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2018 Governors Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipients 

23 Individuals and Groups Will Receive the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards on Oct. 24 in a Dover Ceremony,. The recipients will be recognized for significant contributions, engagement and impact in diverse activities, including mentoring children, supporting people with disabilities, protecting the environment, and assisting seniors, people who are homeless and veterans

PAUL WILKINSON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Ann Russell, Kent County

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

New Castle County
Patricia Saunders, Community Service 
Norman A. Abrams, Jr., Education/Literacy
Dee Durham, Environment
Marian Quinn, Environment
Chika Chukwuocha, Healthy Futures
Karen Tuohy, Human Needs
Jennifer Proebstle, Social Justice/Advocacy

Kent County
Beth Peterson, Health & Special Needs
Harriet Davies, Human Needs

Sussex County
Jason Bakke, Arts/Culture
Teresa Salinardo, Community Service
William F. Jiron, Jr., Veterans & Military Families

GROUP WINNERS

New Castle County
Newark Arts Alliance Volunteers, Arts/Culture
Delta Gamma Sorority, Education/Literacy
Christiana Care Health System Life History Volunteers, Health & Special Needs
PAWS for People Training Volunteers, Human Needs

Kent County
Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity Habitat Volunteers, Human Needs

Sussex County
Fort Miles Historical Association, Arts/Culture
Common Thread, Economic Development
MERR Institute Volunteers, Environment
First State Senior Companion Program Volunteers, Healthy Futures
American Legion Auxiliary Oak Orchard – Riverdale Unit 20, Veterans & Military Families

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards, administered by the State Office of Volunteerism, honors the contributions of individuals and groups in Delaware that have made a positive impact in their communities or across the state through service and volunteering. 

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Holiday Decorating at Rockwood Park (Groups only)

Perfect opportunity for group volunteering - sororities, corporate groups, faith-based groups or a group of friends. Happy fall to you all. This is a beautiful time of year. The weather is just right and the days are long enough to enjoy it. Here at Rockwood fall is a time of preparation for our Holiday Open House. Getting ready for this event is a big task and we need the help of many volunteers to get it done. If you enjoy the out of doors and like to decorate please consider signing up for one of the many work days in October or November. Groups can sign up for individual days or weeks. The following dates are available: - October 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 - November 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 In October there are 2 shifts to choose from 9am-noon and 1-3:30pm In November we will work from 1-3:30pm Please state the days you can volunteer and the shift in the notes section of the application. Lifting objects, climbing ladders and bending may be required. Able to stand for long periods. Dress for the weather! We recommend dressing in layers, hat, gloves, coat, appropriate footwear if needed.

Wilmington, DE

10/19/18 9:00 AM +more

Volunteer Reader

The Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired is currently looking for a volunteer to help a client in Dover, Delaware. The volunteer would be asked to read mail, newspapers, and other correspondents upon request of the client. The client is asking for volunteer help on either wednesdays or fridays. The volunteer will be required to obtain a criminal background check prior to starting this opportunity.

Wilmington, DE

10/19/18 4:30 PM +more

Fall Festival Volunteers

The Claymont Boys & Girls Club is hosting a Fall Festival for it's families on Wednesday October 24th. Volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up, and run stations during the event. This is a great event for groups or families to participate in. If you're intersted please email Mary Kate at mbenson@bgclubs.org.

Claymont, DE

10/24/18 4:30 PM

Holiday Decorating at Glasgow Park

Get ready for the holiday season. Get some fresh air and exercise and have fun with friends decorating the Glasgow Park Farmstead. Help decorate the Bank Barn and Farm House at Glasgow Park prior to the Tree Lighting ceremony on Dec 7. Volunteer opportunities available: - Nov 14, Nov 15 and Nov 16 (see shifts below). - Morning of Dec 7 - we are decorating the pavilion for Santa and tree! Bring a group of 5 to 7 friends for one of the 3.5 hour shifts below or stay for the entire day. Just let us know in the notes section which day and time you would like to volunteer for. Perfect for sororities, corporate groups, faith-based groups or a group of friends. Shifts: - 9:30am to 1pm - 12:30 – 4pm Minimum age to volunteer is 16 Involves lifting objects, climbing ladders and bending may be required. Able to stand for long periods at a time in potentially chilly conditions. Dress for the weather! We recommend dressing in layers, hat, gloves, winter coat, warm footwear.

