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Volunteer opportunities abound in Wacos

Sept. 25, 1996

Volunteer opportunities abound in Waco

This column is part of a weekly series informing University students about volunteer opportunities in the Waco community.

*University High School needs math tutors for students in grades 9 through 12. College students with a knowledge of algebra, geometry and calculus can volunteer on a regular basis, preferably in the mornings before class hours.

'We need anyone who has math expertise,' said Annette Perez, instructional facilitator at UHS. 'Ideally, we'd like to set up a place for high school students to get help with homework from the night before.'

Students interested in tutoring can call Perez at 756-1843.

*Bledsoe-Miller Recreation Center needs volunteers to coach boys and girls youth basketball teams and teach basketball fundamentals at Saturday morning workshops.

'We're looking for students that are athletic and know something about basketball,' said Juliet Jones, recreation specialist at the center.

Ten coaches are needed to arrange one hour weekly practices, and coach Saturday morning games. Workshops teaching youths basic basketball skills have already started and weekly practices are currently being arranged. Games start the first week of December.

'We're doing this for the kids, we want them to have fun and learn teamwork and sportsmanship too,' Jones said.

Interested parties can contact Juliet Jones or Ronnie Allen at 750-8684.

*Quality Care of Waco, a Waco nursing home, needs University students to help with various activities. Coordinators are needed for group ball games with the elderly on Tuesday afternoons. Bowling, bingo and crafts are only a few of the other activities volunteers help residents with.

'We need people on an individual or group basis, as many hours as they can volunteer,' said Patricia Childress, activity director for Quality Care. 'If they can adopt a grandparent and just send them a card or come by and visit every now and then, that would mean a lot.'

Students interested in this opportunity may call Childress at 752-0311.

*Waco Wild West Century, a local non-profit biking association, needs volunteers to work its annual bike race Oct.5. Groups of 10 to 12 volunteers are needed to operate five rest stops along the course that runs from Indian Springs, across the Brazos River, through China Springs.

Volunteers will be at their assigned posts 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Duties include assisting riders, and setting out fruit, water and Gatorade for more than 1,200 participants.

'They [volunteers] will get a free T-shirt, and it'll be fun,' said Larry Linneman, president of Waco Wild West Century.

WWWC is Waco's largest riding association, and promotes riding enjoyment and safety in the Waco area. Organizations interested in participating can call Linneman at 772-4440 or 772-2453.

*Waco Baptist Academy holds its annual Fall Fest Oct. 18 and needs University students to work 5 to 8 p.m. Duties include helping set up booths, supervising activities and giving out prizes. The booths will include various carnival games such as ring toss, pie in the face and dart throwing.

'We'd like to have at least two volunteers at every booth so that the parents can take their kids around to the activities rather than working the booths,' Deborah McMullen, festival coordinator, said.

Waco Baptist Academy is not supported by churches and instead relies on fund-raisers such as Fall Fest for financial support. For more information on helping, call McMullen at 772-0540.

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