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HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING: Compassionate care and a listening presence are needed most. Join the Mt. Home Health Hospice volunteer team. Receive free training, support and mentoring to support visits to Taos County residents. Training dates are Sept. 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with lunch provided. Call Rose at (575) 776-8376 for details.

MIRANDA CANYON CLEANUP: Anybody who would be interested in coordinating a volunteer cleanup and fence maintenance day at Miranda Canyon should contact Paul Schilke (recreation and lands staff officer for the Camino Real Ranger District) at pschilke@fs.fed.us or (575) 587-2255. To report any incidents or occurrences, contact the Carson National Forest Dispatch Center at (575) 758-6208.

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY seeks English-speaking and bilingual volunteers for its Road to Recovery, which provides transportation for cancer patients to and from treatments, and Look Good Feel Better, which helps female cancer patients cope with appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, programs. For details and to sign up, call (575) 751-8927.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS provides mentoring relationships for boys and girls ages 5-18 through school- and community-based programs. For about an hour a week, volunteers have the opportunity to change the life of a child for the better. Call Oralia González, (575) 779-0003, or Karen Koyote, (575) 770-5751.

COMMUNITY AGAINST VIOLENCE seeks volunteers for front desk and telephone reception, office work, fundraising, events, landscaping, the CAV Thrift Store and community outreach efforts. Volunteers must fill out an application and pass a background check. Download applications at taoscav.org or stop by 945 Salazar Road, Taos.

'FALL ARTS' EXHIBITION: Volunteers are called to assist with setup and installation of the "Fall Arts" exhibition (Sept. 11-21) and for daily hosting of morning or afternoon shifts (Sept. 22-Oct. 1). There are additional volunteer openings at the Taos Environmental Film Festival (Sept. 27-Oct. 1). Contact Paul Figueroa at (575) 779-8579 or pcf1947@yahoo.com.

FECHIN FOOD FOREST at Taos Art Museum at Fechin House seeks volunteers to help with the activities desk in the garden area on Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call Julie at (575) 758-2690, ext. 103.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF TAOS is looking for volunteers to assist at the Habitat ReStore. Unloading and loading donations, pricing items, cleaning and organizing are just some things volunteers may do. Volunteers who compile 35 hours of service will get a 20 percent discount to use at the ReStore. For more information, call (575) 758-7827.

HARWOOD MUSEUM OF ART seeks volunteers to assist with the documentation of art collections through digital photography. Under general supervision, the volunteer will handle and photograph artworks, digitally process captured images and maintain organization of processed files while performing related location, studio and darkroom functions. See full details at harwoodmuseum.org/volunteer.

HEART OF TAOS, the organization helping homeless and imminently homeless women and their children and pets of Taos County, is seeking volunteers to help with transportation for women. HEART also seeks Smith's gift cards of $25-50 to help with the cost of items not allowed with food stamps - feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, etc. Contact Ama at (575) 776-4245 or visit heartoftaos.org.

HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL AUXILIARY seeks volunteers to serve their community hospital. Adult men and women are needed in the gift shop, day surgery and as patient advocates. Teens are needed to serve in a variety of hospital functions. Adults and teens, call Judy Rebholtz, (575) 751-1188, or pick up an application in the gift shop at Holy Cross Hospital.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING with Mt. Home Health Hospice. Visit patients and their families in their homes or at assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Mt. Home Health Office, 630 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Suite 180, Taos. Free. Call (575) 758-4786, ext. 121.

NONPROFIT CENTER: To start a nonprofit center for those suffering from life crisis or chemical deficiency. Christians called to serve their community can call Dawan at (575) 224-7178 to organize a meeting.

NONVIOLENCE WORKS, INC. seeks committed volunteer mentors who are willing to spend one hour per week with mentee. Mentorship is about creating a genuine, reliable friendship with a young person, and it can truly make a difference in the lives of Taos youth. Call Rosalie O'Rourke or Zach Garcia, (575) 758-4297, or pick up an application at 1337 E. Gusdorf Road, Taos.

NORTHCENTRAL NEW MEXICO VETERAN'S TRANSPORTATION NETWORK is a new nonprofit veterans organization to provide transportation to approved medical facilities for disabled veterans. The organization seeks dedicated working board of directors members, volunteer drivers and grant writers. Call (575) 770-0163 or email ncnmvtn@kitcarson.net.

PLANNED PETHOOD TAOS seeks volunteers to help with outdoor cat spaying/neutering (S/N), to transport cats to/from Española, help with local feral cat S/N bookings and help loan out provided traps for feral cat S/N. Call or text (575) 613-4110.

READING TO END RACISM seeks individuals to be trained as readers and mentors. See facebook.com/TaosRER or contact Daniel Escalante at (720) 987-8148.

SOMOS, the literary society of Taos, seeks volunteers to help sort, shelve and sell used books Tuesdays-Fridays from 1:30-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Potential volunteers should call (575) 758-0081, email somos@somostaos.org or stop by 108 Civic Plaza Drive.

STRAY HEARTS VOLUNTEERS: Needed are dog socializers and walkers, cat petters and drivers to transport animals. Call (575) 758-2981.

TAOS MOUNTAIN BALLOON RALLY ASSOCIATION (TMBRA) seeks new members to help host the invitational. The organization seeks people who have skills with budgets, media and soliciting and coordinating vendors, sponsors and local businesses. TMBRA is also open to new members and people who want to learn more about hot air ballooning in Taos. Email flytmbra@gmail.com. The group meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Kit Carson Electric Co-op's boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road. Call (626) 487-8795.

TAOS THRESHOLD CHOIR is open to new members who love to sing and can communicate kindness with their voice. The choir is a community of women singers who volunteer their voices to bring comfort at an important threshold of life. Members sing a cappella at the bedside of hospice clients. Call Annette, (575) 776-5426, for info on how to join.

THE TAOS CENTER FOR THE ARTS (TCA) seeks volunteers to assist with its arts programming. Call (575) 758-2052.

YOUTH HEARTLINE seeks CASA volunteers, advocates for foster kids. Training in the child welfare system, developmental psychology and legal advocacy provided. Contact Yasmin Haque. Youth Heartline also seeks volunteers for SmART House, which provides year-round arts, literacy and technology activities for children in a low-income neighborhood. Call (575) 758-0106 for more information about both positions.

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