Newark, DE

11/14/18 9:30 AM +more

Open Mic Preparations

Help us prepare for our monthly open mic night. Arrange tables and chairs, dress tables, organize beverages and paper goods. Must be able to lift a chair.

Hockessin, DE

11/15/18 5:00 PM +more

Pet Therapy Team

PAWS for People is looking for volunteers with gentle affectionate pets who are interested in becoming certified to provide pet therapy services. PAWS provides pet visitation services in assisted living facilities, hospitals, schools, libraries, and many more. Learn more about PAWS for People at www.PAWSforPeople.org You can fill out a volunteer application online, see locations where we visit & learn more about pet therapy. You may also call the PAWS office at 302-351-5622 for additional information

Newark, DE

Through 12/31/18

A Matter of Balance Coach | Volunteer Delaware 50+ Community Partner

What is A Matter of Balance? A Matter of Balance is a program based upon research conducted by the Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University. It is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. During 8 (two-hour) classes, participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals for increasing activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors and promote exercise to increase strength and balance. Who would benefit from participating in the A Matter of Balance sessions? Anyone who is concerned about falls, has sustained a fall in the past, restricts activities because of concerns about falling, is interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength and is age 60 or older, community dwelling and able to problem-solve. A Matter of Balance Coach Volunteer – Upon certification, volunteer will be responsible for implementing the A Matter of Balance sessions through the use of lesson plans, workbooks, group discussion and activities. Training Expectations: Attend eight hours of coach training and earn A Matter of Balance Certification. Attend 2.5 hours of facilitator training update annually. Agree to facilitate two Matter of Balance classes within one year of certification. Classroom Responsibilities: Two Coaches are required to teach the class to participants. New coaches will be paired with an experienced coach. Prepare for each class by reviewing the Matter of Balance manual and materials. Present the class according to the directions, training and materials provided. Encourage interactive discussion about the concepts and skills presented. Demonstrate and coach the exercises outlined in the Matter of Balance Program. Promote socialization and a solution-oriented environment among the participants. A Master Trainer will provide support and mentoring to each coach. Criteria for Leadership: Good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability, willingness to lead a small group, interest in working with older adults, life experiences valued - with education or health care experience a plus, ability to perform range of motion and low-level endurance exercises, ability to carry up to 20 lbs. To become a Volunteer Delaware 50+ volunteer in New Castle County please complete a Volunteer Delaware 50+ Enrollment Form then either email, mail or fax the form to our NCC office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 302-255-9882.

New Castle, DE

Through 12/31/20

FISH of Northern Delaware | Volunteer Delaware 50+ Community Partner

Fish of Northern Delaware is an organization made up of volunteers who dedicate their time to assist those 60 years of age and older, to make their medical appointments by providing them with reliable transportation. Board Member/Treasurer – In the capacity of a board member, the volunteer will advise and support the agency in forming local policy, planning, and developing operational procedures and practices consistent with the agency's mission and goals. Volunteer will help solicit community support for the agency and promote the mobilization of financial and in-kind resources. Volunteer will serve on various support committees as needed to help develop, plan and implement agency activities and special events. In the capacity of a treasurer, the volunteer will be responsible for keeping records of expenditures/receipts and for writing checks for FISH of Northern Delaware. Medical Appointment Driver – Volunteer provides rides for people 60 years of age and older who do not have reliable transportation get to their medical appointments. Volunteer must use their personal vehicle and pay for their own gas Volunteer must be able to commit to be a driver for a couple of days per month Although volunteer will make their own schedule, volunteer will need to be available during operating hours of 8am-4pm; Monday – Thursday. Transportation Assistant – Volunteer handles the scheduling of client appointments to various facilities such as doctor’s dentist or pharmacy. Will coordinate schedules for van drivers and must be able to keep good records. Must have good customer skills, be kind and patient with our clients. Must have own phone and computer. Volunteer Coordinator – Volunteer acts as a liaison between the Volunteer Delaware 50+ program and FISH of Northern Delaware. Reports volunteer hours to Volunteer Delaware 50+. To become a Volunteer Delaware 50+ volunteer in New Castle County please complete a Volunteer Delaware 50+ Enrollment Form then either email, mail or fax the form to our NCC office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 302-255-9882.

