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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Non-profit organizations looking for volunteer help can advertise their openings for free in the Vineyard Gazette. Volunteer Opportunities appears in both the print edition of the newspaper and online. Any tax-exempt charitable or arts organization wishing to advertise for unpaid help may do so without charge.

To list your opportunity, email Susan Catling at scatling@mvgazette.com.



HAVE FUN DOING TAXES

Do you enjoy people? Do you think numbers can be fun? If yes, then we’re looking to share the fun with you. Since 1968 AARP Foundation TAX-Aide Volunteers have been helping low and moderate income taxpayers complete their Federal and State income tax returns free of charge. New volunteers participate in a training program each fall. Over a three week period of time (twice a week for 3 weeks) they are trained in the process of completing tax returns. Counselors, upon passing the required test, are assigned to various centers across the Cape and Islands. Preference is given to centers near their homes. From February through April 15 wonderful people are met and needed help is given. Schedules are flexible and allow for vacation time. Find out more about the fun you can have by being a Tax-Aide Volunteer Counselor. For more information contact: Pat Zeiss, Volunteer Coordinator at: patzeiss@juno.com or call (508)255-2292.



ACE MV

Adult and Community Education of Martha's Vineyard

ACE MV is a vibrant innovative educational program, operating primarily in the off season, offering classes for college credit, skills training, bi-lingual programs, GED and general enrichment to the island community. We are looking for volunteers who are excited about community education and committed to broadening educational opportunities for life-long learning on Martha's Vineyard. Contact Sarah at: Sarah@acemv.org or leave a message at (774)310 1131.



African Artists' Community

Development Project

African non profit needs help with social media and marketing, website and newsletters. Accompanying on fundraising tours to Italy and Zambia could be a perk. We work with disabled children, provide scholarship money for individuals, create women's income projects and market crafts for Zambian artisans and their families.

Very interesting work for the right person. www.aacdpafrica.org, info@aacdpafrica.org (508)560 2620



Animal Shelter of

Martha's Vineyard

What better way to volunteer your time than to work with cats, kittens, dogs, puppies and the occasional guinea pig or rabbit who are all in need of attention as they wait to be adopted. In addition to what we refer to as socializing.

There are many other opportunities – we always need help welcoming the people who come to visit us and there is always general cleaning and organizing when it's not feeding time for our guests. Our list of needs is endless; from computer skills to painting and general fixing and even helping us with our fundraising tasks. We also host special events all year long. Contact: Lisa Hayes, Shelter Manager,

lhayes@animalshelterofmv.org,

www.animalshelterofmv.org



Help Wildlife: Volunteer With BiodiversityWorks

High school and college students and adults can help beach-nesting birds and other wildlife by volunteering with BiodiversityWorks, an island research non-profit. Write to:

volunteers@biodiversityworksmv.org



FARM INSTITUTE

Come on down to The FARM Institute and lend a hand with livestock chores or get your hands dirty in the greenhouse. TFI welcomes volunteers age 16 and older. Livestock chores happen daily and are a great way to get involved and stay active during the winter! Planting and seeding is happening now in our greenhouses.

Come in from the cold and get a winter dose of sunshine. Call (508)627-7007 or visit our website at www.farminstitute.org.



Featherstone Center

for the Arts

Featherstone's biggest need is for volunteers to help with our events, especially with the actual set up chairs, tables, decorations, etc. We need ticket takers at our events (Musical Mondays, Poetry and special events). Also parking assistance with the Flea & Fine Arts Markets each Tuesday energetic volunteers to direct parking our guests on Tuesdays from 9:30AM-1:00PM through August 28.

Contact Ann Smith, Executive Director. (508)693-1850 ann@featherstoneart.org www.featherstoneart.org



Massachusetts Audubon at

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary protects the nature of Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard for people and wildlife. Want to learn about nature and share your passion? Volunteer with us. We provide many opportunities for volunteers at Felix Neck! The day after Thanksgiving we host our Fall Festival and need approximately 50 volunteers. Building (carpentry, painting) and Grounds Maintenance (invasive species removal) are also jobs to be filled.

Contact Marion Hammond. (508)627-4850 x101, felixneck@massaudubon.org, www.massaudubon.org/felixneck



CHOIR NEEDS LOWER VOICES

The choir of First Congregational Church of West Tisbury is looking for another bass and tenor. We have lots of fun singing a varied repertoire from many eras and cultures. Ability to sight read is preferred but not essential.

Come and try us out! Contact the Music Director, David.Rhoderick@gmail.com



Got Wheels?

Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands are in need of Meals-on-Wheels drivers on Martha’s Vineyard. For just 1 to 2 hours per week you can make a huge impact on a home-bound seniors life. Please call Michelle Dupon, (508)693-4393 ext. 192 for further information.



Habitat for Humanity of MV

Do you have building experience? Are you a building professional willing to lend your expertise? We are looking for people to join our building committee to plan and execute our next project. We are also looking for a materials donations expediter to help us gather and organize building materials and appliances donated to us. The commitment can be as large or small as you like. Join our team! Contact us at houses@ habitatmv.org or (508)696-4646.



