Volunteer Opportunities – updated March 27, 2013

There are 14 volunteer opportunities available to active duty, retirees, DOD civilians and family members. Everyone is encouraged to step up and lend a helping hand.


ELTON JOHN CONCERT – The Seabee Ball Committee is looking for at least 25 more volunteers to support the Elton John Concert, March 30 at the Coast Coliseum. Training is tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Coliseum. Personnel who received training for the Jason Aldean concert do not need the training. If you are interested, please contact LTJG Matt Catanese, at matthew.catanese@navy.mil or 228-822-5439.


DISABLED COUPLE NEEDS HELP – A disabled Gulfport couple is looking for volunteers to repair their fencing and do other minor projects. If you are interested in helping, please call Edward Austin at 228-596-8565.


RESTORE COASTAL ALABAMA PARTNERSHIP – RCAP is looking for 100 – 1,000 volunteers to create four reefs at Pelican Point in Fairhope, Ala. Once constructed, the reefs will protect the adjacent shoreline and enhance habitat for fish, shellfish and birds, providing opportunities for fishing, bird watching and sightseeing from land, kayak or boat. Volunteers will meet April 6 at 8 a.m., at Pelican Point, Baldwin County, Alabama, near the mouth of Weeks Bay, 10299 County Road 1, Fairhope, Ala.  Sign up for this opportunity at www.100-1000.org. Contact Kandice O’Grady, Alabama Coastal Foundation at 251-990-6002 for additional information. (blm)


ART IN THE PASS – Approximately 25 volunteers are needed for Art in the Pass, April 5 – 7 at the War Memorial Park. Art in the Pass is a not-for-profit organization; made possible through the hard work and dedication of volunteers.  Volunteers are asked to work two hour shifts.  Work includes setting up booths, carrying sound equipment, setting up tables/chairs/displays, park maintenance, handing out program pamphlets, working with food vendors, and selling tickets for water and other beverages. Volunteers are needed April 5 from 11 am – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  If you are interested, please contact Ernestine Allison, 228-216-5741.


2013 ZOMBIE RUN – Ten volunteers are needed for the 2013 Zombie Run April 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. All proceeds raised during the race will help cover the cost of surgery for 15 children in need of cleft lip and palate repairs. The Zombie Run is new to the coast, but has been held in numerous cities throughout the United States. Although there is a lot of fun and play throughout the race/obstacle course, the benefits are life changing. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact kirsty_cullumber@navyfederal.org, or stop by the Orange Grove Navy Federal Credit Union branch located in the Crossroads Shopping Plaza to sign up. 


GULFPORT CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL, 1310 42nd Ave, Gulfport is asking for 10 proctor/hall monitors April 10, from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.  If you can help, please contact Erwin Gilliam, Guidance Counselor, 228-870-1020.


HARRISON CENTRAL ELEMENTARY – Harrison Central Elementary, 15451 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport is asking for 15 – 20 volunteers to supervise and manage field day activities being performed by approximately 610 students, ages 5 – 9 years old April 19, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Lunch, water and Gatorade will be provided.  To volunteer, please contact James. L. Smith, Assistant principal at Jlsmith@harrison.k12.ms.us or 228-832-2701 between 8 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. 


SMOKIN’ THE SOUND & SMOKIN’ THE LAKE – Smokin’ the Sound, April 26 – 28 and Smokin’ the Lake, May 4 – 5, are returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Race organizers are asking for volunteers to sell and attach wrist bands to event spectators, director spectators to viewing areas and perform other volunteer services.  Volunteers will be provided with a meal.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Chief Ryan Wilber at ryan.wilber@navy.mil or stop by the NCBC Public Affairs Office, building 1, room 205, no later than March 30 to sign up for a shift.


ORANGE GROVE ELEMENTARY – Orange Grove Elementary, 11391 Old Highway 49, Gulfport is in need of six volunteers May 1, to serve as test proctors and 35 volunteers, May 14, 15 and 16 to serve as proctors. Volunteers are asked to report to the school by 7:30 a.m. If you are interested, please contact Stephanie Schepens, 228-365-0204 for more information.  


LONG BEACH ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL SEEKS MENTORS – Long Beach Alternative School on Old Pass Road in Long Beach is looking for mentors for three high school girls and four high school boys. Mentor duties will include providing direction on assignments, increasing personal accountability and other life skills. Please call Michelle Harrison at 228-865-1956 if you are interested.

WOOLMARKET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SEEKS MENTORS – Woolmarket Elementary School on John Lee Road in Biloxi is looking for mentors for their male students as they prepare for middle school. Please contact Shirley Hardman at 228-392-5640 for more information or to volunteer.

COAST SALVATION ARMY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS – Volunteers are need for various projects throughout the year. Contact Shawna Tatge for info, Shawna_Tatge@uss.salvationarmy.org


DRIFTWOOD NURSING HOME – Want to make a difference in the life of the elderly then volunteer with Driftwood Nursing Home located right outside the Broad Avenue gate. The contact for this volunteer opportunity is Christina at 228-243-3421.


USO GULF COAST – Get involved with USO Gulf Coast.  Thanks to dedicated volunteers, our USO Gulf Coast Centers operate to provide a place to unwind, to connect to families back home or whatever else is needed to ease the burden. Even if you are not able to volunteer on a regular basis, our local USO Gulf Coast Centers often have programs and events that need your support. Interested in becoming a USO volunteer? Simply visit usovolunteer.org to submit a volunteer interest form.

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