published Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Stepping out n New opportunities for volunteers


  • Training: Sit with terminally ill patients for physical, emotional and spiritual support. Free training at your convenience. 499-0018.


  • Tuck-In Callers: Make telephone calls once a week to patients/families to ensure they have necessary supplies, medications and/or support for the weekend. Volunteers are given training and script to follow for calls. 892-4289, ext. 23855.


  • Opportunities: Socialize with homeless animals to prepare and promote them for adoption. Help with cleaning, customer service and other tasks on weekdays and Saturdays. Orientation and training provided.


  • Opportunities: Dog walking, cat cuddling, kennel cleaning, maintenance, assisting with off-site adoptions and special events. Orientation and animal-handling class required. Must be 16 or older and work two- to four-hour shift. 305-6503.


  • Thrift Store Staff: Sort and organize donations, greet public and work in Dogwood Shop.

  • Advocacy Training: Training for hot-line and to support sexual assault victims will begin Tuesday, Sept. 13. To register for either volunteer job, call 697-3830.


  • Event Staff: Assistance needed staffing the Autumn Children's Festival Oct. 1-2 at the Tennessee Riverpark. Shifts are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 1-6 p.m. Saturday or noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Placements include setup, cleanup, operation of carnival games, inflatables and parking. Call Ricky Robbins, 778-4333, or email


  • Donation Drive Assistant: Collect essentials such as food, clothing, baby items for families in need.

  • Family Thrift Store Assistant: Help sort donations at thrift stores.

  • Homeless Shelter: Assist clients with shelter upkeep and outreach programs.

  • Social Service: Assist caseworkers with client interviews, data entry, food pantry management.

  • Disaster Response: Assist Salvation Army personnel with emergency food service, shelter management; free training.


To volunteer for any of these positions, call Windy Brooks at 752-0316, unless otherwise noted.

  • American Red Cross: Train to respond to local and national disaster events.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga: Mentor children ages 6-12 from single-parent homes; time commitment of 4-6 hours a month for a year in the community-based program, one hour a week during the school year for site-based program.

  • Chattanooga Area Food Bank: Help assemble emergency food boxes for families, one day a week for two hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 622-1800

  • Chattanooga Cares: Drive clients to medical appointments or grocery store; must be 18 or older, have valid driver's license, insurance and own vehicle.

  • Hospice of Chattanooga: Visit patients in homes, assisted-living facilities and local hospitals; offer clerical assistance in office.

  • Northside Neighborhood House: Research and price vintage items/collectibles donated to thrift store; four hours a week.

  • On Point: Groundskeeper with lawn equipment needed, can set own schedule.

  • People Helping People: Help sort donations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

  • Public Education Foundation: Assist college advisers in Hamilton County public high schools. Training provided, must be 18 years or older, four hours per month.

  • Ringgold United Methodist Church: Individuals and groups needed to assist with tornado cleanup. Plumbers and electricians especially needed. 706-935-2109 or 706-935-2199.

  • Rosewood Supportive Services: Deliver Meals on Wheels to elderly and disabled individuals between 9:45 and 10:15 a.m. until noon.

  • St. Barnabas Nursing Home: Assistance needed with resident activities such as bingo at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Fridays and weekly parties at 1:30 on Fridays.

  • The Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center: The center provides horseback riding and equestrian education for individuals with disabilities. Opportunities include assisting with riding lessons, barn management, fundraising and public relations; flexible scheduling.

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  • Calendar: Email items to Karen Nazor Hill at and Susan Pierce at by Monday before the Sunday it appears. Include event name, date, hours, location, ticket price and phone.

  • Photo layouts: Email four to six photos with left to right identifications to Karen Nazor Hill at or spierce@timesfree Include event name, location and who fundraiser benefited.

  • Contacts: Karen Hill at 757-6396 or Susan Pierce at 757-6284.

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