Volunteers sought for Make a Difference Day

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 06:22 PM

The Volunteer Center of Durham is seeking volunteers for many Make a Difference Day projects being undertaken by area non-profit agencies Friday. Here’s a list of the agencies, each project’s description, volunteer needs and times (unless otherwise specified, all times are on Friday.

Bennett Place State Historic Site

-- Clean Up Project, 9 a.m to noon, two or three volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will clean up and till the garden before the winter.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will help to maintain and preserve a historic site.”

-- Clean Up Project, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will rake leaves around the visitor center and picnic area.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will help to maintain and preserve a historic site.”

Birchwood Learning Center

-- Bridge Rebuild Project, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 5-12 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will pull up and reposition the old bridge from a nearby creek, or build a new wooden bridge close to the old bridge.

Volunteer Impact: “The bridge connects the walking trail for 3 housing areas. Youth that attend after school/summer camp should be able to do so without jumping over the creek and climbing over the fallen bridge in water.”

-- Computer Room Vent Installation Project, 9 a.m. to noon, 3 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will place 2-4 room vent holes in the inside walls, case and frame for air flow.

Volunteer Impact: “The vents will allow heating/cooling system to work properly in the computer room. The youth, adults or computers will not overheat or freeze because of ventilation of the room.”

_-- Garden Cleaning Project, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 10-20 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will clean weeds and old summer plants out of 10 raised beds.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will beautify the community center and community.”

-- Garden Cleaning Project, noon to 3 p.m., 5 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will plant vegetables that the community center can grow and harvest.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will beautify the community center and community.”

Carolina Meadows

-- Autumn Walk Project, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 20 or fewer volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will help a group of elderly residents enjoy time outside walking past the golf course and viewing autumn foilage by escorting residents in wheelchairs or walking slowly with those who use

walkers.

Volunteer Impact: “This project will give our residents who are less mobile a chance to enjoy the outdoors with individual attention from interesting people of different generations.”

-- Spring Planting Project, 9 a.m. to noon, 6-20 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will plant spring-flowering bulbs in courtyards for residents to enjoy in the spring.

Volunteer Impact: “This project will provide a beautiful setting for our residents who are less mobile.”

Clean Energy Durham

-- Website Redesign Project, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Project Description: Volunteers are needed to redesign their website using tools that their staff can use once the site is updated. The staff member responsible for their site has a good amount of experience working with websites, HTML, etc… but doesn't have the time or skills for the actual redesign.

Volunteer Impact: “By updating our website, we will be able to get our organization's mission out more effectively. Websites are generally the first thing people go to once they hear about an organization so it is

important to make a good impression.”

Duke Hospital Auxiliary

-- Free Auxiliary Website Project, 8-10 volunteers.

Project Description: Duke Hospital Auxiliary would love to have a free website where they can post Hospital gift-shop-related info for those searching for them after hours.

Volunteer Impact: “Having a website can be an essential tool for others to volunteer as well as for families to have access to our information to brighten the day of their sick loved one while in the hospital with a flower, gift or

favorite candy.”

Durham's Partnership for Children

-- Early Headstart Outdoor Management Project at Early Start Academy on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon,3-4 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will provide routine outdoor maintenance.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will be helping Early Head Start Childcare sites maintain their outdoor learning environments. This may include laying mulch, watering lawns, trimming shrubs, and organizing outdoor sheds.”

-- Early Headstart Outdoor Management Project at Bryson Christian School on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,10-15 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will provide routine outdoor maintenance.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will be helping Early Head Start Childcare sites maintain their outdoor learning environments. This may include laying mulch, watering lawns, trimming shrubs and organizing outdoor sheds.”

-- Early Headstart Outdoor Management Project at Little People Daycare on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5-10 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will provide routine outdoor maintenance.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will be helping Early Head Start Childcare sites maintain their outdoor learning environments. This may include laying mulch, watering lawns, trimming shrubs, and organizing outdoor sheds.”

Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association

-- Big Sweep Project from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 30-40 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will clean up flotsam at Ellerbe Creek Outfall into Falls Lake with kayaks, canoes and volunteers with waders.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will help keep Durham beautiful.”

Exchange Clubs Family Center

-- Workshop Prep Project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1-2 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will do general office work making copies for their outreach workshops.

Volunteer Impact: “Workshops and training are for our Early Childhood Outreach (EChO) program. Training child care providers/teachers about how to promote social emotional development in the classroom. Basically training teachers on how to better understand a child's challenging behavior in the classroom.”

Housing for New Hope

-- Healthy Meal Cooking Class Project, 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., 5-10 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers would put on a nutritious cooking class in the community center for formerly homeless residents at their Permanent Supportive Housing Programs in Durham.

