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November 5, 2012

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:PARENT MENTORS SOUGHT: Pathways’ Cape Ann Families is seeking men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. The Cape Ann Families Parent Mentor Program has been running for 20 years, serving parents of the Cape Ann community who are experiencing stress or isolation. The program is looking for volunteers to participate in its five-week spring parent mentor training, after which each volunteer will be matched with a parent, beginning a year-long mentorship/friendship. Contact Teby Wammack at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or twammack@pw4c.org.

FUND TO PREVENT HOMELESSNESS: The nonprofit organization based in Manchester provides one-time assistance to families in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Manchester, Rockport and Wenham who do not qualify for any state funding. The fund, which gives 100 percent of contributions to families in need, defines families as a minimum of at least one parent and one child in the home. The board uses a volunteer professional intake coordinator to evaluate and assess the needs of families requesting assistance. Most families are referred by social service organizations or clergy. All inquiries and contributions may be sent to the Fund to Prevent Homelessness, P.O. Box 17, Manchester 01944.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS: Hospice of the North Shore has a variety of flexible volunteer opportunities currently available in Gloucester, Rockport and surrounding communities. Volunteers are needed to help with companionship, transportation, errands and respite care. Patient visitation is needed in both homes and long-term care and assisted living facilities. HNS offers ongoing volunteer training sessions. All volunteers are provided with comprehensive training and ongoing education and support. Call 978-774-7566, email info@hns.org or visit www.hns.org.

FOSTER HOMES NEEDED: The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families needs homes for adolescents in the Gloucester area. Training sessions for foster parents will be held in Gloucester. Call Carla King at 978-825-3862.

HELP LINE VOLUNTEERS: The substance abuse help line seeks volunteers for 24-hour, seven-day-a-week information and education phone service to persons affected by alcoholism and substance abuse. Close proximity to the MBTA. Call 617-536-0501, ext. 201, or visit www.helpline-online.com.

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