Here is a partial list of volunteer opportunities in the community:
Communities in Schools in Jefferson County is seeking volunteers to help in the “Lights on After Dark” program at the Jack Robey Junior High School. Volunteers are needed to tutor and assist with scheduled activities from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Any business, organization, or individual interested in helping is asked to call 870-536-4762.
Girl Scouts — Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas is currently seeking volunteers who care about the lives of people in their community. Prospective volunteers are challenged to replace one television show a month with sharing their skills or hobbies with girls ages 5 to 17. The rewards will be priceless. For more information call Tiffany Stewart or Mary Ann Lee at 870-534-8563.
Healing Place Ministries is looking for volunteers to assist in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, making follow-up phone calls and sending out birthday and get-well cards. For more information, call the Rev. Edna Morgan at 870-535-0101.
HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) is seeking mentors to work with students in math and reading in the Pine Bluff School District. Volunteers may select the day, time and location that is the most convenient for them. Greenville, Broadmoor, 34th Avenue all have HOSTS programs at their schools. To volunteer or receive additional information about the program, call Monica O’Briant at the Volunteers in Public Schools office at 870-543-4224 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Jefferson Comprehensive Care Systems Inc. — Headstart is seeking volunteers to work with special-needs students. The hours are from 9 to 11 a.m. If interested, call Lou Celia Courtney, disability coordinator, at 870-534-5913.
St. Mark UMC and Healing Place Ministries are in need of volunteers for its new “Family Life Skills Workshops.” The major emphasis of this program is to provide an opportunity for parents and their children to learn life skills in a community setting, to participate in activities to reinforce their learning, and to become more resilient and ready to meet challenges that are common place during this new millennium. If you love children and would like to help strengthen families, please consider being a volunteer by contacting Rev. Edna Morgan at 870-692-2400 or 870-535-0101.
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.