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Volunteers / Community organizations seeking help

Adults 60 and older are needed to share their experiences, skills and talents -- and to change young lives -- by becoming Foster Grandparents. Sites for volunteering, in Buffalo and across Erie County, can include child care centers, preschool programs and elementary schools.

The Foster Grandparent Program of Erie County is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Buffalo and is seeking both men and women to build a nurturing relationship with children. Such volunteers receive a modest, non-taxable stipend, as well as being appreciated for their connection with children.

For information about eligibility and how to become a Foster Grandparent, call Catholic Charities at 856-4494, ext. 3051.

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The Food Shuttle of Western New York relies entirely on volunteers to deliver surplus perishable food from supermarkets, restaurants and bakeries to shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries in our communities.

Help is needed as often as volunteers can provide, whether it's everyday or once a month, weekdays and weekends. Call the Food Shuttle at 688-2527 to find out how you can make a difference.

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To learn about 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 pvoell@buffnews.com or write to Paula Voell, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

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