Volunteer Connect

11/17-11/23

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Volunteer of the Week

Paula Jolly is our volunteer of the week!


When Paula’s daughter Amanda was struggling with addiction, Paula decided to learn everything she could about the issue. She became a recovery coach and a certified peer support specialist, joined the Brown County Drug and Alcohol Coalition, and got her degree in human services with an AODA emphasis. Though Amanda lost her battle and passed away several years ago, Paula continued to help others while dealing with this grief, sharing her story to bring awareness to addiction. She also founded the Mandolin Foundation, a supportive living program that allows mothers and their children to stay for up to two years while learning vital life skills such as parenting and budgeting. Paula discovered the need for a facility like this when she began raising her granddaughter while her daughter went to treatment. 


Paula never turns down an opportunity to help people and is constantly giving her time to others. She has inspired many by sharing her story, impacting countless individuals who have struggled with addiction and providing support for families who have lost loved ones. While her calling is working one-on-one with people, her passion and drive to help others led her to publicly share her story and, overcoming her fears, become a CEO to meet a need that was not being met. She spends every day working on this and has given her life to helping others in memory of her daughter whom she tragically lost. Thank you, Paula. Your integrity, compassion, and selflessness are truly inspiring!


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Date-Specific Volunteer Opportunities

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Lighting Ceremony - November 18

On Broadway would like volunteers to assist with this kick-off to the holiday season. This is a perfect opportunity for high school students! Various roles are available:

  • Set-up crew - Help put up decorations, unload the truck, set up tables and chairs, etc.
  • Activity monitors - Help facilitate children's games and activities during the event.
  • Crossing guard - Help direct traffic and let families cross the street safely.
  • Photos with Santa - Help direct the line and assist children having their picture taken with Santa.
  • Cookie decorating - Help monitor the cookie decorating station, clean up spills, refill supplies, etc.
  • Cash register worker - This involves handling cash and use of a point-of-sale system for the cookie decorating station.

Shifts: 1:00-4:00 pm (set-up), 5:00-8:00 pm (all other duties). 

On Broadway Inc. - Quincy Fassbender

920-655-7525, quincy@onbroadway.org


Christkindlmarket - November 18, 25, 26 and December 2, 9, 16

Volunteers are needed to assist in two areas at this outdoor market:

  • Serve beverages in the beverage tent. Requires cash handling. 
  • Greet visitors, track attendance, and distribute surveys for attendee information to submit for economic impact. 

Friday shifts: 4:30-7:00 pm and 7:00-9:30 pm. Saturday shifts: 10:30 am-1:00 pm and 1:00-3:30 pm. Minimum age: 18.

On Broadway Inc. - Quincy Fassbender

920-655-7525, quincy@onbroadway.org

Polar Express Train Ride - November 18-December 11

The National Railroad Museum is excited to host the Polar Express Train Ride. Volunteers are needed both inside and outside to help with crowds, ticketing, and serving hot chocolate. Click here for timeslots and volunteer positions. Shifts: 3:00-9:00 pm (Fridays), 1:00-5:15 pm and 5:00-9:00 pm (Saturdays), and 3:00-9:00 pm (Sundays). Volunteers ages 10-14 should be accompanied by a parent.

National Railroad Museum - Megan Blackburn

920-437-7623, mblackburn@nationalrrmuseum.org

Christmas Decorating - November 28-30 

Brown County Historical Society would like volunteers to assist with decorating their house for Christmas. Flexible shifts.

Brown County Historical Society - Mariah Ackermann

920-437-1840, bchsvolunteer@browncohistoricalsoc.org

Bruce the Spruce - November-January

Help carry on the tradition of Bruce the Spruce by being his voice! Successful candidates think quickly on their 'roots', love to spread holiday cheer, and are willing to spend 1-2 hours observing as training, then work a minimum of two 2-hour shifts during the holiday season. Shifts: weekends, 10:00 am-12:00 pm or afternoons. Minimum age: 18.

