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Friends in Need — Sept. 30, 2012

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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012 12:08 am

This column comes from United Way of the Tanana Valley. Select “Get Connected” at www.unitedwaytv.com or call Lexi Miller at 452-7211, Ext. 23.

• Girl Scouts celebrates 100 years of service building girls of courage, confidence and character. Girl Scouts provides a way for girls in grades K-12 to experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together. You can help girls reach their full potential through the Girl Scout program by becoming a Girl Scout leader today. Contact the Farthest North Girl Scout Council at 456-4782 or www.fairbanksgirlscouts.org.

• To tutor children at the Boys and Girls Club, contact Ashley Yeats at the Literacy Council of Alaska at 456-6212 or ashley@literacycouncil

ofalaska.org.

• Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption’s Family Services department needs donations for Fairbanks families: child/baby car seats, new potty chairs, strollers, diapers in all sizes, baby wipes, formula, baby cribs, vacuum cleaners, clean twin mattresses, dressers, and a kitchen table and chairs in good condition. Items can be delivered to FCA at 912 Barnette Street. If you need someone to pick up your donations, call

456-4729.

• Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption needs used bikes and/or bike parts for adolescent youths in the Street Outreach Program. We also need sleeping bags, warm clothing — socks, gloves, coats, boots, etc. — for the homeless youths in our community. Information: Call Seth or Darla after 2 p.m. at the SOAP Drop-in Center at 378-4392. FCA also needs diapers, sizes 3 through 6. Call Sam at 456-4729. 

• Creamer’s Field needs volunteers to help in the Farmhouse Visitor Center at the refuge. Greet visitors, sell gift shop items and share general information with refuge visitors. Call Mark at 459-7301.

• Love In the Name of Christ of the Tanana Valley (Love INC) needs a volunteer to update the information in Love INC’s Resource Database. The volunteer will call agency resources listed in Love INC’s database; review the information on file, and update and edit it. Call Judy at 452-6154.

•The Breast Cancer Detection Center needs volunteers to help with yard maintenance and upkeep: lawn mowing, weeding, watering, pruning, etc. Call

479-3909, Ext. 206.

• Fairbanks Children’s Museum is looking for volunteers to be play facilitators at its Museum Without Walls events. Visit www.fairbankschildrensmuseum.com to fill out the volunteer form or email volunteer@fairbankschildrensmuseum.com.

• Fairbanks Arts Association needs volunteers to staff the Bear Gallery located in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts at Pioneer Park. Meet local artists and welcome visitors to gallery exhibits and events. Fairbanks Arts Association will provide training. Three hours of your time once a week or however often you choose is greatly appreciated. Contact Susan Chapa at 456-6485, Ext. 223.

• Access Alaska’s “Loan Closet” needs adaptive equipment donations in good condition, specifically wheelchairs, shower chairs, transfer benches, grab bars, rollators (rolling walkers), lift chairs, geriatric chairs and knee scooters. Access Alaska provides this adaptive equipment to anyone with a disability who is in need free of charge through their Loan Closet. Donations can be brought to Access Alaska, 526 Gaffney Road, Suite 100, or call Steve Martz 479-7940.

• Volunteers are needed at Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are mentors and friends, providing children with one-on-one time with a caring adult. With a waiting list of more than 50 boys, Big Brother are especially needed. Call 452-8110.

• Forget-Me-Not Books needs volunteers to help staff the bookstore and prep books for the store. They need cashiers, section adopters and merchandise preparation technicians. Call Cori Kindred at 456-6212.

• Fairbanks Community Food Bank is looking for groups of Saturday volunteers. Call Pam at 374-0555 to a group to pack and distribute USDA food. We are specifically looking for people from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon on the first or fourth Saturday of each month. We prefer volunteers who are well-supervised by group members if between ages 8 and 16. We are looking only for one-shift commitments during the month.

• Fairbanks Memorial Hospital needs a volunteer for its outpatient information desk to greet patients and visitors, providing general information and giving directions from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. The hospital also needs volunteers to support the hospital by greeting gift shop customers and operate the cash register 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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