New Castle, DE

Through 12/31/20

DVI Resource Center Volunteers

The Division for the Visually Impaired's Instructional Resource and Materials Center needs volunteers for a variety of ongoing projects. All volunteer work will benefit visually impaired students throughout the State of Delaware. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for helping others. Some of the duties include maintaining an equipment database, creating accessible materials for students in the public school system, and assisting with client based surveys. For further information, please contact Richard Huber, Volunteer Services, at (302) 577-2083 or by email at Richard.Huber@state.de.us

Wilmington, DE

Through 11/12/18

Transportation

Deep Roots needs help getting our residents to work, extracurricular & educational activities, meetings, and more. Transportation is vital in helping our residents stand back up on their own feet. We provide a van or you may use your own vehicle. We have opportunities for drivers in Cecil County and Delaware and are flexible with your schedule. Further details here.

Earleville, MD

Through 12/31/18

Share Your Expertise

Do you know how to teach parenting skills? Are you a personal trainer? Or a yoga instructor? Are you adept at leading workshops on health issues? Do you have a special skill or training that may benefit the needs of our children, youth and families? Let us know! Further details here. We are always in need of miscellaneous help around Clairvaux Farm. If you are interested in sorting donations, gardening, childcare, maintenance, or have any other skills you are interested in sharing please let us know!

Earleville, MD

Through 12/31/18

Tutor or Mentor

Becoming a Tutor or Mentor to our resident children means more than just helping them with their homework. This creates the opportunity to form bonds and widen their support system. For Tutoring sessions, we may provide content but feel free to put your own spin on it! Further details here.

Earleville, MD

Through 12/31/18

Kitchen

Are you a keen chef? Do you know how to manage a busy and large kitchen? We need help with both food preparation and overall kitchen management, particularly during the busy summer seasons when we have workgroups with us. Help Deep Roots impart lifelong skills for healthy eating and cooking to our residents. Further details here.

Earleville, MD

Through 12/31/18

Office Assistant

We are always are in need of friendly, outgoing volunteers to answer telephone calls, respond to questions, make referrals and take messages. We are flexible with your schedule, just let us know when you’re available. Further details here.

Earleville, MD

Through 12/31/18

Maintenance

Skilled and Unskilled Labor. Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, Refrigeration, Roofing, Handyman. We are always in need of general maintenance around our property. Please call (302) 588-2159 or email volunteer@deeprootsinc.org if you are interested.

Earleville, MD

Through 12/31/18

Translators - Sussex County

The Georgetown Delaware Therapy Department is seeking Spanish and Haitian speaking volunteers to help with translation during speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and early childhood education sessions. Translators will help with gathering information from families as well as assisting interventionists. These meetings take place in both clinic and home settings. Volunteers are also needed in the office to assist in scheduling new patients for evaluations over the phone. Easter Seals is flexible and can work with volunteers around their schedules.

Georgetown, DE

Through 12/31/18

Join the Rockwood Volunteer Team!

What is Your Passion? Unique historic architecture? Gardening on a grand scale? Local history? Decorative arts and antiques? Rockwood Museum and Park has the volunteer opportunity for you! • Be a costumed tour guide • Help set up special exhibits • Research the collection and archival records • Garden in the formal garden and surrounding 72 acres. Interested? Please email your resume, contact information, and a short cover letter explaining your interest to Rockwood volunteer coordinator, Kristen Roberts, at kmroberts@nddde.org or call (302) 761-1722 for more information or to set up a meeting. Volunteering at Rockwood Museum has great benefits! A rare opportunity to work closely with museum objects and to lend a hand in setting up special ongoing exhibits in the museum. Free admission to museum for volunteer and guest. Educational sessions about interpreting the museum and other aspects of the collection and local history. Volunteer discounts on items purchased in the museum gift shop. Field trips provided quarterly to other museums for continuing education and socializing with other Rockwood Museum volunteers. Yearly appreciation dinner for all museum volunteers. Volunteer schedules are flexible. All guides serve a minimum of two 3-hour shifts per month…but typically guides fall in love with Rockwood and choose to serve more often! There is also one volunteer meeting per month and occasional training sessions. Museum Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10 AM – 4:30 PM Sunday 12 noon – 4:30 PM.

Wilmington, DE

Through 4/11/19

Food Cupboard Assistant Coordinator

The Newark Area Welfare Committee is in need of a Food Cupboard Assistant Coordinator to help with the operation of our food cupboard on East Main Street! The Assistant Coordinator: - generates a monthly report of client activity at the cupboard - monitors and restocks non-perishable food items as needed. This position can also be shared by two people.

