The Friendly Town Program is a way to help New York City children experience summer in a more inviting locale. Thousands of volunteer host families in 13 northeastern states and Canada will open their homes, something that has been done since 1877, providing more than 1.7 million children this opportunity.
Hosts are young families, single professionals, empty nesters and grandparents, all of whom want to share their experiences with an inner-city child. For information on how you can be involved, call Laurie Berger at 537-9163 or the Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003 or visit the Web site at www.freshair.org.
Compeer of Greater Buffalo needs volunteers for its Compeer for Kids Program, Compeer for Adults Program and Compeer for Seniors Program. Compeer recruits, screens and matches volunteers and mentors in one-to-one friendship relationships with children and adults receiving mental health services. There are currently more than 400 people waiting for a friend or mentor. For information contact Annette@compeerbuffalo.org or call 883-3331.
The North Tonawanda History Museum is seeking volunteers with an education background to participate in the development and coordination of student-oriented programming; individuals to learn cataloging with PastPerfect Museum Software; individuals with clerical background to do manual cataloging and labeling; youth groups or teachers and their classes for participation in an October Halloween project; and outdoor tour guides.
Call 213-0554 or visit the Web site at www.nthistorymuseum.org.
For information on other volunteer opportunities, call the Volunteer Center of the United Way at 887-2690 or visit its Web site at www.uwbec.org.
Agencies and organizations that are looking for volunteers are invited to submit requests to be included in this column. Send e-mail requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Paula Voell, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.