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vocates. CASA program volunteers represent the interests of foster children in all court cases, trying to ensure that the needs of the children take the forefront. A legal background is not required but a significant time commitment is: Volunteers must undergo a 12-hour training course, then dedicate at least 10 hours a month to the work, which includes meeting with children, doing background research and making official recommendations to the court. If your time is more limited, Family Advocates always needs help with basic office duties. The organization is also in need of someone who can serve as a data analyst on Tuesdays, as well as volunteers for two major fund-raising events. All volunteers must undergo a background check and fingerprinting, which costs $30. Anyone interested in helping out must start by filling out a volunteer application form, available on the website.

Habitat for Humanity

Idaho Botanical Garden

Idaho FoodBank

Habitat for Humanity is busy raising the roof—or rather roofs—over the heads of Treasure Valley families in need. Volunteers are the backbone of the organization dedicated to providing affordable housing to families who both need it and are willing to help work for it. Volunteers do everything from working on construction sites to helping in the ReStore, where donated construction materials are sold to the public.

Idaho Botanical Garden is more than just a place where plants grow. It’s a hub of the community with a full schedule of events—from concerts to educational classes. Volunteers are needed to do everything from getting their hands dirty in the garden to helping staff public events and gatherings. Volunteers staff the summer concerts and also serve as guides for garden visitors. Anyone interested in volunteering must fill out an application, which are available at the garden office and online.

To make sure families across the state get the help they need, the foodbank is in constant need of help itself. Volunteers are particularly needed to sort and repackage food donations. Help is also needed in the warehouse. There are also volunteer opportunities for groups and families, depending on the project, and foodbank staff is willing to help organizations put on their own food donation drives. Following the success of the Picnic in the Park summer program, the foodbank is looking for volunteers to help with the project, which helps make sure children have a good lunch when schools are on summer break. Organizers are also focusing on gathering

Contact: Construction, Sarah Waltman; Habitat ReStore, Tod Wingfield, Website: Phone: Construction, 208-331-2916, Ext. 315; ReStore, 208-375-5256

Contact: Karen Christeson, Website: Phone: 208-343-8649

Contact: Megan Bates, Website: Phone: 208-345-3344

Foothills Learning Center The Foothills Learning Center is all about celebrating not only the Boise Foothills but the environment as a whole. Families and children are the focus of the center’s numerous educational programs and classes held throughout the year, all done with the goal of getting people in touch with the natural world. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help with the center’s programing, doing ever ything from working on a newsletter, to helping with educational events, teaching programs and even weeding the native plant garden. Log on to the website to download a volunteer application. Contact: Kristin Lundstrom, Website: Phone: 208-493-2535

Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers Giraffe Laugh is a nonprofit that helps provide childcare regardless of a family’s ability to pay. The center also works with the Marian Pritchett School, allowing teen mothers to continue their education while their children are cared for. The organization is always looking for volunteers to help with everything from rocking babies to organizing some of the group’s fund-raising events. The group also needs volunteers to do various tasks around the center, including reading to children, working in the gardens of its various locations and transporting materials between sites. The crew at Giraffe Laugh has recently set up a new online system allowing volunteers to create user profiles for themselves and view all the volunteer opportunities available through the organization. To check it out, or to create your profile, visit Contact: Amber Murray, Website: Phone: 208-424-3387


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