Here is a partial list of volunteer opportunities in the community:
ACCESS Inc., a teen pregnancy prevention agency, located at 200 W. 13th Ave., needs volunteers to serve in these capacities: Executive/administrative assistant who can volunteer 10 hours per week, child-care workers to watch children while parents participate in programs and volunteers to prepare food. For more information, call 870-535-1302 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to fill a variety of positions, compassionate people willing to help those in need due to natural disasters. These people will be trained before being sent to the disaster scene. Other opportunities include working with the Red Cross youth group or as receptionist in the Red Cross office to answer the phone, greet, sort mail, etc. Call Donna Booth Johnson at the American Red Cross office at 870-534-7312 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, a non-profit tax-exempt organization serving abused and neglected children throughout Jefferson County, needs volunteers to assist with the supervision of children, educational programs and clerical duties. Also needed are donations of snacks, fruit drinks, bottled water and paper towels. Call Christa Menotti or Hazel Maxey at 870-850-7105 for more information.
Davis Life Care centers have many volunteer opportunities. For specific information call the activity departments at Davis Life at 870-541-0342, Davis East at 870-535-1155, Garden Pointe at 870-535-9283 and Whispering Knoll at 870-534-1583. Calls are accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Delta Rivers Nature Center needs volunteers to help with special programs such as the Quilting Show, Summer Plant Sale, Trail Tours, Boo on the Bayou and Christmas for the Birds. There are many other opportunities available for volunteers and training is provided. For more information, call Rusty Scarborough at 534-0011 or visit www.deltarivers.com.
Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Community Centers is seeking volunteers for its After School Enrichment Program, which also extends through the summer. Volunteers are needed to tutor in all subjects for children ages 5 to 15 in grades K-10. We also need volunteer coaches for basketball, track, soccer and kickball. For more information please contact Joyce Suggs or Laura Hildreth at 870-535-5386, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Anyone wishing to list volunteer opportunities in this column may call Patricia Johnson at 870-543-4227 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.