How to Help for Nov. 30

Get a haircut, donate to FISH

Nannette Mortensen of Salon Don’Ya on 12th Street on the Heights will exchange a haircut for a donation of non-perishable food for FISH food banks. Cash donations also accepted, in a fishbowl decorated by her daughter, Jayde. Walk-ins only, 9 to noon, 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays, through December.

Volunteer as tax preparer

For more than 35 years in the Gorge, the AARP Tax-Aide program has been operating with volunteers to prepare taxes for senior citizens and low- to moderate-income persons, free of charge. Volunteers are needed to join the program.

If you don’t seize up at the thought of preparing income taxes, and kind of enjoy unique situations, fiddling with numbers, decoding things like tax rules, this might be for you.

There are six days of training in January over a two-week period, usually in The Dalles. After that, passing a test is required for certification. Self-study or online training is also available.

Tax-Aide volunteers work in Hood River, White Salmon and The Dalles and Tygh Valley, with a minimum four-hour-per-week commitment requested.

There is lots of support and collaboration; no one is expected to know it all. Tax-Aide volunteers prepare returns using Tax-wise on IRS-loaned laptops.

For more information call Ronell Currie at 541-478-3461.

Parkhurst House Senior Living Community

Do you have an open heart and some extra time? Parkhurst House is seeking volunteers who will spend a little time with its residents doing activities that you both enjoy, such as playing cards, exercise, singing, playing a musical instrument, watching movies, scrapbooking, sewing/cross-stitching, religious studies, playing bingo, cooking, reading books, giving manicures, facials or massages, gardening, storytelling, poetry reading, playing sports or board games.

To volunteer call Parkhurst House at 541-387-4600. Parkhurst is located at 2450 May St., Hood River.

FISH food bank building project

Donations are being sought to help the FISH food bank building project. The four locations in Hood River County now serve more than 400 families each month, and a new facility is needed that allows clients to wait out of the rain, is handicapped accessible, and where volunteers can efficiently and safely stock and store food with adequate food storage.

For more info call 541-490-1470 or visit fish-food-bank.com. Building contributions can be sent to FISH, 1767 12th St., #147, Hood River, OR 97031.

Robotics volunteers needed

Help is needed hosting the upcoming robotics tournaments in Hood River on Dec. 14-15 for students 9-14 and on Jan. 11 for older students.

No experience is necessary “and you do not need to be a technology geek,” said HRVHS robotics advisor Jeff Blackman.

Each event requires between 35-60 volunteers.

“These are great events for the students, think of it as sports for the brain,” Blackman said.

If you can help, contact Blackman at jeff.black-man@hoodriver.k12.or.us.

Hat Project welcomes volunteers, yarn

Do you crochet, knit or loom? The residents and friends of Parkhurst House Senior Living Community cordially invite you to help create warm hats to give to those in need this coming winter season. The Hat Project members will be donating its creations to various charities in Hood River and Wasco counties.

The group meets each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at Parkhurst House, 2450 May St., Hood River.

Those wishing to donate yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, looms or their own hat creations are welcome to drop them off at Parkhurst house as well. The group is gratefully accepting donations of yarn of any color, weight or blend, in any amount.

For more information contact Terri Hansen at 541-387-4600.

Next Door seeks foster parents

The Next Door is interviewing prospective foster parents for Hood River and Wasco counties. NDI provides care and behavior treatment for children and teens, ages 6-18, and is seeking individuals who are willing to open their hearts and their homes.

As a professional foster parent, you can give a child a place to call home; a safe, healthy, nurturing environment that many children have never known.

The need is now. NDI provides continuous training, 24-hour support and paid days off.

If you are interested, or know anyone who would make a great foster parent, contact Andrea Wood at 541-308-2207 or andreaw@nextdoorinc.org, or click on Foster Parenting at www.nextdoorinc.org.

Help grant senior wishes

Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community is working on a new special program: Senior Wish Project will grant members of the senior community “special wishes,” such as reliving a childhood memory, an afternoon at a favorite fishing hole or a glider ride through the Gorge.

For more information, contact Kelly at 541-387-4087 or marketing@hawksridgeas-sistedliving.com.

Help with Christmas Project registration

Hood River County Christmas Project committee is looking for people to help with family registration and directing or participating in various aspects of the project. (Details above).

For more information on how to get involved or to sponsor a needy family, call Kym Zanmiller at 541-386-5153 or visit hoodrivercountychristmasproject.com.

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