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THIS WEEK’S VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY

CAMELOT FOR CHILDREN, INC., Allentown is seeking youth (age 15+) volunteers to be buddied up one-on-one with children with special needs at Camelot Day Camp beginning June 23 through August 8, Monday through Friday 8am-4pm. Have fun and encourage campers to participate in activities. Enthusiasm and willingness to be a team player are all that is needed. For more details, call Barbara Vogelgesang, 610-791-5683, [email protected].

CEDARBROOK NURSING HOMES, Allentown is looking for experienced fishing volunteers to help residents with baiting hooks, netting, and filleting the fish. This annual event will take place Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6with AM sessions from 9:30 to 11:30 and PM sessions from 1:30 to 3:30. Rain Dates: June 9 – Jun 13. All volunteers invited to a Fish Feast on June 20. Call Darlene Altrichter, 610-336-5684, [email protected].

DELAWARE & LEHIGH NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR, INC., Easton needs volunteers (age 15+) for the upcoming visitor season at the National Canal Museum in Hugh Moore Park. Volunteers serve as guides in the museum and as attendants at the newly renovated Welcome Center, and should be available Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., or Sun. from June 7th through Labor Day weekend from 11am -4:30pm. Training will be held in May. Contact Dennis Scholl, 610-923-3548 x225, [email protected].

EQUI-LIBRIUM, INC., Nazareth has opportunities for youth (14+) with our Daytime Horse Camp various weeks throughout the summer from 9am-noon Monday through Friday. We need horse leaders, side walkers, and activity buddies. Campers will be all ability levels and different age groups each week. Training will be provided Saturdays from 12:30 till about 3:30pm on May 3, June 7, or July 12. Call Yvonne Darlington, 610-365-2266, [email protected].

FAMILY CONNECTION OF EASTON seeks volunteers (age 14+) to assist with fun transition events at each EASD elementary school for incoming Kindergarten students & families. Tasks include set-up/clean-up, greeting families, assisting with activities, and helping with snacks, etc. Dates needed are June 7 from 10:30am-noon; June 16, 17, and/or 18 from 1:30-4pm. Volunteers should arrive early for an in-person orientation in advance of each event. Call Maryanne West, 610-250-2551 x24324, [email protected].

GRACEDALE NURSING HOME, Nazareth has a Summer Youth Program for high school students (age 14+). Volunteers assist with escorting residents to in-house appointments, help with activities, and perform light clerical duties. Lunch is provided. Students must commit to one weekday per week. Time frame is 9am to 3pm. Contact Michael Colon, 610-746-5248, [email protected].

HISTORIC BETHLEHEM MUSEUMS & SITES is welcoming applications from individual volunteers (age 14+) or groups who would be able to assist with grounds clean up at the Kemmerer Museum of Decorative Arts and the historic Burnside Plantation. Help us keep our grounds beautiful and prepare for warmer weather! Volunteers must be able to handle light yard work such as raking, pulling weeds, and removing brush. Contact Melanie Depcinski, 610-691-6055 x16, [email protected].

THE COCO FOUNDATION, Bethlehem is looking for volunteers (age 10+) to help with MayDayz event on Sunday, May 4 at Bethlehem Rose Gardens from 12-5pm. Opportunities include set up/take down, put up signs, clean up, help with carnival style games and arts and crafts stations, and sell raffle tickets. Have fun and help a good cause. Proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research and Coco Foundation. Call Tina Eichlin, 484-695-8923, [email protected].

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley has been connecting volunteers with the needs of the Lehigh Valley community for over 25 years. The organization’s mission is to engage the community to care for one another through volunteerism.

As the premier resource on volunteerism for the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities, The Volunteer Center focuses on four main areas of volunteerism: Recruitment, Placement, Recognition, and Training. The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley is affiliated nationally with The Points of Light Foundation, Hands On Network, and the Corporation for National & Community Service, and is a member of the following organizations: Volunteer Centers of Pennsylvania, the State Commission Advisory Board for Citizen Service, Keystone Service Coalition, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and Society of Volunteer Administrators of the Lehigh Valley.

As an example of the impact the Volunteer Center has on the community, in 2012, they recruited, matched, recognized and trained 17,000 volunteers. Of those, 5,000 were youth volunteers. These volunteers saved Lehigh Valley agencies and the community more than $47.5 million. The Volunteer Center collaborates with more than 50 area corporations and 450 Lehigh Valley agencies to create educational and human service partnerships to enhance and enrich the Lehigh Valley community.

Contact the Volunteer Center to receive a brochure listing agencies in need of volunteers at 610-807-0336 or e-mail: [email protected] Visit our website www.volunteerlv.org for a larger listing of volunteer opportunities.