Volunteers needed for older adult Reassurance Program

Family Service Association of Bucks County is now accepting volunteer applications for their Reassurance Program, a free, confidential telephone service offering reassurance, socialization and safety checks to older adults living in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Following training, volunteers are responsible for making regular calls to specific individuals.

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RSVP recognizes the valuable service of its volunteers

by June Portnoy

During the 40th Annual RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Recognition Luncheon on May 15th, county officials joined RSVP staff in honoring the agency’s 550 Bucks County volunteers. The event was held at the Buck Hotel in Trevose.

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Delaware Valley Fire Museum seeking volunteers

Volunteer training is currently available for docents at the Delaware Valley Fire Museum, 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope. Be a part of New Hope’s newest and most exciting museum! Training is free and requires just a few hours a week. Contact Laurie Stockton, Curator, at 215-862-2692 for information.

Also visit www.delvalfiremuseum.org.

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Volunteers Needed for CONTACT Helpline

Family Service Association of Bucks County is now accepting volunteer applications for their CONTACT Helpline, a free, confidential telephone helpline service for individuals with a wide range of needs and concerns. The CONTACT Helpline serves residents in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Following training, volunteers are responsible for providing telephone assistance and responding to calls on both the local helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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BARC Developmental Services honors community volunteers

On May 1st, staff, directors, and supporters gathered at New Hope Winery to honor nine individuals receiving a 2014 BARC Developmental Services Community Award.

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Empowerment Project strives to help women thrive

by Patricia Cangelosi

On March 31st, local nonprofit A Woman’s Place (AWP) kicked off a robust program unlike any in its history: The Empowerment Project. The project aims to equip teenaged and adult women with the skills they need to not only survive, but to thrive and flourish in their communities.

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Volunteers and donations needed for Second Annual ‘Team Up To Clean Up Day’ May 3rd

Volunteers and donations are needed for the Second Annual Lower Southampton Township “Team Up To Clean Up Day” to be held on Saturday, May 3rd, from 9:00am to 12:30pm.

According to Carol Drioli, zoning officer for Lower Southampton Township and Clean Up Day event chairperson, “The Board of Supervisors recognizes the fact that township residents and businesses take great pride in their families, homes and the community-at-large and want to maintain its “All American” appearance throughout.”

“In addition,” Carol notes, “ last year’s clean up day was so successful that we decided to make it an annual thing. Our residents and business owners really enjoyed it and felt it was most worthwhile and totally beneficial to our community.”

On the list of sites targeted for clean up are highways, parks and ball fields, common areas, grassy areas, basins, recreational facilities and others. The township is also looking for businesses to donate supplies, food, coffee, drinks and teams of volunteers. “Youth groups, Scouts, seniors, families and individuals who care can also be part of this year’s volunteer effort,” Carol comments.

Clean Up Day additionally will offer residents and businesses an opportunity to take advantage of a shredder and also may bring old and worn out electronic devices to the township building at 1500 Desire Avenue in Feasterville for proper disposal.

Team Up For Clean Up Day will conclude with complimentary refreshments being served at the township’s Dolphin Swim Club, 260 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville. For additional information and to volunteer, contact Carol Drioli at 215-357-7300, extension 307.

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Volunteers needed for CONTACT Helpline

Family Service Association of Bucks County is now accepting volunteer applications for their CONTACT Helpline, a free, confidential telephone helpline service for individuals with a wide range of needs and concerns. The CONTACT Helpline serves residents in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Following training, volunteers are responsible for providing telephone assistance and responding to calls on both the local helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Reports of suicide have increased in all five counties over the last decade. For example, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office reported 93 suicides in 2012, up from 69 in 2006. Similarly, the Bucks County Coroner’s Office reported 81 suicides in 2012, up from 66 in 2006. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in this country. And for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan or attempt suicide.” Fortunately, suicide is preventable. With the increase in reports of suicide in our community, the need for trained volunteers also increases. You can help prevent suicide by becoming a CONTACT Helpline volunteer.

CONTACT Helpline phone rooms are located in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and volunteers must be able to commit to one four-hour shift per week. Each CONTACT training consists of six sessions. The next training begins on March 26th and continues through April 30th and will take place at the Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr, PA. For more information or to register, contact Ellen Vinson, Director of Volunteer Services, at volunteer@fsabc.org or 215-757-6916, ext. 202. Volunteer applications are also available online at www.fsabc.org/volunteer.

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Do you love butterflies?

If you would like to work with butterflies, the Churchville Nature Center Butterfly House is looking for you.

In this volunteer position you may put in as many or as few hours as you prefer. Available positions include raising or feeding the butterfly caterpillars, watering and pruning the plants in the butterfly house, and helping lead tours of the Butterfly House when it is open to the public. The Butterfly House will open for volunteers in the spring, and remain open until the end of September.

Some butterfly knowledge is preferred but CNC is happy to train. For more information, contact Stommy Blauth at butterfliesandmoths@comcast.net.

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Volunteer at Bucks County Audubon Society

Do you like the outdoors? Do you believe in conserving our natural environment?  Do you want to make a difference with like-minded naturalists? If so, Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) needs you!

BCAS promotes environmental education, the demonstration of energy and resource conservation and advocacy for local, state and national policies that support sustainability of the natural world. BCAS is a non-profit organization founded as an independent chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1969 and is dedicated to educating and engaging the community about the interrelationships of birds and the environment amidst the beautiful and protected National Historic Landmark, known as the Honey Hollow Watershed.

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