Neville Public Museum - Ryan Swadley

920-448-7840, ryan.swadley@browncountywi.gov

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Winter Wine and Beer Walks - December 2, 9, 16

Guests will enjoy tastings from local wineries, breweries and a few eateries while visiting businesses and exploring the Broadway District. Various volunteer roles are available:

  • Check in guests on an iPad - Assist with checking in guests using Eventbrite. You will be given directions on how to use the app before starting this simple process.
  • Wine/beer server/card punch - Assist a Broadway business by being available to them to help with serving beverages and punching cards. Please indicate if you have a valid servers' license.
  • Check IDs - Checking IDs for 21+ guests.
  • Wristbands - Put wristbands on guests as they enter Old Fort Square.
  • Merch table - Sell Winter Wine and Beer Walk scarves and hats at Old Fort Square, which requires cash- and card-handling.

Shifts: 4:30-6:30 pm (check-in, checking IDs, wristbands), 4:30-9:00 pm (wine/beer/card punch and merch table). Minimum age: 21.

On Broadway Inc. - Quincy Fassbender

920-655-7525, quincy@onbroadway.org

Packer Game Ticket Scanning and Seat Rental - December 19, plus other dates

Ticket scanners: Volunteers will be given a handheld ticket scanning device and, once at their assigned gate, a supervisor will train them on its use. Shifts last 3.5-4.5 hours (see below for start times). Groups normally stay 30-45 minutes after kick-off and will then be released by their gate supervisor. Minimum age: 16.

 

Seat rental: A supervisor will distribute handheld card readers to volunteers and provide training on them (Lambeau Field is cashless and takes cards only). Once fans start coming into the stadium, groups will sell the rental seats ($8 each, currently). Some volunteers will be handling card transactions while others will be handing the seats to the fans as they pay for them. Physical requirements: standing entire shift (one person may sit), bending, and lifting up to 5 pounds. Shifts last 3.5-4.5 hours (see below for start times). Groups stay 30-45 minutes after kickoff and are then released by the supervisor to return to the usher room and check out. Minimum age: 16.

 

Start times and additional dates:

·   December 19: 4:15 pm

·   January 1: 12:25 pm

·   January 7 or 8: TBA

Hand of Hope - Kristi King

920-265-9708, kristi54162@gmail.com

Toys for Tots Distribution - December 20-22

Help parents find the perfect gift! Volunteer roles include shoppers, cart assistance, vehicle loaders, greeters, stockers, meal assembly, and guest check-in. Bilingual Hmong and Spanish translators also are needed. In addition, toy sorters are needed on various dates from November 30-December 15. Location: former Shopko East Town at 2430 E. Mason, Green Bay. Various shifts. Minimum age: 14.

The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay - Kristine Schmidt

920-593-2375, kristine.schmidt@usc.salvationarmy.org

Family Fun Night at the Kroc - January 27, plus other dates

Volunteers are needed to greet and direct guests; help with craft, snack or family activities; and assist with end-of-event duties like clean-up and closing. A free ticket will be available for each volunteer so their child can be part of the night! Shift: 5:00-8:00 pm. Additional dates: February 24, March 17, and May 19. Minimum age: 16.

Kroc Center of Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay - Kristine Schmidt

920-593-2375, kristine.schmidt@usc.salvationarmy.org

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Holiday Stockings

The holiday season can be a tough time for some people. Aurora Hospice is looking for 25-30 holiday stockings to give to their hospice patients over the holidays. You can prefill them with stocking stuffers or just supply the stocking.

Aurora at Home Hospice - Lexi Pirman

920-627-5306, lexi.pirman@aah.org


Companions/Friendly Hospice Visitors

Volunteers are the heart of hospice! Aurora is looking for kind, caring individuals to provide companionship and be a friendly visitor to their patients in end-of-life care. Patients are in facilities or at their homes throughout the Brown County area, so there is likely a person in need conveniently close to you. A visitor brightens their day and lightens your heart.

