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Friday, Jun 28 2013 08:43 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: How you can help your community

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    By Casey Christie/ The Californian

    The bands were playing in Central Park and people were getting into the rhythm during the Third Thursday Faire in Central Park at Mill Creek.

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    By Casey Christie/ The Californian

    The bagged popcorn was popped and the kids were enjoying at the Third Thursday event including, Nadia, left, Brelynn, and Edward Wrather.

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    By Casey Christie/ The Californian

    Gage Garcia gets some jumps in during the Third Thursday Faire celebration in Central Park on the Monkey Motion apparatus.

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Join the Downtown Business Association at the last Third Thursday of the summer on July 18. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, chalking the park, event booths, and cleanup. Join in the fun and be a part of this terrific community event. Call Cathy at 325-5892.

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for another Chamber Palooza from 6-10 p.m. July 12 at the Kern County Museum. This is a great volunteer and networking opportunity to meet business people in your community. Volunteer positions are: food passport stamper, greeter/ticket exchange, silent auction attendant and volunteer floater. Find out how you can get involved in this fun event by contacting Pauline Bartlett at 327-4421 or pbartlett@bakersfieldchamber.org.

Flood Ministries hosts a community outreach celebration every Saturday at Martin Luther King Park. Come out and help feed the homeless and underprivileged in your community. Volunteer hours are 2:30-5:30 p.m. Call Tee Daniels at 633-9133 for more information on how you or your group can get involved.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is currently recruiting volunteers in the eastern Kern County area. CASA a dvocates are 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 volunteers must pass screening, go through 35 hours of training and commit to at least 18 months of service. For more information on how to become a CASA advocate call Karina Capellino at 631-2272 or go to www.kerncasa.org.

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History is looking for volunteers to help with cleaning, maintenance or light office work. There is also a special call out to any volunteers with marketing experience for a special project. Find out more about this interesting volunteer opportunity by calling Koral at 324-6350.

Valley Fever Awareness Walk is coming up on Aug. 10. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of this fun family event. Show your support for the Valley Fever Foundation and get involved by calling Sharon Borradori at 319-2098.

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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