Organizations that rely on volunteers for their manpower could all use a little more help these days. Several of those organizations were out front and center Wednesday as the Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce stressed volunteer opportunities in its Networking at Noon program held in the community room at Kappler.
The agencies and a little about each included:
Progress Rail’s Project Literacy and Project Graduation. Volunteers serve as mentors to help 3rd-5th grade students in Project Literacy. Project Graduation involves tours of local industry to show graduates the types of jobs that might be waiting on them upon graduation. You can learn more about becoming involved in the programs by contacting Amy Everett at email@example.com or 256-505-6749.
Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers. The Pink Pumpkin Run is coming up in October. “It literally takes hundreds of volunteers to put on this event,” Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers director Andrea Oliver said. People can reach her at 256-571-8026.
Marshall Medical Centers. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles at Marshall Medical Centers, according to volunteer coordinator Rose Myers. People can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DHR. There are about 160 kids in foster care in Marshall County. Grace Siggers of DHR said more foster and adoptive parents are always needed. There is a class and a process for prospective foster parents to go through. DHR can also use donations of clothing, diapers and formula for children who are coming into foster care with nothing. You can learn more by calling 256-582-7100.
21st Century Club. This club has been in existence in Guntersville since 1941 and it has put on the acclaimed show Art on the Lake since 1961. All funds raised by the club go back into the community in the form of scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The club, which is a women’s organization, welcomes new members. It takes tremendous manpower to put on Art on the Lake and they welcome volunteers of both sexes to help with the show. To learn more about volunteering or becoming a member, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAJA or Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates. These volunteers serve as a voice in court for children. Volunteers must go through a training program. You can learn more about becoming a CAJA volunteer by calling (256) 878-1445.
Domestic Violence Crisis Services operates the Kelley’s Rainbow shelter for victims of domestic violence, said Mary Bailey. They operate a 24-hour crisis line. You can learn more about volunteer opportunities by calling 256-891-9864.
Red Cross. Dan and Teresa Aughinbaugh are Red Cross volunteers in Marshall County. They provide assistance to people following local disasters and they also provide assistance when families lose everything in a house fire. They can be reached at email@example.com or at 256-536-0084.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters is headquartered in Madison County but also operates in Marshall County. It involves adults mentoring children who need a role model in their lives. Volunteers are asked to give one hour a week or 4 hours a month. You can call the office at 256-880-2123.
United Way’s large volunteer event, Day of Caring, is coming up in September, director Carrie Thomas said. People can go online to find projects and sign up. 211 First Call for Help can also put people in touch with United Way volunteer opportunities.
Lake Guntersville State Park. The State Park has a number of volunteer opportunities, said Heather McCann of the Park. It can range from answering phones to working on trails.
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice uses volunteers to visit patients and their families, especially on birthdays and holidays.
Sexual Assault Support Services of North Alabama utilizes volunteers to hold the hands of sex assault victims as they go through the process of assault examinations, said LaTanya Rhines. The number is 256-660-5100.
CASA provides assistance to the elderly. Their top need is drivers to take elderly patients to doctor’s appointments. More volunteers are needed for that service, said Shirley Holland. They also have a large food and gift bag project at Christmas and they could always use more help delivering the bags. “We deliver 450 bags, with each bag containing a complete holiday meal,” Holland said.
Marshall County PALS. “We’re the only group here trying to put ourselves out of a job,” said PALS president Micky Hunt. “We pick up litter.” He said the group needs younger help. He encouraged people to be part of their organized litter pickups or to adopt a mile or adopt a stream to keep picked up.
Home Place is the homeless transitional shelter. “We have 4 apartments now and we are building 4 more,” director Lee Ward said. The agency needs volunteer help in its thrift store. The phone number is 256-582-2360.
Youth Advocates provides mentoring services to juveniles who’ve run afoul of the legal system. They also supervise court ordered community service for those kids. It’s a nationwide program.