Newark, DE

Through 1/31/19

Glasgow Park Farmer's Market Help Needed

Are you dedicated to the "Buy Local" movement and want to support local farmers and increase access to fresh foods? Help support the farmers and vendors at one or more New Castle County’s five markets. Assist with food demonstrations, nutrition and produce information to attendees, outreach, and set-up and break down of markets. Ideal opportunity for anyone interested in agriculture, animal and food science, sustainable farming and food systems, nutrition, food safety or helping the community in general. Glasgow Park Farmers Market (Fridays) timings: 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Placing of signs in park. Needs access to a vehicle. 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Setting up for the market. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Help with running the market. 6 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. - Taking down signs, canopies, tables, tasks related to closing up. Needs access to a vehicle. The market will close for the season on Friday, October 26, 2018. Live Healthy, New Castle County New Castle County government is the largest local government in Delaware and manages all areas of land use, including sewer services, planning, assessment, licenses, permits and inspections; and provides residents a wide range of public services including police, emergency services, finance, libraries, environmental services, parks, recreation and senior centers.

Newark, DE

Through 10/26/18

Long-Term Care Resident Advocate

The Long Term Care Ombudsman advocates for residents who live in long-term care facilities as well as those who live in other settings (such as their own homes) and receive home and community-based services. The Ombudsman program investigates and resolves complaints on behalf of these individuals.Complaints can be made by residents, family members, or other concerned parties. The program also provides opportunities for Volunteer Ombudsmen to serve as friendly visitors/advocates in nursing homes.

New Castle, DE

Through 6/5/21

Nemours A. I. duPont Volunteer | Volunteer Delaware 50+ Community Partner

Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Volunteers provide support to both clinical and clerical departments. Openings for these positions change constantly. Please note that not all opportunities are available at any given time. RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WITH CHILDREN Read Aloud Delaware: Volunteers with this program — a collaboration with the nonprofit Read Aloud Delaware organization — read to children as they wait to be seen for appointments in the Outpatient Waiting Areas. When: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. KINfolk: This nonprofit organization distributes laptop computers to children while they are hospitalized. Computer knowledge is necessary to volunteer with this program. When: Monday–Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Child Life Program: Assist Child Life Specialists in the Activity Center and on the nursing units as they help children deal with illness and hospitalization through play and self-expression activities. When: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. FAMILY COMFORT/SUPPORT Emergency Services: Assist behind the scenes with rooms, supplies and patient escort. Provide comfort care to patients and their families. When: Monday–Sunday, 9 a.m. to midnight Family Resource Center/ Ronald McDonald Family Room: Provide a welcoming and compassionate presence in the Family Resource Center, which offers a business center, computer access, a library, a kitchenette, laundry facilities, sleep rooms and showers for patients’ families. This assignment is in collaboration with The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. When: Monday–Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. RECEPTION Unit Welcome Desk: Welcome visitors onto the units in our 450,000-square foot hospital expansion. Provide way finding and collaborate with Family Ambassadors in supporting our patients and families. When: Sunday–Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Surgical Services: Support families and staff through the surgical process, in both the preoperative and postsurgical units. When: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CLINICAL DEPARTMENT SUPPORT Medical Imaging: Escort patients to other areas of the hospital and assist staff with general duties. Act as a greeter for the department. When: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patient Escort: Assist Patient Escort staff with transporting patients and maintaining unit levels of wagons and wheelchairs. CPR training is required and will be provided. When: Monday–Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. THERAPUTIC SERVICES Inpatient Rehab Gym: Assist behind the scenes by keeping equipment clean and in order. Aid therapists with peripheral duties associated with various therapies. When: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outpatient Gym: Assist with behind-the-scenes activities and aid therapists as needed. When: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 pm. To become a Volunteer Delaware 50+ volunteer in New Castle County please complete a Volunteer Delaware 50+ Enrollment Form then either email, mail or fax the form to our NCC office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 302-255-9882.

Wilmington, DE

Through 12/31/20

Sell tickets at Theatre N's box office

Theatre N is Wilmington's only independent film theatre located in the Nemours Building in downtown Wilmington. It has been in business since October 2002, and is volunteer-run. The theatre is open Friday- Sunday only with some exceptions for special events. We need volunteers to sell tickets at our box office. We are computerized, and it is a matter of pressing a button for the specific film and time. You will accept cash or credit cards, which are entered into the computer and if change is to returned to the customer, it will be on the screen. This job does involve standing for 30- 45 minute before the film starts. The box office desk is designed for wheelchair accessiblity as well. All volunteers get to watch the film for free and earn a free ticket for a future film.

