Volunteer Partners

Agency name: 
Volunteer Partners
215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 325

As Lincoln and Lancaster County's non-profit volunteer center, our mission is to promote and support volunteerism to connect volunteers with non-profit agencies in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Contact name: 
Julie Smith
Available projects

Lincoln Youth Volunteers
Contact: Dan Bauerly (402) 435-2100 dan@volunteerpartners.org
Husker Football Parking Attendants: The Lincoln Youth Volunteer Program needs volunteers to help direct parking at the Malone Center for 4 Husker football games. 2 hours prior to kickoff is all we need on Aug. 31, Sept. 14, Oct. 5 and Nov. 16. Come join the fun and raise funds for the LYV kids!

Contact: Stacy Stupka Burda tedxyouthlincolnevent@gmail.com
Youth Conference Volunteers Needed: TEDxYouth is an event that strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about. The diverse group of people present will be able to learn from one another, both as speakers and as attendees and will leave the conference driven to creatively improve our collective future. The conference will be held on August 17th, 2013 at Lincoln High School, 2229 "J" Street. Volunteers needed for set up, registration, serve lunch, concessions, and clean up. 2-3 hour shifts, anytime between 8am and 6pm.

Lincoln Police Department
Contact: Shawn Kennett (402) 441-6518 lpd1180@cjis.lincoln.ne.gov
Quality Service Auditor: Assist in the completion of Quality Service Audits. The volunteer would contact citizens by telephone that have had recent police contacts. The caller will ask predetermined questions and then record the answers to those questions. Location: LPD main station, 575 S. 10, shifts M-F, 8am-5pm, must be 18 or older. Contact Officer Kennett for more information.

The Nebraska Mission of Mercy FREE Dental Clinic – Aug. 23 & 24, Pershing Auditorium
Contact: Jim Jenkins
The 8th annual Nebraska MOM program will provide care to hundreds of the uninsured, the under-insured and anyone who otherwise has difficulty getting to a dentist. Those who show up for care, children and adults, and don't have any medically compromising condition that would prohibit them from receiving care are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. In Nebraska, a successful MOM event in Lincoln, at Pershing Auditorium, focuses on:
· Providing free access to critical dental care while placing a high priority on
patients suffering from dental infections or pain.
· Providing basic dental education and awareness to patients.
Types of Volunteers Needed include: Patient Registration, Patient Escort, Exit Interviewers, Runners, Translators, Food Service, Waste Management, Security, Data Entry, Daycare, Clean-up Crew, Parking Attendants.
To register to volunteer, please visit http://nebraskamissionofmercy.com/index.html

American Red Cross – Cornhusker Chapter
Contact: Ashley Howard (402) 476-7323 ggross@lincolnliteracy.org
Communication Specialist: Volunteers needed to serve as communication specialists for the First Aid Team at Memorial Stadium this upcoming football season. First Aid training and experience not necessary. Good computer and verbal communication skills a must. Also good hearing as you need to be able to hear radio communication in crowded, noisy areas. Must be able to multi task and stay calm during chaos. Need to be available for the entire season which includes:
August 24, 9am & 4pm Team Training
August 31, 4:30pm & one hour after game UNL vs. Wyoming
September 7, 2:30pm & one hour after game UNL vs. Southern Miss
September 14, 8:30am & one hour after game UNL vs. UCLA
September 21, TBA (2.5 hours before start & one hour after game) UNL vs. South Dakota State
October 5, 8:30am & one hour after game UNL vs. Illinois
November 2, TBA (2.5 hours before start & one hour after game) UNL vs. Northwestern
November 16, TBA (2.5 hours before start & one hour after game) UNL vs. Michigan State
November 29, 8:30am & one hour after game UNL vs. Iowa
They will be responsible for communicating between the first aid stations, UNL dispatch, the incident commander and other key individuals. This will include regularly scheduled updates as well as crisis communication. UNL dispatch will be using a computer based log to track all incidents and these communicators will need to monitor and add to the log as needed. This is a new process/position so it will be evolving as we move forward. Those interested should contact Ashley Howard, as soon as possible to schedule an interview. Ashley.Howard2@RedCross.orgAshley.Howard2@RedCross.org or 402-441-6387

Southeast Community College
Contact: Lynn Saffer (402) 437-2719 lsaffer@southeast.edu
GED Tutors: Do you want to make a positive difference in someone’s life? Volunteers needed to work one-on-one or in small groups (under the direction of a teacher) with students in Lincoln/Lancaster County Corrections at the new jail. Afternoon classes available in August, 2013. Two hours a week can help increase basic literacy skills, form attitudes, and encourage positive changes.

