Holiday volunteering and donations

Open Door Shelter, Norwalk, needs food items, volunteers to sort, serve and prepare foods. Call 203-866-1057.

Christian Community Action, Norwalk, needs food items and volunteers to sort and distribute foods. Call 203-899-0678.

St. Vincent DePaul, Norwalk needs food items and volunteers to sort and distribute foods. Call 203-866-1644.

Homes with Hope, Westport needs food items, volunteers to sort, serve and prepare foods. Call 203-226-3426.

"¢ Child Advocates of Connecticut is looking for volunteer Guardians ad Litem to assist abused and neglected children in Fairfield County. Volunteers help ensure a child's needs are met and that the child secures a safe permanent home as quickly as possible. Their next training is scheduled for Jan. 11, 12, 13, 19 and 20. For more information, visit www.childadvocatesct.org. If you have any questions, contact Jackie Grundei by e-mail at jgrundei@childadvocatesct.org.

"¢ TAILS is hosting its second annual Puppy Palooza event on Dec. 10, 11 and 12. It will be held at Best Friends, 528 Main Ave, Norwalk, and volunteers are needed to help that weekend. More details at www.tailsct.org, call 203-222-1992 or e-mail info@tailsct.org.

The George Washington Carver Center, Norwalk, needs volunteers to help kids K-12 with homework after school. It can be anything from spelling homework to math anytime between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday. For more information, call 203-838-4305.

"¢ Birthright of Greater Norwalk is in need of friendship mentors to provide love, support and understanding to women with unplanned pregnancies and help with office duties, publicity and community outreach efforts. If you have an interest in any of these areas, call Margaret Vallerie Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 203-853-4872.

"¢ Still not sure what to do? For more information on VAC, volunteer opportunities or any HSC programs, visit our web site at www.hscct.org. At bottom of the page click on "Volunteer Now" button. Then click on "Volunteer Corner." There are additional links for Youth Volunteer Opportunities at "volunteer match" and "volunteer solutions." VAC is a partnership of The Human Services Council and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.

If your agency wants to be highlighted in the Volunteer Corner, e-mail a paragraph describing your organization, location, volunteer needs and contact information to vac@hscct.org