Wilmington, DE

Through 12/30/18

Sell concessions at Theatre N on the weekends

Theatre N is Wilmington's only independent film theatre located in the Nemours Building in downtown Wilmington. It has been in business since October 2002, and is volunteer-run. The theatre is open Friday- Sunday only with some exceptions for special events. We need volunteers to sell concessions. We have popcorn, candy, water, soda, beer & wine for sale. We will teach you how to make popcorn on your shift. We are computerized, and it is a matter of pressing a button for each item to ring up. We accept cash or credit cards, which are entered into the computer and if change is to returned to the customer, it will be on the screen. This job does involve standing for 30- 45 minute before the film starts. The concessions table is designed for wheelchair accessiblity as well. All volunteers get to watch the film for free and earn a free ticket for a future film.

Wilmington, DE

Through 12/30/18

Weekend Volunteers for Ronald McDonald House Delaware

We are seeking compassionate individuals with good hospitality/customer service skills willing to share a minimum of 6 hours per month to help with daily operational tasks needed to create a welcoming environment for families that call the Ronald McDonald House a home away from home during their child's hospitilization. Volunteers help with kitchen duties, van runs, answering phones, and preparing guest rooms so families can spend time visiting with their child. Weekend Adult Volunteers (21 years +) with availability between Fridays 9pm and Sundays 9pm are needed.

Wilmington, DE

Through 12/31/18

Hayrides

Hayrides will begin the second weekend in October and run every weekend through October 28th. Revel in Hagley's full color and splendor. Spend time in nature before winter arrives. Several volunteers are needed to: Restocking supplies as needed, demonstrate and help with crafts. Serve cider as needed. At set times announce next hayride and organize visitors into line for next ride Assisting visitors onto the wagon as needed. Training will be given You may fill out an online volunteer application at https://www.hagley.org/support-hagley/volunteer - for more information, call Angela at (302) 658-2400, ext 257. After we receive your application, we will contact you and arrange to meet to discuss your interests. To learn more about Hagley, visit our website at https://www.hagley.org

Wilmington, DE

Through 10/28/18

Division for the Visually Impaired: Volunteer Opportunities

We need volunteers to assist the Instructional Materials Center in a variety of ways which inlcuded the following: Converting text book materials into large print Converting text materials into digital media Narration of materials into audio media General Library Aide/Admin duties Embossing materials from Braille Assistance to other onsite staff, guest, and volunteers

Wilmington, DE

Through 12/24/18

Board Member

Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (deaeyc) is a nonprofit 501c3 located in Wilmington serving all three counties in Delaware, New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. deaeyc is an affiliate of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age eight. Founded in 1969, deaeyc serves and acts on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children and their families in Delaware. The mission of the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (deaeyc) is to promote national standards for early care and education as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); to promote high-quality early learning for Delaware’s children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. deaeyc envisions a world where all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. Each individual board member is expected to: Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements. Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission. Leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organization’s mission. Give a meaningful personal financial donation. Help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy prepare for, attend, and conscientiously. Participate in quarterly board meetings. Participate fully in one or more committees.

Wilmington, DE

Through 12/31/18

Music Appreciation Facilitator

The Music Appreciation Facilitator would provide one hour / month of listening to and discussion of various genres of music and instruments. Ability to play instruments is a plus but not necessary. We would be open to suggestions from facilitator on program content.

Wilmington, DE

Through 12/12/18

Carousel Park Farmers' Market - VOLS NEEDED - EVERY FRIDAY!

Are you dedicated to the "Buy Local" movement and want to support local farmers and increase access to fresh foods? Help support the farmers and vendors at one or more New Castle County’s five markets. Assist with food demonstrations, nutrition and produce information to attendees, outreach, and set-up and break down of markets. Ideal opportunity for anyone interested in agriculture, animal and food science, sustainable farming and food systems, nutrition, food safety or helping the community in general. Carousel Park Farmers Market (Fridays) timings: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. - Placing of signs in park & Setting up for the market 2 to 6 p.m. – Help with running the market. 6 – 6:30 p.m. – Taking down signs, canopies, tables, tasks related to closing up. Live Healthy, New Castle County New Castle County government is the largest local government in Delaware and manages all areas of land use, including sewer services, planning, assessment, licenses, permits and inspections; and provides residents a wide range of public services including police, emergency services, finance, libraries, environmental services, parks, recreation and senior centers.

Through 10/26/18

Social Networks