As a hospice visitor volunteer, you may:

  • Provide active listening and a caring presence
  • Read a book or listen to their favorite music
  • Play games or take walks as they are able
  • Participate in life review or just hear their stories
  • Be present while a caregiver rests
  • Remember special days
  • Laugh with them
  • Or just hold their hand while they rest

Training is provided so you can be confident and comfortable in doing an excellent job as a companion volunteer. You will develop soft social skills such as active listening and empathetic companionship in a health care setting. This can reflect well on a resume. Shifts: Volunteers typically visit with a patient once a week for 1-2 hours. Scheduling is flexible. Minimum age: 18.

Aurora at Home Hospice - Lexi Pirman

920-627-5306, lexi.pirman@aah.org

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Memory Bear Sewers

Looking for volunteers who want to use their sewing talent to serve a great purpose. Memory bears are stuffed animals that are made from personal clothing items as a keepsake for families of their lost loved one. Supplies are provided, and you can work from the comfort of your own home. Flexible shifts. Minimum age: 18. 

Compassus Hospice - Kacie Doxtator

920-321-2004, kacie.doxtator@compassus.com


Veteran Volunteers

Compassus Hospice's veteran-to-veteran program aims to pair recruited veteran volunteers with hospice patients who have been identified as veterans. Veteran volunteers are important because they are able to form a camaraderie with veteran patients. These volunteers can help by taking part in pinning ceremonies and/or distributing certificates, providing companionship by paying friendly visits, and providing respite for caregivers. Flexible shifts. Minimum age: 18. 

Compassus Hospice - Kacie Doxtator

920-321-2004, kacie.doxtator@compassus.com

Childcare Volunteers

Come have fun while helping to provide childcare as parents attend essential training to aid in their journey to self-sufficiency. Shifts: Mondays, 6:30-8:00 pm; Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 am; or Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 am and 6:30-7:30 pm. Volunteers younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Freedom House Ministries - Bobbi Jo Mashlan

920-432-4646, 

bobbijomashlan@freedomhouseministries.org

Girl Scout Troop Leaders

The Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers that love to learn new things, help girls grow into courageous leaders, and have fun! As a troop leader at Susie C. Altmayer Elementary and/or Heritage Elementary, you are able to choose when and how often your troop will meet. You will plan troop meetings, fun events, and more. Flexible shifts from December-June. Minimum age: 18.  

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes - Natalie Jaroch

920-955-3460, njaroch@gsnwgl.org

Newcomers Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties:

  • Research things to do in Green Bay, the history of the area, fun facts, activities, recipes, desserts, quotes, and jokes. These items are needed for the weekly calendar that is emailed to over 2,600 in the community.
  • Distribution of Newcomers' Resource Guide
  • Photography and videos
  • Light office work such as mailing, phone calling, and data entry

Various shifts. Minimum age: 18. 

Green Bay Area Newcomers Neighbors - Joleen Allard

920-680-7437, joleen@greenbaynewcomers.com

Tour Guides

Enjoy kids and museums? The Neville is looking for adult volunteers to lead school tours through the exhibits. Successful tour guides are outgoing, able to think on their feet, and willing to lead three or four tours per month (about two hours per shift). Various shifts, mostly weekdays between 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Minimum age: 18. 

Neville Public Museum - Ryan Swadley

920-448-7840, ryan.swadley@browncountywi.gov

Volunteer Coordinator

New Leaf Foods' committed board of directors, community connections and support, and bountiful variety of experiences will allow their volunteer coordinator to flourish both professionally and personally while working to create a sustainable local food system. Their small, dedicated group of volunteers comes together to provide an extraordinary educational experience unique to our community and unique to each individual's expertise and desired areas of growth. The volunteer coordinator, an unpaid position, will work collaboratively with New Leaf Foods' board of directors to develop their community volunteer coordination strategies, including outreach and marketing, recruiting volunteers, volunteer communications, maintaining the volunteer database, and overseeing volunteer training and onboarding. Flexible shifts. Minimum age: 18. 