Volunteer Impact: “Our mission is to end and prevent homelessness one valuable person at a time, and for our clients in permanent supportive housing, this support extends to building community and opportunities for clients

to lead an engaged and enriched life.”

-- Welcome Home Baskets Project, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 5-15 volunteers.

Project Description: They need volunteers to aid in making “Welcome Home” Baskets filled with cleaning supplies, a card with words of encouragement and other items that might be helpful as their clients move into their own place.

Volunteer Impact: “Help homeless families and individuals create a new reality for themselves through the transformational process of moving from homelessness into their new home. Rapid Rehousing, Housing for New Hope Program helps families in transition secure permanent housing.”

-- Room Makeover Project, 5-8 volunteers, Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Project Description: Volunteers will help beautify the Dove House, one of Housing for New Hope’s Transitional Housing programs for 8 women.

Volunteer Impact: “By painting rooms, adding a new look and updating the space, volunteers will be helping us maintain this safe haven for women transitioning out of homelessness.”

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

-- Cooking Matters at the Store Project, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a few volunteers.

Project Description: The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is conducting Cooking Matters at the Store grocery tours (a program of Share Our Strength) at Food Lion stores throughout their 7-county service area. Tours teach key food shopping skills including reading food labels, comparing unit prices, identifying whole grains and choosing low fat options to low income participants at risk of hunger.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will teach key food shopping skills including reading food labels, comparing unit prices, identifying whole grains, and choosing low fat options to low income participants at risk of hunger.”

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina

-- State Fair Parking Project, Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 5 shifts of volunteers (total of 30 volunteers).

Project Description: Volunteers will be parking cars, holding directional signs, keeping inventory of spaces available, and collecting money ($5) in a parking garage near the State Fair.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will help bring joy to local children with life-threatening illnesses. All money raised by parking cars at Westchase III parking deck during the State Fair goes directly to Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

Museum of Life and Science

-- Pumpkin Patch Express Project, Friday and Saturday, 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.,  8 to 12 (per shift) volunteers.

Project Description: Pumpkin Patch Express is a fall festival for families and children of all ages. The event includes a ride on the train, crafts, games and of course pumpkins. Volunteers are needed to run this event.

Volunteer Impact: “As a non-profit organization the Museum relies heavily on volunteers to accomplish our mission. Pumpkin Patch Express is one of largest fundraising events of the year, raising over $10,000 for the Museum. This event would not be possible without volunteers.”

Reality Ministries

-- Painting Project, noon to 4 p.m., 8-10 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will paint multi-purpose room and bathroom at the Reality Center.

Volunteer Impact: “Volunteers will bring beauty to our community center. The Reality Center creates opportunities for teens and adults with and without developmental disabilities to experience kinship and growth together.”

Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill

-- Clean-up Day Project, 10 a.m. to noon,10-15 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will clean and organize common rooms in Ronald McDonald House.

Volunteer Impact: “This project will help provide a safe, clean, comfortable place for families with sick children.”

Ronald McDonald House of Durham

-- Baking Project, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 15 or fewer volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will bake whatever they would like and as much as they would like for families at the Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers must supply the ingredients.

Volunteer Impact: “The baked goods the volunteers make will give our families a little piece of hope.”

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals

-- Meal Program Project, Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 8-10 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will provide a home-cooked meal for guests at Family House (20-25 people). Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

Volunteer Impact: “Providing a home-cooked meal to guests at Family House is a wonderful reprieve from vending machine snacks and hospital food. Guests greatly appreciate a home-cooked dinner after a long day at the hospital.”

The Salvation Army Durham/Orange/Person

-- Routine Maintenance Project, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 10 volunteers.

Project Description: The Salvation Army would love to have volunteers join them.

The azaleas will be unpotted and planted around the grounds of the building in various, pre-designated locations. Volunteers are also needed for painting the walls and the desks in the computer lab because they are very worn

and beginning to need a fresh coat of paint.

Volunteer Impact: “The azaleas will help to beautify the landscape surrounding The Salvation Army offices. Painting the computer lab will help to make the area more aesthetically pleasing for the children who do their homework and spend time studying there. Simple updates like these are what help our office, which is anantique, remain looking fresh and pleasant to the people who visit.”

Threshold

-- Cleanscaping Project, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 10 volunteers.

Project Description: Volunteers will improve the grounds by raking, mowing, planting, and grooming of the yards.

Volunteer Impact: “This project will help the Threshold community and Durham by providing much needed "cleanscaping" to Threshold's property. Threshold is located in North East Central Durham and a primary goal in this region is to keep properties "well kept" in order for community pride to be improved.”