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Volunteers needed community-wide
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Opportunities to volunteer and lend a hand are plentiful in the community this season.

Here are a few of the organizations looking for some help:

Look Good, Feel Better
The American Cancer Society is in need of local beauty professionals willing to donate time and talent to support its "Look Good...Feel Better" program. The program provides beauty tips to cancer patients as they undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments. All volunteers are required to participate in a one-time training session. For information about the next training session and to learn more about the program, contact Bernadette Chang at or 404-582-6122.

Mercy Heart
Mercy Heart is a nonprofit medical and dental clinic that opened earlier this year to serve the indigent and uninsured in Rockdale County.  The clinic is seeking volunteers for clerical help, meals for volunteer physicians, nurses and dentists and support for patients. For more information, contact Hilda Maniscalco at 678-374-5134 or visit

Meals on Wheels
The Rockdale County Senior center is looking for volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program. The program serves about 70 homebound clients per day, requiring 95 volunteers for 10 routes with 12 people working per route. However, only 83 volunteers are currently assisting with preparation and delivery. Volunteers will need to arrive at the senior center between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and no later than 10:45 in the morning. Routes take approximately one hour. The program which brings both nutrition and socialization to seniors, is funded through a combination of state and county funds along with fundraisers such as the Senior Center Rubber Ducky race. For more information, call 770-278-7230.

United Way
The United Way is seeking volunteers to to read in elementary classrooms to raise awareness about the importance of childhood literacy. Each year, the Conyers-Rockdale community participates in the "Read for the Record" event, established in 1986 by Jumpstart to promote literacy. This year, the event will be held on Thursday, October 14. Volunteers are needed to read "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students in the Rockdale Public School System and in private provider centers. Those interested in volunteering should contact Kysa Daniels at 678-623-286 or