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Housing Opportunities Made Equal, a not-for-profit civil rights organization, is seeking men and women of all ages and backgrounds to join the HOME Players, a troupe of actors who perform improvisational scenarios to educate the community about discrimination in housing.

Experience is helpful, but not necessary; training to develop performance skills will be provided. Volunteers need only to have a good speaking voice, a willingness to learn and a commitment to civil rights. A general interest meeting will be held at United Way, 742 Delaware Ave., at 6 p.m. Wednesday. For information, call Anne Huiner at 854-1400.

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is hosting a project in conjunction with the South Park Olmsted Fall Fest called Parks Are - A Community Work of Art on Sunday, along with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Just Buffalo Literary Center.

Volunteers are needed to help participants select art materials to create a large collage of art and writing to express what a park means to them. They are needed in shifts from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

Call 838-1249, Ext. 11, or e-mail to if you would like to sign up or need additional information.

The Volunteer Administrators of Western New York will hold a meeting at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Shannon Pub of the Lord Amherst Motor Hotel, 5050 Main St., Amherst. It includes a Back to the Basics discussion open to those responsible for programs concerned with health, education, welfare, cultural and related services. The cost of the lunch and program is $8. Call Susan Siegal of Compeer at 883-3331.

The Challenges of Volunteerism in Aging Services for the New Millenium is the theme of the 21st annual meeting of the Network in Aging of Western New York. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew.

Keynote speaker is Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, executive director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, who will offer an overview of emerging trends and the critical role that older volunteers play.

Registration is required by Oct. 13. Fees are $40 for current members; $50 for non-members and $25 for full-time students. To register, call 829-3712 or visit the Web site at

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

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