Check out these volunteer opportunities in the community.
  • Do you know U.S. and Wisconsin tax law? Can you operate a computer? Would you like to help seniors prepare their 2015 tax returns? The AARP Tax-Aide Program is looking for tax counselors for Racine and Kenosha Counties. Orientation for new volunteers is in December; a week-long training session takes place the first full week of January; and tax returns are completed during February, March and early April. Contact:  maryjohns29@gmail.com ; (262) 456-1015. Volunteers can also sign up at http://aarp.org/giving-back.
  • Senior Companion Inc. has volunteer opportunities to visit with older people in their homes as well as on the telephone and through the mail. Call Sue at (262).898.1941; scraanen@racinedominicans.org.
  • Become a valued friend to a Racine Unified School District elementary or middle school student. Contact David Power, Mentor Coordinator, at David.Power@rusd.org; (262) 664.6994.
  • The St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry, 926 LaSalle Street, invites you to visit any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. SVDP currently has openings for “behind the scenes” volunteers that do not involve heavy lifting or paper work. Call Mary Ann at (262) 633.6467. .
  • MyRIDE, a senior transportation project sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Racine County and the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), has volunteer driver openings. Call (262) 886.9612 for more information.
  • The Meals on Wheels Senior Nutrition Program has volunteer driving opportunities. Volunteers may drive any two hour shift Monday – Friday. Some volunteers start as substitute drivers. Meal pickup is at Ridgewood Center, 3205 Wood Road. Call ADRC’s Meals on Wheels: (262) 898.1370.
  • Help recent military retirees and their families re-enter the civilian world with the Racine Area Retiree Council (RARC). Volunteers provide current information on benefits, employment opportunities and travel options. Call RSVP – Racine County to enroll for training: (262) 886.9612.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.