There’salways space for one more volunteer

Published on Thu, Nov 3, 2005 by Tara Nelson

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There’s always space
for one more volunteer

By Tara Nelson

Plenty of opportunities exist in Blaine and the surrounding areas to volunteer for a variety of programs that make a difference in the community.

The Blaine Community Theater is looking for donations, volunteers and sponsors to buy such equipment as building materials, costumes and posters for advertising upcoming events.

Theater president Tina Sorenson said at a Blaine Chamber of Commerce meeting that donations are vital to the continued life of the organization since box office revenues cover only part of the production costs and overhead. The theater was also recently certified as a 501(c)3 nonprofit so all donations are tax deductible.
Sorenson also said the board is currently looking for new members as most of the current members are also actors.

“There’s much more to the theater than just standing on stage and acting,” he said, adding the members would appreciate some representation from the business community on the board. He asked that individuals interested in becoming members of the board to attend the upcoming annual meeting at 7 p.m. November 7, at the theater 1733 H Street Suite 600, next to Rite Aid.

Also, the Blaine middle school is looking for volunteers with expertise in varying fields such as engineering, reading or math to help students in those areas. Volunteers must undergo routine background checks, Darren Benson, principal of the school said.

Benson, however, said he is flexible with establishing a routine basis for which to visit the school based on individual need.

“Whether it’s once a month or once a week, we hope that once people get trained, people could come back at whatever basis works for them because I know everyone’s lives are different,” he said.For more information, call Blaine middle school at 332-8226.

The Whatcom Volunteer Center is also looking for volunteers for a variety of programs from building houses for low-income families to helping illiterate adults learn to read. The following positions are available in the Blaine area:

The Blaine Boys and Girls Club is looking for program, activity and recreation assistants for the club as well as individuals to help with youth education programs and homework.

The Sardis Raptor Center is looking for volunteers to write thank-you letters, help with the newsletter, and provide data base entry and filing.
The Stafholt Good Samaritan needs volunteer companions for their residents as well as individuals to help fill a variety of shifts for receptionist for their office and assistance with their residential home’s weekly musical events.

Habitat for Humanity organizes work parties in Deming now through the end of November, every Wednesday and Saturday. Experience is not needed but volunteers must be older than 16 years of age.

Birch Bay State Park is looking for help with the park’s interpretive program to lead wildlife and bird watching tours, and beach animal identification.

The Whatcom County Literacy Council, a non-profit organization, needs tutors to offer free, one-to-one, confidential tutoring to adults in Whatcom County who wish to improve their literacy skills. Anyone who can read is welcome to register. Training and support are provided. The council estimates that one out of every five adults is functionally illiterate.

For more information or for a complete listing of volunteer opportunities, contact the volunteer center at 734-3055 or visit their web site at www.whatcomvolunteer.org.