Volunteers keep the heart of Stirling’s MILL beating

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The Stirling MILL is a not-for-profit organization located in Stirling that lends musical instruments to residents of Belleville, Quinte West, Stirling, Campbellford and other villages, towns and rural municipalities in Hastings and Northumberland counties. Instrument loans are free and available to all MILL patrons. The Stirling MILL is a big project, starting small and expanding to serve communities across the region. It relies on grassroots involvement and participation and voluntary contributions from many sources.

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Volunteers are the beating heart of the organization; volunteers are required in a variety of positions which include the following. Volunteers to help the Curator serve the public at the Stirling MILL located in the Stirling-Rawdon Public Library. The hours are Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The duties require the ability to work with the public, sufficient computer knowledge to update files and some experience with musical instruments. The curator provides good support for learning new skills and building on previous knowledge. There is also a continued need for trained volunteers to work with the curator in the maintenance and repair of instruments. Some prior experience is preferred. There is potential for training and learning new skills for candidates with the appropriate abilities and interests. Volunteers are required to transport and return musical instruments between Stirling MILL and Belleville Public Library. Most instruments and equipment weigh less than 30 pounds, nothing is bigger than a cello, many items are delicate.

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The first ever Quinte Watersports Fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2022. All organizations active in non-motorized watersports clubs, service providers, equipment suppliers will be exhibiting at the Fair, which will be held at Lions Pavilion at West Zwicks Park. The organizers of the Fair, which include a rowing club, a sailing club and a paddle club, would like to be able to offer complementary activities, such as short “races around the buoys” between different types of boats, for example a quad with boat coxswain and a kayak for the club crews. Also build and pilot a cardboard boat for families. The organizers need volunteers to organize and assist these events. Volunteers must be able to give a few hours a week from now including September 10, 2022.

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The Gleaners Food Bank has had a very busy summer and is now gearing up for its fall programs and events and needs your help! The following volunteer positions require volunteer support as their summer students return to their school programs.

Intake Volunteers and Phones – Required 4 volunteers with customer service experience or a willingness to learn, to answer phones, provide one-on-one support to new customers, and help provide information and direction to customers.

Food distribution: 4 volunteers required to distribute boxes of food to customers, people with grocery and customer service experience, or willing to learn

Volunteer drivers pick up donations at various locations in Belleville, volunteer driver helpers help out in the truck with pickups, we are looking for 2 people on Mondays to help with this volunteer opportunity. Some heavy loads involved.

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Volunteers to help pack food baskets on Wednesday and Thursday. Volunteers follow a set list and pack the necessary baskets for distribution.

The Gleaners Food Bank food drive is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 20-30 volunteers are needed to help with the drive-through food drive, duties include receiving donations and sorting items at the Gleaners Food Bank.

Volunteers will be required at various grocery stores to collect food for the food drive on both days.

Volunteers to act as neighborhood stewards in local subdivisions. The stewards open their garage to receive food donations from their neighbours. All items are collected and sorted for food bank programs.

QUINTRA is currently looking for people interested in joining its Board of Directors. Meetings are held 6 times a year. The directors ensure the governance of the agency.

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The Community Development Council’s Good Food Bag program is urgently recruiting volunteers, including drivers, driver assistants, packers, truck loaders and unloaders, phone answerers, cleaners and clear the area. Some heavy loads involved in the positions. Full training provided.

Prince Edward Community Care needs volunteers to help out in the thrift store at 153 Main Street in Picton. Shifts are 3 hours per week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No experience is necessary, full orientation and training is offered. There are always experienced volunteers on site. All pandemic safety measures are in place. Items include checkout and sorting and pricing items. Community Care is in particular need of volunteers to work a Saturday shift.

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VIQ is currently looking for people interested in volunteering at Charity Bingos. Duties include bingo reminders, payment assistance and game monitoring. Both morning and main bingo slots are available. If you are 16 or older and want to support charities, please get in touch.

The Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign is back September 19-25, 2022 in support of the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. Volunteers are needed to help decorate the cookies at each of the locations. This is a great opportunity to hang out, support your hospital, and have a good time. Perfect for students to complete your high school volunteer hours.

Quinte Conservation is currently looking for volunteers to help organize and run their 75th Anniversary Craft Market fundraiser. Duties include support committee with various components such as silent action items, setup and tear down, traffic control and crow control and providing information to guests and more. It will be an outdoor event.

Volunteering and Information Quinte refers volunteers to over 275 agencies in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. We are currently recruiting volunteers to meet the needs of our community. Please contact 613-969-8862 or visit our website at www.viq.ca for more information on volunteer opportunities and “Help Us Help Others”. VIQ is a Centraide member agency.

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