If your agency wants to be highlighted, email a paragraph describing the organization, location, volunteer needs and contact information to vac@hscct.org.

ITNCoastalCT needs volunteers for transportation of seniors and visually impaired adults in the towns of Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Easton and Fairfield. Training will be provided. ITN volunteer drivers store transportation credits for their volunteer efforts. These credits may be used to plan for their own future transit needs or they may use these credits to help pay for rides for members of their family or for low-income seniors through the Road Scholarship Program. ITN transportation credits are honored at any ITN in the country. For information, contact Nancy McCormick at 203-858-2001 or visit www.itncoastalct.org.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk needs volunteers 15 and older to work as gallery guides and for office and special-event assistance. Interviews for potential volunteers will be held on Tues., Sept. 20 and Thurs., Sept. 22, both at 7 p.m. (one interview is required). Prior knowledge about marine animals isn't necessary, and will be taught in a six-week training course, which will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 6 through Nov. 3. A $40 fee covers the costs of training materials and uniforms (please bring the fee to the interview session on either Sept. 20 or 22).

After six months of service, volunteers will receive a free individual aquarium membership, entitling them to discounts in the gift shop and on many programs. Advance registration is required for the interview and volunteer training. To sign up or for more information, call The Maritime Aquarium at 203-852-0700, ext. 2225, or email volunteers@maritimeaquarium.org.

Junior Achievement of Southwest of Connecticut, a chapter of the world's oldest and largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential hands-on programs, needs volunteers to teach programs to local students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Teaching experience is not necessary, just a desire to help students prepare for their future. Volunteers go to the school to meet with the students once a week for 45 minutes, for five to eight weeks, depending on the grade level. JA offers training and provides the necessary materials needed to deliver the activity based lessons. For more information, call 203-854-1700.

RSVP of Southwestern CT in Norwalk needs after-school volunteers to help with various tasks including homework assistance in math, history, science, reading or general help to encourage the students. Provide enrichment activities, depending on volunteer interests (cooking, knitting, art, athletics, etc.). Or assist with science, technology, engineering and/or math projects and activities. If you are 55 or older, and can help even one afternoon a week, please contact Nancy Pratt at RSVP of Southwestern CT at 203-663-7332 or npratt@neon-norwalk.org.

Choices For Success in Norwalk, located at Grace Baptist Church, needs volunteers (preferably academic mentors) Monday through Thursday for two hours per week. Contact Robyn Hudson, program manager, at 203-505-3164 (please leave message) or email rhudson@mfcgc.org.

The George Washington Carver Center, Norwalk, needs volunteers to help kids in kindergarten through 12th grade with homework after school, anytime between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 203-838-4305.

Still not sure what to do? For more information on VAC, volunteer opportunities or any HSC programs, visit www.hscct.org. At bottom of page click on "Volunteer Now" button. Then click on "Volunteer Corner". There are additional links for youth volunteer opportunities, "volunteer match" and "volunteer solutions.

VAC is a partnership of The Human Services Council and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.

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