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CENTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO PROVIDE CARE FOR CHILDREN OF FAMILIES IN CRISIS

SHARE CENTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO PROVIDE CARE FOR CHILDREN OF FAMILIES IN CRISIS

The Family Support and Treatment Center - teaching love and self-esteem to children - currently needs community volunteers to help staff the nursery, which serves as a safe place for children whose families are in crisis.

Volunteer coordinator Linda Young said volunteers give the children much-needed love and attention. Volunteers are asked to work a three-hour shift each week, taking care of the physical and emotional needs of the children."We have enjoyed great volunteer support from college students," Young said. "But what we really need is more community residents to help, because many of the students are leaving for . . . the new semester."

Volunteers receive training before they begin their service at the Family Support and Treatment Center. Training sessions will be held on Jan. 14 and 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. Volunteers will help implement activities, help children read and assist with arts and crafts projects and musicals.

The 24-hour crisis nursery also needs a volunteer to perform clerical tasks at the center.

Other community volunteer opportunities include:

- The Department of Social Services is seeking family skills volunteers to help children and adults learn discipline, self-esteem, cooperation and other aspects of a rewarding family life.

- Community Nursing Service/Hospice needs volunteers to help terminally ill patients by writing letters, talking or providing a break for the family. Training is provided.

- Community Action needs small groups of volunteers to help sort canned goods at the food bank.

- The Little Trickers program, which serves disabled children ages 5 to 12, needs volunteers to help on a regular or one-time basis. The group meets for activities such as arts and crafts, games and sports every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

- The Recreation for All Handicapped, a socialization program for mildly handicapped adults, needs a volunteer to perform clerical tasks. Time is flexible.

To volunteer at the Family Support and Treatment Center or for more information on other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.