February 6, 2010

You Can Help! Local volunteer opportunities

I met someone this week, who, like so many people in Racine, was looking for a job. He had interesting strategy, though. Along with networking, looking on the Internet and filling out resumes he had three regular volunteering jobs. He figured with free time during the day, and a chance to build skills while helping out local nonprofits, volunteering was not only a helping activity, it was a good career move. It seems to be paying off. He had one interview this week and his eye on 3-4 more jobs that look promising. Part of the success, he said, came from volunteering.

Looking to give your job search a boost? Or a chance to help out in Racine County? Here's this week's Volunteer Opportunities from the Volunteer Center of Racine County:

The American Red Cross First Aid Service Team (FAST) is a group of volunteers trained in first aid and CPR that provides immediate care for illnesses and injuries at community events. All training is provided free of charge as well as free entrance and parking at events. All you need to do is be available to staff a minimum of 25 hours at events during the season.

The Racine Public Library, 75 7th Street, has openings for individuals interested in assisting library patrons with the new self-checkout machine. Volunteers will greet, direct, and help individuals as they learn the new system. The hours are flexible, 2-3 hours per shift. Training and parking reimbursement are offered.

Individuals who are 21 or older are encouraged to volunteer 3-6 hours per month serving in the role of Volunteer Guardian. Guardians are appointed by Probate Court to make sound and dignified decisions for individuals unable to do so for themselves. Clients may include the physically or developmentally disabled or elderly. Applicants will be required to fill out an application and pass a background check.

Those 18 and older are invited to become part of the Senior Services Volunteer Companion program through the Aging and Disability Resource Network. Individuals provide a few hours per week relief to in-home care givers. Complete training and support is provided. A little bit of your time and compassion will benefit those who give non-stop care!

The Intergenerational Fairs is an ongoing program in cooperation with RSVP. Fair organizers need YOU to help keep this 20 year plus tradition alive. If you are over 55 and you have a hobby you would like to share with elementary aged school children several times per year, please call. In this age of computers and technology, hand crafts and hobbies are a novelty. Share your talents. The kids love it!

The Racine Zoological Society, 200 Goold Street, is looking for volunteers to assist with stocking and straightening merchandise, cleaning windows, shelves and displays. Must be able to work well with children. Would like to have 2 volunteers May through September starting on weekends. References required.

If you are interested in any of the listed volunteer opportunities or others on file at the Volunteer Center of Racine County, call 262-886-9612 or toll free (Racine County only) at 1-800-201-9490 or email us at volunteer@volunteercenterofracine.org or visit our web site at www.volunteercenterofracine.org. Office hours are weekday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 6216 Washington Avenue, Suite G.


  1. Where do I volunteer for Kelly 4 Congress

  2. Until our sad excuse for a country emerges from the current economic crisis, all billionaires, millionaires and recipients of annual incomes exceeding $100,000.00 should be taxed to compensate our jobless citizens who serve as volunteers. As matters stand now, the oligarchs are sneering and snickering while their unemployed wage slaves and salary serfs desperately contribute time and labor gratis. No other developed post-industrial society would tolerate this situation. It is time for the USA to join the civilized world.

  3. Anon 9:39

    Let me know when you find out! I want to volunteer for THAT campaign!

    Kelly for Kongress!

  4. Mr. Angry same old, same old from you. I'll have you know many of us that fall into the snickering income bracket are the ones that are out on the streets volunteering to help individuals in need. How many hours do you spend each week volunteering - I for one volunteer on an average of 5 hrs. a week. Quit whining and get out and help those individuals who need assistance rather than just wasting time blasting individuals ot here - get out there and do something you miserable whiner.

  5. Are you addressing me? Alas, I'm not "Mr. Angry." Nonetheless, I despise capitalism and work for the day when America will give its citizens a cradle-to-grave social safety net.

  6. Dear Mr. Bully, I hope you don't hector and abuse the poor during your weekly stint as a volunteer. Seriously, the way you treat people who don't agree with you is far from civil. Please treat them as you would wish to be treated. Thank you very much!

  7. I believe the point is that Anon 10AM would rather have one and many others volunteer 5 hours a week of wages to the unemployment system which arguably (depending on a few variables) could be more valuable to local society than a given volunteering position. Furthermore, I know the Racine Literacy Council has a wait time of one year due to lack of tutors, so I'm going to guess that you speak for few, Anon 11:02.

  8. "Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together try to love one another.." How about we (myself included) try to put ourselve's in each other's shoe's? Understanding one another, humbling ourselve's (agree to dis-agree)and being kind to one another can go a long way in healing our whole society in general. Let's just think about it? "Why can't we all just get along?" Best advice myne Momma alway's said is don't sweat the small stuff. Howeezy, Congrat's and best wishes on your pursuit's. May your understanding and wisdom continue...