5 Local Volunteer Efforts That Need Your Help

Dated: 07/28/2013

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HELP LOCAL ANIMALS
Your mission: Volunteer at the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter to help get homeless dogs and cats adopted to loving families. What you'll do: Shelter Manager Valerie Robinson said because the shelter is under-staffed and takes on extra programs to help send adoptable pets to other states, it always needs an extra set of hands to help do temperament tests, clean up cages or bathe dogs before they're sent on their way. The shelter is also looking for photographers to take appealing pictures of adoptable animals to help them find loving homes. Where: 131 Plant Road, Houma. What's in it for you: Many of the shelter's animals were abandoned, abused or neglected by owners. You can help them find a forever home. Who to contact: Send an email to animalshelter@tpcg.org with the word “volunteer” in the subject line. Include your first name, phone number, age, experience with animals and what you're interested in doing.

FIGHT ILLNESS
Your mission: Help to raise money to provide services to all people living with cerebral palsy in Louisiana. What you'll do: Donate your time or man the phones at Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana's annual two-day telethon. It is broadcast on Charter Communications channel 18, Comcast channel 5 and online at www.cerebralpalsyla.com. The event features live entertainment. The event is free and open to the public. How long you're needed: 4-10 p.m. Aug. 6 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 7. Where: Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd. What's in it for you: You'll help people with cerebral palsy and their families to purchase, rent and repair medical equipment; pay for physical and occupational therapy, prescription shoes and evaluations; among other things. Who to contact: To volunteer, call 1-800-375-8275 . To make a pledge, call 868-0200 during the broadcast.

ASSIST CANCER PATIENTS

Your mission: Help locals seeking information about cancer treatment and resources. What you'll do: Volunteers are trained to assist cancer patients, their families and caregivers with the latest in cancer-related information and connect them to needed resources. They will also provide information on community programs and services, along with dates and times for local American Cancer Society events and programs. How long you're needed: The center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Officials say whatever time you can donate is appreciated. Where: Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center's American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center, 1978 Industrial Blvd., Houma. What's in it for you: You'll receive all the training you need to help patients, and you are rewarded by helping people in need get connected with the American Cancer Society's local resources, said Shea Austin, health initiative representative with the American Cancer Society. Who to contact: Call the American Cancer Society office at 851-7776.

HELP HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Your mission: Work in the Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore. What you'll do: Various tasks, including sales, setting up display, cleanup of donation and other day-to-day operation to run the store. How long you're needed: The ReStore is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Where: 509 St. Mary St., Thibodaux. What's in it for you: ReStore has only one full-time manager on staff, so any volunteers will assist in helping the store run smoothly, said Mattie Franklin, manager at ReStore. “We need extra help this summer,” she said. “Cleaning and running the register are an easy way to make a difference.” Who to contact: For information, call 447-9743, 447-6999 or visit www.bayouhabitat.org.

COMFORT PATIENTS AND FAMILIES

Your mission: Volunteer at Hospice of South Louisiana to help patients facing a terminal illness and their families with supportive care. What you'll do: You can work directly with patients and families to provide care and support as patients face the final stages of a terminal illness. You can also volunteer for office and clerical work, special events and fundraising, arts-and-craft programs, bereavement programs or community outreach. How long you're needed: Volunteers are needed year round. Where: Hospice of South Louisiana, 6500 Main St., Houma. What's in it for you: You'll provide spiritual, physical and mental support for patients and families in the greatest need. Who to contact: 868-3095 — Compiled by Chance Ryan, Staff Writer
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