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This list details volunteer opportunities submitted directly to The Times. Contact these agencies for additional information.

Affinis Hospice. Volunteers needed to help around the facility, sit with hospice patients to relieve family members, shop, clean, do yard work or run errands for patients. Training is provided by Affinis. No experience needed. Flexible scheduling. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Crane at 770-877-9757 or email for more information.

American Cancer Society. Drivers to transport cancer patients to and from treatment centers. Call 770-297-1176.

American Red Cross. Disaster relief teams needed to train the community in preparedness services such as CPR, first aid, baby-sitting and life guarding, to welcome and register blood donors and serve refreshments, to assist in administrative services such as fundraising, public relations, translating, interpreting and office support. Call Barbara Barber, 770-219-0343.

American Red Cross. Blood services needs registration and canteen volunteers at the donor center and mobile blood drives in Hall County. Contact Volunteer Manager Kathy Dalton via email at or at 706-546-0681 ext 221.

Angel Flight Southeast. Need pilots to provide free air transportation to medical facilities for residents who are financially distressed or otherwise unable to travel on public transportation. Call Scarlett Auten, 770-904-0904.

Autumn Breeze Assisted Living. Help residents stay active with activities such as bingo, indoor horseshoes and music. Call Ellen Bates, activities director, 770-297-1100.

Boys and Girls Clubs. Help with general supervision of children, tutoring, art and physical education programs. Need coaches and referees. Help needed after 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 770-532-8102.

BPI-Safe Rides. Volunteer to drive an impaired driver home. In need of licensed drivers 25 and older to volunteer for upcoming holidays. 770-965-2870 or

CASA. Court-Appointed Special Advocates are needed to advocate the best interests of abused and neglected children. Volunteers are trained, screened and supervised. Contact Lisa McCarthy, 770-531-1964 or

Catholic Social Services Inc. Bilingual volunteers needed to assist in serving low-income Latino population. Needs include translation and interpretation for clients in the community, office assistance and computer class instruction. Call 770-534-3337.

C.C. Cloud Youth Center — Veterans and Community Outreach Foundation. Assist children in afterschool program with homework, arts and recreational activities. Provide computer lab instruction for children and adults. Work in community garden, office and kitchen. Weekend coaches and mentors needed for young adult basketball league. Flexible schedule. 770-531-0046 or

Center Point. Mentor Hall County and Gainesville City students. Time requirements include a two-hour training session and a commitment to meet with your student one hour a week (this includes travel time) for the duration of the school year. Trainings are offered at noon and 6 p.m. throughout the year. Contact Staci Tunkel, mentor coordinator, 770-535-1050, or

Challenged Child and Friends. Work in classrooms with children 6 weeks old to 6 years old at Northeast Georgia’s Early Intervention Center. Contact Robyn Shoaf, 770-535-8372, ext. 120 or

Choices Pregnancy Care Center. Assemble favor bags given out at high school health class presentations. Supplies provided. Call Choices during business hours, 770-535-1413, or email

Compassionate Hospice. Help people and their families cope with a terminal illness. Flexible scheduling. Also looking for organizations to sponsor or participate in a charity event each year. Call Steven Vanlerberghe, 678-717-0969.

Court Visitor Program. Monitor the care, condition and assets of dependent adults, work with families at problem solving and report to the court. Volunteers will be screened, trained and supervised. Call Denise, Hall County Probate Court, 770-533-7830.

Crossroads Hospice. Hold a hand, listen, sing, run errands for a family or help in the hospice office. Free ongoing training. Flexible hours. Contact Ella, 770-270-9898 or

Disability Resource Center. Help people with disabilities remain independent through peer support, advocacy and helping with independent living skills. Also, volunteers needed to build ramps and make other home modifications. Call Bob McGarry, 770-534-6656.

Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network. Drive veterans between Gainesville and the VA hospital in Decatur in the organization’s van. Call Max Corner, 678-315-1165.

Dogwood Forest Assisted Living. Volunteers needed for Bingo on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m.; crafts, music, exercise, games in the evenings, pet therapy and church services on Sunday afternoons or during the week. 3315 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Email Kathy at or call 770-531-7800.

