The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley rely on volunteers who, through the goodness of their hearts, reach out to help those in crisis. People from all walks of life are trained by Samaritans to offer support and caring for those who are lonely, despairing or suicidal. The next training will be on Mondays, Aug. 18 and 25, and Wednesdays, Aug. 20 and 27, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Participants must attend all sessions. For more information, call Debbie at 978-688-0030.
Volunteers are needed at the Charles Ward Reservation, a Trustees of Reservations property in Andover. Old Chestnut Street, which runs through the heart of the reservation, was abandoned in the 1920s. Help restore its historic character while improving access for future stewardship projects. A series of volunteer work days will be held throughout the summer on the last Saturday of each month, through September, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet in the parking lot on Prospect Road. Bring gloves. For more information, call 978-886-5297.
The Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Mass., is in need of volunteers. All times are available, but volunteers are most needed for day shifts. Available positions include: greeters, receptionists, guides, room monitors, animal care givers, cleaning/laundry, office workers, Web site photography, and foster care givers. The shelter has moved into a new facility 10 times larger than the old one and needs help to give the homeless animals the best care possible. Download an application at www.northeastanimalshelter.org or contact the volunteer coordinator at 978-745-9888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society needs volunteers to help at their adoption centers in Salisbury and Danvers, and at their feral cat sanctuary in Danville, N.H. MRFRS is looking for individuals to perform various duties including cleaning and feeding, foster homes, feral cat feeders, feral cat trappers, administrative volunteers, medical care volunteers, adoption counselors, donation can collectors, and transportation volunteers for the numerous cats and kittens in the organization's care. All ages are welcome, including students and retirees. To sign up as a volunteer or for more information, call 978-462-0760 or visit www.mrfrs.org.