Volunteer to help Hurricane Sandy victims

Just over a week ago Hurricane Sandy made landfall leaving many Americans on the east coast in need.

There are many ways to help the east coast recover from this devastating storm. Several national organizations asking for assistance include:

1. The Salvation Army is providing hot meals, water and shelter to the victims from this storm.  To help them in their effort you can donate money on their website.

2. The American Red Cross is collecting blood to serve those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  To donate blood make an appointment at the American Red Cross near you.  The American Red Cross Disaster Relief is also asking for monetary donations, so they can continue to offer shelter, clothing, supplies and food to these victims.

3. The Humane Society is assisting in pet searches and rescues in New York and New Jersey. If you would like to help with their effort to return pets to their owners you can donate to their disaster relief fund.

There are also many local organizations assisting in efforts to get the east coast back on its feet.  To find out how your favorite organization is helping with Hurricane Sandy relief make sure to call them or visit their website.

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

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St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center accepts volunteers year round. Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs including tasks in the following areas:

  • Gift shop
  • Information desks
  • Emergency area
  • Food & nutrition
  • Human resources
  • Intensive care unit
  • Imaging/Radiology
  • Medical Records
  • Nursing units
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy/rehabilitation
  • Volunteer services office
Volunteers must commit to a regular volunteer schedule and work at least 100 hours. To become a volunteer you must submit an application to Jan Kendall by fax (512-341-5247) or mail (St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, 2400 Round Rock Avenue, Round Rock, Texas 78681). Once your application is received, the volunteer manager or volunteer representative will contact you for an interview.
For more information contact the Volunteer Services Department at 512-341-5218 or email jan.kendall@stdavids.com.
Note: Teens, ages 15 to 17 are welcome to volunteer, but they must start their volunteer experience at the beginning of the summer.  All 2012 spots are taken, but teens are welcome to submit an application now for next summer.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a national program that provides hot, home-delivered meals, 5 days a week, to people 60 and older who are unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves.

The purpose of the program is to enable people to live independently as long as possible and to relive the loneliness of those who live independently.  In the Williamson County area Meals on Wheels is available in Leander, Round Rock, Taylor, Georgetown, Marble Falls and Burnet.

In order for Meals on Wheels to get hot meals to its client it depends on volunteers.  To become a volunteer you will need to contact Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities at 512-763-1400 to ask about current volunteer opportunities.  As a volunteer you need to be available at least one day a week for about an hour starting at 10 a.m.   Companies are also welcome to volunteer and only four employees a month would be needed to cover one route.

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If you’re wondering how to become a recipient of this program read the qualifying for meals section on the Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities website.

Round Rock Public Library

From shelving books and teaching classes, to reading to children the Round Rock Public Library depends on volunteers to keep the library running smoothly.

The library has a variety of volunteer opportunities from helping in the children’s department to shelving or cataloguing books.  If you’re interested in assisting with children’s programs (story time, arranging activities for the teen room), public services (carting and shelving books, checking-in), or technical services (processing news books, weeding out old materials) then the Round Rock Library is the perfect place for you to volunteer!

The library also has a wonderful Summer Teen Volunteer Program!! So, be sure and check it out!

To become a volunteer you will need to:

  • Fill out a volunteer application
  • Commit to volunteering at least 30 hours a year
  • Attend an orientation session.  (Sessions are on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. and on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.)
  • Sign a volunteer agreement and abide by the rules and ethics found in their volunteer handbook
  • Adult volunteers – You will need to interview with the volunteer coordinator
  • Teen volunteers – you will need to bring a letter of recommendation to orientation

For more information please contact the library’s volunteer coordinator at lib_volunteering@roundrocktexas.gov or 512-218-3279.

YMCA of Greater Williamson County

The YMCA of Greater Williamson County is an organization dedicated to to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Many people know the Y only as a gym or a place to go swimming, but the Y has a lot more programs to offer including, sports leagues, exercise classes, camps and much, much more.  To make all of the programs possible the Y needs volunteers.

Anyone, 16 or older, who exhibits caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith values (the YMCA mission) and who want to make a difference are welcome to volunteer at the Y. Volunteers are needed in various capacities including serving as a youth sports league coaches.

To become a volunteer you need to contact your local YMCA of Greater Williamson Country branch location and ask about opportunities.  Then you will need to fill out a volunteer application and give it to the supervisor of the department you would like to volunteer with.  (The Y will also need a copy of your driver’s license or another form of id).  After your application is reviewed and a background check is run you can start volunteering!

Hope Alliance

Hope Alliance was founded in 1984 in Round Rock. Since then it has expanded to provide services for domestic violence victims, has become a 24-hour emergency center and has established outreach offices in Georgetown, Cedar Park, Taylor and Hutto.

To be able to provide these services Hope Alliance depends on volunteers.  There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers to do from becoming an advocate, being an office aide, to helping create a new home for a family.

To become a volunteer you will need to complete the volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation session.  During your orientation you will learn about all of the different volunteer opportunities available including:

  • Children’s Advocate – help the Children’s Team plan and implement activities for child residents.
  • Crisis Hotline Advocate – provide crisis intervention services and support for those in need.  Also supply information about the Hope Alliance’s services or community referrals.
  • Intake Advocate – during intake sessions you will meet with clients and collect information on services they may need.  (Volunteer must be a crisis hotline advocate before they can be an intake advocate.)
  • Legal Advocate – provide legal information and procedures to clients.  You will also assist in obtaining protective orders, helping crime victims get compensation and accompanying clients to court procedures.
  • Office Aide – help with general office duties including answering phones, data entry and special projects.
  • Outreach Aide – help build relationships and represent Hope Alliance in the community.  Outreach opportunities include passing out brochures and working community event information tables.
  • Sexual Assault Hospital Accompaniment Advocate – provide emotional support, advocacy, medical accompaniment and referral services to sexual assault survivors and their friends or family members.
  • Shelter General Advocate – assist with everyday tasks involving the upkeep and organization of the shelter.
  • Shelter Special Projects (group opportunity) – assist with special projects at the shelter including painting, yard work, deep clearing and special family nights.
  • Transitional Housing Prep (group opportunity) – help create a fresh home environment for a family moving into transitional housing units.  Projects include decorating and moving furniture.

If this sounds like something you would like to do, visit the Hope Alliance website.   You can also contact Hope Alliance Volunteer Services by calling 512-255-1212 or by emailing gayla.stock@hopealliancetx.org.

Voluntology

 
Are you a volunteer coordinator looking to strengthen your volunteer engagement? Voluntology can help!

Voluntology is an Austin organization that provides trainings, tools and solutions to strengthen volunteer engagement.  To do this they offer workshops, help volunteer managers create customized volunteer programs and provide VolunTier (their signature program) workshops.

So, whether you’re just starting to develop your volunteer program or have a preexisting program, Voluntology can help you grow your volunteer program and power significant change through volunteers.

If you would like to meet the Voluntology team they will be at the next Williamson County Nonprofit Networking Meeting –  Volunteer Engagement: ‘The good, the great, and lessons learned”  April 3, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Allen R. Baca Center – Grand Room (301 West Bagdad, Bldg. 2, Round Rock, TX).

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Voluntology helps nonprofits, faith-based organizations and businesses by providing solutions to help generate significant change through volunteers. Visit them online today! http://www.voluntology.org/