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 will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be needed to help customers and act as cashiers during those times. Training will be provided. The store is expected to open in May. 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. Counselors provide no-cost health care information, assistance and counseling to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages. Individuals are required to complete the 50-hour certification program that prepares them to communicate accurate, up-to-date information during counseling sessions. Volunteers must be willing to make a three- to four-hour-a-week commitment to the program. For more information, 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 x11 or e-mail

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