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Local organizations are in need of volunteers

Published July 26. 2018 12:13PM

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Potential volunteers can contact the Carbon County Environmental Education Center at 570-645-8597, email at or stop in to talk to us and pick up paperwork.

Volunteers need to have a criminal history clearance and a child abuse clearance done on them before they can begin to volunteer. Both are simple to get.

Available volunteer possibilities include: Creative writing projects, computer (data entry), computer — graphic design, computer — videographer, electrical, plumbing, painting, carpentry, roofing, landscaping — gardening, animal care, marketing and event planning.

Feed the People

Feed the People, a nonprofit organization, serves free community dinners the third Wednesday of every month. Volunteers help with decorations for holidays, setting tables, distributing dessert and drinks, and cleaning up at the end of the day. May help with distributing/posting fliers. During special holidays they may help with table service. For information, call 570-657-1480.

St. Luke’s Miners Campus

St. Luke’s Miners Campus is looking for volunteers to help make a difference with patients in the Skilled Nursing Unit, Inpatient Nursing or Emergency Department by spending time socializing, providing comfort items and assisting staff with various supportive duties.

St. Luke’s volunteers are greatly appreciated and a valued member of our team.

Join our program today by calling 484-526-4600 or visit our website at

Horses & Horizons

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. The registered nonprofit organization, staffed entirely by volunteers, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua near Route 309. It offers therapeutic riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from the end of April through October.

Lesson volunteers need to be at least 14 years old, in good health, and able to walk for an hour at a time. They must successfully complete the volunteer training session. While experience with horses and/or people with disabilities is helpful, it’s not necessary. Volunteer assistance of professionals in the allied health fields of physical, occupational and speech therapy are also needed, as well as people with horse experience to lead horses, as well as people to assist participants during riding lessons.

In addition to lesson volunteers, the center also needs people to assist with grounds maintenance, cleaning saddles and bridles, and fundraising. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact Jane Ostroski at 610-298-2546 or 484-375-5354 or

For information on enrolling a rider, or more information on the learning center, visit or call Elaine or Harvey Smith at 570-386-5679.

Carbon Veterans Treatment Court

The Carbon County Veterans Affairs office is looking for volunteer mentors for the Veterans Treatment Court.

Mentors serve as sponsors to veterans in trouble with the law due to addiction and other issues.

Mentors must be either male or female veterans, preferably having served in combat but not required, who are willing to assist the person by appearing at court appearances with them, spending some time outside the courts and being available to talk or visit the veteran when needed.

A variety of veterans are needed for the mentor program because participants can range anywhere from someone who was deployed recently to someone who served in combat decades ago.

For complete details on what the volunteer position entails, visit and click on “Veterans Court Mentor Program,” or the Carbon County court website

To apply to become a mentor, visit the aforementioned websites to print a copy of the application; call Henry Desrosiers, Carbon County Veterans Affairs director and veterans court mentor coordinator, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 570-325-3986; or email

Carbon medical van

The Carbon County Veterans Affairs office is in need of volunteer drivers for its Disabled American Veterans van service.

The van transports veterans to the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.

To become a volunteer driver, call Henry Desrosiers, Carbon County Veterans Affairs director, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 570-325-3986; or email

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