Volunteer Now: Baking Cookies; Carrying Bird Seed

Want to give back to the community? Here are ways you can help area organizations.

To sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities or to learn more about volunteering, check out the United Way Volunteer Center. The following volunteer opportunities are available through the United Way of Waukesha County:

World's Greatest Cookie Sale, Adaptive Community Approach Program, Waukesha

Do you love to bake, but aren't sure where to take your holiday goodies? You can bake holiday cookies to donate to the World's Greatest Cookie Sale! Volunteers should bake small, holiday type cookies at home and deliver them to ACAP on Friday, Nov. 16, Monday, Nov. 19, or Tuesday, Nov. 20, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You do not need to package the cookies; we will take care of that for you! If you are looking for a recipe, contact ACAP and we can assist you. Requirements: Volunteers must have fun and get into the holiday spirit!


Bird Seed Sale Volunteer, Waukesha County Park System, Waukesha

Retzer Nature Center needs assistance in helping carry 50 pound bags of bird seed to customer's cars when they arrive to pick up their orders. There are various dates for the sale and one volunteer is needed per shift, per day:

--Friday 11/2, 10am-4:30pm
--Saturday 11/3, 8am-2pm
--Sunday 11/4, noon-4:30pm
--Monday 11/5 10am-4:30pm
--Wednesday 11/7, noon-6pm

Volunteers must be able to repeatedly lift and carry 50-pound bags of bird seed to people's cars. There may be slower times during the shift, so volunteers are encouraged to bring a book and/or personal electronic device to keep them busy during slow periods.


Kind Hearts Needed for Friendly Visits, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Waukesha

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care is looking for kind hearts seeking to make a real difference in the lives of terminally ill adults. If you enjoy reading, sharing memories, being a good listener or sharing any other talents you have, we have an opportunity for you. Volunteers play an essential role in the lives of our patients and families. An hour a week can provide so much comfort and care to our patients and families. Volunteers are required to complete new volunteer training as well as a criminal background check and TB test (Seasons provides). Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer.

Mentors Needed at Area Schools,Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, Waukesha

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee is seeking adult volunteers to mentor elementary-aged children in structured school settings in the City of Waukesha. In this school-based program, volunteers (Bigs) who have been matched with a child (Little) meet weekly for a minimum of one hour either during the school day or after school. "Bigs" and "Littles" are matched together based on similar interests and values. Each site’s staff coordinator provides adult oversight, planned activities, direct match support and outcome measurement. Enrollment is seasonal.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Big Brothers Big Sisters now to begin mentoring in fall! All volunteers must go through a thorough screening process which includes a formal application, layered criminal background screening, references checks and an in-person interview. We ask for a minimum two-year relationship and the availability to meet with the child on a weekly basis. For our school-based program, all volunteers must be 18 years or older and out of high school.

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