Monday, January 17, 2011

Oshkosh Volunteer Opportunities


The Salvation Army
Community Meals Program
Volunteers are needed to assist with the Community Meals Program Monday through Friday.  Lunch is served from 11:00 am until 12:20 pm.  Volunteers start about 1-2 hours prior to the meal and work until about 30 minutes after the meal.  They assist with preparations, serving, and clean up.

Food Pantry Program
Volunteers are needed to help in the food pantry from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.  General duties include stocking shelves, checking in patrons and bagging groceries.  The food pantry is different from many other pantries in that patrons shop for their groceries, following a list of allowed items per family size.  Other duties could include assembling food bags for low income housing residents signed up for the commodities program and sorting and stocking donations received from food drives, organizations, and individuals.

General Office
Volunteers with computer skills are needed for typing, filing, copying, data entry and other general office duties.  Volunteers are also needed in the office for special projects.

Maintenance and Driver Assistant
Volunteers can assist with pick up and deliveries and general facility maintenance such as mopping and sweeping floors, emptying trash, vacuuming, and cleaning restrooms.  Volunteers may also help with light yard work.  Please contact Deb Schmidt, Volunteer Coordinator, (920) 232-7660.

Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh
Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh is currently looking for both construction volunteers and volunteers to work in and set up the New Habitat ReStore. Construction opportunities include; construction volunteer, site host, crew leader, and lunch provider. At the ReStore volunteer positions include: Donation pickups, Item delivery, Donation Associate, Cashier, Merchandiser and Office Worker & Receptionist. Both individual and group opportunities are available. If you would like to learn more please about construction opportunities call (920) 235-3535 or for ReStore opportunities call (920) 230-3535, email, or visit our website at

Oshkosh Seniors Center
The Oshkosh Seniors Center offers unique volunteer opportunities for different talents, schedules, and physical abilities.  If you have reception skills, strength and stamina for moving tables and chairs, love to cook, or are an expert in a certain area and would like to share your knowledge, we need you!  Please stop by the Center to pick up a volunteer application. Linda Verwiel, Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule an appointment to discuss specific volunteer opportunities or you can contact her by calling 920-232-5306 or e-mail

The Winnebago County Literacy Council’s mission is to increase the literacy skills of adults and families so they can make informed decisions allowing them to function effectively in society.  We are looking for volunteers wanting to share the gift of literacy!  Our primary opportunity is tutoring adults, their families, or high school students to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and/or life skills.  Volunteers can also translate for non-English-speakers, recruit students and tutors, serve on our Board of Directors, and/or help with special fundraising events!  If you are interested, please call Raissa at 236-5219 ext. 4802, or check out our website at  Help someone to read, succeed, and lead!

Affinity Health System – Mercy Medical Center
Gift Shop - Greet customers, handle sales via money/checks/credit cards, replenish the candy supply, deliver gifts or flowers to patients, and dust or straighten as needed.  Morning, afternoon and evening, and weekend shifts may be available. 
Spiritual Services -  If your calling is in the Spiritual Services area, you may be interested in helping set up and/or lector at the noon Catholic Mass on Thursdays or be a music leader for the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday mornings.
Outpatient Services Escort Area – There are afternoon openings in the Outpatient Services Escort Area to escort patients to CT/nuclear medicine, lab, hydrotherapy, sleep disorder area, cardiopulmonary services, neurodiagnostics, preadmission testing, or the cardiorespiratory areas. These volunteers require the physical ability to push patients in a wheelchair and to walk to other departments as needed within Mercy MedicalCenter.
See more on our website at or contact Volunteer Services at 223-0225.

Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh is looking for volunteers in the following areas:  Bethel Home - light maintenance, landscaping, filling bird feeders, one-on-one visitors, activities/games, Sojourners Ministry, and working in the Bethel Home gift shop.  Carmel Residence - monthly continental breakfast helper (4th Wed of month from 7:45 - 9:45 a.m.), and bingo leader (times are flexible).  Gabriel's Villa - assist residents with basic computer help (checking email, etc.), shopping on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. (transportation provided), and help with bingo on the weekends (times are flexible).  Contact Jill Novotny for more information at (920) 232-5282 or  Visit us online at for a complete list of opportunities!

