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If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty, Parks and Rec is all about the physical labor with projects that range from weeding and painting to building picnic tables and planting trees. There are also a couple of big community projects each year, including clean-up days along the Boise River and in the Foothills, as well as the Rake Our Parks event in the fall.
Volunteers are always needed to help with youth programs at the city’s neighborhood centers, as well as with the Adventure Program, which helps disabled youth get involved in outdoor recreation. Check the website for specific volunteer opportunities.
IRC is always in need of volunteers to help the nonprofit help others. Volunteers are needed to do everything from basic clerical duties to working as family mentors directly with refugees as they settle into their new lives. Volunteers are also needed to work one-on-one with refugees in jobs classes, helping with resumes and interviewing skills and working in the IRC’s women’s program that works on life skills with high-risk women.
Anyone interested in working with the group should start by filling out an application. A background check is required, but IRC staff will work with volunteers to find a position that works for their time restraints and skills.
Volunteers are needed to help in a wide variety of ways, from walking, bathing and grooming dogs, to playing with the cats. Volunteers are also needed to serve as adoption assistants, answering questions and helping to match people with prospective pets.
If you’re willing to do a little digging, people are also needed to help maintain the grounds of the facility, making sure the animals have as nice of a home as possible until they are adopted. Visit the website to fill out a volunteer application before signing up for an orientation.
If you don’t mind the slightly creepy, you can lead tours at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. If you love a traditional museum, help with collections at the historical museum. If you prefer some dirt under your nails, you can work in the native garden in the Pioneer Village area of the museum. Those who prefer their history bound can work at the historical library and archives collection. Check the website for a volunteer application.
Volunteers are needed to help with one-on-one tutoring, as well as working in the classroom, manning the group’s farm stand and even working on the farm.
The Boise Public Library has even more need for volunteers at each of its branch libraries across the city. The library bases its volunteer effort around its website, which posts volunteer opportunities as they become available. Would-be volunteers are asked to fill out an online form and be ready to undergo a background check. Volunteers are also needed with Friends of the Boise Library, which puts on used book sale fundraisers for the library and runs the book store.
Volunteers are needed to help with job coaching, English language classes, working directly with families, monitoring refugees on the culture, traditions and daily life in Boise, as well as doing office work, fundraising and helping with transportation.
Contact Yasmin Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 208-338-0033 or visit the Agency for New Americans' website for more info.
Anyone interested can start by filling out a volunteer application that is available online and attending an orientation. There is additional training for some positions.