Category Archives: Volunteer opportunities

Mentors sought for victims of domestic violence

Arizona Women’s Education & Employment will be training mentors to provide support to mothers who have survived domestic violence or overcome significant challenges.

Training will occur on Monday, March 26 from 5:15 to 8 p.m. at the AWEE office, 640 N. 1st Ave. in Phoenix.

Mentors are asked to give one or two hours a week to help women attain their educational and career goals. Mentors also share experiences with participants and help them make positive life choices.

For more information, or to register for mentorship training, call 602-223-4333 or email

AWEE is a workforce development organization offering a diverse range of evidence-based training and support services throughout Maricopa and Yavapai counties. The 30-year-old organization has helped to create successful beginnings and renewed hope for more than 115,000 women, men and young adults.


Beautifying neighborhoods

Last week kids at Maurice C. Cash Elementary school had an assembly to kick off the Barrios Bellos (Beautiful Neighborhoods) program sponsored by Valley Toyota Dealers and in collaboration with Chicanos Por La Causa and the City of Phoenix, to help beautify the historic Latino neighborhood.

There was a poster contest and luminaries like City of Phoenix’s “Neighborhoodasaurus,” Maurice C. Cash Elementary School “Roadrunner” mascot, Cash student Ty Perez, and McGruff the Crime Dog as seen in the photo above. Note Ty’s poster, as that is the focus of the project, which is to clean up the west Phoenix neighborhood.

On March 24, they need volunteers to help the neighborhood residents clean up by painting over graffiti removing debris and plant flowers.

The location is Playa Margarita Park, 3615 West Roeser Road, Phoenix, 85041. The event is from 8:15am to 12:30pm. Sign up to volunteer by calling 602-257-0700 or by e-mail to

More information at

Summer health care work for teens

The Volunteen program at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers is preparing for summer 2012 when 150 teen volunteers, “volunteens,” will get to learn more about health care and gain work experience.

Volunteen accepts students between ages 14 and 18 that have an interest in health care. Since its start in 2008,  more than 350 teenagers have donated more than 14,000 hours to the program.  The teens can work at Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center or one of the Dignity Health Urgent Care centers in Ahwatukee, Gilbert or Queen Creek.  They will escort patients, deliver flowers and newspapers, perform clerical duties, assist at nursing stations and run various errands around the centers. For every shift they work the teens will receive a $4.50 meal voucher.

Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) requires that Volunteens serve at least 40 hours throughout the summer and attend three mandatory educational sessions. After completing the sessions and committing enough hours, students receive a certificate, a copy of their hours, a letter of recommendation and a chance to apply for the Dignity Health scholarship.

There will be an informational meeting for students and parents on Monday, February 27 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Campo Verde High School Auditorium, 3870 S. Quartz St.

To learn more or apply to be a Volunteen visit links for Chandler Regional or Mercy Gilbert. The applications will be available at the meeting and online from March 1 through March 22. For more questions call Volunteer Services at 480-728-3308.

Like to read aloud? Here’s your chance to make it count

Peoria Unified School District is looking for volunteers to help record books for students with print disabilities. More than 100 books need to be converted into alternate formats and will be available to the students free of charge.

Books that need recorded include those that commonly used as part of the curriculum as well as high-interest books that are frequently requested by students. Audio formats allow students to listen and follow along.

The district has a specific list of books that need to be converted and only a short amount of training is required so volunteers know how to record the books, edit the recordings and tag the files using free software. Individuals interested in volunteering should contact Mike Albert at

Once the books have been recorded, Albert converts them to MP3 files and makes them available for students with special needs.

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide access to printed materials in alternate formats for students who have been documented to have print disabilities including visual impairments, physical disabilities and learning disabilities in reading.

Join the Baby Diaper Drive challenge

Eighth graders at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran School in Scottsdale collected 11,732 diapers during last year's drive.

The 13th Annual Baby Diaper Drive kicked off last week with the goal of providing 100,000 diapers and $75,000 in emergency baby funds for Homeward Bound families across the Valley.

Students at one Valley school sold lemonade to raise emergency funds for the families at Homeward Bound.

The Diaper Drive supplies baby essentials such as diapers, wipes, and baby formula — which are not covered by food stamps — to moms and children who are victims of homelessness or domestic violence.

Homeward Bound’s mission is to help these moms achieve “economic independence; secure long-term, safe, decent, affordable housing and break multi-generational cycles of homelessness and domestic violence,” according to the nonprofit organization’s website.

Find out how to host a diaper drive.

Donate emergency funds here. Do it by Dec. 31 and Bank of Arizona will double your pledge.

Photos courtesy of the Baby Diaper Drive

Cocopah Middle School in Scottsdale collected 4,104 diapers and 6,171 wipes for the families at Homeward Bound.

Holiday mail for our nation’s heroes

A WWII photo showing the avalanche of holiday mail sent to soldiers. Photo: Smithsonian Institution.

The Red Cross in Arizona — and nationally — has teamed up with Pitney Bowes, the mail streaming company, to send holiday cards to all members of the American military, whether active duty, guard, reserve or retirees.

This is a great project for famlies looking for ways to make a contribution this holiday season.

Purchased cards are fine but handmade cards (especially by children) are popular with service members. The Red Cross has outlined some guidelines: Continue reading

Volunteers needed to assemble bikes for needy kids

A happy recipient at last year's bike giveaway. Photo by Daniel Friedman.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, The Pedal Power Foundation will be conducting its 2011 bicycle assembly event. The nonprofit organization is  seeking volunteers to help assemble approximately 200 bicycles that will be distributed to underprivileged children through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Holdeman Elementary in Tempe.

The event will be held from 9am  to 2pm and “makes a great community service opportunity for families, churches, schools and civic organizations,” according to Mike McIlroy, President of The Pedal Power Foundation. “No previous assembly skills are required; there are plenty of other ways to help if you’re not handy with tools.”

The warehouse is located at 2010 E. University #22 in Tempe. It’s on the northeast corner of University and Smith, about half a mile east of McClintock on University.

Items to bring:

• Something to sit on (lawn chair, blanket, old towel)
• Tools (a limited supply is available for those who don’t have any)

“Dress appropriately,” says McIlroy. “It’s a dirty job! If you can make it for an hour or for the full time, we appreciate the support.”

If you can attend, or have additional questions, call 602-909-2645 or email McIlroy at

Read about last year’s bike giveaway.