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Volunteer Opportunities

On-Going Base Opportunities:
- Contact TSgt Demarah at 228-2611 or SSgt Mocanu at 228-5369 to find out when and how you can help
Airmen Against Drunk Driving (AADD) was formed to eliminate the alarming number of DUIs/DWIs on Air Force bases and in surrounding communities. Their goal is to eliminate future alcohol-related driving incidents by providing military members a method of transportation, without using chain of command and without fear of repercussion.
AADD operates a hotline that is staffed Friday and Saturday nights, as well as during holidays and downloads, from 2300 to 0400 hours. When an individual calls the hotline, the operator asks the following information: Where are you? How many are in your party? Where do you need to go? How can we identify you when we arrive?

Can Do Crew, 0700 until project completed, meet at the Desert Dove Chapel. POC: For more information contact Roberto Valencia at 228-5960
The Can Do Crew is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the community by helping those in need. Meets the first Saturday of each month. Lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided.

DM Youth Detention Facility Mentor Program - For more information contact SMSgt Pasamante, x3257 richard.pasamante@dm.af.mil or SSgt Schmidt, x5554 jessica.schmidt@dm.af.mil  

Youth from the Pima County Detention Center who express interest in having a mentor are matched with Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Airmen meet with their youth once or twice a week, with a focus on supporting the youth and development of law-abiding living skills, accountability, avoiding trouble, self sufficiency and assistance with reading. Mentors also are welcome to attend court hearings, another opportunity to demonstrate their support of their youth.
The program begins when youth are in the Detention Center, and extends beyond their release to assist in a positive transition back to school and home. Also, Rotary Reading Seed provides training to the mentors so they can introduce a positive reading experience to these youngsters who are usually reading below grade level, doing poorly in school, and not interested in reading for fun. Training on Troubled Youth and Adolescent Development, Five Essential Life Skills, Working with the Court Team and Mentoring Opportunities and Processes is also provided by Pima County Juvenile Court. After being matched with a youth through responses to a questionnaire, mentors are expected to make a minimum commitment of six months to the program.
"The goal of our volunteer Reading Coach Program is to make reading fun, so our youth will become independent readers and excited about learning."
Studies confirm that youth reading below grade level achieve more in one-on-one relationships with adult tutor/mentors. We try to build these reading coach/youth relationships by making reading fun, while creating a supportive, risk-free, caring environment that will build the youth's self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning. We are not teachers. We are reading coaches/mentors. The difference: teachers plant the seeds of learning, we help nurture them.
Requirements: All Mentors and Reading Coaches are required to take training courses prior to being assigned a youth. Alpha training consists of training on the Five Essential Life Skills and Mentoring Opportunities and Processes. Bravo training consists of Troubled Youth and Adolescent Development and Working with the Court Team. The Alpha and Bravo training are provided by the Pima County Juvenile Detention Facility, and the Reading Seed is provided by the Reading Seed Program.
Reading Seed - POC: Allan Tractenberg, Director, (520) 798-0700,
The Reading Seed is a children's literacy program that recruits and trains volunteer reading coaches who go into the elementary schools in Pima County to help children in grades 1 through 3 learn to read. It is our goal to provide a reading coach for every child in Pima County that needs one so that all children are reading on or above grade level by the end of the third grade. We help children learn to read so they can read to learn. Description:
Coaches work one-on-one with the same child for 30 minutes once a week, to build self-confidence and make reading fun. Our coaches share their love of reading with their students in a safe, caring, supportive environment in school where the child learns to take risks and build their reading skills. A volunteer reading coach goes through a 3 hour training workshop and then commits to 1 hour each week during the school year (while the volunteer is in Tucson). Winter visitors are welcome too.
Now that we are expanding and offering our reading coaches to nine school districts and over 100 schools in Pima County, we need to recruit at least 500 additional tutors each year for the next 5 years to meet the needs of these schools, teachers, and children and reach our goal of all children in Pima County reading at or above grade level by the end of the 3rd grade.

STARBASE AZ - Call Maureen Cashin at 228-7827 to volunteer
At STARBASE, students participate in exciting, hands-on activities in aviation and space exploration, and interact with military personnel to explore careers and make connections with the "real world". In addition to learning critical skills in math, science, and technology, students learn about teamwork, goal setting, and the importance of staying off drugs. DAFAB volunteers act as career guides and assist with rocket launches.