New Leaf Foods, Inc. - Kim Diaz

920-600-4413, kimr.diaz@gmail.com

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Reading Coach Volunteers

It only takes an hour a week to make a difference to a child! Research shows that third graders who have proficient reading skills are nearly five times more likely to graduate high school than their peers who do not. Yet in many of our area schools, 70% of third graders test below proficient for on-track readiness in English Language Arts.

Reading Coaches for Kids is a volunteer tutoring program designed to increase students' reading abilities and academic success by providing volunteers who read individually with students in Brown County K-5 classrooms during the regular school year and summer school. Reading Coaches must pass a background check. No educational background is needed; training and ongoing support are provided, and trainings are regularly scheduled throughout the year. The Reading Coaches program is especially looking for volunteers ages 55+ to be a part of the Retired/Senior Volunteer Program to provide intergenerational experiences. Shifts: various times during the school day; a minimum commitment of one hour per week during the school year is preferred. Minimum age: 18. Click here for more information and an application. 

Reading Coaches for Kids - Nancy Pfankuch

920-600-0184, nancy@volunteergb.org

Shelter Assistance

There is an immediate critical need for volunteers in a variety of roles from November-April at St. John's men's and women's shelters:

  • Breakfast (5:30-7:30 am) - Heat and serve breakfast for their guests. 
  • Hospitality (4:45-7:00 pm and 7:00-9:30 pm) - Spend time talking with and listening to their guests, with additional light tasks, such as making coffee and setting out snacks.
  • Laundry (7:00-10:00 pm) - Launder guests' personal laundry, towels, and bedding. 

Kids younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

St. John's Ministries - Brooke Graham

920-301-0909, bgraham@stjohnsgreenbay.org


Front Desk

Front desk volunteers at The Micah Center will work alongside the office manager in this stimulating role. Responsibilities include greeting guests and helping them sign in, and answering the phone and directing callers to staff and resources. If you enjoy a dynamic, fast-paced environment, excel in multi-tasking, and love interacting with guests and community members, this may be the opportunity for you! Shifts: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8:30 am-12:00 pm. Minimum age: 18. 

St. John's Ministries - Brooke Graham

920-301-0909, bgraham@stjohnsgreenbay.org


Office Reception

Office reception volunteers will work behind-the-scenes at the men's shelter location. Responsibilities include answering the phone and directing callers to staff and resources, answering the door, receiving donations, and more. If you have great customer service skills and enjoy interacting with community members, this may be the opportunity for you! Shifts: Mondays, 9:00 am-12:30 pm, and Fridays, 12:30-4:00 pm. Minimum age: 18. 

St. John's Ministries - Brooke Graham

920-301-0909, bgraham@stjohnsgreenbay.org

Bread Run Drivers and Dishwashers

Give back through food at the Salvation Army.

  • Bread run drivers pick up bread from area businesses. You must pass a background check and be driver-approved. Shifts: Mondays and Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 am.
  • Dishwashers will assist the lunch program. Shifts: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10:45 am-12:45 pm.

Minimum age: 18.

The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay - Kristine Schmidt

920-593-2375, kristine.schmidt@usc.salvationarmy.org

Resale Shoppe Volunteers

Unity Resale Shoppe, a part of Unity Hospice, would like volunteers to help with various duties, including accepting, cleaning, and sorting donations; pricing and staging merchandise on the sales floor; and working the cash register. Shifts: Mondays-Thursdays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, 1:00-4:00 pm, and 4:00-6:00 pm; Fridays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 1:00-4:00 pm; Saturdays, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Minimum age: 18.

Unity Resale Shoppe, LLC - Paakou Vang

920-339-5501, pvang@unityhospice.org

For a monthly list of volunteer opportunities,

view November's Volunteer Times here.

Affiliate Partner of the Week

Mission: To provide peer support, education and long-term transitional living to women and children affected by mental health and substance use disorders.

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