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Local organizations are in need of volunteers

Published August 23. 2018 11:40AM

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Walnutport Canal Association

The Walnutport Canal Association is in need of volunteers.

The Lehigh Canal, which runs through Walnutport, was completed in 1829. The main purpose was to transport coal from the coal mines in northeastern Pennsylvania and bring various goods back to our area from the ports of Philadelphia and New York.

The Walnutport Canal Association maintains the area in and around the canal.

Attend one of the group’s monthly meetings to learn about volunteer opportunities. The association meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Walnutport Borough Municipal Building located at 417 Lincoln Ave. in Walnutport.

If you would like more information before the meeting, visit the group on Facebook at or email

Volunteering for the WCA doesn’t need to require a lot of time or effort.

Volunteers utilize their God-given talents to make the WCA one of the greatest nonprofit organizations in our area. They look forward to seeing you at their next meeting; however, if you are unable to attend a meeting your time can be spent in other ways.

The association always needs volunteers for its annual spring cleanup and at the annual canal festival, which will be held this year on Oct. 21.


Potential volunteers can contact the Carbon County Environmental Education Center at 570-645-8597, email at or stop in to talk to a naturalist 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.

Kunkletown Thrift Store

The Kunkletown Thrift Store, located inside of the Eldred Township Community Center of 516 Kunkletown Road, needs helpers primarily to sort through donations that come in on a daily basis, price, clean (if necessary) and put them in their designated areas, there are also a few other small/easy tasks.

Must be at least 15 years of age, lift more than 5 pounds, and have their own transportation.

If any interest please contact Heidi or Donna at the center 610-895-4444, or feel free to stop in during business hours.

Children’s story hour

Eldred Township is beginning a Children’s Story Hour program and several volunteers are needed to read to the children. Hours are flexible. Candidates will need a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check and a Child Abuse Clearance, both available at

Children’s books are being accepted to be used for the program.

Reply to Ann at or stop by the office at 490 Kunkletown Road for more information.

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 the program today by calling 484-526-4600 or visit the hospital’s 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

Garden of Giving

The Garden of Giving needs volunteers Tuesdays through Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through fall harvest.

What a great opportunity to serve your community and help feed those in need.

The garden is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization which grows high-quality produce and eggs which are donated to local food banks and soup kitchens of Monroe County.

For more information, see The garden is at 2556 Rising Hill Drive, Saylorsburg, PA 18353.

For questions and to let us know you’re coming, call 570-402-1282 or email

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