Tabitha Health Care Services
Contact: Margo McKendree (402) 486-8563 margom@tabitha.org
Print Shop Volunteer: Assist with a variety of duties in a small print shop, as well as making deliveries within the facility.
Gift Shop Volunteer: Staff a small gift shop. Good customer service skills essential.
Clerical Volunteer: Assist various offices with light clerical duties such as filing or mailings Also need someone good with computers, detail oriented, and accurate to do various data entry projects. Will train.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers: Help elderly and shut-in community members remain independent and in their homes by delivering hot and nutritious meals to them. Select a schedule that fits your schedule, i.e. weekly, monthly or on-call basis. Volunteers will need to be available between 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM. Call (402) 486-8563 for an application or for more information.
Cause for Paws Boutique
Contact: Adair Sue Smith-Sturgis (402)420-5758 info@causeforpawslincoln.org
Volunteers: Cause for Paws is a "boutique for cheap" that turns donated, gently used women's clothing, décor, furniture and more into cash donations for local animal charities and causes. Volunteers at Cause for Paws (57th & Old Cheney Rd) assist shoppers with purchases, accept items from donors, prepare them for display and keep the boutique looking good. A passion for providing exceptional, personal customer service is required; those with marketing and/or retail experience are especially desired. Training is provided; store is open Mon.-Sat. from 10-5, Thurs., from 10-6. Visit www.causeforpawslincoln.org for more information. Age 18+ preferred.
Lutheran Family Services
Contact: Elvis Acic (402) 435-2954 eacic@lfsneb.org
Make a Refugee Smile - Furnish Apartment: will work together with Lutheran Family Services staff to collect household supply. Pick up of the household supply will be provided by Lutheran Family Services (LFS) if volunteer can not distribute the items to LFS office location or warehouse. Volunteer then will assist staff in furnishing an apartment, placing those donated items in new home.
Items needed: Gently used furniture, lamps, kitchenware and other household items.

Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters
Contact: Melinda Way-Stone (402) 464-2227 mwaystone@hbbbs.org
Mentors: Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently in need of volunteer mentors who are willing to meet with youth in our community-based program. Volunteers meet 2-4 times a month with a school-aged child for a minimum of one year. Volunteers are matched with a Little Brother or Sister according to personal preferences, shared interests and proximity of residence. Matches participate in activities they enjoy, such as hiking, baking, watching movies, etc.
Research points to the powerful, positive, lasting impact Bigs have on children's lives. Littles are:
52% less likely to skip school
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
27% less likely to get involved in underage drinking
More likely to get along with their families and peers
For more information on this or any of our other programs, please call 402-464-2227 or visit www.hbbbs.org.

CASA for Lancaster County
Contact: Dawn Rockey (402) 474-5161 casa-dawn@neb.rr.com
Volunteer Training: Advocate for children in Juvenile Court. CASA volunteers do their own investigation and write reports to the Judge recommending services that are in the child's best interests. Pre-service training required, must be 21 and pass a background check.

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital (402) 413-4500 mburesh@madonna.org
Contact: Marla Buresh
Information Desk Receptionist: Provide assistance to visitors, patients, residents and staff with excellent customer service. Greet customers, give directions and information. Flexible schedule, evenings and weekends.
Pediatric Outpatient Receptionist: Volunteers are needed in Madonna's Pediatric - Outpatient to greet patients and families, check in patients for therapy, assist with other duties as needed. Must be comfortable with using a computer, good communication skills, and able to provide excellent customer service. Shifts are M-Thur 8:00 am - 12:30 pm or 12:30 - 4:30, Friday's 8:00 am - 1:30 pm.

