Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, which serves southern Gloucester County, needs volunteers. Several types of memberships are available. Information: 642-2360, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.abingdonvfr.com.
American Red Cross, Gloucester Chapter. Volunteers needed in disaster services, health and safety services, armed forced emergency services, blood collection services, office help and building and grounds maintenance. Call 642-4978 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays or e-mail email@example.com.
American Red Cross, York-Poquoson Chapter. This chapter is responsible for Red Cross services in Mathews County. Volunteers needed to assist victims during fires or other disasters; to teach CPR, first aid, babysitting and other classes; to serve as greeters and canteen workers during blood drives; to fill scheduled positions and assist with general secretarial duties; and to serve on the Board of Directors. Information: Carol Scott, 757-898-3090.
Bay Aging needs volunteers in these areas: Meals on Wheels delivery weekdays, disaster recovery, check on frail or elderly people living alone, telephone reassurance calls, foster grandparents, adult day break centers and MedCarry non-emergency transport. Information: Dee Thomas, 758-8852.
Bay School, 279 Main St., Mathews, needs volunteers who are artistic – or not. People are needed to help with classes for children and senior citizens, office work, special events and performances – even to make refreshments. Information: 725-1278.
Beaverdam Park in Gloucester is looking for volunteers for a variety of duties including trail maintenance, front desk help, nature programs and more. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Information: 693-2107.
Civil Air Patrol Squadrons, the all-volunteer auxiliary of the Air Force, seek new members. Cadet membership open to ages 12-18. Senior membership is for ages 18 and over. Training provided. Information: Hummel Squadron (meets in Middlesex), F. Bernhardt, 435-6078 or Brian Landers, 785-9622. Newport News Squadron (meets at the airport), Helen Woods, 642-6659 or visit www.geocities.com/phfcap.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 64, Gloucester, needs volunteers to teach courses to recreational boaters, perform boat examinations and conduct marine safety patrols. Information: Howard Search, 642-9832 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bruce Pettyjohn, 642-4659 or email@example.com.
Deltaville Maritime Museum and its Holly Point Nature Park need volunteers in many areas, including exhibit and graphic design, carpenters, painters, gardening, park maintenance, boat building, teaching classes and office work. Information: Raynell, 776-9811.
Deltaville Volunteer Rescue Squad welcomes new members and will train them as drivers or EMTs. There is a Junior Rescue Squad for qualified teens age 16-17. Information: Sal or Lorie Messina, 776-6606.
Gloucester County Board of Supervisors seeks community members to serve on more than 30 advisory boards, commissions or councils. Check out the possibilities on the Web at www.gloucesterva.info.
Gloucester County Library needs people to help at the circulation desk and to help shelve books. Information: 693-2998.
Gloucester County Schools seek community members, parents, grandparents, retirees and business people to become tutors, mentors, lunch buddies, resource assistants or helpers. Just 30 minutes a week can make a difference in a student's educational success. Information: Department of Community Education, 693-5730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gloucester Housing Partnership needs volunteer groups to help with projects to rehab housing for local residents in need. A class "A" contractor will provide guidance in the work. Information: Pat Carlton, 693-2252.
Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic provides doctors' appointments and medications free to low-income, uninsured workers in the two counties who meet income eligibility requirements. Doctors, nurses and pharmacists are needed to volunteer for clinic nights, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers also are needed to raise funds and screen patients for eligibility and a pharmacy technician also is needed. Information: 642- 9515.
Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society needs animal lovers in a variety of volunteer positions, including fundraising and office help. Information: 639-5520.
Gloucester Visitor Center needs volunteers, three hours a month or more, to staff the center. Volunteers will be trained and resource materials are provided. Volunteers provide visitors information on activities, shopping, restaurants and historic sites in the area, and they sell souvenirs. Information: Jenny Graziano, tourism coordinator, 693-0014.
Gloucester- Mathews Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to work with them on many committees, such as presenting their message to churches, construction experience to manage some building activities or to acquire building materials at an affordable price, helping with fundraising, etc. Volunteer release forms are required. Information: Frank Bryan, Executive Director, 695-9655 or visit, www.hfhgm.org, www.hfhgm.volunteerhub.com.
Hands Across Mathews is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping the needy of Mathews County. The group needs the following: someone in good physical condition, with or without a pickup truck, to help another volunteer pick up furniture and appliances for delivery to the group's warehouse; people who can do small carpentry, plumbing or mechanical repairs for citizens; and people to work in the building two mornings a month sorting clothing and assisting clients. Information: 725-0934.
Laurel Shelter is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Volunteers are needed in a number of areas: hotline support, office support, child care, transportation, tutoring, thrift store support, court advocate, and house repair and maintenance. Training is provided. Information: 694-5552.
Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester is looking for people to provide one-on-one tutoring for adult learners. Volunteers are asked to provide two hours a week to help someone learn to read or obtain a GED. Training is provided. Information: 693-1306.
Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad seeks dedicated, motivated volunteers to serve on the award-winning team. Information/ application: 725-2800.
Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary provides support for the squad in a variety of way. This is an opportunity for those who want to help but not go on calls. Information: Cricket Call, 725-7577.
MedCarry, the special-needs branch of Bay Transit, needs volunteers with vehicles to drive people to medical appointments. MedCarry provides non-emergency medical transportation to elderly, uninsured and under-insured residents of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Volunteers receive reimbursement to help offset the cost of their gasoline. Volunteers' backgrounds and driving records are checked. Information: 758-8853 or toll free, 866-435-9791.
Middlesex Art Guild, a non-profit group that advocates, supports and facilitates the cultural arts in Middlesex and the region, needs volunteers to help with many aspects of its mission, such as special events planning and fund-raising. Information: John Milby, 758-5265.
Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Local Human Rights Committee needs people with an interest in issues related to mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services to volunteer for committee membership. Consumers of these services, past or present, or family members of consumers especially invited to apply. Training provided. Committee meets quarterly. Information: Sandy Platt, 758-5877.
Peninsulas Emergency Medical Services Council assists local emergency medical services agencies to assess, identify, coordinate, plan and implement an efficient and effective regional emergency medical services. Volunteer opportunities are available. Information: Jeannie Dunston, 693-6234 or email@example.com.
Precious Purrs & Paws, a nonprofit organization helping unwanted and abused cats and dogs, needs volunteers to help at the sanctuary in a number of different capacities. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old. Hours available are 6-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and any time weekends and holidays. Information: Michelle Van Gilder, 694-4737.
Riverside Walter Reed Hospice needs volunteers to help with office work, home patient care, spiritual, bereavement and other aspects of daily hospice care. For information, call 693-8819.
Rosewell Foundation needs volunteers at the Rosewell Ruins in Gloucester. Opportunities include docents, grounds crew and special events helpers. Information: Hilarie Hicks, 693-2585, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rosewell.org.
Sentara Hospice of Williamsburg seeks volunteers in the Gloucester and West Point areas to provide two to four hours of service weekly to hospice patients in their homes. Especially needed are those willing to provide bedside companionship, which might include reading to patients, playing music for them or sitting quietly with them as they rest. Training provide. Information: 757-810-1393 or 757-259-6251.
Virginia Premiere Theatre, a professional not-for-profit theater company based in Mathews and serving Virginia, seeks volunteers. Flexible, part-time positions are available in administration, sales and promotion and manuscript review. Work in the office or from home. Will train if computer skills are needed. Team includes top theater professionals from Virginia, Broadway and beyond. Information: Robert Ruffin, 725-5478, or visit vptheatre.com.