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Thursday, September 24, 2009

H1N1 (Swine Flu) Toll Free Number

Persons calling with questions related to the H1N1 flu, including the general public, health care providers or personnel, or persons with questions related to the new regulatory requirement that health care personnel receive an annual influenza vaccination can call our toll free call center at: 


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Volunteers Needed at Chamber of Commerce

The Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce is still looking for volunteers to greet visitors, answer phones, do computer work, and other duties for the following days and times:

  • Mondays - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Fridays - 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Though tourist season is starting to wind down a little bit, they are still seeing in excess of 100 visitors per day.

Please consider volunteering at the Chamber. It's a fun place to work and you will have the chance to talk with many people and tell them about the beautiful area we live in.

Some Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are still needed for the following:


  • Humane Society - Thrift Shop (Need as many volunteers as possible.)

  • Humane Society - Assistants (To help with a variety of duties, i.e. reception, fundraising, clinics, building cat houses, garden maintenance, etc.)

  • Historical Society - Docent (2-4 volunteers needed to do reception and give 15-minute tours (and other duties as assigned.))

  • RSVP - Tax Counselors (2-4 volunteers to help with tax preparation and/or review.)


  • Child & Family Resource Center - Working with Children (1-2 volunteers needed.)

  • Literacy Volunteers - Tutor (Need as many volunteers as possible. Please contact me asap to join fall training session.)

  • Literacy Volunteers - Receptionist (4-7 volunteers needed)

  • Yates Cultural/Recreation Resources, Inc. - Assistant/Receptionist (10 volunteers needed. Free use of gym to anyone who volunteers at the YCRR.)

Please, if you would like to help out with any of these (or even just want more details), give me a call at 607-535-7105 or send me an email at Thank you!

Volunteers Needed for American Red Cross

The Sullivan Trail Chapter American Red Cross is in need of Volunteers for the following positions in Schuyler County:

Canteen Server - Maintains refreshments and provides recognition pins, signs donor card, re-signs and promotions program. Time commitment 3 hours per month.

Deliver Blood Drive Posters in Community – Volunteer drivers to deliver posters throughout Schuyler County for upcoming blood drives one to two times a month. Time commitment 2 hours per month.

Grant Writer – Help with searching for and writing grants.

Knitters (NEW) – Just starting a knitting club to knit scarves, blankets for blood donors and disaster victims.

Local and National Disaster volunteers – Training in Disaster Preparedness and Response. Basic courses such as Fulfilling Our Mission – Turn Compassion Into Action; Introduction To Disaster Services (on-line or as a self-study; Shelter Operations; Mass Care; Client Assistance – are some of the many types of training available and will expand your awareness and prepare you for emergencies and disasters.

Mailings - Help with mailings on a quarterly basis, folding, stuffing and labeling envelopes.

Observer - Observes blood donors for adverse reactions and notifies paid staff of any concerns.

Registration Coordinator - Registration coordinators welcome blood donors, manage the appointment schedule, monitor donor flow and complete the hourly donor flow sheet.

Sewers - Please join our circle sewing blankets, frogs and pillows for fire victims.

Tele-recruitment – Tele-recruiters contact previous blood donors to schedule appointments at upcoming blood drives. Can be done at home. Time commitment 4 hours per month.

Training is free! All positions are very flexible! For further information or to volunteer, please call or email Jen at 607-535-7105 or

Friday, September 11, 2009

Telephone Discounts Available

In these economically challenging times, it is important that everyone know about the assistance available to help people stay connected and have access to vital telephone service. “Lifeline" and "Link-Up" are two assistance programs that provide discounts to low-income consumers on basic residential telephone service. While these programs have been active for years, half of the consumers eligible fail to take advantage of these discounts; we need your help to change that.

The basic concept of the discounts is simple: Lifeline involves discounts on the monthly charges for telephone service, and Link-Up involves a discount on the cost of initiating the service. The discount is available for a primary residential telephone, even a wireless phone. Additional discounts are provided for consumers on tribal lands.

Lifeline web site

Click here to view a flier in PDF.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Health Services Directory

The directory linked below is a PDF file that can easily be printed for quick reference. If you don't have Adobe Reader to view PDF's, you can download it free.

Health Services Directory

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Paid Employment Opportunity at Finger Lakes National Forest

Please note this is NOT an RSVP assignment, but a paid position.

The Finger Lakes National Forest in Hector, NY has an opening for an Information Receptionist, 20 hours per week, through the Senior Employment Program. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, retail sales, and administrative support. Must have good customer service skills and knowledge of the local area. The Senior Employment Program helps income eligible individuals who are 55 and older enter re-enter the work force by providing 20 hours of paid community service with nonprofit and public agencies while continuing to actively look for work. Call Pro-Action of Steuben and Yates at 607-776-2125 for information.

Again, this is not an RSVP activity.

Literacy Volunteers Offer Training

From the Star Gazette:

Literacy Volunteers of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, a component of the Economic Opportunity Program, is conducting a Tutor Training workshop in Elmira, beginning Sept 16.

Literacy Volunteers provides one-to-one tutoring for adults in basic reading and conversational English. The training consists of eight sessions and provides instruction in the techniques of tutoring, lesson planning and goal setting.

In order to take part in the tutor training, pre-registration and an interview are required by Sept. 9.

If you're interested, please call RSVP at 607-535-7105.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September Blood Drive

Sullivan Trail Chapter Red Cross AUGUST, 2009 Blood Drives

September 15
from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at Watkins Glen International
2790 County Rd 16, Watkins Glen


For Chemung and Schuyler County
From July 1, 2009 through August 31, 2009, all presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free carton of Friendly’s Ice Cream, redeemable at participating Friendly’s restaurants. Coupons expire September 30, 2009. Tax additional where applicable.

To make an appointment to donate blood, all current eligible and new donors may:

* Call the local Sullivan Trail Red Cross Chapter House at 734-3317 days
* Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543)
* Email
* nights and weekends

Anyone 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. In New York State, 16-year-olds may donate blood provided they bring an original signed New York State Informed Parental Consent form for a 16-Year-Old to Donate Whole Blood. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome and Identification is required.