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The Volunteer Opportunities column is compiled from community input and in partnership with United Way of Anchorage's Volunteer Center, To list an opportunity, email Joy Guest at or Sue Brogan of United Way at

United Way of Anchorage is searching for male and female mentors for the upcoming school year. Become a guiding star in someone's life. Just a little of your time will make a lot of difference to a child. To learn more, visit Anchorage's new website:

Alaska Judicial Observers: Volunteers are needed to observe in courtrooms. Must be able to take notes, complete paperwork and sit for up to two hours at a time. Volunteers are screened to ensure that they have not been a victim of a violent crime, have no criminal background and have no cases pending before the court. Volunteers go through approximately 40 hours of classroom and courtroom training and then are asked to evaluate for a minimum of 10 hours per month in the courtroom closest to their home. Call 646-9880 for more information.

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services: Individuals with a range of skill sets are needed to support the organization through various opportunities, serving on an Advisory Council in one of three key treatment areas: Seniors, Adults, Children/Family. Volunteer at the Race for Recovery event June 29. No previous board volunteer experience needed. Looking for individuals committed to ending the stigma of mental illness and promoting recovery and wellness. The time commitment varies beginning at five hours per month for committee and regular board meetings. (, 261-5330)

Girls on the Run: The physical activity-based positive youth development program is designed to develop and enhance girls, ages 8-10, in social, psychological and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. Volunteers are needed to help with coordination and planning on the following committees: 5K Planning, Volunteer Coordination, Schools, Coaches and Special Events. Email Kennis Brady at Volunteers are also needed to coach teams of girls in seven ASD elementary school sites this fall. The season will run Sept. 3-Nov. 9, with practices held two times a week after school. Coaches must be 16 or older, able and willing to pass a background check, CPR/First Aid Certified or willing to become certified, and attend training in late August. Email for an application. (

Visit Anchorage: Volunteers are sought who will commit to sharing information with visitors to Anchorage about what to do, where to go and what to see. Opportunities are available for the Log Cabin and Downtown Visitor Centers as well as Airport Visitor Centers. (Brenda Carlson, 276-4118;,

Organic mini-farm: Volunteer in the wilderness on Kodiak Island at a former eco-lodge and sportfishing facility. Room and board is included, with time off for kayaking, hiking, fishing, arts and crafts. Expect an average of six hours a day of manual labor, light maintenance, grounds/garden work, chopping firewood, etc. Upcoming projects: build an obstacle course/fitness trail, tentatively slated for late July; construct an outdoor pizza oven, early August; and build a lodgepole gazebo near the waterfall. Applicants should email Ginger at to apply for the limited positions available. Include skills, time frame most interested in, and something about work/play history.

Girl Scouts of Alaska: Adult volunteers over the age of 18 are needed as troop keaders, troop 'series' leaders (6-12 week commitment), event and series volunteers for activities like the girls' robotics teams, and many other positions to include the Gold Award Committee. Training is provided. (, 273-0314)

Alaska Museum of Science and Nature: Work with staff to help facilitate summer educational programs. Duties may include, setting up educational materials, working with children of all ages and abilities, and guiding them through interactive stations. Weekday hours. (Kerri Jackson, 274-2400;

Youth Advocates Community: YAC provides adults ages 16 to 24 with the opportunity to participate in monthly community service projects and social events. Youths who do or do not experience a disability can build a diverse support network of peers, learn self-advocacy skills, have fun and give back to their community. YAC is also looking for adult volunteers to assist in monthly activities. (Kelly Foran, 264-6274,

Alaska Women's Resource Center: Help with a variety of tasks. (Diane, 565-1239,

Alzheimer's Resource Agency: Help with art classes, office work and special events. (Angela, 561-3313,

Alaska Disaster Medical Assistance Team: AK-1 DMAT provides medical assistance in the event of a national disaster. All medical skills are needed as well as security, logistics and communications volunteers. (

Providence Transitional Care Center and Providence Extended Care: Help is needed at both long-term care campuses. Help in the gift shops, assist with bingo and other activities, help with exercise programs, or make one-on-one visits that may include reading together, watching TV, writing letters or crafts. (212-0211;

Alaska Brain Injury Network: Volunteers needed to help educate, advocate and coordinate services for Alaskans who are survivors, family, caregivers or professionals whose lives have been touched by a brain injury. (274-2824,

Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue: The nonprofit organization working in the Mat-Su and Anchorage is looking for loving homes for rescued dogs and puppies. Or you can volunteer at adoption clinics, help with fundraising efforts and more. (745-7030,

Anchorage Pioneers' Home: Help with a variety of activities such as baking, community outings, arts and crafts or bingo and other games. (343-7240)

Rabbit Creek Shooting Park: Motivated individuals who are concerned with firearm safety and interested in assisting the public are needed as range safety officers to monitor the range during weekend shooting hours. Training is provided. (345-7831)

Civil Air Patrol: Serve as a civilian volunteer of the Air Force's auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, a humanitarian and educational nonprofit. Opportunities are available in writing, flying, radio operations, teaching, emergency services, finance, law and more. Must be 12 to 18 years old to join. Also, senior, chaplain and aerospace education memberships are offered. (, 551-3137)

Boys and Girls Club: Adult volunteers who will commit to supporting, guiding and being positive role models to one or more Boys and Girls Club members are needed for mentoring programs. Help with homework, arts, sports, healthy lifestyles and overall social competence. (770-7321,

Covenant House Alaska: Adults are needed to join the mentor program to provide guidance and act as role models to community youths. As a mentor, you would be matched with an individual youth. The ideal candidate would be willing to make a one-year commitment working with ages 18-20. Must be able to pass a background check. (, 339-4497;

Backcountry Alaska Rescue K-9 (BARK-9) Search Dogs: Help train search and rescue dogs and find out more about training a search dog. Accepting new members. (222-5996,

Older Persons Action Group: Anchorage and Mat-Su drivers are needed once a month to deliver the Senior Voice newspaper. Gas mileage paid at the government rate. (276-1059,

Alaska Community Services: If you are 60 or older, help other seniors with shopping and doctor visits or just play cards with them. For the Senior Companion Program or Foster Grandparent program, call Carole Garris, 375-2204 or Alexandra Appel, 375-2207.

Southcentral Foundation: Help elders with arts and crafts 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, or with bingo 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Must be 18 or older. (729-6515)

Standing Together Against Rape: Help with office work, events, community outreach, speakers bureau and crisis line. (Rebecca, 276-7279)

Alaska Medicare Program: Learn about Medicare and help others navigate the system including the online prescription drug plan tool. Training provided. (269-3669)

Loussac Library: Provide program support for Anchorage Public Library by working with staff to host programs. Duties may include setting up for an event, making announcements, distributing materials and evaluation forms, operating audio/visual equipment, keeping track of attendance or working with staff in charge. (343-2981,

Alaska Regional Hospital: Help at the information desk or in other areas. (264-1745)