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The Best Volunteers

Hey! It's "Best of Austin" week. And what's better in Austin than its Public Service Community? Here is a list of local volunteer opportunities. Part Two of this list will run next week. If your organization is missing from this roster and you have volunteer opportunities available, please do submit your listing in writing for this and future listings. Enjoy, get out there, and make a difference.

AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) A clearinghouse consortium of local AIDS services organizations. PO Box 4874, 78765. 406-6150, Cathy Cook.

AISD Volunteer Services Coach a new friend: a student from an Austin public school. 1111 W. Sixth, 78703. 414-4512, Billie F. Franke.

ALLGO/Informe-SIDA AIDS/HIV education project of Austin Latino/a Lesbian & Gay Organization. 1715 E. Sixth, #112, 78702.
472-2001.

American Cancer Society Resource Center volunteers of all skill levels sought. PO Box 149100, 78714. 928-1144, Brenda Doffing.

Animal Companions (Part of ASA) Provide care for the pets of those who can't. PO Box 4874, 78765. 406-6407.

Any Baby Can Care for chronically ill babies and their families. 3423 Guadalupe #100, 78705. 454-3743, Amy Bush.

ARC of Austin Assistance for folks with developmental disabilities. 2818 San Gabriel, 78705. 476-7044, Lissa Whitehurst.

Austin Free-Net Get wired and help others jump on the Net. Computer volunteers needed. 1711 S. Congress, 78704. 326-9084, Ana Sisnett.

Austin Metropolitan Trails Council Build or maintain local trails. Organizations include: Austin Ridge Riders, Bull Creek Foundation, LCRA, and Walnut Creek Planning. c/o Trust for Public Land, 700 San Antonio, 78701. 703-6898.

Austin Respite Network Collaborative effort of Any Baby Can, ARC, Austin/Travis MHMR, and Easter Seals to provide temporary relief from caregiving responsibilities. 3423 Guadalupe, #100, 78705. 454-7218.

Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) Ongoing call for transitional assistance for the local homeless. Reading groups are needed. 411 W. Second, 78701. 476-4357, Mike Ottie.

Austin/Travis MHMR Hotline 24-hour crisis counseling, suicide prevention, information, and referrals. PO Box 3548, 78764-3548. 472-HELP, Sheri Lane.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Befriend a youngster and provide needed guidance and consistency in a child's life. 1400 Tillery, 78721. 472-KIDS.

Brackenridge Hospital Ongoing need for gift shop, info desk, admitting and discharge, ICU waiting room volunteers, and more. 601 E. 15th, 78701. 324-7590.

Capital Area Food Bank Distribution of needed food stuff for 18 CenTex counties. 8201
S. Congress, 78745. 282-2111, Celia Silverberg.

Caritas This safety net for the working poor, homeless, and legal refugees needs you.
PO Box 1076, 78767-1076. 472-5269 x138,
Scout Carr.

Casa Marianella Direct aid for refugees and immigrants. Staff volunteers: benefits include room and board, stipend, and health insurance. 821 Gunter, 78702. 385-5571.

Ceden Family Resource Center Prenatal educators provide one-on-one support to pregnant teens and women. 1208 E. Seventh, 78702. 477-1130, Cathy Lemeke.

Community Mentoring Network Mentors for at-risk youth. Part of Austin Metropolitan Ministries. 2026 Guadalupe, #226, 78705. 472-7627, Liz Alexander.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Travis County for abused and neglected children in need. 6330 Highway 290 East, Suite 350, 78723. 459-2272, Mike Edwards.

DeWitty Job Training & Employment Center Instructors and employment counselors needed, as well as computer whizzes specializing in MS Word, Excel, and the Internet. 2209 Rosewood, #205, 78702. 472-5718, Carlean Johnson, Rochion Gregg, Martha Hernandez.

Directors of Volunteers in Austin (DOVIA) Promotes volunteer administration as a profession and facilitates exchange of experience in creative involvement of volunteers in service industry. PO Box 2606, 78768. 472-2583, Kevin Schwartz.

Faith Home Guardian angels for babies with AIDS. 4101 Wildwood, 78722. 302-4101, Kathy Holguin.

Foundation for the Homeless Area churches cooperate providing after-school programs and tutors. PO Box 1862, 78767. 453-6570.

Habitat for Humanity Build affordable, quality homes for families in Austin. Volunteers also needed for the Re-Store, 310 Comal, #100, 78702. 472-8788, ext. 2, Sarah Sloan.

