Volunteering opportunities available

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

Habitat for Humanity, ReStore cashiers

If you are an enthusiastic individual and like helping people, then the ReStore cashier position would be a perfect fit for you. The cashier is a goodwill ambassador to the public, as their main focus is to greet customers and make them feel comfortable and welcome at our store. 

The cashier rings up all sales on the cash register and answers incoming phone calls.

Brookings Farmers Market, tear down

Brookings Farmers Market is looking for volunteers to help tear down each Saturday. Tear down includes: putting away tables, chairs, tents, signs, yard games and more. Volunteers may be required to lift and move bulky items. Tear down is from 11:45 a.m. to about 12:45 p.m. every Saturday May through October at the 300 block of Sixth Avenue (between courthouse and library). The market is open rain or shine, so come prepared.

Feeding Brookings, distribution

Feeding Brookings provides grocery items to clients on a weekly basis. Volunteers are needed to help with distribution of groceries. Opportunities include: distributing food, pulling wagons, or carrying out groceries. Clients are served until 5 p.m. and volunteers are expected to stay until tables, wagons, and other items are put away.

Summer of DIY - plant a garden, share the produce

Each week throughout the summer of 2018, Helpline Center will post a family-friendly hands-on project for its Summer of DIY. 

Helpline Center invites individuals and families to choose projects that interest them. 

Once completed, the projects can be delivered to the Helpline Center office at 619 Fifth Ave. 

Helpline Center staff will deliver the projects to the appropriate nonprofits. If individuals or families would prefer to deliver the completed projects themselves, they can contact the Helpline Center by dialing 211 to get a list of agencies accepting DIY projects. 

To see directions for each week’s DIY project, visit the Volunteer Brookings webpage. Don’t forget to share photos, tagging Helpline Center and using the hashtags #DIYVOLSD and #volunteerbrookings.

Harvest Table, serving group to prepare a meal

Harvest Table has an opening for a serving group July 9. The meal is served at 5:30 p.m. 

The group will be responsible for providing a meal including a main (protein) dish, vegetable, fruit, and dessert (optional) for approximately 125-150 persons, serving the meal, and clean up. There is an opportunity through Thrivent to help with the cost of the meal. 

Some guidelines for serving will be sent to the group.

Brookings Area STARS, horse riding assistant

Brookings Area STARS, a therapeutic riding program for persons with disabilities, is looking for volunteers for its 2018 Summer program. Volunteers help riders by assisting the rider while they ride the horse. 

The rides take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer and early fall at Circle H Stables.

Salvation Army, furniture garage movers

Salvation Army maintains a garage to store large donations for families in need. 

Two times a month, volunteers are needed to pick-up and deliver to garage large donated items. Delivery help is also needed when donations need to be distributed to families in need.  

A truck or sports utility vehicle required for transportation. Volunteers are also needed to sort through and organize donations.

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

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