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Agency for New Americans
rothers and sisters, it’s time you started listening to the good word. Not a word from on high. No, the word from deep inside your very being. You know which one we’re talking about: That nagging feeling it’s about damned time you left your selﬁsh ways behind and started giving back to others. Rejoice, brothers and sisters, Boise Weekly is here to help you ﬁnd your socially conscious salvation. And being the charitable souls that we are, we’ve even done the hard work for you. Here in BW’s annual Volunteer Guide, you’ll ﬁnd a list of Treasure Valley organizations that routinely work with volunteers to accomplish their missions. From nonproﬁts that bring the arts to children, to groups that help refugees get their bearings when they come to this country, to crews that help keep the environment clean, there’s something to ﬁt every interest, ability and time limitation. This is by no means a complete list of organizations that need a little extra help, but we’re hoping it helps readers see the light and ﬁnd true inspiration. For even more volunteer opportunities, visit BW’s new Volunteer page at boiseweekly.com, where you can ﬁnd information on volunteer projects throughout the year. If you represent an organization that needs volunteer help, the Volunteer page will also be a resource you can use to rally the troops.
New arrivals in the United States need a little help getting settled, and that’s where the Agency for New Americans comes in. The nonproﬁt works to support refugees as they transition, and it takes a lot of volunteers to pull it off. Volunteers are needed to help with job coaching, English language classes, working with families, mentoring refugees on the culture and daily life, as well as doing ofﬁce work and fundraising. Anyone interested can start by ﬁlling out a volunteer application available online and attending an orientation. There is additional training for some positions.
A.L.P.H.A. Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS is a driving force behind education about HIV and AIDS—as well other sexually transmitted diseases—in the Treasure Valley. But volunteers are needed to do a little bit of everything and anything, from ofﬁce work to stafﬁng outreach events. Volunteers are also needed at Exposure A.L.P.H.A. Interchange, the nonproﬁt’s retail thrift store. New volunteer orientation is held every other Thursday.
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BY DEANNA DARR | ILLUSTRATIONS BY ADAM ROSENLUND
Boise Art Museum
It’s a tough job bringing beauty to the world—seriously, it takes a whole lot of work and a small army of volunteers to keep the doors of Boise Art Museum open and to bring an array of art and programs to the public. Volunteers greet patrons, take admissions, work the museum store and provide information. They also work in the administrative ofﬁce and help with programs. If you’re more interested in a concentrated effort, the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year, Art in the Park, requires hundreds of volunteers to help with every aspect from setting up to ﬁnal accounting. Check BAM’s website and request a volunteer application for all positions. Contact: Visitors’ Services, Shauna, Ext. 34, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ofﬁce, Hana, Ext. 10, email@example.com; Education, Drew, Ext. 36, firstname.lastname@example.org; Art in the Park, Mary Corrock, Ext. 14, email@example.com Website: boiseartmuseum.org Phone: 208-345-8330
Contact: Yasmin Aguilar, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: anaidaho.org Phone: 208-338-0033, Ext. 269
Contact: Scott Weisenberger, email@example.com Website: alphaidaho.org Phone: 208-424-7799
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
Boise Bicycle Project
lead kids’ bike-safety programs, help out during community bike drives and represent the organization at numerous events throughout the year. Volunteers just need to have a love of bikes and, more importantly, the community. Contact: Jimmy Hallyburton, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: boisebicycleproject.org Phone: 208-429-6520
Boise River Volunteers Boise has a lot of things going for it, but the members of Boise River Volunteers help make sure that the thing going through Boise is as clean as possible. BRV is the group dedicated to making sure the beloved Boise River stays nice and clean throughout the busy summer ﬂoating season. The group conducts weekly cleanup ﬂoats to pick up any trash left in or near the river. Volunteers have even been known to rescue a forlorn boater or two. Anyone interested in joining can contact the group via its website and click on the contact link. Contact: Chris Crawford Website: riverhelpers.com
In the few short years of its existence, Boise Bicycle Project has become one of the most beloved nonproﬁt organizations in the Treasure Valley. Whether the crew is helping ﬁx up old bikes to be donated to area children and those in need or running a bicycle safety program for kids, BBP is one busy group of people. It’s also a community-driven group that depends on volunteers. BBP volunteers help ﬁx up donated bikes, teach others how to care for their own bikes,
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