Become a disaster victim, blood and all

Published 1:02 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2006

By Staff
Are you an actor wannabe? Are you a fan of ER? Here's your chance! The Berrien County Disaster Committee is doing a disaster simulation on June 13.
You are invited to act as a disaster victim, an on-looker, a reporter, or as a concerned parent. Connect with the Volunteer Center and we'll be your agent!
Gateway seeks to improve the quality of life and increase the independence of individuals with disabilities. This summer you can assist adult campers with physical and/or mental disabilities learn skills and have fun! Camps run in June and July.
Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry &Thrift Shop in Three Oaks has a mission to supply people with food and to give financial aid as needed to help them until they can once again be self-supporting. Assistance in maintaining the pantry and shop would be greatly appreciated.
Are you fine tuning your office skills? Are you a whiz at answering the phone or completing clerical tasks? Would you like to share your talents with an office that is about the business of “mobilizing people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems,” since 1977?
Help is needed in the St. Joseph office.
Helping Hands in Cassopolis provides Cass County residents with food, clothing, medicine and medical transportation when they have an emergency need. Volunteers must have a willingness to help others regardless of race, creed or reason for need. To find out more about the many opportunities for short term or long term service call the Volunteer Center.
Do you like crowds and fun in the sun? Summer Festivals from all over Southwest Michigan will be calling soon requesting volunteers. Call the Volunteer Center to get your name on the list.
Would you and your family enjoy spending time with a senior adult? Many residents in local facilities do not have family to visit them and would enjoy spending time with you and your children. Call the Volunteer Center to learn more about this opportunity and to give your children the gift of sharing time with our community elders.
You are invited by the Saint Joseph Police Department to join their Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP). RSVP strives to improve the community by enhancing the delivery of municipal services. If you are 55 or older, have daytime availability and have an interest in maintaining a safe community, this may be the position for you. Contact the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan to connect.
CARES (Community AIDS Resource &Education Services) seeks to minimize further transmission of HIV and to maximize the quality of life for all persons affected by HIV. Volunteer opportunities include transporting clients to doctor appointments and clerical work. If you enjoy public speaking, opportunities are also available to become a community educator. If you speak Spanish your language skills would be especially welcome. To learn more contact the Volunteer Center.
THE BERRIEN COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT manages land and water resources and assists landowners in controlling erosion. Are you a conservationist, but prefer to work indoors? The district office would welcome your assistance in supporting the operation of their field office. Call the Volunteer Center to connect.
THE BERRIEN COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS reports that Berrien County residents use more blood products than we donate. Let's change that! The next Blood drive will be coming to your area soon.
Council for World Class Communities - Bridges for Digital Excellence provides computers and computer training to students and their families in Berrien County. Volunteer opportunities include data entry, teaching basic computer skills, and helping refurbish computers. Sites are in the Niles area, New Buffalo and Benton Harbor.
The Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven provides maritime education through research, collections, preservation and the presentation of Michigan's Great Lakes and waterways history and culture. There is always something new and exciting happening at the Museum. Make history come alive by contacting the Volunteer Center.
The Benton Harbor Children's Art Fair provides access to the arts in all its forms to a diverse population. Do you have an interest in art? Would you like to share this wonderful world with children?
To connect with any of these volunteer opportunties, call the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan in Niles at (269) 683-5464.