Community Volunteer Opps!

Sixth Annual Citizen Police Academy
The Astoria Police Department will host the sixth Citizen Police Academy this fall. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday evening, beginning SEPT. 22 AND ENDING OCT. 20, and are open to community members who are interested in how their Astoria Police Department works. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to form and maintain partnerships between the community and the police by educating community residents about the role of law enforcement, and encouraging citizens and the police to work together.

Those attending will have the opportunity to learn about and experience the day-to-day operations of the department, tour the department, learn about criminal investigations and the functions of patrol, see basic defensive tactics, tour the jail and shoot various department firearms.

All applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation. FMI: contact Officer Kenny Hansen or Det. Andrew Randall at (503) 325-4411.

CCC Volunteer Literacy Tutor Training
Native Spanish Speaker Andreina Velasco Leads
There will be a Volunteer Literacy Tutor training, SATURDAY, JULY 16 at Clatsop Community College.  The training will be held in Columbia Hall, room 219 from 11:00-1:00 pm. The focus: a toolbox of strategies for tutors working with ESL and other students of English.  The training will be provided by Andreina Velasco, a native Spanish speaker who graduated from Reed College and now works as a Spanish Immersion teacher in Portland and Beaverton public schools.  She also has worked with Adelante Mujeres, a nonprofit based in Forest Grove, whose mission is the holistic education and empowerment of low-income Latina women and their families.   During her work as a Migrant Education recruiter for the NWRESD, she continued this work with Latina women here on the North Coast.

Participants will have an opportunity to role play, observe an authentic literacy tutoring session and have a chance to examine new texts and study materials.  To reserve a spot, please call 503-338-2557 or  This training will assist working tutors and provide new volunteers with valuable techniques to help students.  All are welcome and participants are not obligated to volunteer.

Be a Compassionate Companion • Clatsop Care offers Training
Are you looking for a meaningful way to give of your talents and time? Do you want to be a part of a caring community?  Clatsop Care Center is accepting applications for Compassionate Companion volunteers.

Compassionate Companions have the opportunity to contribute to the quality of life of our residents by befriending them in times of need.  Volunteer roles are flexible and can accommodate many schedules and interests.  Current needs for the Compassionate Companion program include volunteers for regularly scheduled supportive one-on-one visits with residents in emotional crisis, and volunteers for short term commitments to support residents and their families who are in the terminal process.  Specialized training and ongoing support to volunteers will be provided.  Volunteers will work on an on-call basis and may be placed with residents living at Clatsop Care Center or Clatsop Retirement Village.
Attendance at a training workshop on SATURDAY, JULY 16TH is required. 8:30 to 12 PM will orient those volunteers who wish to provide a comforting presence for residents in final stages of terminal illness. 1:00 to 4:00 PM will orient those interested in providing regular companionship for residents with dementia.
Qualities that will make a successful volunteer include compassion, patience, good listening skills, and ability to maintain confidentiality laws.

FMI:l Rosetta Hurley, Life Enrichment Coordinator at (503) 325-0313 ext. 222 or Mandy Brenchley, Community Outreach Coordinator at (503)325-0313 ext. 209, weekdays.