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VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers 55 and older are needed for a new program with People Inc. to encourage speech and language development for children with developmental delays or other disabilities.

Called Speak Up! it brings mature people together with children between 2 and 5 years of age to provide language stimulation activities. Volunteers will assist with one-on-one and group activities to encourage communication.

Under the guidance of a speech language pathologist, volunteers will receive 20 hours of orientation and training on language development and working with children. Ongoing workshops will focus on nutrition, exercise and life planning.

Volunteers must commit for four hours per week for a nine-month period. The program will be held at 976 Delaware Ave. Volunteers should be caring, compassionate, patient and interested in assisting special needs children and their families.

The program is made possible through a grant from the Administration of Aging Family Friends Program. Call Elizabeth Pantano at 634-8132.

The SPCA will hold an orientation for community members who would like to become volunteers for various programs at its Southtowns shelter located at 1439 Pontiac Road, Angola. The session will be held at 3 p.m. June 24.

Volunteers are needed to walk shelter dogs, to visit nursing homes with their own pets and to help with special events and fund-raisers. The orientation lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours and refreshments will be served.

Kim Zolnowski, volunteer coordinator, said there is a particular need for volunteers in the summer and any help would be appreciated. Call her at 875-7360, Ext. 223.

For information on other volunteer opportunities, call the Volunteer Center of the United Way at 887-2690 or visit the Web site at www.uwbec.org.

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