2007-11-01 / News

From the Librarian's Desk

By Judith H. Bell

So, who could know that the first night of the World Series would be Oct. 24 and that the Red Sox would be playing, and that the Shores would be holding a meet the candidates event on the same night when we picked the date for our third Volunteer Night sponsored by the Friends of the Jamestown Library?

Nineteen organizations, with 35 representatives, showed up along with 27 members of the community for what was a fun and informative evening, but we suspect competition with the pre-game events kept many possible volunteers at home. So, just in case you missed us and are interested, here are the Jamestown organizations that showed up on Volunteer Night at the library.

AARP Tax-Aide Program- The nation's largest, free, volunteer run tax preparation and assistance service, serving low and middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those ages 60 and over. This excellent organization will train you as a tax counselor. Call Cliff Largess at 294-1612 or Dick Allphin at 423-2983 if you are interested in volunteering.

The AARP Tax-Aide counselors will be at the Jamestown library on Monday and Wednesday, from Feb. 11 to April 14 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. excluding Federal holidays, when the library is closed.

Jamestown Education Foundation- A private, nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide educational and cultural enrichment for Jamestown students. Call volunteer Brenda Hawkins at 423- 9161 for information on how you can help. Brenda was also representing her Cub Scout troop that evening as well as being a member of the Board of the Friends of the Library and one of the organizers of volunteer night!

The Humane Society Of Jamestown- celebrating their 36th anniversary serving the community, this group is noted for their educational programs in the Jamestown schools and their February "Spay Day." Contact this organization by e-mail at juliew@cox.net with the subject "HSJ Volunteer" if you are interested in helping, or write to them at P.O. box 681.

The Jamestown Medical Fund - created to "bridge the gap" when medical expenses vital to heath exceed ability to pay. Residents may apply with applications available at Baker's Pharmacy, Jamestown Family Practice or by writing JMF at P.O. Box 236. The group also maintains the "loan closet" at the JEMS ambulance barn.

Beavertail Lighthouse & Museum- Keep this "light" shining! Join the BLMA and/or volunteer with this terrific group of people. Contact George or Linda Warner at 423-0036 if you wish to volunteer or email the BLMA at info@ beavertaillight.org.

St. Mark Church- The St. Vincent De Paul Society, which includes a community food closet. If you wish to volunteer to help, call Millie Feeney at 423-1850.

The Jamestown Historical Society And The Conanicut Battery- Many opportunities to work on collections, program, the Windmill, the Battery, development, building & grounds, publications, education and finance for this vital community organization charged with preserving, recording and educating the community on the rich history of the island. Contact them at 423-0784 or email at JHS@ jamestownri.com.

The Jamestown Fire Department- For more than 100 years, the island has had a volunteer fire department, a hardy band of men and women whose skill and dedication are legend. If your energy and time permit, this is organizations needs you! Contact the Department at 423-0062 for details about volunteering and training.

The Jamestown Emergency Medical Services- On call and staffed 24/7, formerly known as the Jamestown Ambulance Association, JEMS provides opportunities for training for drivers, crew and Emergency Medical Technicians. A training class for EMT certifi- cation is coming up in November 2007. If you are interested in joining, call 423-7276 for more details about volunteering and training.

Conanicut Concerned Citizens- organized to protect and preserve Conanicut Island's groundwater, drinking water, and environmentally sensitive land areas through education and advocacy. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation (donations are tax deductible), is the watchdog group for the environment of the entire Island. Contact Rosemary Forbes-Woodside at 423-1051 for more information.

The Jamestown Community Theatre Association - Lots of fun for community involvement in front of or behind the lights. Singing, dancing, painting, costume production, this is a wonderful outlet for your creative side while fostering the growth of arts, culture and social awareness here on the island. Join up by calling 423-3750 or email ms.wright@cox.net.

The Town Of Jamestown- The town needs willing members for our boards and commissions. Much of the important work of the town is done by these bodies and thoughtful, concerned citizens are desperately needed. No special background is needed. Contact the town clerks office at 423-7200 or go on-line to view the descriptions of jobs and download an application at www.jamestownri.net.

The Jamestown Chamber Of Commerce- Where would we be without our merchants and other talented business community members? Visit their website at www.jamestownrichamber.com and join up if this is for you.

The Jamestown Community Farm - in its eighth year, the farm occupies 17 acres of donated land and distributes fresh vegetables around the state to shelters and food kitchens. They need people to work in the field, drivers, mechanics to work on farm equipment; also an experienced beekeeper to assist would be useful. This is a terrific opportunity to learn from some experts about environmentally sound agricultural practices and a chance to meet some great people. Call Lynda or Bob Sutton, 423-0910 or email lsuttondesign@aol.com.

Red Cross Shelter At Melrose School - as part of the island's emergency management program, Melrose School is set up as an emergency Red Cross Shelter. Volunteers are needed and training is provided. Contact Chief Tom Tighe at the Jamestown Police Station, 423- 1212, for more information on how you can help with this program.

The Jamestown Rotary Club - you don't have to join the Rotary to help with their fund-raising activities here on the island, such as the bike race and their annual May breakfast. Learn more about them by visiting http://www. jamestownclassic.org/rotary.

The Jamestown Teen Center - Join up! Melissa Minto provides dynamic leadership for teens to grow, learn and laugh! Expand your vision and develop a habit of contributing to your community at the teen center.

Friends of the Jamestown Library- who sponsored the event, are always looking for members. Their 14-member board would welcome volunteers. Most of the programming at the library is provided by the Friends. They fund as well as facilitate the programming that keeps the library hopping.

The Jamestown Philomenian Library - in addition to the Friends, the library itself offers volunteer opportunities for teens and beyond. Our volunteers provide a number of valuable services that allow paid staff to do more to bring you the best library service possible.

The library wants to thank all the volunteers who gave up an evening at home to share their volunteering spirit. I have to say, however, I never saw a room clear out faster than it did that Wednesday night about 8:30 p.m. I believe the game started at 8:34! And bless the few hardy souls who came looking for the chance to serve this community, we are lucky to have you. The Friends are committed to repeating this important program, so watch the Press for our next Volunteer Evening. See you at the library.

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