Opportunities to volunteer available

BROOKINGS – Sarah Lippert, Brookings volunteer connections coordinator, for the Helpline Center, recently announced the following opportunities for area residents to become more involved in the community through volunteering.

Brookings Area United Way, Week of impact

Join Brookings Area United Way during the week of Sept. 16-22, in its first ever Week of Impact. Choose from almost 20 volunteer projects throughout the county ranging in skill and time.

Salvation Army, pack up, load out: Salvation Army assistance packs

Salvation Army Brookings Service Extension works in partnership with many organizations to meet the needs of the community. Invaluable assistance includes lodging, rent, utilities, car repair, meals, groceries and basic hygiene and cleaning supplies. The Salvation Army of Brookings is requesting volunteers to unload supplies, pack and distribute hygiene and cleaning packs to families.

Volunteers needed: Friday, Sept. 21, shift times vary.

Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter, landscape and upkeep

At the Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter, it is all about safety first. An important aspect of safety is the exterior of the building. There are three areas of concern that the shelter  needs to address: east side of the shelter, inside the fenced yard, and weeding of the general grounds. Help moving the lawn furniture indoors before the cold weather hits is needed, too. Anyone willing to bring tools for the work would be greatly appreciated.  Volunteers Needed: Saturday, Sept. 22 from noon to 4 p.m.

Hope Haven International Ministries’ Brookings, refurbish used wheelchairs

Volunteers with Hope Haven International refurbish used wheelchairs for distribution to people in need overseas. The work includes cleaning, simple mechanical work (if you can unscrew a bolt, you can do the work), cleaning and greasing bearings, and optionally more complicated mechanical work. Work times are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 11:45.

For information on these volunteer opportunities, and hundreds of others in the community, dial 211 or visit www.helplinecenter.org.


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