Military Against Domestic Violence (MADV) - please call or email: MSgt Jesse S. Moreno, 228-2528, Email: jesse.moreno@dm.af.mil Or
Marley Smith, 228-2104, Email: marley.smith@dm.af.mil
The Military Against Domestic Violence Program needs uniformed male and female service members to visit middle schools and speak to groups of boys and girls about non-violence in personal relationships.
Time commitment after training will include speaking as a member of a team to one or more groups of children on one day during the fall and one day during the spring at an assigned school. Training is scheduled for 16 Aug 07 or 23 Aug 07 from 1300-1600 at the Desert Dove Chapel.
1. Must be a uniformed service member
2. Must have a recommendation from your Commander or First Sergeant
3. Must attend one scheduled 3-hour training
4. Must be able to make presentations during regular working hours

Youth Programs - 355 SVS
Youth Sports - POC: Kathy Sands, Youth Sports Director, 228-4556/3714 or e-mail kathy.sands@dm.af.mil. Volunteer coaches needed throughout the year for youth teams (football, basketball, baseball, soccer, etc.)
Youth Center - POC: Mary Schuler, Tween Coordinator, 228-8365 or e-mail mary.schuler@dm.af.mil. Volunteers help monitor events, supervise games, serve food, set up/tear down for special events at the Youth Center (i.e. ice cream socials, lock ins, dances, field trips etc.)

On-Going Off-Base Opportunities:
American Red Cross
, Point of Contact: Jennifer Lohse, (520) 318-6866, jlohse@tucson-redcross.org, 5301 E Broadway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85711
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
The Red Cross is committed to saving lives and easing suffering. This diverse organization serves humanity and helps you by providing relief to victims of disaster, both locally and globally. The Red Cross is responsible for half of the nation's blood supply and blood products.
The Red Cross gives health and safety training to the public and provides emergency social services to U.S. military members and their families. In the wake of an earthquake, tornado, flood, fire, hurricane or other disaster, it provides relief services to communities across the country. The Red Cross is America's most trusted charity, and it needs the support of compassionate Americans to succeed.

Big Brother/Big Sister, Point of Contact: Elizabeth Campbell, 624-2447x103, 160 East Alameda Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson provides mentors for school age children (between 6-16 years old). Mentors spend a few hours each week for a year with the child doing everyday activities. By putting a little magic in a child's life through friendship and consistency a child develops a positive self esteem. The program is a fun way to make a difference in a child's life

Tucson Community Food Bank, Point of Contact: Kristen Hershberger, Volunteer Coordinator, 622-0525x204, 3003 S Country Club Rd, Tucson, AZ 85713
Through education, advocacy, and the acquisition, storage, and distribution of food, we will anticipate and meet the food needs of the hungry in Pima County. The Community Food Bank opened in 1976 and presently distributes enough food to prepare 32,793 meals every day of the year. Perishable food is saved from waste from restaurants, learning institutions, resorts, and grocery stores; other food is donated through food drives, from farmers, produce brokers, the United States Department of Agriculture, and corporations. This food is distributed to children, families, and individuals in Pima County through over 380 community-based agencies and organizations.

Giving Tree, Point of Contact: Donna Pratt, 867-1400, mklo@earthlink.net, 4888 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85711
The GIVING TREE OUTREACH PROGRAM is a non-profit organization focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty - especially for children. We are committed to helping homeless and needy children, families, elderly and disabled individuals.
The Giving Tree Outreach Program is an all volunteer organization that provides hot meals, emergency food boxes, clothing, transportation and referrals to community services. We operate several programs to serve the homeless and underprivileged of Tucson.

Project Feed - Thursday and Sunday Feeding Programs - 1600-1930, empty lot on 22nd (between Swan and Columbus). Families are provided with a hot meal, clothing and emergency food boxes. Project Feed is more than food - although that's an important element. It's about human contact. Making people feel important. Letting them know that someone cares about them.
Habitat for Humanity, Point of Contact: Johanna Duffek, Volunteer Manager, 326-1217x210, johannad@habitattucson.org, 621 W Lester St, Tucson, AZ 85705
Rooted in the shared impulses of all faith traditions to care for our most at-risk and vulnerable neighbors, Habitat for Humanity Tucson works to end poverty housing by creating opportunities for home ownership in partnership with low-income families; and by making decent shelter a matter of community conscience and action.

Habitat for Humanity Tucson provides an innovative solution to the crisis in affordable housing. Habitat builds houses with families and with communities. Acting as a facilitator, Habitat brings together sponsors who provide financial resources, volunteers who build the houses, and families who provide up to 400 hours of sweat equity to realize their dream of home ownership. Our newest addition to this team is the HabiStore, at Palo Verde and Ajo.
Sunstone Cancer Support Centers Point of Contact: Margo DeLong or Nancy Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator, (520) 324-3559, 2545 North Woodland Road, Tucson, AZ 85749
The mission of the Sunstone Cancer Support Centers is to provide life enriching opportunities and support services and programs for those experiencing cancer.
It is the goal of the Sunstone Cancer Support Centers to provide complementary programs and services to cancer survivors and their families throughout the community and the country. Sunstone established the Sunstone Healing Center to promote the healing of the whole person in a tranquil, non-clinical environment. The Sunstone Healing Center is a place for healing, contemplation, and renewal for cancer survivors. In both overnight retreats and day programs, healthcare professionals and wellness practitioners provide counseling, information about complementary therapies, nutritional counseling, yoga, Reiki, and more.

Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Point of Contact: Gayle Donkin, (520) 629-1822, 3601 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85723
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System will provide quality health care to veterans in an environment of compassion, education and research. The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) in Tucson is a 345 bed teaching hospital, providing primary care and subspecialty health care in Surgery, Medicine, Neurology, and Mental Health. Advanced rehabilitation is provided through a Geriatrics Rehabilitation Center and the Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center. It includes Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Casa Grande, Green Valley, Safford, Sierra Vista, and Yuma. SAVAHCS services are tailored to meet the unique needs of veterans.

Health Education Project - Point of Contact: Call Gay Evans,
El Rio Community Health Center, (520) 256-2874
Volunteers needed to ENCOURAGE HEALTHY CHOICES-TEACH MEN AND WOMEN AT-RISK. Since 1990, our team of caring and talented volunteer teachers has provided health education to at-risk women, men, and families. How? By presenting over 500 classes a year to shelters, drug and alcohol rehab centers, and correctional facilities.
· Teach life skills and health, using prepared materials (class outlines, videos, and handouts that we supply). Time required: 1-2 hours a month, for a 9-12 month commitment.
· Work behind the scenes in the office (phoning, compiling materials, filing, data entry, and word processing). Time required: 3-4 hours several times a month.
We have teachers with all different professions, interests, and backgrounds; nurses, educators, business people, and homemakers. We teach over 4,000 people a year-and we need your help!

September 2007
Tucson Community Food Bank, POC: Please contact Kristen at 622-0525 x 204 or email khershberger@communityfoodbank.com to sign up
The Community Food Bank is looking for individuals and/or groups for several Saturdays in September to pack food boxes. Volunteers need to be age 16 and up to work in the warehouse.
Through education, advocacy, and the acquisition, storage, and distribution of food, we will anticipate and meet the food needs of the hungry in Pima County.
The Community Food Bank opened in 1976 and presently distributes enough food to prepare 32,793 meals every day of the year. Perishable food is saved from waste from restaurants, learning institutions, resorts, and grocery stores; other food is donated through food drives, from farmers, produce brokers, the United States Department of Agriculture, and corporations. This food is distributed to children, families, and individuals in Pima County through over 380 community-based agencies and organizations.

23 and 26 Sep - Arizona Women's Conference - POC: Mary Lucas, Volunteer Coordinator at 551-2488 or mary.lucas@copebhs.com
23 Sep (Sunday) - #1 - Conference Preparation Volunteers - Assemble conference bags for distribution at the conference. Must be available Sunday for approximately 2 hours. DRINKS & SNACKS provided.
26 Sep (Wednesday) - #2 - Conference Volunteers - Support Conference Staff: Registration, Name Tags, Runners, Set-up, Workshop Assistants and other tasks. Must be available between 5:30am to 7:00pm - Shifts and hours flexible. DRINKS, SNACKS AND LUNCH PROVIDED.

27 Sep (Thursday) - Heart Link - 0800-1430, Desert Dove Chapel. POC: Contact Vickie Jo Ryder at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, 228-5690 or e-mail vickie.ryder@dm.af.mil .
Volunteers needed to provide onsite daycare for the participants attending the Heartlink spouse information program. The children's ages typically range from birth to 4 years. We provide food and activities for them. We would like to have enough volunteers so volunteers do not have to work all day (unless they want to!). Want to help out?

28 Sep (Fri) - Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser, Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, La Encantada (Campbell and Skyline), POC: Roberta Quiroz, 326-0060 ext 100 or e-mail rquiroz@rmhctucson.org
We have a lot of available times and duties that need to be filled starting on Thursday, September 27th at 6am until tear down of the event on Friday, September 28th. Please note that the first two pages are for general set-up of the event and the final page is for those interested in volunteering during the actual event.
Volunteer duties include everything from loading and unloading auction items, decor set-up, interacting with the guests and closing out final auction bids! A general description of the duties are listed on the attachment but if you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

October 2007
6 Oct (Saturday) - "Days of Caring"- POC: MSgt Jesse Moreno, DSN 228-2528, email: jesse.moreno@dm.af.mil
This is a community-wide project to help non-profit organizations. Volunteers will help complete improvement projects for organizations (i.e. landscaping, painting, social events, etc.) Kick-Off Breakfast - 28 Sep 07

17 Oct (Wed) - Patient Carnival, VA Hospital, 1300-1500, Fountain Courtyard, POC: Gayle Donkin, Voluntary Services Specialist, 629-1822
Volunteers will escort patients from their rooms to the event. Volunteers may also be needed to flip burgers, run carnival games, set up/clean up.

