Maure Albert went looking for opportunities to volunteer, and now she’s helping others find places to donate their time.

Albert is the regional contact for Just Serve, a website that helps organizations put out a call for volunteers.

Those looking to give back can peruse those listings and choose one that fits their time commitment and interest.

“I truly believe any service we do can help,” Albert said. “We’re building community. That’s the goal.”

It’s simple to get involved. Go to the website www.justserve.org and type in the local zip code.

Currently there are 12 opportunities. Organizations seeking help include the Baker County Historical Society, Heart ‘n Home Hospice; Memory Lane (polishing nails for residents); Best Friends of Baker; CASA of Eastern Oregon, Baker County Library; Citizens on Patrol, Baker County Community Literacy Coalition, Bread of Life food bank, and the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

All listings are for on-going programs or projects. For instance, the Historical Society is seeking writers to help preserve local history. The Interpretive Center needs volunteers to help prepare supplies for ragdoll workshops.

Each opportunity includes information about the agency and who to contact about volunteering.

Albert is willing to talk to groups about how to advertise for volunteers on Just Serve. To be eligible, organizations must be nonprofit, faith-based, community, or government.

“Anywhere volunteers are needed that are nonprofit,” she said.

She would especially like to find opportunities where families can volunteer together.

Albert, who is a retired English teacher, gives this alliterative description for the importance of volunteering: “service starts sunshine smiles.”

For information about current opportunities, visit www.justserve.org.

To contact Albert, email her at maurealbert@yahoo.com or call 541-239-8333.

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