Volunteer Center lists needs

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Looking for volunteers? Willing to volunteer? For these or other activities, call 608-365-1278 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday; e-mail: info@vac-rocks.org. Website: http://vac-rocks.org. The Voluntary Action Center is a member agency of United Way Blackhawk Region. 


SMILES (Special Methods In Learning Equine Skills), located in Darien, is looking for volunteers to assist with therapeutic horseback riding lessons. SMILES offers equine-assisted programming for individuals of all ages with special needs. SMILES serves approximately 100 clients each week, and each of those clients requires 1 to 3 volunteers. Its Spring Session will start in April. Opportunities for involvement include working with their horses and participants during lessons, facility and barn support, fundraising, special event committees and administrative support. No experience is required—training will be provided. The most valuable skills are compassion, a willingness to get involved and a positive attitude. Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older.

Robin House                    

Project 16:49 is establishing a pool of female volunteers to provide occasional respite and vacation coverage for the live-in resident assistant at Robin House, a 7-bedroom independent/ transitional living site for female, unaccompanied, homeless high school students. Volunteers will provide an overnight adult presence in the house to ensure a safe environment for the residents. The task requires occasional overnight stays of 1-5 days, based on availability and preferences; core hours of 8 p.m. - 8 a.m., with some flexibility during the work week, Volunteers may sleep through the night. Must complete a volunteer application, personal interview, orientation and confidentiality agreement. A background check is required. Skills and qualifications include: strong communication skills, comfort level in talking and dealing with at-risk young adults and more.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

Parents, church or school groups are invited to collect broken or unwanted crayons from school art teachers, Sunday schools, scout groups etc., sort them by color and peel off the paper labels. Once sorted they can be dropped off at VAC, 611 E. Grand Ave. Beloit, or the KNIB offices in Loves Park during regular office hours, or at the Roscoe Recycle Center on Saturday mornings. The only supplies needed are a collection bucket with a handle and something to contain the crayon pieces once sorted: small plastic containers, plastic ziplock bags or even cardboard boxes. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful takes the sorted crayons to its Rockford Recycle Center where adult volunteers will melt them down, pour into candy molds, and create new crayons in fun shapes for distribution during its education programs for K-3 students the following academic year.

ADRC Rock County LEEPS       

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Rock County is looking for volunteers for its LEEPS Program that pairs a volunteer with a community member who is experiencing early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and/or related dementia. Together the two will perform physical and language exercises and engage in meaningful community activities while under the direction of a dementia care specialist. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, consent to a criminal background check and driving record check, and provide proof of car insurance and current Wisconsin driver’s license. Individuals will be asked to schedule two visits per week for a minimum three month commitment. Days of work are variable. Time: two hours per week: two-one hour interactions. Training and orientation are provided individually or in groups. Volunteers can be matched to residents in their area. 

Welty Environmental Center   

The Welty Environmental Center needs volunteers to help with the March Maple Sugar program in Big Hill Park, Monday through Friday. Volunteers will teach third grade students the art of making maple sugar from the tree to the table. Volunteer openings are available mornings from 9:45 - 11:30 a.m. or afternoons from 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.  No experience is needed—training is available. 

YWCA Shelter Helpline - Jnsvl        

If you are an individual 18 or over—college student, retiree, male or female—you could volunteer as a YWCA Shelter Helpline volunteer. Duties consist of assisting residents in general needs and answering questions, as well as answering the 24-hour helpline. Certified training is provided. Volunteers can be scheduled for 2-4 hour shifts, 24 hours per day and any day of the week. Letters of recommendation will be furnished for volunteer service. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

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