Stepping out & New opportunities for volunteers

Stepping out & New opportunities for volunteers

February 13th, 2011 in Life Entertainment


* Children's Programs: Provide a one-hour uplifting program for children up to age 13.

* Office Assistance: Help with clerical work, distribute brochures for community events.

* Outreach: Organize and execute speaking events, assist with volunteer recruitment, assist court advocate in working with clients.

* Shelter Assistance: Sort and store donations, work a shift on the shelter's 24-hour hot line, assist with yard work or interior cleaning.

Training provided for all opportunities; time commitment of four hours a week for eight months is required. 752-0316.


* Construction Crew Leader Assistant: Help lead projects including framing, installing siding/blue board, painting, installing trim and finishing work; must be 18 or older.

* Construction Workers: Provide labor on a Habitat home, no experience required, all tools provided. Must be 18 or older.

* Event Planner: Help coordinate Habitat events.

* ReStore: Process donations, assist customers or help on the donation truck.

* Event Staff: Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland needs volunteers April 2 for Toyota of Cleveland Bike to Build. Placements include morning registration, setup, breakdown, helping riders along the route, parking.

* Marketing Adviser: Promote Habitat, help staff develop comprehensive marketing plan.

* Partner Family Advocate: Mentor a partner family during the Habitat for Humanity process; must be 18 or older.


* Opportunities: Socialize with homeless animals to prepare and promote them for adoption. Help with cleaning, customer service and other tasks on weekdays and Saturdays. Orientation and training provided.


* Opportunities: Dog walking, cat cuddling, kennel cleaning, maintenance, assisting with off-site adoptions and special events. Orientation and animal-handling class required. Must be 16 or older and work two- to four-hour shift. 305-6503.


* Tutors: Tutor children and adults in literacy skills.

* Volunteer Training: Crisis Hot Line, court advocate and sexual assault advocate training will begin Tuesday, March 22. To register or for information, call 697-3830.


(Formerly READ of Chattanooga)

* Test Proctor: Help 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays or 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

* Test Administrator: Give TABE assessment test and the official practice test.

* Instructional Assistant: Tutor one-to-one or in small groups to students master skills, manage classroom materials, organize student folders; flexible scheduling either 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or 4-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, or 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.


* Donation Drive Assistant: Collect essentials such as food, clothing, baby items for families in need.

* Family Thrift Store Assistant: Help sort donations at thrift stores.

* Homeless Shelter: Assist clients with shelter upkeep and outreach programs.

* Social Service: Assist caseworkers with client interviews, data entry, food pantry management.

* Disaster Response: Assist Salvation Army personnel with emergency food service, shelter management; free training.


To volunteer for any of these positions, call Windy Brooks at 752-0316.

* AIM Center: AmeriCorps volunteers sought as job mentor, education specialist, peer specialist, benefit specialist and for intake assessment. Must be 18 or older and commit to one year.

* Alzheimer's Association: Receptionist/office assistance 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

* American Red Cross: Opportunities include data entry, class setup, stuffing envelopes and filing, assisting with special events and fundraising.

* Arts & Education Council: Help with office administrative tasks, public relations and event coordination.

* Center for Individual and Family Effectiveness: Clerical/office assistant needed and computer networking consultant with expertise in installation and maintenance of servers.

* Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce: Lead career readiness programs. Options include eighth-grade Career Crunch, ninth-grade Reality Check, 10th-grade Get a Job, 11th-grade Who Wants To Be a Millionaire (money management) and 11th- and 12th-grade College and Career Fair.

* Chattanooga Area Food Bank: Help assemble emergency food boxes for families, one day a week for two hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Must be able to lift 20 pounds and be 14 or older. 622-1800

* Chattanooga Cares: Drive clients to medical appointments or grocery store; must be 18 or older, have valid driver's license, insurance and own vehicle.

* Chattanooga Furniture Bank: Pick up and unload furniture donations, drivers must have own insurance; flexible scheduling 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Chattanooga Zoo: Assistance needed Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays to help with animal care and exhibit maintenance; also have openings for docents.

* Governor's Mentoring Initiative: LIFT needs volunteers ages 21 or older to work with youth in need of positive role models; time commitment is four hours per month for six months.

* H-Art Gallery: Nonprofit needs art teachers to mentor homeless to make and sell their artwork; flexible schedule.

* Hamilton County Sheriff's Office: Staff the Information Desk in the Courts Building to assist visitors to the correct court or clerk. Shifts available 7:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Minimum one shift per week commitment; should have working knowledge of computer and accessing e-mails.

* Hospice of Chattanooga: Visit patients in homes, assisted-living facilities and local hospitals; offer clerical assistance in office.

* Inner City Ministry: After-school program in First-Centenary United Methodist Church needs tutors and volunteers to help with homework, read to younger children, teach math facts, call spelling words and help with research papers. Flexible scheduling 3:30-5:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

* Northside Neighborhood House: Research and price vintage items/collectibles donated to thrift store; four hours a week

* Pet Placement Center: Socialize and care for adoptable dogs and cats, help with off-site adoption/fundraising events and administrative tasks. Adults needed, but ages 10-14 allowed with parent; training provided. E-mail

* Public Education Foundation: Work with college advisors in the Hamilton County public high schools. Duties include researching and organizing scholarship information, data entry, helping coordinate college and career fairs, chaperoning college tours. Must be 18 or older.

* Rosewood Supportive Services: Deliver Meals on Wheels to elderly and disabled individuals between 9:45 and 10:15 a.m. until noon.

* St. Andrews Arts Academy: Read, assist with homework and art assignments, play games with children in after-school program, 3-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Volunteers must be 18 or older and submit to a background check.

* United Way 2-1-1 Call Center: Relieve staff two hours a day; 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. weekdays or 2-5 p.m. alternate Fridays; requires computer skills, training provided.