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A New Year: Volunteer.

(Forgive our momentary distraction with the craziness in eastern Oregon. We now return to our regularly scheduled volunteer resource. Be sure to look for our upcoming announcement of the GG’s new editorial and administrative team, posting in just a few days. – Ed.)

by Greenville Guardian staff

As the warmth of the holiday season recedes (figuratively and literally), introspection often fills its void. Another year over; what will we (can we, should we, might we) do differently in the new one?

New Year’s resolutions have an interesting history. Though more common in the western hemisphere, the notion of annually examining and trying to alter our habits for the better transcends ideological and cultural bounds.

Early 20th century New Years resolution post cards

Early 20th century New Years resolution post cards

Oft-cited reasons for failed resolutions include trying to do too much, losing interest or willpower, and simply forgetting to work on them. With this in mind, we wondered: What sort of commitment has the greatest odds of success, while also making a real impact on the lives of others?

The more we looked around our region, the more obvious the answer became: Volunteering.

Like every community, Greenville is home to many service and humanitarian organizations which rely on volunteers to achieve their goals. While your resolution itself may be the first step toward success, commitment to following through is what most often seals the deal. Volunteering offers those seeking to make a difference the chance to schedule specific times to help a specific organization.

Another great thing about volunteering is the opportunity to find the work that suits you best. Maybe ending hunger is important to you. Giving an hour or two of your time each week to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, or to Farmville’s Community Outreach Kitchen, is a very direct way of working toward that goal, and volunteer opportunities centered on everything from housing the homeless to crisis intervention exist right here in our community.

Though the list which follows is far from complete, it’s a great place to start for anyone looking to make their resolution both successful and meaningful to our region.

 

(Except where noted, the area code for contact numbers is 252).

American Cancer Society: The ACS needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to and from treatments. Call 695-9028.

Animal effort: The Pitt County Animal Response Team (CART) is seeking volunteers. Call 355-7879 or e-mail mrwhaley@co.pitt.nc.us or coolcrittr@aol.com for a volunteer application.

Boys & Girls Club of Pitt County needs volunteers to assist in tutoring and mentoring students from 6 to 12 years of age between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Call 355-2345, Ext. 204.

Communities In Schools: CIS of Pitt County seeks volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors at least one hour a week to students in Pitt County schools. Call Heather Rhodes, 757-9349 or e-mail volunteer@cispittcounty.org.

Community Crossroads Center: Greenville’s recently renovated homeless shelter serves a hot breakfast to each of its residents daily, and needs volunteers to help with this vital program. Call 752-0829 or visit this page for full information and to fill out the required volunteer application.

Council on Aging: The Pitt Greenville Council on Aging is seeking volunteers to deliver prepared meals to seniors confined to their homes by poor health, and for its caregiver program. Volunteers would assist with grocery shopping, errands, transportation, relief for a caregiver or companionship. For more information, call 752-1717.

The Creative Living Center: Volunteer drivers are needed to pick up and deliver prepared meals from Cypress Glen to the Creative Living Center Mondays, Wednesdays-Fridays. Program volunteer opportunities are also available. Mileage is tax deductible. Creative Living Center is a state-certified adult day health program and provides day services for seniors and disabled adults. Call 757-3344.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 37 needs volunteers to drive patients round-trip from Greenville to the VA Medical Center in Durham. The van leaves the Greenville VA clinic at 6:15 a.m. Monday-Friday. Call Tom LaCoste at 493-4954.

The Farmville Community Outreach Kitchen seeks volunteers for cook and serve hot meals from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call Roger Collins at 756-2104 or Cathy Tripp at 753-7154.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C. need warehouse volunteers to sort food, enter data and educate the community about hunger issues. Hours are 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, with additional hours from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The Bank sponsors a “kids’ day” volunteer event from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, open to children ages 5 to 12. It includes a tour and explanation of the Bank’s services, along with a volunteer project designed for children, who must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes (in keeping with health regulations). Call Angel Ray, 752-4996, or e-mail aray@foodbankenc.org.

Food distribution:
– The First Born Community Development Center needs volunteers to assist with food distribution in Grimesland. The heaviest need is on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Call 758-6147.
– The Greene County Interfaith Volunteers in Snow Hill needs volunteers to unpack food, pack boxes and assist with distribution Wednesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers for care work are also needed. Call 747-1090.

The Girl Scouts seek leaders over the age of 18 to assist with local programs. Advisors, leaders, mentors, troop assistants, consultants, and activity organizers are needed. Call (800) 558-9297 Ext. 157 or visit www.gscoastalnc.org.

Give2theTroops, a non-profit organization that collects items for care packages to send to the military worldwide, seeks volunteers to assist in assembling packages at its Greenville distribution center, located in the former CopyPro building on Landmark Street. Hours are 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 9 to noon Saturday. Call 321-8227.

God’s Love, a non-profit organization offering assistance to those in need, seeks volunteers to assist with sorting clothing and food, and with picking and delivering furniture. Hours are flexible. Call Trudy Halstead at 341-4232.

Habitat for Humanity: Greenville’s ReStore at 210-D East 14th Street offers two daily shifts for volunteers (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1p.m. to 5 p.m.) who are comfortable in a retail store environment. The number of slots is limited and volunteers are booked on a first-come, first-booked basis. Volunteer just once or as often as you wish. No specific skills required, but volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Call 329-8364 to reserve your time.

Habitat also seeks volunteers to build houses for low-income families. Minimum age for construction volunteers is 18. Call 758-2947.

Hope Lodge: Volunteers are needed to prepare meals for residents. Call 695-6143 or e-mail david.roscoe@cancer.org.

