Upcoming Volunteer Needs

Celebrate the Coming of Spring by Helping Others and your Community
What better way to chase away the winter snows and bring forth the warmth and spring green like volunteering with a local organization.

Help your neighbors and start a new service project this March!

  • Give back to the men and women that gave so much for our safety and freedom by volunteering at our local VAMC (Veterans’ Administration Medical Center). Needed assistance with activity aides, in-house patient escorts, pharmacy aides, and much more!
  • Advocate for the best interest and needs of a much deserving child with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). All training and materials are provided; call today for find out more information on this NEW partner site!
  • You can directly help someone chase away the winter chill by volunteering with Project Warm; you can have the opportunity to educate community members about energy conservation as well as provide minor repairs!
  • There are many programs that always need more tutors to help students stay on-track in their studies. Call today to find out where you can get involved!
  • Help your global neighbor by repackaging & sorting sterile medical supplies with Supplies Over Seas, Inc. or Friends of Ostimates Worldwide!
  • Join the Mayor in his pledge to Give-A-Day to service and the community! Help make Louisville meet its goal of being a “Compassionate City” by joining an existing project or plan you own during this week of service. Visit http://www.mygiveaday.com/ for more information on the Mayor’s Give-A-Day!

The Louisville Metro RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) offers FREE benefits to volunteers age 55 and older while serving partnering agencies.

Call RSVP office at 502-574-1530 for details!


LMAS is always looking for new ways to help the homeless animals in our community!
 
Now, we are recruiting local businesses to join our lifesaving efforts by showcasing and caring for our adoptable felines through a program called “Kitty Co-workers.” Local businesses around Louisville take one of our adult cats to care for temporarily, like they were their own. We provide all the supplies needed. Everyone benefits from this program—homeless animals find homes, businesses get the benefit of positive PR as well as purrs and patrons get to enjoy friendly animals while running errands around town.

Our current “pilot” business, Creative Diversity, is having a great time with our first Kitty Co-Workers, Morris and Arlene. We are happy to report that Morris has already been adopted and that Kitty Co-Workers’ first week is a success! If you’re interested in learning more about this program, please contact the Foster Coordinator at 574-2247 or MASFoster@louisvilleky.gov.



Have a heart for service? Share it with others this February!

Many agencies and individuals in the community can use your compassion and service this month. We know RSVP volunteers have a lot to give!

Please accept one of these opportunities to help someone:

· Share some affection and fun with a local youth in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program! Set aside a few hours a week to spend time brightening a child’s life with friendship and personal guidance. More location and activity options are now available for busy volunteers!

· Provide “comfort” food and be a much needed mobile meal deliverer providing lunchtime meals to homebound seniors across Jefferson County! Training and equipment provided; call 574-6420 to contact the Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program to get started!

· Be a greeter, help incoming clients get organized, or help low income individuals/families file for their 2013 tax returns at the VITA site at 810 Barret Avenue. Training provided, NO experience necessary.

· Share the love of RSVP by becoming a part of RSVP Ambassador Corps. Serve minimum two hours a month as speakers to groups, at local events, churches or meetings toward volunteer engagement goals. Digital photographer also needed to capture volunteers in ACTION! Training and materials provided.

· Help kids read at their grade level by offering just 30 minutes of your time, once a week with Every1 Reads!

· Volunteers needed for various activities with Jefferson County Public Schools; honors’ program mentors, tutors, family resource center aides, sports assistants, library assistants, office assistants, Veterans’ program, and drama/creative arts aides.

The Louisville Metro RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) offers FREE benefits to volunteers age 55 and older while serving partnering agencies.

Call RSVP office at 502-574-1530 for details!



Parks Natural Areas Seeks New Volunteers
Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division has revamped its volunteer program and is looking for new volunteers in the new year! A variety of volunteer opportunities are available to support stewardship, education and recreation within natural areas across the community, including Jefferson Memorial Forest.

New volunteers will attend a two-hour orientation to learn about the various opportunities at the properties maintained by the Natural Areas Division. Volunteers will also be offered a cafeteria-style training program, where they may pick and choose topics of interest and define their own volunteering experience. Classes are designed to train each volunteer in a specific area of interest, allowing the volunteer to become an active contributor quickly, sometimes in as little as a single three-hour session.

“We rely heavily on volunteers to help us preserve and enhance valuable community natural areas and create wonderful outdoor experiences for area children and the public,” said Bennett Knox, Jefferson Memorial Forest and Natural Areas administrator. “Changes we’ve made to our program will help us better serve those individuals who are seeking to give of their time.”

General volunteers – those who have been approved and attended orientation – are eligible to attend trail and land management project days, assist with special programs and in the Welcome Center. By choosing from among the offered trainings, a volunteer may specialize in an area of interest. Specialties can be earned to teach programs in archery, pond study, team building and many others. General volunteers will earn a Trail Team or Land Steward specialty with 10 hours of service at open project days, which opens other trainings to them such as trail construction, trail maintenance or a chance to earn an herbicide license.

The two-hour new volunteer orientation will be offered monthly. For information about the volunteer program, please email Sherry.Wright@louisvilleky.gov or view our website at www.memorialforest.com.

About Jefferson Memorial Forest:
The 6,400 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and one of the largest municipal urban forests in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,200 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitat across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas. For more information or to volunteer, go towww.memorialforest.com.

For More Information:

www.memorialforest.com

(Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers at the Sun Valley Community Center are multi-faceted in their generosity! They serve year-round packing mobile meals and serving an average of over 25 congregate meal visitors each day. PLUS, they participate in many other special projects! Kudos for their loving outreach to our armed services men and women in the “2012 Towels for Homeless Vets”, the 2013 MLK/RSVP non-perishable food & “Be Encouraged” letter drive for families in VASH program (Veterans Administration in Supported Housing) and the hand-making of over 100 adorable Valentines to VAMC patients! They truly feed the body and hearts of our community! Sun Valley is just one of over 60 locations fabulous RSVP volunteers are serving the Louisville Metro community. To find your special location to have fun and make a difference as a volunteer (age 55 or over), call 574-7306 or email marian.gosling@louisvilleky.gov.

RSVP is part of the Office of Outreachand Advocacy in Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization.


Jefferson Memorial Forest
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The following are regularly scheduled project days for Land Stewards and Trail Team Crews. Activities suitable for ages 14 and up. Youth must be accompanied by an adult at all times; parental signature required.


Land Steward Project Days

Every Wednesday and First Saturday each month, 9:00 am
Anyone interested in improving the landscape and protecting native flora are welcome to participate. On-going volunteers are encouraged, but single-day helpers are always welcome! Gloves, tools, water and instruction are provided. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes that stay on the feet (no clogs) and dress for the weather. You may want to bring a lunch. Location changes. Please contact our office for specific date details.

Trail Project Days
Second Saturday each month meets at JMF Welcome Center, 11311 Mitchell Hill Road

Third Saturday each month meets in Waverly Park at playground parking lot

Anyone interested in improving the trails in JMF/Natural Areas, doing trail patrol and/or reconnaissance are invited to join us during one of the upcoming project days. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes that stay on the feet (no clogs) and dress for the weather. You may want to bring a lunch. Gloves, tools, water and instruction will be provided. Project days are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon.

For information about these opportunities or becoming an ongoing volunteer, please visit our website at www.memorialforest.com or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 502/380-1753 or sherry.wright@louisvilleky.gov.