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United Way South Mississippi Volunteer Opportunities

United Way of South Mississippi is seeking United Way readers: Readers are needed to spend 30 minutes to one hour a week reading with a child. There are opportunities at Gaston Point Elementary, Central Elementary, 28th Street Elementary and Pass Road Elementary, all in Gulfport, and South Hancock Elementary. To be a United Way reader, call 896-2213, Ext. 7113, or e-mail wlangdon@unitedwaysm.org.

Open Doors Homeless Coalition needs volunteers: Project Homeless Connect, a resource day for homeless persons, is an annual event at the Donal Snyder Community Center in Biloxi, hosted by Open Doors Homeless Coalition. It is a free one-day, "one-stop" opportunity to provide people experiencing homelessness with access to a broad range of community agencies, professional services and personal assistance. Welcome are donations that can be shared with the

homeless, sponsorships and volunteers to work the day of the event, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 20. Details: 424-3947 or 864-6274.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate program of Hancock County: CASA needs volunteers who are interested in advocating for abused and neglected children who find themselves in the Youth Court and DHS systems. The majority of the children CASA works with are under the age of 12. Community members will learn how to advocate for a child through a series of training sessions. There is no educational requirement. However, volunteers are required to attend court hearings and prepare fact-based court reports at each stage of the child's case in Youth Court. Volunteer advocacy typically involves 8-10 hours a month of service to a child. Details: 344-0419.

For more information, go to unitedwaysm.org and click on volunteer.

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