Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Lincoln Arts Council– EVENT!
Contact: Lori McAlister
We need you to make Lincoln’s largest juried art show the friendliest and most efficient event in town! Starting Friday, September 25th we need help setting up and in signing in the artists as they arrive. There are a variety of tasks throughout the festival for all willing volunteers: Saturday, September 26th from 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 27th from 7:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Nebraska Community Blood Bank– EVENT!
Contact: Rachel Barth
NCBB is the 2015 charitable sponsor of the Born & Raced in Nebraska Race Series. Cross Country Classic is their October race, and NCBB needs volunteers to help hand out water, direct parking, set-up, take-down and course support. All ages are welcome, but this is a great way for high school students to get their volunteer hours completed. The Cross Country Classic race is in Ashland, NE on October 18th.

Friendship Home – EVENT!
Contact: Lauren Peterson
One Day One big change. Safe Quarters is Friendship Home’s annual fund raiser. We are celebrating our 13th year of this event and are searching for volunteers to help. We need teams of 8-12 volunteers to walk an area of Lincoln going door to door on Sunday October 11th. Please let us know if you are interested in helping us make one big change.

Child Advocacy Center
Contact: Jill Klingensmith
(402) 476-3200
Calling All Green Thumbs – Garden volunteers are needed to help keep our grounds looking beautiful! We are looking for individuals or large groups to assist with pulling weeds, either on an ongoing basis, or as a one-time project. We are also looking for a volunteer to water our indoor plants and outdoor potted plants on a weekly basis. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact Jill Klingensmith.
Lux Center for the Arts
Contact: Lindsey Clausen
(402) 466-8692
Cleaning Assistant – Assist in the general cleaning and maintenance of the LUX Center. Tasks may include: taking out the trash, refilling paper towel dispenser, refilling soap dispenser, stocking toilet paper, wiping down sinks, sweeping floors, mopping, dusting, and other tasks as needed. Weekly or biweekly schedule is preferred.

Keep Lincoln & Lancaster Beautiful
Contact: Adam Rhoads
(402) 441-8035
Hazardous Waste Collection – Saturdays – September 26 and October 24
Traffic control: HHW collections are drive-up events where participants are required to stay in their cars at all times. A specific traffic route is set up for vehicles to enter the collection site, unload hazardous materials and exit the site. Traffic control volunteers monitor and direct vehicles at key control points along the route. Some interaction with participants may be necessary to direct traffic and answer questions.
Education: One of the main goals of this program is to encourage participants to reduce usage of hazardous products and to provide information on where to dispose of products that are not accepted at the events. Education volunteers provide all participants with information on this program and on the City’s waste disposal and recycling services. Additional education material is given to participants with specific products that are not accepted at the collection event. Volunteers interact directly with participants.

Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach
Contact: Joy Blythe
(402) 540-3682
Hope Garden Volunteers – Volunteers are needed to help with various gardening tasks in Matt Talbot’s Hope Garden. Prefer Monday, Wednesday or Friday daytime availability.

Tabitha Healthcare Services
Contact: Deb VanDyke-Ries
(402) 486-8563
Friendly Visitor – Provide companionship with a resident by chatting, playing a game, helping them read their mail or newspaper. Share your creative side by doing crafts or putting puzzles together. This is a great way to learn about and make new friends with elders. Other opportunities at Tabitha include: Beauty Shop Escort, BINGO Hosts, Meals on Wheels, Nail Polisher, Print Shop, Reception and Gift Shop Volunteers needed!

Clyde Malone Community Center
Contact: Nate Woods
(402) 474-1110
Tutoring Youth – Looking for a dedicated person to tutor and build relationships with young people ages 5 to 11. Pick a day Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Go to our website at www.malonecenter.org to fill out an easy two page application and get it to us and we will handle the rest.

Food Bank of Lincoln
Contact: Kim Miller
(402) 466-8170 ext. 121
Food Sorting Volunteers – This is a great activity for youth, corporate or church groups. Volunteers needed to sort and package food. Groups of 6-10 are preferred. Check us out online www.lincolnfoodbank.org under how to help! Please call with any questions, Kim Miller 402-466-8170 ext.121

Center for People in Need
Contact: Barb Solomon
(402) 476-4357 ext. 217
Household Goods Organizer – Truckloads of Help – We receive semi-truck loads of good each month that then need to be sorted and stored in our warehouse until we distribute them to agencies and low income clients. Volunteers are needed to help with this sorting and are welcome any time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Food Distribution – Neighborhood Food Distribution Program Volunteers are needed to help set up, distribute food and clean-up sites when done. Distribution sites are F Street Community Center, 1225 F St, Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 NW 46th St, Malone Community Center, 2032 U St, Oak Lake Evangelical Free Church, 3300 N 1st St and The Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St. Days and times vary, contact Vickie for a schedule.

University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History
Contact: Sarah Feit
(402) 472-8899
Sunday with a Scientist: Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of scientists, while educating kids and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Volunteers are needed to greet museum visitors and to help hand out evaluations after the event. Sundays with a Scientist typically takes place from 1:30-4:30 pm at Morrill Hall on the third Sunday of each month.

