United Way

POCATELLO — The Pocatello Police Department is seeking volunteers to fill three job positions. They are in need of a volunteer to sit at the front desk to greet the public and direct them to whom they need to see. This position is available on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are two opportunities to volunteer for the citizen patrol either on Mondays or Fridays for four hours. Volunteers must have a current driver’s license. All positions require a background check, and the volunteer should have the desire to work cooperatively with the police department in support of their mission. Please contact Dianne Brush at (208) 234-6117 for more information about these opportunities.

Bright Tomorrows Child Advocacy Center is in need of the following donations: Easy mac-n-cheese, cup of noodle, fruit cups and candy. Donations can be brought to 409 Washington Ave. in Pocatello.

Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Inc.’s Socks for Seniors Program mission is simple. We strive to fill the void — caused by isolation and loneliness — local seniors experience over the holiday season each year. While partnering with home health agencies helps us assist our aging population live independently, too often do seniors succumb to the negative effects of loneliness. The National Institute on Aging, a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found loneliness leads to a variety of physical and mental conditions, including, but not limited to, high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety and depression. That said, a big smile is a big deal.

SEICAA is seeking donations for the Socks for Senior Program: Christmas stockings, lap blankets, non-perishable snacks, large print activity books, travel-size hygiene items, socks, hats and gloves. Please bring donations to 825 E. Bridger in Pocatello.

Idaho State University is seeking volunteers to help with the 2019 Haunted Science Laboratory. Volunteers are needed to help set up the exhibits, staff the exhibits during field trips from local schools and community and help clean and pack up when they are done for the year. Volunteers are welcome to commit to as little as an hour or two on just one day, but all volunteers would be required to attend one of two training sessions held between Oct. 16-20. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Steve Shropshire at (208) 282-2212.

SEICAA Senior Services Youth Mentoring Program is seeking mentees and mentors. The mentoring program is designed to help children of all ages set and maintain educational and life skill goals. The program provides children K-12 with the opportunity to spend time with a positive adult role model. Youth mentees include children identified by school counselors needing additional assistance outside the home, as well as children with incarcerated parent(s). Mentors provide assistance, an unbiased ear for a troubled child and someone with whom the children may engage in fun activities.

Mentors meet with a child once a week during the school year to help work towards their goal. The mentor and mentee are encouraged to participate in fun activities which the child might not get otherwise. Please contact Andrea at (208) 232-1114 x139 for more information.

Wendi Ames, Kevin Bailey, Molly Olson and Felice Otero staff the United Way of Southeastern Idaho. To request or offer in-kind donations, send an e-mail to molly@unitedwaysei.org or call (208) 232-1389.