Grand Junction Newcomers Club is known throughout the community as a great resource for able, dedicated, hard working volunteers. Early in 2010, we did a survey of volunteer hours by newcomers during 2009., and the results were really surprising. This great group donated more than 16,000 hours during the year. This is the equivalent of this community having eight or nine full time employees, doing valuable but frequently overlooked work, all for no pay except that very important pay.. giving back to the community!
The Central Library needs volunteers to help with children's programming, shelving books weeknights and Saturdays, organizing periodicals, and assisting with one-time projects. English-language tutors are needed at the Central Library and the Clifton, Fruita, and Palisade branches.
For information, contact Pat Morehouse
970-683-2432 firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for a volunteer position complete a Volunteer Application and send it to any library location.
Hospice & Palliative Care
Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients. Visit with them, hold a hand, read to them, share an interest, provide the caregiver a break, or transport patients to a doctor’s appointment. Family members sometimes can’t drive and they need transportation to do errands. Also needed are volunteers to complete office tasks such as filing, computer work and receptionist duties. The Heirlooms for Hospice resale shop on Main Street needs volunteers to help customers, sort through merchandise or clean and move furniture in the store. Please call Laura Switzer at (970) 257-2376 or visit www.hospicewco.com to become a volunteer today. For questions you might have, you can also e-mail Laura at email@example.com
The Visitor and Convention Bureau Board has an upcoming vacancy on its volunteer board of directors. The board meets once a month to advise staff on policies and marketing direction. No particular experience is necessary. If you’re interested in lending your time and particular talents, send a letter of interest and application by Oct. 31 to GJ City Council, c/o City Clerk, 250 N. 5th
form is available at the City Clerk’s office or online at
The Victim Services unit at the Grand Junction Police Department is currently recruiting new volunteer victim advocates. Advocates take on the challenging role of meeting with victims of crime and other tragedies who are experiencing pain, confusion or loss.
When requested by police officers, advocates respond to homes, hospitals, accident scenes or the GJPD. They may offer resources, emotional support or information on victim rights.
Victim advocates extend the compassionate arm of the Grand Junction Police Department. It is a very challenging but meaningful way to not only impact individual lives, but our community and its policing efforts.
Volunteers will be trained in crisis intervention, as well as the issues surrounding the incidents they may encounter.
For more information contact Mary Harmeling, GJPD Victim Services Coordinator, at 970-549-5290 or 970-986-9302. .
Grey Gourmet has an ongoing need for dining site volunteers who set up and serve meals as well as for drivers for its home-delivered meal routes. If you are available one day per week, from approximately 10 am to 1 pm., you can choose the volunteer opportunity that best suits your interests. Complimentary lunch is included each day you serve. Linda Ash is one of many Newcomers who volunteer with Grey Gourmet and would be glad to tell you more about this wonderful program, or contact Marsha Kosteva at 243-9844 ext 5 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 13 years Newcomers have been responsible for one of Grey Gourmet’s delivery routes. To better serve its clients, Grey Gourmet is planning to establish an additional route and will need more drivers. Regular drivers are expected to work one day a week, and substitutes are always needed as well. To find out more, contact Niki Yenter, program coordinator, at 243-9844
LATIMER HOUSELatimer House provides emergency shelter, counseling and advocacy for those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. It always welcomes donations of household items and clothing, whatever would be needed by someone who could grab only children and wallet before leaving their home. Some suggestions are toiletries, baby formula and diapers, sweat suits, twin size sheets and blankets, gift cards for groceries and GVT bus passes. A wish list is available at www.htop.org. Drop off donations at 1003 Main St.
Volunteers are also needed to answer the 24-hour crisis line, for clerical work, child care and special events. Grace at 241-0324 can give you more information on how to help.
Grand Valley Pets Alive is a new all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to find loving homes for all adoptable animals in our community. Help GVPA get started on their goal by spaying or neutering your pets; adopting a shelter animal; donating to a local animal organization; providing foster care for a shelter animal; supporting trap-neuter-return for feral cats; volunteering for GVPA. Call
241-7875 or 242-2089 for more information, or go to http://grandvalleypetsalive.org/.
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Janet Roland spoke at our September coffee about the need for CASA volunteers. Court Appointed Special Advocates speak up for abused or neglected children to ensure they have a safe and permanent home. CASA provides training and continuing support. If you missed hearing her talk or would like to know more, call 242-4191 or go to www.achildsvoice.org.