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

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society: Volunteers are needed in the adoption center, during Sunday Spay Days, as adoption counselors, donation can collector, to foster a cat in your home, to trap feral cats in your area. For more information or to fill out a volunteer application, visit www.mrfrs.org or call 978-462-0760.

Department of Children and Families: There is an urgent need for volunteers to help children in state-sponsored foster care. Volunteers are needed in the Haverhill area to review cases of children who have suffered from abuse and neglect. Those interested in becoming a volunteer case reviewer need to be 18 years of age or older, participate in a training session and commit to reviewing at least one case per month over a one-year period. For an application or more information, call Kim Sheppard, volunteer coordinator, at 617-748-2294.

Ruth's House: A nonprofit, nondenominational thrift store at 30 Lafayette Square, needs volunteers to donate as few or as many hours as possible. For more information, call 978-521-5575.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge: The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge needs volunteers to help staff The Plover's Nest gift shop and bookstore at the Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. The store is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help customers and act as cashiers during those times. Training will be provided. For more information, call Kate Toniolo at 978-465-5753.

The SHINE Program: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley is looking for volunteers to become certified SHINE counselors to provide no-cost health care information, assistance and counseling to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages. Individuals must complete a 50-hour certification program that prepares them to communicate information during counseling sessions. Volunteers must be willing to make a three- to four-hour-a-week commitment to the program. Call 800-892-0890.

Tattersall Farm Day: The Trustees of Tattersall Farm, 542 N. Broadway, seek volunteers to participate in planning this year's third annual "Farm Day" to be held in September. Trustees are looking for creative ideas for children's activities and as well as general assistance with organizing and planning the day. For more information, call Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390 ext.11.

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