This column comes from United Way of the Tanana Valley. Select “Get Connected” at or call Kristin Backlund at 452-7211, Ext. 102.

• Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption’s Family Services department would appreciate various types of gift cards for family respite activities, such as movie gift cards, restaurant, grocery or coffee hut snack gift cards, and/or Pioneer Park rides gift cards, etc. Our Pregnancy Department is in need of gently used baby clothes, sizes newborn to 12 months, and disposable diapers, sizes 1 through 4. FCA’s Street Outreach program for homeless youth is always in need of non-perishable food items for lunches and portable sack lunches, such as fruit cups, ramen packs, juice cartons, granola bars, etc., and is also currently in need of backpacks and school supplies, such as paper, pens, pencils, markers and crayons. For more information, please contact Mary in our front office at 456-4729. As always, many thanks to our generous Fairbanks community for all your support.

• Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization that takes old computers, wipes them clean and reloads Windows on them. We sell them to low-income families and persons with special needs. We are in need of newer computers that can run Windows 7 and newer operating systems. We get many requests for laptops with wireless capabilities. Please help us in our endeavor to get computers to persons in need. Bring computers to Forget-Me-Not Books, 517 Gaffney Road.

Literacy Council of Alaska is in need of SATA hard drives 100 GB or more. They are also seeking laptop and desktop memory of 512 MB or higher. For more information please contact JR at

Are you interested in making a difference in a child’s life? We serve students, grades K-12, in the community by providing quality tutoring services. We partner with family, teachers and student to support individual academic needs. We have students on the waiting list who need extra academic support in reading, writing and math. Tutors are provided with training, materials and ongoing support. One hour per session is the minimum commitment required. Please contact Ashley Yeats for more information or stop by the Literacy Council of Alaska, 517 Gaffney Road, or 456-6212,

Tutors are needed to help improve the English language skills of immigrant adults new to the community and help people struggling to pass the GED test in math, reading or writing. For more information please contact Melanie at 456-6212 or

• Forget-Me-Not Books is in need of volunteers to help staff the bookstore and prep books for the store. Cashiers/customer service volunteers are needed for Saturdays. Forget-Me-Not Books could also use whatever unique skills volunteers have to offer to help make the bookstore successful. Please contact Krystin at 456-6212 if interested.

• The North Star Imagination Library is seeking volunteers to register children to receive free books in the mail. Only a couple of hours are needed at various summer events. Training is provided. Call 374-7030 to find out more.

• The Salvation Army staff needs assistance in helping children with reading, homework, music, games, free time and more from 2:45-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.  

• Boys and Girls Club of the Tanana Valley needs tutors for the After School Tutoring Program to work one-on-one with students. Consider making a difference in a young life. No experience necessary. Contact Ashley Yeats for more information, 456-6212, ashley@literacy

• Volunteers with a desire to make a big difference are needed at Big Brothers and Big Sisters. BBBS is in need of Big Brothers and Big Sisters to match with children in our community, to be mentors and friends, providing children with one-on-one time with a caring adult. If interested, please call 452-8110. BBBS is accepting applications for new little brothers and little sisters at this time.

• Did you know that most of today’s female leaders were Girl Scouts? Women such as Katie Couric, Elizabeth Dole, and more than 20 of NASA’s career astronauts. Girl Scouts celebrates 100 years of service building girls of courage, confidence and character this year. Girl Scouts provides a way for girls grades K-12 to experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together. 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

• Fairbanks Children's Museum is looking for play facilitator/docent volunteers to work Monday through Sunday, any days/any hours between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Oct. 1, 2013 at our new location, the University of Alaska Museum of the North. If interested in volunteering with us in any capacity as a play facilitator/docent please contact We will be setting up trainings, etc. by the end of September.

 • Morning Star Ranch, an organization serving people with disabilities, is in need of a self feeding pellet stove in great condition. Please contact Sue or Simone at 455-6772.

• The Fairbanks Veterans Center is looking for a volunteer for the reception desk. Duties include greeting arriving clients and visitors, assisting the office manager and receptionist, and keeping the reception area orderly and coffee pot full to project a professional appearance.

• North Star Council on Aging needs volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers. Volunteers must be able to complete at least one 1.5 to 2-hour route, preferably from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers qualify for meals and fuel reimbursement and help bring smiles to homebound seniors with a meal.

• Alaska International Senior Games (AISG) needs volunteers for the following during the annual Senior Games held in August each summer. 

1) Event Coordinator is a key position requiring computer, organization, and people skills. Position is responsible for communicating with 20 sport commissioners and reserving facility venues. Long-term commitment through spring of 2014. 

2) Community Coordinator position is open for someone with passion who loves working with people. If you are a good communicator, well organized and would enjoy building community partnerships, let’s talk.

3) Historian position would involve organization of collections — publications, records and photos — into order so that games are documented and can be researched.

If you are interested in being part of a fun team to help AISG continue this outstanding event, please call 978-2388.

• For a fun and rewarding volunteer experience, join Fairbanks Memorial Hospital’s volunteer family helping to welcome patients, their families and visitors to our facility at either our Main Lobby or Outpatient Surgery Center. For more information, please call 458-5595.

• Looking for something fun to do with your weekends or evenings? Fairbanks Memorial Hospital has just the volunteer opportunity for you. Our gift shop is looking for people interested in working with the public. Funds raised from the gift shop go directly toward the donation of medical equipment to the hospital and Denali Center. For more information, please call 458-5595.

• Creamer’s Field needs volunteers to help in the Farmhouse visitor center at the refuge. Greet visitors, sell gift shop items, lead walks, and share general information with refuge visitors. Call 452-5162 or 459-7307 for more information.

• Fairbanks Arts Association is in need of volunteers to help staff the Gallery in Pioneer Park. Please call

456-6485 to volunteer.

• Joel’s Place Youth Center is in need of donated staples for their pantry and freezer such as rice, chicken and vegetables for the meals, which are prepared on site. They can always use donated fuel oil to help keep the kids warm and safe. Please contact them at joelsplacealas, linda@joelspla or call 452-2621.

• Saturday volunteers? Fairbanks Community Food Bank is looking for volunteers for Saturdays. Call Pam at the food bank, 374-0555, if you are interested in bringing a group to pack and distribute USDA food. Hours are 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.