Hospice volunteers:
– AseraCare Hospice seeks volunteers, individuals or groups, who can sing and/or play an acoustic instrument. They serve Pitt, Beaufort, Martin, Greene, Lenoir, Washington and Edgecombe counties. Call Shenella Eason, 353-3326 or e-mail shenella.eason@aseracare.com.
– Community Home Care & Hospice needs volunteers for its “Wings of the Dove” volunteers program, visiting patients and assisting with clerical work and professional services for clients. Training provided. Call 321-1528.
– United Hospice of Eastern Carolina in Farmville seeks volunteers 18 and older to offer companionship to patients and support to caregivers and family members in Pitt, Lenoir, Greene and Duplin counties. Twelve hours of on-site training is required. Call Kim Moody, 753-7741.
– University Health Systems Hospice Care is looking for volunteers to support people with terminal illnesses. Volunteers are also needed to help with fundraising and office support. Call Tracie Alford, 847-2000.
– Home Health & Hospice Care needs volunteers to serve patients with terminal illnesses and their caregivers in Beaufort, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir and Pitt counties. Call Kim Johnson, 291-4400, 758-8212 or (800) 965-4442.

Humane Society: The Eastern Carolina Humane Society needs volunteers to help with animals at the shelter, at adoption fundraising events, and with weekly television spots. E-mail hsec@earthlink.net or call 413-7247.

Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County seeks volunteers for program-related activities such as tutoring and computer lab assistants, and office and special event duties. LVPC assists adults with improving literacy and English speaking skills. Visit www.pittliteracy.org or call 353-6578.

The Little Willie Center for latch-key children, located on 5th Street in Greenville, needs volunteers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call 752-9083.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina needs volunteers in Pitt County. Call (800) 432-9474 or (919) 821-7111, or e-mail cgourlay@eastncwish.org.

The Marley Fund raises money for feline leukemia and feline AIDS education, and has volunteer opportunities available including: fostering a FeLV-positive animal; working at Marley House providing care to the cats; providing educational outreach campaigns; grant writing; making cat toys and assembling cat beds; internet promotions; and general office help. Call 215-0925 or visit www.marleyfund.com.

Meal delivery: The Creative Living Center needs volunteers to assist with meal delivery on Tuesdays and Fridays. Duties include transporting containers to the Cypress Glen Retirement Community and taking lunches to the Creative Living Center. Call 757-3344.

My Sister’s Closet is a non-profit store that also supplies clothing to participants of the Family Violence Program, and needs volunteers to work in its stores. There is a special need for people to work Saturdays. My Sister’s Closet is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call Sara Munzer at 758-4400.

Off-Leash Dog Area: The City of Greenville seeks volunteers to assist in the Off-Leash Dog Area area at Ash Street and River Drive, behind Tar River Estates. Call 717-1100 or e-mail brian_olda@suddenlink.net.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital seeks volunteers in a variety capacities including administrative tasks such as answering phones and typing and working with patients. Volunteer services will assist in volunteer placement. Volunteers must be at least 14-years old and work one four-hour shift once a week. Call 847-4491 or visit www.pcmh.com for an application.

Pitt County Strategies for the Total Advancement of Rural Students (PC STARS) needs volunteers to assist with its after-school program at the Isaac Jacob Center at Holy Temple Church, 1587 Briley Road. Call 757-3686.

Pitt County Substance Abuse Coalition seeks volunteers that are 21 and older, but who look approximately 19 years of age to complete alcohol purchase surveys throughout the county. Volunteers will assist in alcohol purchase attempts and environmental scans at alcohol-permitted venues. Call 321-1481 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays thru Thursdays.

Power of One Mentoring Program, sponsored by Communities in Schools, seeks volunteer mentors for Pitt County youth. Hours are not restricted to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and needs are not limited to office work. Call Justin Bowe at 353-6007 or e-mail j.boyd@cispittcounty.org.

REAL Crisis Intervention: This phone-in crisis counseling center near ECU’s main campus is always seeking volunteer help for a full range of tasks. Call 758-4357 to learn more or visit www.realcrisis.org/volunteering/.

Red Cross: The American Red Cross Blood Services Eastern Carolina Donor Center needs volunteers to donate blood at the center, at 700 Cromwell Drive. No appointment needed; call 758-1140 for more information.

The Radio Reading Service of Eastern Carolina seeks volunteers to produce news content for a 90-minute radio program. Volunteers find news stories on local websites and prepare the content for reading. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Some writing is required. Call Jake Postma at 916-2201 or e-mail Jake_Postma@rrsec.com.

Ronald McDonald House: Community volunteers, churches and local groups are needed at the Ronald McDonald House to help provide meals for resident families caring for hospitalized children. For information or to sign up call 830-0062.

Salvation Army: Though perhaps best known for its bell-ringing Santas, the SA administers programs and services all year long which are designed to restore broken lives, to build healthy relationships, and to develop and encourage people of all ages. SA is always looking for new ways to get involved in community life. If you see a need, contact the local SA branch at 756-3388.

Saving Graces: Saving Graces 4 Felines seeks volunteers to assist with foster homes, cat adoptions and animal care. Call 355-3404, e-mail savinggraces4@aol.com, or visit www.savinggraces4felines.com.

Therapeutic Riding: The Eastern Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center seeks volunteers to assist with children in its equine assisted therapy modules. Call 754-1977 or visit www.ENCTRC.org.

Tutors: Wahl-Coates and South Greenville elementary schools seek volunteers willing to tutor children in grades K-5 in math and reading from 2:30-6 p.m. weekdays. Call Mary Rose Stocks, 752-2514.

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