Bryan Medical Center - West
Contact: Sarah Carter (402) 481-8825 sarah.carter@bryanhealth.org
Lobby Services Escort – East: Would you like to volunteer and exercise at the same time? You can easily achieve the recommended 10,000 steps a day by volunteering as a Lobby Services Escort. Not only will you be helping yourself but you will be assisting the hundreds of patients and visitors who enter our doors every day. Duties for this position include welcoming patients and visitors to the Medical Center, assisting individuals in finding their desired destination and escorting them there and delivering flowers, balloons, packages and other items to patients. We invite you to volunteer, wear your pedometer and find out how many steps and good feelings from helping others you can acquire.
Advancement Tour Guide: Show your pride in volunteering at BryanLGH Medical Center by being a tour guide for community groups and others that have an interest in learning more about our medical facility.
Customer Care Car Driver: Do you enjoy driving? Do you enjoy helping people? How about doing both of them at the same time? Bryan is looking for volunteers to drive a small electric car at Pine Lake Medical Plaza. The car will circulate between the parking lot and the front entrance providing rides for patients and visitors to and from their vehicle.
Volunteer Substitute: Wanting to volunteer but don’t want to be tied down to a weekly commitment? Substituting is the perfect position for individuals that would like to volunteer their time at Bryan Health but also need flexibility in their schedule. This is a win-win for both the volunteer and the Medical Center. Depending on the volunteer’s availability, it allows them to be scheduled when they are free and the Medical Center can continue to provide consistent, excellent service to patients and staff. Substitutes are needed in the following service areas: Surgery Waiting Room (East or West), Information Desk Receptionist (East or West), Lobby Services Escort (East or West) or Admissions Patient Escort (East).

Community Crops
Contact: Charles Mitchell (402) 474-9802 charles@communitycrops.org
Farm Assistant: Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with various jobs related to the organic production of fruits and vegetables at our Beginning Farmer Training Program. Our farm connects growers with CSA subscribers, farmers' markets, restaurants, and grocery stores in Lincoln, and volunteers are involved at every stage of the production process. Volunteers help plant, harvest, wash, and package produce during the season. They also work on minor maintenance projects, weed and care for planting beds, and keep tools and other resources clean and functional. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about local, organic food production while also meeting and helping beginning farmers from all over the world.

Contact: Ruthi Thompson (402) 474-9802 charles@communitycrops.org
Mentor for Foster Youth: CEDARS is currently looking for adults, age 23 and up, to spend time as mentors for adolescent youth living in foster care. Mentors will be matched with youth based on preferences, interests and location. Mentors are asked to have contact a minimum of twice per month and participate in our Teens with Mentors support group offered once per month. A year's commitment to the youth is also requested to avoid more disruptions and disappointments for the youth. Mentors will work in partnership with the CEDARS foster care staff, and foster parents to provide youth with meaningful and enjoyable activities and provide support for school, social and life success! Mentors must be able to pass background checks, a drug test, provide three references and have a valid driver's license.

Lincoln Literacy
Contact: Ginny Gross (402) 476-7323 ggross@lincolnliteracy.org
Literacy Tutor: Volunteer tutors are needed to help refugees, immigrants and native speakers acquire basic English literacy skills. Orientation and training provided. Visit www.lincolnliteracy.org, call 402-476-7323 or email ggross@lincolnliteracy.org.

Capital Human Society
Contact: Charlene Engberg (402) 441-4483 edvol@capitalhumanesociety.org
Pet Assisted Therapy Program: Select and transport shelter animals to a selected Care Facility to interact and visit with residents. Supervise animals while at the facility.

Lincoln Seniors Transportation Program
Contact: Jim Stehlik (402) 441-6138 jstehlik@ne.easterseals.com
Volunteer Driver for Lincoln Seniors Transportation Program: Be a volunteer driver for the Lincoln Seniors Transportation Program. Volunteers give rides to Seniors 65 years of age and older who no longer drive. Volunteers provide curb to curb transportation to non-medical places that seniors need to go.

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors
Contact: Mary Douglas (402) 817-1168 info@lincolnanimalambassadors.org
Phone Call/Interviews: Respond to voicemail messages once a week and/or do telephone interviews for low cost spay/neuter program.

Nebraska AIDS Project
Contact: Stephanie Hummer (402) 476-7000 stephhum@windstream.net
HIV Testing and Counseling Program: We offer testing weekly in our offices and are expanding the number of outreach testing dates available in the Lincoln community. The ideal volunteer will be responsible, comfortable speaking with clients about sensitive information, and committed to confidentiality. The testing is every Wednesday from 4-7pm. Population Served; All Commitment; 6 months of at least one shift per month.