Lutheran Family Services
Contact: Dana Moyer
(402) 978-5665
Support Group Childcare – If you enjoy spending time with children, we could use your help during our Lincoln post-adoption support groups. Volunteers are needed to work with children while parents and guardianship parents of adopted children attend a support group at our facility in Lincoln. This position allows parents to attend support group and have the peace of mind their children are being well taken care of.
Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month from 6-7:30 PM.

Boys and Girls Club – Park Middle School
Contact: Brent or Andy
(402) 477-4134
Help with after school program – M-F 4-7 pm; Tues. 3-7 pm. Volunteers could also partake in helping clean and/or organize the facility. Fill out application – www.lincolnbgc.org

Nebraska Community Blood Bank
Contact: Rachel Barth
(402) 486-9412
Volunteer tasks include offering juice, water, cookies and snacks to volunteer blood donors who have just donated or are waiting to donate blood. Maintain donor cafe cleanliness, replace cookies, be able to carry on conversation with volunteer donors and remind donors to fill out NCBB evaluation forms or campaign registrations. Visually monitor health of donors. Call for help if a medical problem occurs along with helping support a donor in a cafe chair. The following locations and days are available:
Wednesday afternoon Canteen Host volunteer- 26th and Kensington – (4900 North 26th Street) from 12 to 6 (hours flexible) every Wednesday.
Thursday morning Donor Center Canteen Host/ 16th & Pine Lake – (1631 Pine Lake Road) from 9:30 to 1:00 every Thursday.
Saturday Morning Canteen Host/ 26th & Kensington – (4900 North 26th Street) from 9 to 12 (hours flexible) every Saturday.

Lincoln Bike Kitchen
Contact: Kyle
(402) 915-2453
Bicycle Shop Mechanic – Help by getting bikes ready to be adopted by children. All skill levels are welcomed, from beginners to experienced shop hands. Sun. 12-4 pm; Mon. 5-9 pm. 1635 S. 1st St. (1st & west A).

Gateway Vista
Contact: Justin
(402) 467-0228
Activity Volunteer – Provide meaningful life interactions for our independent, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing residents through a variety of different outlets including:
• Playing games (cards, bingo, board games)
• Assist with 1 on 1 activities (reading to resident, chatting)
• Assist on outings (to museums, baseball games)
• Pass out individual activities (crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, books)

Cause for Paws
Contact: Jane or Sue
(402) 420-5758 info@causeforpawslincoln.org
Boutique Help Needed – Cause for Paws is a “boutique for cheap” that turns donated, gently used women’s clothing, décor, furniture and more into cash donations for local animal charities and causes. Assist shoppers with purchases, accept items from donors, prepare them for display and keep the boutique looking good. A passion for providing exceptional, personal customer service is required; those with marketing and/or retail experience are especially desired. Training is provided; store is open Mon.-Sat. from 10-5, Thurs., from 10-6.

Macie’s Place Thrift store – 2601 N. 47th (48th & Leighton)
Sort clothing/yard work.
Susanne 601-1773
Kristin Ondrack 440-9929
Tues-Fri 10-5 Sat. 10-2
Contact: Ruthi Thompson
(402) 434-5437
Teen Court Volunteer- CEDARS Teen Court program is currently accepting student and adult volunteers to help during teen court sessions. Teen Court works to determine creative sentencing for adolescent youth who are on Diversion for first-time, non-violent, criminal offenses. Student volunteers are welcome, and must be at least 16 years old. Lincoln Public School “GoPo” hours are accepted. Students will act as members of the court to help determine consequences for criminal behavior. This is a fun, interesting opportunity to serve with other students, contribute to a good cause and help out fellow teenagers. All volunteers must complete a 2-hour orientation, and be available on Thurs. afternoons from 4:15-6:00pm.

Distribution Days: Call Dan for assistance getting set up – 402-435-2100
• Thurs. 4-7 pm – Calvary United Methodist (in the basement) 1610 S. 11th St. – ask for Rodney
• Sat. morning 9 am-12 noon First Street Bible Church 1st & F St. – ask for Leah
• Tues. 9:30 am-5 pm, Havelock Methodist Church 4140 N. 60th St. – ask for Suzette
• Sat. 11:30 am, St. Mary’s Catholic church 14th & K St. – ask for Kathy
• Tues. 2-6 pm, Church of Christ N. 1st & Adams St. – ask for Gini

The Bay Skate Park
Contact: Shayne
Indoor Skate Park located at 2005 Y St.
Help clean and organize, along with other misc. tasks. Everyday 7-9 pm.
Food distribution – every 2nd Saturday of the month – 11am & Mondays 12-5 pm

Capital Humane Society
Contact: Charlene Engberg
(402) 441-4483
2320 Park Blvd.
General Volunteer – Help with general cleaning around shelter such as sweeping, mopping, dishes, laundry, yard work, etc. Orientation required. Go to www.capitalhumanesociety.org for orientation schedule.

Mad Dads
Contact: Rev. Coleman or Jeremiah
Bike repair – bikes given to kids who need one
5610 Seward Ave. (56th & Fremont)
Tues-Sat. 9-2