Hands On Housing Providing free home repair for elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners. 2026 Guadalupe, #226, 78705. 472-7627, Lesley Glueck.

HEART Line/Parents' Anonymous Crisis line and support group personnel needed to assist with a variety of family issues. 7801 N. Lamar, #E-180, 78752. 459-5490, Mark or Mary.

Homeless Artists Guild Volunteers work with kids in art-related, hands-on activities. Art workshop instructors needed to guide budding talent. 2026 Guadalupe, #226, 78705. 472-4934, Kristy Beard.

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation needs volunteers to help prepare for the 1998 Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, October 31st at Fiesta Gardens. 6901 N. Lamar, Suite 126, 78752, 450-1500, Jane Sierra.

KOOP Radio Diversity in the ranks is essential to the mission of representing all of Austin, not just a select few. Support non-commercial radio for the people. PO Box 2116, 78768-2116. 472-KOOP.

Legal Aid of Central Texas Free civil legal advocacy service for low-income Central Texans needs help at evening legal clinics. 205 W. Ninth, #200, 78701. 476-7244, ext. 338, April Kubik.

LifeWorks (nee Youth Options) Offers services to troubled youth and their families. 3816 S. First, 78704. 441-8336, Steve Beers.

Meals on Wheels Deliver meals and meds to some very appreciative Austinites. PO Box 6248, 78762. 476-MEAL, Suellen Mills.

National Domestic Violence Hotline Representatives from all walks of life needed for crisis counseling. PO Box 161810, 78716, 453-8117, Silvia Bertez.

Pebble Project Child abuse prevention educators. Training required to volunteer. Call for next available training sessions. 3000 S. I-35, #200, 78741.462-1771, Judith Martin.

Planned Parenthood Educators from all backgrounds needed for counseling on reproduction issues. 1209 Rosewood, 78702. 472-0868, Carole Geffen.

Project PHASE Transitional assistance for area homeless youth. 3816 S. First, 78704. 441-8336, Steve Beers.

Project Transitions Hospice care and supportive living services for those living with AIDS. PO Box 4826, 78765. 454-8646, Greg Harman.

Out Youth Emotional support and guidance for youth dealing with coming-out issues. 1117 Red River, 78701-1912. 708-1234, Gail Goodman.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Dulcet, smooth tones needed to help create accessible textbooks (recording and diskette) for all. 1314 W. 45th, 78756. 323-9390, Mary Ruck.

SafePlacePO Box 19454, 78760. Volunteers for domestic violence programs, call 928-9070, Coni Huntsman; volunteers for sexual assault programs, call 445-5776, ext. 213, Cathy Ross.

Special Olympics Texas Assist in award presentations, be a statistician, or be a "hugger." 11442 N. I-35, 78753. 707-3777.

Texas AIDS Ride is looking for volunteers to serve as support staff for the days of the AIDS Ride that takes place from October 5-11. 800/825-1000, ext. 9.

Texas Runaway Hotline Hotline for runaways and their families. PO Box 149030, MC Y-987, 78714-9030. 833-3477, Molly Boehm.

United Cerebral Palsy Assn. Liberation Station toy depot workers needed. 9027 Northgate, #101, 78758. 834-1827, Teri Beck.

United Way/First Call for Help Non-emergency, one-call referral. Hotline workers needed. 2000 E. MLK, 78702. 323-1898, Donna Woodard.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum Volunteers needed for all museum positions. Orientation and training provided. 605 Robert E. Lee, 78704. 445-5582, Ann Herbert.

University YWCA Services and referrals for all women of Travis County. 1524 S. I-35, #315, 78704. 326-1222.

Victory Tutorial Program needs volunteers to tutor students with homework, reinforce basic skills, and provide additional preparation for the Exit Level TAAS Exam. 1111 W. Sixth, Suite D-150, 78703, 499-7317

VISTA Placing men and women 18 and over with community-based agencies to work on issues concerning urban and rural poverty. Locally, call DOVIA, 326-3308.

Wildlife Basin Wilderness Preserve is looking for volunteers to haunt and howl for their Haunted Trails 1998 Interactive Haunted Adventure October 22-24 and October 29-31. 388-1756.

Women & Their Work Gallery and gift shop workers needed to fill shifts. 1710 Lavaca, 78701. 477-1064, Trent Sharp.*

Part Two of this list will run next week. Thanks to Belinda Celis and Mary Sledd for their assistance.


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