Embracing Hospice. Visit with patients in homes, read to patients, write letters, provide transportation, run errands, prepare meals, provide hair care and light housekeeping. Contact 678-570-7363 or

Family TIES Gainesville. Looking for board members/volunteers. Call Dee Dee Mize at 770-287-3071.

Feed My Sheep The Grace of Christ Ministries. Help serve free lunches every other Saturday. Call Eric Johnson, 678-622-1458.

Gainesville Action Ministries. Answer phones, schedule appointments, greet clients, help with building maintenance and entertain children while parents are being counseled. Will train volunteers to work with clients if desired. Bilingual volunteers needed. Call Terri Armour 770-531-0144 ext. 3.

Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy. Tutor in basic literacy class serving adults up to a fourth-grade reading level. Math tutors needed to help students prepare for the GED exam. Call Dorothy Shinafelt, 770-531-4337.

Gateway House. Work with children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence. Call Shelby Kinsey, 770-539-9080.

Georgia Mountain Food Bank. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call Kay Blackstock or Randi Dyer at 770-967-0075 or sign up online for volunteer opportunities.

Good News Clinics. Need Spanish-speaking interpreters, medical assistants, dental assistants and hygienists, nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners and volunteers to assist with administrative duties for the hours of 9 a.m. to noon or 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Contact Jean Peeples, 770-503-1369 or

The Guest House Adult Care Center. Talk with clients, help with activities and crafts. Contact Margie Ticehurst at 770-535-1487 or

Habitat for Hall County. Assist in pickups and store inventory at the Habitat ReStore. Call Dee Ann, 770-718-1070. Also need volunteers for builds. 678-450-5998.

Hall County Animal Shelter. Volunteers needed to walk and play with animals, assist at Rabies Clinics and off-site mini adoption events. Call Gwen Trimmer at 678-450-1587 or 770-531-6831.

Happy Tails Pet Therapy Inc. Need volunteers 18 and older and their pet dogs, cats or rabbits to brighten patients’ days at local health care facilities. Orientations held periodically. Call 770-740-8211.

Homestead Hospice. Volunteers needed throughout the Gainesville area for patient companionship, community outreach, clerical support, clinical support, special skills/therapies and bereavement. Free training. Contact or call 706-548-8444.

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Sit with terminally ill patients in their homes, run errands and provide relief for family members in Banks, Barrow, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, northern Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Stephens, Union and White counties. Also need help with clerical work in hospice office. Free office support volunteer training is available from 12:30-4:30 p.m. second Tuesdays at the hospice office. Call Carol Jewell, Hospice of NGMC volunteer coordinator, at 770-533-8888 or 888-572-3900.

Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. Play with and walk shelter adoption pets, assist with adoptions taking place at Gainesville PetSmart on Saturdays and help with special events. Options no matter how much or how little time available. Call Kelley Uber, 770-532-6617.

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. Supervise exhibits, lead story time or teach arts and crafts activities on a one-time or ongoing basis. Call 770-536-1900.

J.A. Walters YMCA. 2455 Howard Road, Gainesville. Greeters, maintenance, clerical, child care and after-school program volunteers needed. Contact Sue Adams at 770-344-9345 or

Judicial citizen review panel. Review the circumstances of children in Hall County who are in the custody of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and work to ensure they are being properly cared for and are given the opportunity to be placed in a permanent home. Two-day training period required along with one morning a month thereafter. Call Lorena Marceleno, 770-531-6928 or 770-531-4930, or email

Junior Achievement of Georgia: Northeast District. Present lessons to students in grades kindergarten-12th that inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Using hands-on experiences, JA brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their full potential by bridging the business and education communities. Materials and training provided. Serving 14 counties in Northeast Georgia. Contact Lee D. Highsmith, 770-297-1222 or

Keep Hall Beautiful. Assist with administrative duties, make phone calls, do outside presentations or litter pickups. Contact Cindy Reed, 770-531-1102 or

Lanierland Civitan Club. Help people with developmental disabilities and work on various area projects. Meet 12:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Turnstile Deli, 109 Green St., Gainesville. Call Ed Standera 770-532-3622.

Legacy Link. Help Medicare recipients getting prescription drugs and other services. Need clerical help and outside speakers. Training provided. Call 770-538-2650.

