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Thursday, Jun 20 2013 02:08 PM

Volunteer opportunities: How you can get involved

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    By Shelby Mack / The Californian

    Cristal Ruiz, Carolina Barb and Jazminne Mayen wait to talk to a librarian while working on a project after school on a Friday at Beale Memorial Library.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    TIC employees bring on the goods Friday to the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House on 34th Street.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Kern County Library is looking for creative kids between the ages of 8-18 to help decorate and design Magic Reading Carpets in the style of favorite children's books. Use paint, markers and stencils to decorate carpet squares 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 25 in the Beale Memorial Library auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Kids between the ages of 8-14 must be accompanied by a parent. For more information call Andie Apple at 868-0723 or andie.apple@kerncountylibrary.org.

Kern Adult Literacy Council has tutor training on July 25. All materials and tools are provided. To find out more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity call Alejandra Garcia at 324-3213 or email agarcia@kernalc.org.

Retirees Highway Litter Pickup is held 7-9 a.m. each Wednesday in various locations on Highway 178. Please call team captain Tom at 747-9486 or Keep Bakersfield Beautiful at 326-3539. Check the calendar at www.keepbakersfieldbeautiful.us.

Optimal Hospice is looking for volunteers interested in karaoke. You do not need to be a great singer to participate. Various locations several times weekly. Please call Ron at 398-5590 or the volunteer department at 716-4000 for more details.

CBCC Foundation transportation department is looking for drivers in the Kern County area. Help CBCC patients get to and from their doctor and treatment appointments. To volunteer you must be at least 21 years old (for insurance purposes). Vehicles and gas is provided by CBCC, and all applicants must pass a background check. To help call Ashley Manning at CBCC Transportation Department 616-6430.

Ronald McDonald House at Memorial Hospital is looking for compassionate individuals to help families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their child is hospitalized. Volunteers will be responsible for light office work, phones, light cleaning and cooking. For more information about how you can volunteer contact Scarlet Sabin at 327-4647 ext. 4290.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is recruiting volunteers in eastern Kern County. CASA Advocates are trained citizens appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a child in court. The advocates are the eyes and ears for the judge and the voice of a child who has been the victim of abuse or neglect. All volunteer must pass screening, go through 35 hours of training and commit to at least 18 months' service. Call Karina Capellino at 631-2272 or go to www.kerncasa.org.

For more volunteer opportunities or to be included in this list in the future, call the Volunteer Center of Kern County at 395-9787.

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