Lend a Helping Hand
Whether you have a few hours a week or only a day or two a month, there are plenty of opportunities in Moore County for you to get involved and volunteer your time and skills. Following is a list of organizations and companies that welcome your support for projects of all sizes and commitments:
The Moore County Tax-Aide program provides state and federal income tax counseling and preparation services to middle- and low-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. Volunteers are needed each winter to participate in training each January, leading to IRS certification as a tax counselor. Once certified, volunteers serve up to two each fourhour shifts per week during income tax preparation time, February 1 to April 15. You do not have to be an AARP member to participate. Contact D. Paul Klein at (910) 585-7130 or email DP@Klein.net.
American Red Cross Moore County Chapter
The American Red Cross has been serving Moore County since 1917, providing housing, food, clothing and support to military families and those displaced from their homes by disaster. Support, both voluntary and financial, is welcome. Contact the Moore County Chapter at (910) 692-8571, drop by 115 E. Pennsylvania Ave., by mail at P.O. Box 407, Southern Pines, NC 28387 or visit www.redcross.org/nc/southernpines.
As part of this program of the Sandhills Branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in cooperation with Moore County Schools, volunteers assist with packing backpacks at the Food Bank as well as delivering the backpacks. The program provides nutritious foods to children identified to have little or nothing to eat over the weekend. Contact Joanne Conrad at (910) 692-5959, ext. 2407.
Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools is seeking adult volunteers. You can make a difference in a child’s life! CIS currently has waiting lists of youth needing supportive adults to empower them to succeed in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools’ office is located at 300 Kelly Road, Suite D, Pinehurst. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Contact the Communities In Schools Mentor Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (910) 295-1072 or visit cismoore.org.
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital
Volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of departments and areas, ranging from patient transportation services and the gift shop to office volunteers. Call (910) 715-1266.
FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care
Volunteer opportunities include patient care, bereavement, office support and special projects, as well as volunteers as receptionists, gift shop clerks and patient-family volunteers in Hospice House setting. Call (910) 715-6000.
Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills
Volunteer opportunities are available on construction sites, in the Moore Store and in the Habitat office. No previous experience is necessary. Contact Ariadne DeGarr, volunteer coordinator, at (910) 295-1934, ext. 234, or at email@example.com. Visit www.sandhillshabitat.org.
Meals on Wheels of the Sandhills
Volunteers are needed to pick up and deliver noon meals on weekdays to recipients in Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen and Pinebluff areas, before returning containers to the kitchen. Call (910) 692-0384, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mealsonwheelsofthesandhills.com.
MIRA is the only organization in the United States that provides guide dogs to blind youngsters between the ages of 11 and 17, and we provide them free of charge. Volunteers help us with one-time special events such as fairs, runs, wine tastings; helping in our office with our program archives, mailings, computer research; collecting coin banks; and helping with our students and their families when they come for evaluation weekends. Our volunteers are a vital part of our MIRA family. “Our guide dogs give blind children a new leash on life.” MIRA is located at 77 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Call (910) 944-7757.
Moore County Advisory Committee
The Moore County Nursing/Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee, volunteers appointed by the county board of commissioners, are local residents who have made the commitment to make unannounced quarterly visits to long term care facilities, talk with the residents about their care, and ensure that the spirit of the residents’ bill of rights is maintained. In addition to visiting nursing homes and adult care homes, CAC members serve as a nucleus for increased community involvement in the facilities, promote community education and awareness of the needs of residents in long term care facilities, and work toward keeping the public informed about all aspects of long term care. Call (910) 295-4081.
Moore County Historical Association
The association needs tour guides, people to help in the office and with special events. Call the MCHA at (910) 692-2051, visit www.moorehistory.com or email email@example.com.
