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Volunteer opportunities come packaged in many ways. Today, we are looking for people interested in archaeology, horses and people.

The Buffalo Museum of Science is planning its 8th season of excavation at the Hiscock site in Genesee County. The dig will run from July 21 through Aug. 11. In the past, the site has yielded many fossil bones and plants dating back to the Ice Age.

Adults are welcome to take part in the dig. The work, though demanding, provides volunteers a chance to work with scientists on a continuing research project. Call the Geology Division at 896-5200.

The United Church Home, 1190 Amherst St., is seeking individuals who can volunteer for an hour or more a week. Needed are people to pour juice from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. nightly (except Wednesdays and Thursdays); friendly visitors, especially for people who are vision impaired, to help with games and group activities; gardeners willing to work in the rose garden.

Call Pat Thomann, activities director, at 875-0944 for further information.

DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda, is recruiting volunteers to assist in the admissions lobby. They welcome patients and visitors and help with directions and admission information. Shifts are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Susan N. Siegel, director of volunteer services, at 690-2087, ext. 2088, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center, which offers handicapped people the opportunity to ride horses, is looking for volunteers to lead horses and be "side walkers" during sessions. The Center is located at 15 Reiter Road, East Aurora.

If you would like to be involved but prefer not to work near horses, the organization needs people to help at fund raising events, horse shows, and picnics.

Volunteers also can be of great help at Monday sessions at the Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club on Great Arrow Drive. You can sign up for one hour or more a week for an eight week session.

Call the Center at 655-1335 or Norma Jean Neale, director of volunteers, at 649-7617.

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