ISLAND FOOD PANTRY

Got some extra energy to help your neighbors? The Island Food Pantry needs you to do any number of things: pick up donations, stock shelves, community outreach, distribute food and be a friendly face. Want to be social or stay behind-the-scenes? We have a place and a job for you. Please call (508)693-4764 or email islandfoodpantry@gmail.com.



Island Grown Initiative

We are looking for volunteers for our hydroponics greenhouse. Volunteers are need to build and maintain systems, seed, transplant, harvest, clean and more. No experience necessary. Call (508)687-9621 or email taza@igimv.org.



MARTHA'S VINEYARD HOSPITAL

Martha's Vineyard Hospital is in need of volunteers to provide support and compassionate service to our patients, their families, visitors and staff. We offer many service opportunities including patient friendly visits, greeters, gift shop salespeople, office support, book cart delivery, inter-hospital patient guides, events, and more. Our service scheduling is flexible. Orientation and training are provided.

Contact Suzanne Hammond, Volunteer Coordinator: shammond6@partners.org (508)957-0195. Download Volunteer Application: http://www.mvhospital.com



MARTHA'S VINEYARD MUSEUM

The Martha's Vineyard Museum is looking for volunteers for the following events: Recent Acquisitions Exhibit Opening Appraisal Day For more information, contact Katy Fuller at kfuller@mvmuseum.org or call (508)627-4441. For more volunteer opportunities, visit mvmuseum.org



Media Voices for children

Media Voices is an online community found at mediavoices.org that works to raise awareness about the state of poor children at home and around the world. We currently support 34 students in secondary school in Kenya through our Kenyan Schoolhouse program. We need volunteers to help with grant writing, local fundraising by distributing and collecting donation boxes and work on the annual fundraising event committee. Contact Len Morris. mediavoicesforchildren@gmail.com www.mediavoices.org



MARTHA'S VINEYARD

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

The Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club is looking for volunteers to make a positive impact on the lives of Island children. We need volunteers to help with our after school and summer programs, coaching, fundraising events, facility maintenance, gardening and at the Boys & Girls Club Second Hand Store. Contact Jessie Damroth (508)627-3303, club@mvbgclub.org



Volunteer at the Oak Bluffs Public Library

Want an excuse to come and get to know our collection? Already know and love the OBPL and want to give back? Want to bathe in the warm glow of literary and cinematic greatness? We’re looking for volunteers to do all that and more.

Contact Allyson at (508)693-9433 or email at amalik@clamsnet.org



Polly Hill Arboretum

Do you enjoy gardening or want to learn more? Open Grounds Days allow people to ‘try out’ volunteering alongside the friendly and knowledgeable horticulture staff on the first Thursday of the month (July-October) from 9:00AM-12:00PM Projects include planting, pruning, weeding, and more!

To sign up or to learn the many other volunteer opportunities, contact volunteer coordinator Erin Hepfner (508)693-9426 or erin@pollyhillarboretum.org.



The Preventive and

Environmental Health Alliance

Non profit needs your help a few hours a week. Looking for person to write and call to advance environmental medicine in health care education, medical schools and government agencies. No previous experience necessary and can do from home. We have letter of support from Director of government agency - NIEHS. Trying to change the world so that we can get to the cause of disease more easily and help more people. Your help would be appreciated. Thank you!

Text (310)213 5472.



Rising Tide Therapeutic

Equestrian Center

Rising Tide seeks volunteers to help with special events and projects, riding lessons and barn duties. No experience is necessary, but must be comfortable around horses, and enjoy working with children and differently abled people. Volunteer times are flexible and varied. We welcome students fulfilling community service hours, school projects, and those with graphic design and media/marketing knowledge. For more information contact Ilona at (508)693-1185 or info@RisingTideTEC.org.



SCORE of Cape Cod

and the Islands

Become a SCORE volunteer and help dreams come true. SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and non profits and assist existing small business owners and non profit leaders to improve and grow their organizations. Volunteer SCORE counselors can be any age. SCORE members have experience in academia, business, finance, administration, non profits or government. Some members have been active in other professions. See capecod.score.org and email capecodscore@verizon.net



Vineyard Conservation Society

Founded in 1965, VCS is the Island's only conservation organization whose mission includes advocacy and public education, as well as resource protection. Our office team, Brendan O'Neill, Signe Benjamin and Jeremy Houser are looking for volunteers to do light office duty and to help maintain some of our initiatives, 2-5 hours per week, depending on time of year. We would welcome someone just for a month or off and on, we are very flexible! Please contact Signe Benjamin. Thanks! (508)693-9588 info@vineyardconservation.org



Vineyard Village at Home

Our mission is to help older residents maintain their independence. We need volunteer drivers to take our members to social and cultural events, medical appointments, shopping and errands, and the like. We also would like volunteers for friendly visits or taking our members on outings. The volunteers and members usually enjoy each other's company, and it is fun and rewarding for both.

Contact Polly Brown, President.

(508)693-3038, www.vineyardvillage.org

vineyardvillage@gmail.com