Moore County Literacy Council
The Literacy Council needs volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with adult basic education students who speak English or English as a second language. A person does not have to be a trained educator to volunteer. Volunteers must complete a one-hour orientation session and a 12-hour tutor training course. They will receive materials for working with their students. The tutoring occurs at a variety of sites, but primarily at the Southern Pines location, 575 SE Broad St. Most tutors commit to 1 1/2 to 2 hours a week with their students. Call Kris Dahlberg at
(910) 692-5954, visit mcliteracy.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moore County RSVP
RSVP offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the county. Whether you have one hour per month or several per week to give back to your community, there is something to fit everyone’s interests, talents or skills. The office works to meet community needs byproviding assistance through volunteer service in more than 44 nonprofit and public agencies. As a volunteer, you will find that your experiences, knowledge and life skills are a rich resource. In return for your gifts, volunteering offers the chance to make new friends, participate in social activities and receive recognition for a job well done. Residents 55 years of age or older are eligible to register in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored locally by Moore County. A local advisory council assists and supports the staff in forming local policy. RSVP offers additional benefits to Moore County volunteers such as supplemental volunteer insurance, tax vouchers, eligibility for membership in the local government credit union, a quarterly newsletter and invitations to special activities and events throughout the year. Contact Tommy Deese at (910) 215-0900.
Moore County Schools
More than 7,000 volunteers donate their time each year to assist with a variety of activities that ultimately provide a better learning experience for children. Volunteer opportunities range from tutors, mentors and classroom or clerical support to lunch and reading buddies. Prospective volunteers should visit ncmcs.org. For more information, contact the volunteer coordinators at the school at which you would like to volunteer or visit www.ncmcs.org/page/6481.
Moore Free Care Clinic
The Moore Free Care Clinic, 211 Trimble Plant Road, Southern Pines, provides high-quality primary and preventive medical care and offers enrollment aid for pharmaceutical patient assistance programs and drug discount cards. The medical programs offered include primary care, preventive care, off-site specialty care referrals, focused laboratory and diagnostic testing, and health education and resources. Services are provided for any resident of Moore County who lacks health insurance and whose income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Patient care at the clinic is provided by physicians, physicians’ assistants and nurses, as well as volunteers. All medical providers are licensed by the state. The clinic office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, for previously scheduled eligibility screening appointments. If you would like to volunteer, call (910) 246-5333, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or go to moorefreecare.org. The medical clinic is open Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are not accepted.
Pinehurst Civic Group
The Pinehurst Civic Group is a community service group founded in 1977. Its goal is to be nonpartisan advocates for an informed and involved citizenry. Membership is open to any resident or property owner in Pinehurst over the age of 18. Membership for a family is $25. The PCG holds several events each year, including a Forum, the Pinehurst Expo and candidates’ debates.Visit www.pinehurstcivicgroup.net or call Melissa Swarbrick at (910) 603-1701.
Pinehurst Conservation Commission
Established in 2003 as part of the village’s Comprehensive Long-Range Plan, the Pinehurst Conservation Commission’s mission is to determine and promote the conservation goals of the village. Over the past several years, the Conservation Commission has performed a number of activities, including educational workshops, Arbor Day, and promoting conservation by participating in community events. Committees are always looking for new volunteers. Because the Commission feels the impact of its activities reaches beyond Pinehurst, it welcomes participation of residents elsewhere in the area. The Pinehurst Conservation Commission typically meets the first Monday of every other month, beginning in January, in the Council Conference room of the Village Hall at 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Contact the Planning and Inspections Department at (910) 295-2581.
If interested in participating in Pinehurst Surgical’s Volunteer Guest Relations program, call (910) 295-6831.
Sandhills Community College
Volunteers can become part of the Sandhills Community College family. Opportunities exist in our Library, our Gardens, in Continuing Education, in the Center for Creative Living and in the Tutoring Center. Contact Nancy Heilman at email@example.com.
Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care
The Coalition was established in 1986 “to meet the emergency needs of our Moore County neighbors by providing food, clothing and financial resources and to collaborate with appropriate agencies for clients with on-going needs. Today, the mission is made possible by support received from throughout the community and a dedicated cadre of volunteers. The Coalition offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and time commitments depending on individual interests. Call (910) 693-1600 or visit www.sandhillscoalition.org.
The Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee
The Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee focuses on education in the schools by presenting a six-session Pet Responsibility program, which is now presented to all 1,000-plus fourth-graders in all Moore County public schools and has also expanded to the private school sector. The program explores and encourages responsibility, accountability, respect, commitment, advocacy and courage, all within the context of caring for the domesticated animals that share our lives. Volunteers are the backbone of the program, and new volunteers are always welcome. All that is required is a love of animals and a desire to share that passion with fourth-graders. Call (910) 949-9953 or visit mcprc.org.