19-21 Oct (Fri-Sun), Stand Down for Homeless Vets, US Army Reserve Center, 1730 E Silverlake Rd, POC: Vickie Jo Ryder, 228-6017, Vickie.ryder@dm.af.mil
19th - Set up tents, tables/chairs (need 20 volunteers)
20th - Serve food, distribute clothes and personal hygiene items
21st - Clean up (need 20 volunteers)

20 Oct, (Sat), Nam Jam
Concert - 0900-2100, Kennedy Fiesta Park, 3700 S La Cholla Blvd. POC: Corinne Jones, 228-5868 or clt13@yahoo.com
Agent Orange Poker Bike/Run - presented by the Order of the Silver Rose and Nam Jam. POC Aaron or Rose at 520-748-9080.

25-27 Oct (Thurs-Sat) - Special Olympics Pima County, 2007 Area Bowling Competition, Fiesta Lanes, 501 W River Rd, Shift 1 - 0845-1115, Shift 2 - 1045-1315, POC: William Anderson, 228-2033 or William.anderson.ctr@dm.af.mil
This is the biggest competition of the year with approximately 850 athletes competing over the course of three days. Volunteers are needed to assist with monitoring the lanes, scoring, distributing lunches and a variety of other tasks. Volunteers age 16 and older preferred.

27 Oct (Saturday) - Make A Difference Day - POC: Vickie Jo Ryder, 228-6017 or e-mail Vickie.ryder@dm.af.mil.
Collection of personal hygiene items, books, clothing, shoes, and much more to support VA Hospital inpatients and homeless veteran program. Collection points at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Medical Group, Retiree Activities Office, Military Personnel Flight, and Base Chapel throughout month of Oct. Delivery will be made 27 Oct to VA Hospital.

27 Oct (Sat), Rillito Basin Clean Up, 0800-1000, starting location to be determined. POC: Bruce Hilpert, 888-1280 or e-mail dedhedaz@comcast.net
Volunteers needed to help clean up the wash. Pick up trucks are always needed.

28 Oct (Sunday) - Diamond Ventures 1st El Tour Halloween 10k & 5k Run/Walk, POC: Sheila Foraker, Volunteer Coordinator, at education@perimeterbicycling.com or 745-2033 office
Medallion Stickers, Location: 2609 E. Broadway (Perimeter Office), Time and date TBA. Volunteers needed to put stickers on the backs of the medallions for this year's event. Easy, fun and won't take long with your help.
Packet Stuffing, Location: 2609 E. Broadway (Perimeter Office), Tuesday, 16 Oct, 5pm - 9 pm. Help needed to stuff 400 packets with sponsor materials for our cyclists. This helps pay for the event!!
Packet Pick Up, Location: Ben's Bells 816 E. University (just west of U of A campus in Geronimo Plaza), Saturday, 27 October, 10 am- 5 pm. We need lots of help with cyclists' check-in, rider #, t-shirt, and packet distribution.
Run Day, Location: Sycamore Park in Marana, Sunday, 28 Oct Volunteers needed for pulling number tags, food tent, medallion tent, route support, and water stations.

November 07
10 or 12 Nov - Veterans' Day Parade - Truck Driver Needed, POC: Contact Gayle Donkin at 629-1822 or e-mail gayle.donkin@va.gov for more information.
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) needs a driver for their float for the Veterans Day parade. Driver must have: experience driving a 40 ft flat bed truck, a military drivers' license or CDL.

Throughout Nov, El Tour Riding Events, POC: Sheila Foraker, Volunteer Coordinator at education@perimeterbicycling.com or 745-2033
El Tour Packet Stuffing: Sat 11/3, 12pm - 5pm, Sun 11/4, 12pm- 5 pm,
Sat 11/10, 2pm - 5pm, Location: 119 E. Toole. Your help is needed to stuff 10,000 packets with sponsor materials for our cyclists. This helps pay for El Tour!!
Friday Nov. 16 afternoon-time TBA: sorting and loading route food trucks at TCC.
Bike Expo/Packet Pick Up, Tucson Convention Center, Congress & Granada Aves. Downstairs in Exhibit Hall B&C. Wed 11/14 3:30pm -9pm, Thurs 11/15 9:30am - 6pm, Fri 11/16 9:30am - 9pm. Help with cyclists' check-in, rider # handout, t-shirt distribution, packets and much more.
Pre-registration volunteers also greatly needed. Brief training session required for pre-registration volunteers.
El Tour Ride Day, Sat 11/17 8:00am -5pm, Location: Start/Finish Line at Congress & Granada, outside of Tucson Convention Center. Help collecting / and sorting time chips, working food tent, El Tour Bike check logger, much more!!
Easy to learn, lots of fun and meeting great people!! We also need lots of help in our office prior to El Tour.

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