Volunteer Opportunities at the Humane Society of Berks County, PA

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With a little post-production support from official Berks.TV mascots, Humane Society of Berks County executive director Karel Minor talks in detail about volunteer opportunities with the Society. We talked to Karel at the recent Art for Arf’s Sake fundraiser at the GoggleWorks in Reading, PA.

Gretchen, Ginger, and Dittery say, “Now leave your computers, humans, and go volunteer with the Society!”

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Want to learn more about volunteering in Berks County? Check out our other videos highlighting volunteer opportunities in the Berks County / Reading, PA area.

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Berks County Master Gardeners

Beth Finlay

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We recently caught up with Beth Finlay, Berks County’s Master Gardener Program Coordinator, at the Master Gardener Program’s biannual plant sale. The plant sales, held in May and September of each year, successfully fund the program’s many projects.

If you’re interested learning more about the Master Gardener program, or if you’re a Master Gardener interested in volunteering with the Berks County group, take a few minutes to watch Beth in the video as she describes the activities of the Program.

For more information, contact Beth at 610-378-1327 or visit the Master Gardener website at http://berks.extension.psu.edu/mg/.

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Doug Long – Greater Berks Food Bank

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Here’s an interview we did with Doug Long of the Greater Berks Food Bank. They’re a central support hub serving more than 227 programs and charities throughout Berks and Schuylkill Counties and the Pottstown area of western Montgomery County by distributing more than 3.5 million pounds (not a typo!) of food annually.

It is incredbily sobering to remember how many people in Berks are living in poverty – around 40,000 – and to think about the sacrifices made by so many volunteers to keep an operation like the food bank up and running.

Please help spread the word about volunteering with the Greater Berks Food Bank. Call 610-926-5802 for more information.

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Gary Emes – NODA Program Coordinator – Reading Hospital

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In this clip, program coordinator Gary Emes talks about No One Dies Alone (NODA), a new program designed to comfort terminally ill patients at Reading Hospital.

You can learn more about volunteer opportunities with this program and others at the hospital by visiting their volunteer page and watching this video with In-service Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Sensenig.

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Berks JazzFest – Volunteer Opportunities

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Recently we spoke with Mike Zielinski, one of the Berks Jazz Fest publicity directors, about volunteer opportunities connected to the event.

“Our festival would not happen without the wonderful volunteers,” he said.

What are they looking for? Stage managers, hospitality and transportation people, ushers, merchandise sales people, and many more.

To learn more, visit the Berks Jazz Fest website. The Berks Jazz Fest takes place March 16-25.

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Sharon Sensenig – Volunteer Opportunities at The Reading Hospital

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With more than 69,000 volunteer hours logged in 2006, The Reading Hospital’s volunteer program certainly represents one of the largest efforts of its kind in Berks County, PA.

We sat down recently with Sharon Sensenig, In-Service Volunteer Coordinator, to talk about some of the many opportunities available in more than 50 departments. “Anyone who would like to volunteer, we could find some position that they would like,” she said.

What are some of the opportunities? Gift shop, wheelchair transport, newspaper courier to deliver morning papers to patients, labor and delivery department concierge – the list of immediate needs goes on.

Interested? Contact the Volunteer Services Department at 610-988-8477 for more information.

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Volunteering with Greater Berks Food Bank

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Just before the holidays, we visited Greater Berks Food Bank for a tour with Doug Long and a look at the volunteer work that goes on there. The organization acquires and distributes food to needy people in the county, and they depend on volunteer teams to help carry out a variety of programs each month.

The day we visited, a team of more than 20 volunteers from Arrow International was working in assembly-line fashion packing plastic crates of food for low-income seniors.

“We decided during the Christmas holidays that, rather than go out and do some type of party, we would come and do something that was very useful for the community,” said Arrow’s Carl Staples. “It’s a great opportunity for Arrow to give back to the community and be a part of the community that we have so prospered in.”

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Buck-A-Book Program at Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc.

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The Literacy Council’s Buck-A-Book program is right around the corner (January 22-28). Recruit some sponsors, grab those books you’ve been meaning to read since vacation last summer, and help the council promote literacy in Reading, PA and all of Berks County.

In this clip, Joan Breisch, Executive Director at Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc., talks about the program and some of the incentives being offered for top earners.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc., call 610-670-9960 and mention that you’re interested in becoming a tutor. Or, check out an earlier segment we posted about volunteer opportunities with the Literacy Council.

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NOTE TO READERS: Do you know of a volunteer organization you’d like to see highlighted on Berks.TV? Drop us an email at editor@berks.tv or call us at 610-779-6715.

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Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc. – Volunteer Opportunities in Berks County, PA

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Ever since moving to Berks County a year ago, I’ve been impressed with the generous nature of people in the community. It seems you can’t go anywhere without meeting someone who’s on assignment in a volunteer capacity or someone who works for an organization that relies upon volunteers for its very existence. Look around; those people and organizations are everywhere.

Not too long ago we started doing some interviews, with the idea of highlighting the work of these good people and letting you know about some of the opportunities that are out there.

Joan Breisch, Executive Director at Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc., spoke with us recently about the history of the organization, its mission, and the need for volunteers to help tutor and provide other kinds of support. The Council teaches adults to read, write, and speak English, mainly through the efforts of one-on-one volunteer tutors and people who lead conversation classes and citizenship classes.

The Council also offers several structured programs throughout the year to help raise awareness and generate funds. We spoke with Joan about these and be sharing more information with you in the coming weeks.

With this segment, we kick off a series highlighting volunteer opportunities in Berks County and the organizations that sponsor those opportunities. Looking for a chance to volunteer in the area? Stay tuned! We’ve discovered some positions that might be perfect for you.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc., call 610-670-9960 and mention that you’re interested in becoming a tutor.

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NOTE TO READERS: Do you know of a volunteer organization you’d like to see highlighted on Berks.TV? Drop us an email at editor@berks.tv or call us at 610-779-6715.

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