Here is a partial list of volunteer opportunities in the community:
The Sixth Division of Circuit Court (Juvenile Division) is now recruiting volunteers to be trained as auxiliary probation officers. They will work with offenders to provide one-on-one supervision in an effort to redirect at-risk youth. Any person who has no involvement in the juvenile court system may volunteer as little as one hour a week. The qualifications for an auxiliary probation officer are as follows:
• Must be committed;
• Must be 20 years of age, except college students, who must be 19 years old and a sophomore;
• Must pass a drug screen;
• Must pass a Central Registry Check for Child Abuse and Neglect;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Ability to work confidentially;
• Ability to work with a diverse population;
• Must have dependable transportation;
• And a volunteer’s own child cannot be involved in juvenile justice system.
Details: Roderick O. Shelby Sr., chief of staff; Juawana Jackson, deputy chief of staff; or Eric Walden, APO coordinator at 541-5455. Applications are also available on the Jefferson County Sixth Division of Circuit Court’s website www.jeffersoncircuitcourt6.org.
The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to send and receive calls to the military worldwide at no cost to the volunteer. The volunteer will be trained and should be available for flexible hours. Anyone who is available and willing to provide this service may call the Red Cross office at 534-7312 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The CASA (Committee Against Spouse Abuse) Women’s Shelter is in need of a variety of volunteer help. There is a need for a person to sit with children from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays while their parents are in a group counseling session. Details: Karen Palmer at 535-2955 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Kids First, an affiliate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock, is looking for volunteers at its pediatric health facility in Pine Bluff for medically at-risk children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. The volunteers would assist the early childhood specialists and have fun with the children while the “Partners for Learning” curriculum is implemented. Details: Felecia Miller at 534-7392 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful Commission would like volunteers, individuals or groups for its Adopt-A-Spot Program. They would also like to have elementary teachers participate in the Waste in Place teacher workshop, which is funded by Clean and Beautiful. Other programs and projects include Pick Up Arkansas. Details: 543-4901.
The Literacy Council of Jefferson County is in need of volunteer tutors to teach reading, writing and life skills. Details: Clarence Burnett at 536-7323 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Anyone wishing to list volunteer opportunities in this column may call Patricia Johnson at 543-4227 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.