LifeLink of Georgia. Assist with educational programs pertaining to organ and tissue donation and transplantation in North Georgia and other areas of the state. Call 800-544-6667.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama. Create, design and implement wishes in North Georgia. Contact Shandy Arwood at or 888-517-9474, ext. 14.

Meals on Wheels. Deliver meals within the city of Gainesville. Routes take approximately one hour; training provided. Call Milon Christman, 770-503-3330.

Mended Hearts of Northeast Georgia. Visit with heart patients and their families at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Volunteer in Ronnie Green waiting room or attend meetings at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Must be former heart procedure patients or spouses. Training provided. Call Peggy Vardeman, 770-532-2326.

Mentor Me North Georgia. Volunteer for one-on-one and group setting programs with at-risk youth. Call Amber at 678-341-8028 or email

Northeast Georgia History Center. Provide assistance with day-to-day tasks — greet visitors, answer telephones, prepare mailings, help with special events, guide tours, serve on standing committees. 770-297-5900.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Assist with non-medical duties and provide comfort and support to patients, family members and visitors. Call 770-219-1830 to request an application and schedule a time for a brief interview.

Odyssey Healthcare Athens. Volunteers are needed to provide support and companionship for patients and families. Free training required; no minimum time commitment. Additionally, we are seeking administrative support in our office. Training is provided. Call Gail Manter at 770-533-4445 or 706-410-5340. Email

Odyssey Healthcare Gainesville. Gainesville area volunteers are needed to provide support and companionship for patients and families. Free training required; no minimum time commitment. Additionally, we are seeking administrative support in our office. Training is provided. Call Hope Senador at 706-621-8371.

Pacific Intercultural Exchange. Host families for foreign teens are needed for the new school year. There are also travel/study program opportunities available for American high school students as well as possibilities for community volunteers to assist and work with area host families, students and schools. Call 866-546-1402 for more information.

The Phoenix Society of Gainesville. Raise funds to support local service organizations. Meetings at 7 p.m. third Thursday of every month at the Gainesville Civic Center. Contact Deanna Fawcett, 770-532-4641,

Randy and Friends. Assist and be a friend to an adult with a significant disability. Meet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the coffee and gift shop at The Roosters Perch. Or volunteer to help with clerical work, making phone calls and being an instructor. Contact Marty Owens at or 678-617-5527.

Rape Response. Respond to hotline phone calls. Training and support is provided, and on-call volunteers can maintain their own schedule while using a cellphone to respond. Contact the volunteer coordinator, 770-503-7273 or

Regency Hospice. Provide assistance and care to patients and family members. Call Elizabeth McFarland, 888-603-1303.

RSVP: Retired & Senior Volunteer Program. Looking for volunteers 55 and older to help at the following sites in Hall County: Center Point, mentors for public school children; Keep Hall Beautiful, event volunteers; Hall County Senior Life Center, computer teachers and scrapbooking teachers; Meals on Wheels, delivery drivers and phone reassurance volunteers; and Hall County Emergency Management, CERT and website volunteers. Call Terry Shuler, RSVP director (Legacy Link Inc.), 770-538-2650.

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County. Help with educational programs about car seat safety, helmet safety, fire safety, poison prevention and more. Contact Kim Martin, 770-533-8095,

Sautee Nacoochee Community Association. Meet and greet visitors at the History Museum of Sautee Nacoochee and the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia. Call Sam Schultz, 770-380-7414, or Chris Brooks, 706-878-3300.

Toys for Tots. Volunteers needed to collect toys and sort toys at various locations throughout Hall County. Call 770-967-9266 for more information.

United Hospice. Provide companionship, family support and respite for caregivers in homes and nursing facilities. Training provided. Call Sandy Hatfield, Hospice volunteer coordinator, 800-844-9641.

Veterans Community Outreach. Help with after-school program, computer lab and homework assistance. 770-531-0046.

Vietnam Veterans of America. Help create a network for the local families of soldiers who will be overseas next Christmas and plan a party for next Christmas. Call Ron Kelner, 770-534-2509, or Dave Dellinger, 770-718-7676.

Widowed persons volunteer aides. 5:15 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Community Service Center. 770-536-0072.

Willowwood Nursing Center. Adopt a grandparent, spend free time with residents. Call Tina Gipson, 770-967-2070, ext. 20.

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