Affinity Visiting Nurses are looking for Home Care Volunteers to provide companionship, offer support and comfort, and provide a link to the hospice staff. Training is provided for all volunteers. While we need visitors for all of our patients, we are always in need of male volunteers to visit with our male patients. Men encouraged to inquire!  Make a difference in people's lives!

Office Volunteer – Tuck In calls
We are in need of volunteers to help on Thursdays to call all of our current patients before the weekend starts. Volunteers will be calling patients from our Neenah office location to ensure they have all the supplies and medications needed before the weekend. One hour per week or every other week is required. Short training provided. For more information  on either need or to sign up for training, please call Kristyna Williams at 920-727-2000.

The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to help make a difference in the community.  The opportunities are endless, from being a Senior Friend to teaching Babysitting training course, from casework for our Bridges program to working at a blood drive, and from being trained to respond to Disasters to working in our office as a receptionist and everything in between.  We are in need of a person or two to help with data entry and office support.  If you are available during the day during the week and interested, let me know!  Please call Jamie Larson (920) 231-3590 or stop in at their new location at 5155 S. Washburn St., Suite 201.

ADVOCAP RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)
Contact: Deb Tauer, ADVOCAP RSVP Volunteer Services Director
 2929 Harrison St.Oshkosh WI 54901
Phone: (920) 426-0150 Email:
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is a service specially designed for Winnebago County Seniors age 55 and older that offers senior and/ or retired persons a vast selection of volunteer opportunities throughout the county.

Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh is looking for volunteers to help Club members with their homework!  Be a child’s friend and play sports in the Gym, or come help in the office by stuffing envelopes, filing or assisting with data entry.  Work in program-specific areas that suit your skills like art, sports, music and drama, and computer technology.  Be a mentor! For more information, contact Lindsey Moon Arnold at (920) 233-1414 or

Clarity Care, a nonprofit service provider, has opportunities for volunteers to help in the Marketing department at the Oshkosh office. Duties include marketing research, program development, surveying, brand extension, collateral development, mailings, data entry. Volunteer opportunities are during regular business hours, M-F 8am-4:30pm.  For more information please contact Kurt Johnson at (920) 236-6560 or

Oshkosh Area Community Pantry duties include picking up purchases and unloading food, helping with the registration/re-registration process, assisting customers by being a “shopping buddy”, stocking, sorting, and preparing food for the shelves counting and weighing at the Check Out, assisting with cleaning and maintenance, as well as some availability for special group projects.  Our shifts are Monday: 2-5pm, 4-7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9:30-12:30, 12:30-3:30pm, Friday we have pick up driver opportunities available, and Saturdays 8:30-11, 11:00-1pm.  We usually have six shifts available in the morning and six in the evening shifts.  To sign up you can fill out an online form at and send it in, or stop in the pantry at 2551 Jackson St.  You can also contact Meghan, at

Hope and Care Center
The Hope and Care Center is looking for reliable volunteers to help run the center from 4:00 p.m. to 8:p.m. Mon. thru Fri. starting in January 2011. We would also be interested in talking to anyone interested in starting their own program that would be beneficial to our members.  For more information contact Debra Silverthorn at the Hope and Care Center by calling 233-3563 or email dfsilverthorn@live .com.

Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin a nonprofit service provider has opportunities for volunteers to help in their Oshkosh office.  Duties include helping with mailings and assorted clerical duties.  Hours are flexible and if you would like we can call when needed and if you’re available to help great.  Our office hours are M-F 7:30am to 4:30 pm. We also are looking for a volunteer to assist with minor repairs and yard work at our Respite House and WILLO Apartments located in Oshkosh, such as fixing drawers, replacing molding, replacing blinds, lawn maintenance, etc.  For more information on any of these opportunities, please call our office at (920) 424-4071 or email

Greet visitors and provide important information about the EAA AirVenture Museum, serve as a tour guide for scheduled group tours, participate in the annual EAA AirVenture Convention, the education programs, distribute appropriate literature on EAA Membership and Education Programs, Drive the Tram (shuttle) to transport visitors to the Pioneer Airport and spend some time outdoors, help in EAA’s Library, assist in the Collections Department, and more! To become part of the team or for more information, contact Bob Campbell, Manager of Museum Operations and Resident Education at or 920-426-4815.

Aurora Medical Center Oshkosh
Are you looking to Volunteer in a warm & friendly environment where you set your own schedule according to your availability? Can't make it in to your scheduled shift?  We find your replacement. Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to the Gift Shop, Lobby Information Desks, Transporting, Patient Services Station & Spiritual Services.
Knitters Nook: We have a very active Knitters Nook who knit/crochet at home & provide handmade items for our patients with full size afghans, prayers shawls, bay hats, booties & blankets.
Donations:  No time to Volunteer?  We’ll gladly take donations of yarn for our Knitters Nook, magazines for our Lobby, videos, CD's and bud vases for our patients use.  Please contact John Nieman, at (920) 456-7013 or for more information. 

Aurora VNA Hospice
REWARD YOURSELF!!! Are you a compassionate, caring person that can give of two hours a week? If so then we need you!!! The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program is in search of volunteers to provide companionship for their patients. Patients are generally seen in their homes or in local facilities where they may reside.  In addition to companionship, hospice volunteers provide support to family members, run errands, hold a hand or just "be there". Volunteers are also needed in the office for clerical work and bereavement mailings. No medical background needed, training provided!!  Make that Call today!
Jayne Syrjamaki Volunteer Coordinator 920-456-2057 or email

Lord of the Lakes Thrift & Gift Shop 208 W. Main Street, Winneconne would love your help!
We have fun as we give back to our community.  Hours and days are flexible. Call us at 920-582-3932 during business hours Wednesday 10-2, Thursday 10-7, Friday 10-2, Saturday 10-2 for more information.

Oshkosh Area United Way needs volunteers for task force committees including strategic planning, policy, personnel, by-laws, and personnel policy task forces, ethics, leadership giving, board management, marketing, planned giving, and investment management and fund development.  Contact Sue Panek at (920) 235-8560. 

There is also a need for individuals and families to volunteer for the Day of Caring on April 29th from 7:30 – 12:00 noon.  Contact Denise at 235-8560 or

Oshkosh Family / Meals on Wheels  invites you to share your lunch hour once a week with some special people. Deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in the city of Oshkosh. Drivers are especially needed on Mondays or Tuesdays. Other days are also available. A 3-6 month commitment is appreciated. Contact Judy Richey at (920) 651-3316 or

Oshkosh Police Department – Volunteers assist with a variety of administrative tasks – most computer-based.  Also needed are weekday morning Safety Building lobby host/hostess; evening Front Desk helpers; Neighborhood Watch volunteers; Speed Watch volunteers will be trained to run radar and record license plate information of speeding vehicles but do not issue warnings or stop cars; helpers for special events and programs. Visit for a Volunteer Application or contact Dorry Wilner, 236-5714 or

Oshkosh Teen Safe Rides needs adults and high school students to help get middle and high school students home safely on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 PM to 2 AM.  Adults provide supervision while students receive phone calls, dispatch cars, and give confidential rides home.  This program operates under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America and is sponsored by Mercy Medical Center.  For more information, please call Peg Larson at 231-3005.

4-H Youth Development – UW-Extension is looking for adult leaders. You work with youth in either a community club or countywide activity. Volunteers must be able to communicate with youth and adults. You can either volunteer short–term (single event to month) or long-term (throughout the 4-H year). Training is provided. You must be 18 to volunteer. For more information contact Rene Mehlberg at (920) 232-1974 or