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Thursday, Feb 14 2013 01:08 PM

Lung Association, museum among groups needing volunteers

By The Bakersfield Californian

Odyssey Hospice is looking for compassionate individuals to provide caring companionship to hospice patients and their families. Training is provided. To find out more, contact Kimberly Pounder at 324-1232 or kimberly.pounder@odsyhealth.com.

American Lung Association needs volunteers to help with the Fight For Air Walk. Volunteers are needed on both prep day, Friday, April 12, and event day, Saturday, April 13. Help with unloading and set up of equipment, tables, chairs, tents and banners. Assist in the food area, with face painting, in the supervised kids zone or with clean up.

The association is also looking for volunteers with great computer skills and general office equipment knowledge to help with administrative work and fundraising. Assist with data entry, creating packets, phones, fax, copies, mailing, filing and more.

To find out how you can help with all these opportunities, call Maria Jaime or Heather Pruitt at 282-3306 or email maria.jaime@lung.org.

Kern County Museum is looking for volunteers to guide school tours. Do something rewarding to help teach school-age children about Kern County's history. Tours are Tuesday-Friday and training will be provided. For more information, contact Breann Romo at 868-8422 or Jackie Brouillette at 868-8421.

The museum also needs volunteers to help with a few upcoming events. To find out how you can be a part of California History Day, March 7, Frontier Life in Kern County, April 5 and April 12, and Western Day, April 13, contact Breeann Romo at 868-8422 or Jackie Brouillette at 868-8421.

Optimal Hospice is recruiting music lovers to be part of a karaoke singers group in the Tehachapi area. You don't have to be the best singer, you just need a loving heart and time to bring the gift of song to hospice patients and their families. The group also provides shows for residents of care facilities. For more information, call Rhonda at 716-4000.

Hearts Connection is looking for volunteers to help in the office. Assist the staff with phones, filing, putting together packets, organizing the library and general office duties. To find out how you can help, call Christy Thomas at 328-9055.

Love INC is looking for volunteers to help with answering phones, general office work, donation procurement and delivery of donations. To find out how you can help, contact Kristi at 325-6838 or email administration@loveincbakersfield.org.

Mayor's Freeway Cleanup needs volunteers to assist with de-littering the freeway off- and on-ramps. Vests, helmets and trash bags are provided. Volunteers will meet at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Park & Ride lot on Stockdale Highway, west of Oak Street. Travel by bus/van to the various cleanup locations and return by 11 a.m. Mark your calendars for Feb. 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20 and May 4 and 18. For future cleanups and additional information, call 326-3770. If there's adverse weather (active rain or fog), cleanup will be cancelled.

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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