YWCA of Lincoln
Contact: Andrea Curtis (402) 434-3494 andrea@ywcalincoln.org
SMART Girls Club Assistant Facilitator: YWCA Lincoln seeks volunteers to be assistants to SMART Girls Club facilitators, who help girls, in 4th and 5th grades, explore science, technology, engineering, and math fields in a supportive environment. Facilitators and girls work together to establish a relationship-centered learning community. Girls collaboratively explore hands-on, open-ended projects and investigations.
SMART Girls Club Volunteer Supply Coordinator: Organize supplies needed for weekly programs. Take purchased and stored supplies and divide them up for each school program. Label supplies and bag by use. Assemble any needed training materials. Ensure parts and accessories are in working order. Remove supplies from weekly supply tote, clean as needed, return to storage.

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
Contact: Diane White (402) 488-2034 dianew@ahsgr.org
Painting: Tired old buildings need new coats. Four small buildings in need of paint. Paint and supplies provided. Perfect for a group or individuals as well.
Gardener: Love to pull pesky weeds and make things look pretty? We are in need occasionally of someone to spruce up small areas in the yard by pulling/spaying for weeds and laying mulch.
Docent: Learn the history of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and help with tours, May through October.

Special Olympics Nebraska
Contact: Liz Bailey (402) 331-5545 lbailey@sone.org
Fall Game Volunteers Needed: The 2013 fall games are Aug. 9, 10 & 11. Volunteers are needed for Bocce, Bowling, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Golf at locations throughout Lincoln. Get a group together and join in the fun to support the Special Olympics. Contact Liz!

Malone Manor
Contact: Janice Stidd (402) 476-0185 janice.stidd@rhf.org
Exercise Volunteer: Someone to lead basic chair exercises for seniors at Malone Manor. One or two mornings a week, about one hour per day.

Habitat For Humanity
Contact: Matt Gonzalez (402) 477-9184 mgonzalez@lincolnhabitat.org
Property Mowers Needed: The rain keeps falling and the grass keeps growing, HELP! If you enjoy being outdoors and staying fit we have a volunteer opportunity for you: Mowing, trimming and basic lawn care upkeep of an L/LC Habitat for Humanity Land Lot. Help keep our neighborhoods beautiful while we work on transitioning our Land Lots into future Habitat homes.

Nebraska Community Blood Bank
Contact: Nichole Kaiser (402) 486-9412 nkaiser@don8bld.org
Blood Donor Café Attendants: Volunteer to assist in the donor cafe at the 27th and Fletcher location (2700 Fletcher Ave) on Thursday afternoons from 3-6 or Saturday mornings from 8-noon. Tasks include offering juice, water, cookies and snacks to volunteer blood donors who have just donated or are waiting to donate blood. Maintain donor cafe cleanliness, replace cookies, be able to carry on conversation with volunteer donors and remind donors to fill out NCBB evaluation forms or campaign registrations. Visually monitor health of donors. Call for help if a medical problem occurs along with helping support a donor in a cafe chair.

Tabitha Health Care Services
Contact: Margo McKendree (402) 486-8563 margom@tabitha.org
Clerical Volunteer: Assist various offices with light clerical duties such as filing or mailings Also need someone good with computers, detail oriented, and accurate to do various data entry projects. Will train.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers: Help elderly and shut-in community members remain independent and in their homes by delivering hot and nutritious meals to them. Select a schedule that fits your schedule, i.e. weekly, monthly or on-call basis. Volunteers will need to be available between 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM. Call (402) 486-8563 for an application or for more information.

Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Beautiful
Contact: Adam Rhoads (402) 441-8035 arhoads@lincoln.ne.gov
Storm Water Awareness Program (SWAP): Protect the waters in our lakes and streams by marking storm drains with a NO DUMPING message and distributing door hangers to homes. Work outdoors in groups of 2-4 people, weather permitting.

American Cancer Society
Contact: Christine Bleich (402) 423-4888 christine.bleich@cancer.org
Road to Recovery Volunteer Driver: Road to Recovery volunteers donate their time and vehicle to drive cancer patients to lifesaving medical and treatment appointments.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
Contact: Sara Magnus (402) 434-5330 sara.magnus@madd.org
Victim Impact Panel Facilitator: MADD Nebraska's Victim Impact Panels work to educate DUI/DWI offenders on the true cost of drunk driving. Volunteer facilitators help to run the panels, register attendees and helping to collect evaluations after the panel is over. Panels are held in Madison, Hall, Lancaster, Buffalo, Adams, Scotts Bluff, Sarpy, Dodge, Platte and Gage Counties.

More volunteer opportunities can be found online at volunteerpartners.org.