foster a dog or cat

Haile's Angels Pet Rescue needs volunteers who can commit to regular hours to help with events, daily animal care and office tasks. The organization is starting a foster program and needs foster homes for dogs and cats. Foster homes are provided with necessary pet supplies, including vet care, food, collar/leash, litter box and litter.

Adoption center volunteers also are needed to care for animals, clean runs or litter boxes. For information on how to donate, volunteer or foster, call 505-0302.

REBUILDING TOGETHER NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA: A safe home for everyone

Rebuilding Together North Central Florida performs free critical home repairs for low-income, elderly and military-veteran homeowners with the help of volunteers and donated/purchased materials.

The organization critically needs volunteer office staff willing to commit five to 10 hours per week. A knowledge of data entry, Quick Books and office routines is a plus, as is experience with writing grants and volunteer fundraising.

For more information on how to donate, volunteer or sponsor a project, visit www.rebuildingtogetherncf.org or call 692-4973.

LIBRARY PARTNERSHIP: Donate clothing

The Library Partnership clothing closet is in desperate need of clothing donations.

Donations can be made from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, or from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at Partnership for Strong Families, 1130 NE 16th Ave. For more information, call 334-0160 or go to www.pfsf.org.

ÉCOLE FRANÇAISE: Host a French exchange student

Bring French culture into your home by hosting one of 10 high school students (ages 14-18) from France for two to four weeks in July. Volunteer host families provide room and meals, and can be singles or couples, with or without children.

The students, who have studied English for two to five years, come to improve their language fluency and enjoy American cultural immersion.

Students have a group leader/chaperon for Florida and some spending money. They are willing to travel within the U.S. and will pay their way. Students are fully insured for medical and other emergencies. There is no charge for hosting.

For more information, contact Judy Charudattan, director of École Française and Florida coordinator, at 332-8198, or visit www.frenchfunfood.com for details.

THE PEACE ALLIANCE: Action team members needed

The Peace Alliance, a national organization aimed at promoting a culture of peace, is seeking action team members in the Gainesville area.

Members will help gain congressional support for measures like the Youth Promise Act, aimed at using proven methods to prevent youth violence while reducing the number of juvenile incarcerations and cutting costs to local communities.

The Alliance also is leading the way on such issues as restorative justice and international peacebuilding. Call 339-6894, or visit www.peacealliance.org.

HOME VAN PET CARE PROJECT: Donate pet food

The primary mission of the Home Van Pet Care Project is to provide food for the pets of homeless people in the community.

Bags of dog and cat food are needed, as well as financial donations. Volunteers are needed for fundraising, distribution and to assist clients at spay/neuter clinics. Also needed are volunteers to update records and monitor the day-use dog area at the homeless shelter.

To donate pet food or to volunteer, call 473-9423 or email holisticliz@hotmail.com. Monetary donations can be made by check to: Home Van Pet Care Project, c/o Elizabeth Howard, P.O. Box 14305, Gainesville, FL 32604, or by PayPal at homevanpetcareproject.blogspot.com.

GAINESVILLE PET RESCUE: Give for yard sales

Donations are needed for upcoming yard sales to benefit the animals of Gainesville Pet Rescue.

All rescue animals live in foster homes until permanent, loving homes are found, and the yard sales help to defray the costs of maintaining the animals.

Best-sellers are jewelry, collectibles, handbags, pet items, CDs and DVDs (no furniture or computers). Cash donations are welcome, as well as paper towels, high-efficiency detergent and plastic trash bags.

For more info, call 692-4773 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, or visit gainesvillepetrescue.org/. Donation receipts are available.

BREAD OF THE MIGHTY: Feed the hungry

Bread of the Mighty food bank needs your help in keeping shelves stocked to help feed the hungry in the community.

Each dollar donated will provide seven meals. Check out the Bread of the Mighty wish list on amazon.com.

To volunteer, call Bob Liebler at 336-0839.

For more information, visit www.breadofthe mighty.org.

ARCHER HELPING HANDS: Donate food, cash

Archer Helping Hands, a ministry of the churches of Archer, is in need of nonperishable food. Food or cash can be donated from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of every month.

Archer Helping Hands is located at the Archer Church of the Nazarene. For more information, call 495-2291.

ARBOR HOUSE: Volunteers and donations needed

Arbor House is a one-year facility for women, and women with children, to transition from homelessness to supportive housing. The facility is staffed 24 hours a day and needs volunteers, financial contributions and in-kind donations.

The following items also are needed: bedroom furniture, toiletries, sheets, bedding, towels, gas and food gift cards, diapers, baby wipes, backpacks and school supplies, books, pots, pans, plates and bowls.

For financial donations, send a check to: P.O. Box 12491, Gainesville, FL 32604. For items needing to be dropped off, call 505-3311 for directions.

GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY MINISTRY: Help stock the food pantry

Gainesville Community Ministry urgently needs nonperishable food for its food pantry. Food, or cash donations to buy food, is accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 238 SW Fourth Ave., or from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gainesville Community Ministry Thrift Shop at 5001 NW 34th St.

PARTNERSHIP FOR STRONG FAMILIES: Volunteers needed

Partnership for Strong Families is seeking volunteers for their Library Partnership Resource Center and SWAG Family Resource Center. Both centers are in need of volunteers to help organize donations, help with programs and aid in clerical duties.

Volunteers are asked to commit five to 10 hours per week for a period of three to four months.

To learn more about the resource centers, go to www.librarypartnership.org. Applications can be completed at www.pfsf.org/HR.

For more information, contact Patty Carroll at patricia.carroll@pfsf.org or 244-1626.

TOWER ROAD BRANCH LIBRARY: Conversation volunteer

The Conversational English Language Program at Tower Road Branch Library is seeking volunteers to converse with individuals wanting to practice English.

Volunteers practice conversation with nonnative speakers an hour or more per week. No special training is required. For more information, contact Al Martin at the Tower Road Library at amartin@aclib.us or 333-2840.

WORLD HERITAGE PROGRAM: Students seeking host families

World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a highly respected nonprofit organization, is seeking host families for the 2014-15 academic school year (or semester) for high school students from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and the former Soviet Republics. Host families provide room, board and guidance. Couples, single parents and families can apply.

Exchange students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and expect to share household responsibilities, as well as being included in family activities and lifestyles.

For more information, call Michael Welch at 871-1980 or 800-888-9040 or visit www.whHosts.com.

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