Volunteers are needed to help prepare 2009 federal taxes for neighborhood seniors and low-income families. The tax preparation work begins in first week of February and ends April 15. The work will be performed at a local library from noon to 4 p.m. Training for tax preparation will be provided in January; volunteers will have to pass a test conducted by the IRS to work as a tax counselor. For information contact Narendra Sheth at 214.821.1529 or nsheth29@yahoo.com.

Dallas CASA is seeking volunteers to train as advocates for abused and neglected children. Volunteers gather information for the court and work with the child welfare system and others to find a safe, permanent home for each child. For information or to register for an upcoming information session, call 214.827.9603, ext. 228, or visit dallascasa.org.Meals on Wheels, a program run by the Visiting Nurses Association, seeks volunteer drivers in our neighborhood. Drivers make weekday deliveries a few mornings a week or month, picking up meals at White Rock Methodist Church, 1450 Oldgate. 214.659.2639.

Robert E. Lee Elementary’s award-winning garden needs volunteers to help maintain the grounds, from the courtyard butterfly garden to the newly landscaped areas. For information, call 972.749.7400.

The Wilkinson Center, a neighborhood nonprofit, offers a free after-school tutoring and mentoring program, CLIMB (Changing Lives Improving Minds and Bodies) at seven sites. The program runs Mondays through Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. Share your knowledge and compassion by volunteering as a tutor/mentor. For information contact Jane Waters at 214.821.6380, ext. 202, or jane_waters@wilkinsoncenter.org.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Senior Source is looking for volunteers age 55+ to volunteer with more than 230 non-profit agencies in Dallas and Collin counties. RSVP matches your skills, needs and desires with a volunteer job. Volunteers are generally needed for three hours, one to two days a week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 3910 Harry Hines. 214.823.5700 or rsvpd@TheSeniorSource.org.

The Child Abuse Prevention Center needs volunteers to work with children of divorcing parents one Saturday morning a month during its Families First seminars. The CAP Center also has opening for volunteers in the Parents Aide Program. Volunteers work in the home with parents and families at risk for child abuse and neglect. Training is provided. 2902 Swiss. Contact Chris, 214.370.9810.

Globe Aware, a nonprofit organization promoting cultural awareness and sustainability by conducting humanitarian assistance programs in Latin America and Asia, needs volunteers who can translate Spanish and conduct internet research to prepare various projects that will be implemented abroad. 877.588.4562 or info@globeaware.org.

The Boys & Girls Club is looking for alumni to join the BGCDallas Chapter. Alumni meet monthly to brainstorm new and creative ways to contribute to their clubs. For information call Carolyn Jordan at 214.821.2950 ext. 712.

Heart House Dallas, a free after-school program for low-income children, has a variety of volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals. Work as a mentor, homework tutor, coach, office helper or in other available capacities. contact Marisa Hettinger at 214.750.7637 or mhettinger@hearthousedallas.org or visit hearthousedallas.org.


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