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December 17, 2009

Helping Hands: Volunteer opportunities in and around Haverhill

Contractors needed

This year Rebuilding Together has received more application than expected and are in need of contractors to do preliminary visits with a house selection committee member. Licensed contractors, plumber or electricians available to visit one or two applicant homes in November or December are encouraged to call the RT office at 978-469-0800 or e-mail RTogether@verizon.net.

Volunteers can provide free tax help

Community Action Inc., which serves Haverhill and other communities in the Merrimack Valley, is seeking volunteers to help low-income taxpayers prepare and E-file their state and federal tax returns. Training to become an IRS-certified volunteer can be done online with additional training to be provided by CAI. Training is scheduled for mid-December through mid-January. Tax preparation begins mid-January and extends through mid-April. Please contact Marilyn Luther at 978-373-1971, ext. 285 or Marge Hooper at 978-373-1971, ext. 227.

Beacon Hospice volunteers: Volunteers are needed to offer companionship, support and a helping hand to hospice patients. Volunteers can make a profound difference in a person's life whether it is a 15-minute visit, writing letters, playing music or just sitting quietly holding a patient's hand. Volunteers are an integral part of Beacon Hospice's team approach that focuses on comfort, dignity and peace for the patient and his or her family. Call Julie Herget at 1-800-981-4805.

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley: Volunteers are needed to be companions, shoppers or medical advocates who drive elders in Greater Haverhill to medical appointments throughout the Merrimack Valley and to Boston. Volunteers receive two hours of training, support and mileage reimbursement. Training is offered at Elder Services, which is located at 360 Merrimack St., Building 5, Lawrence. For more information about dates and times of trainings, call Gerry Proulx at 978-946-1445.

Volunteers needed to drive cancer patients: The American Cancer Society is in great need of Road to Recovery volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. An integral part of treating cancer successfully is making sure patients receive treatments, but many find transportation arrangements a challenge. Drivers use their own vehicles to take patients to and from their treatments. The schedule for volunteers is flexible. Treatment appointments take place weekdays, primarily during business hours. For more information, please contact your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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