United Way of the Klamath Basin has several volunteer committees that operate
year-round which are chaired by a member of the executive committee of the
board. Volunteers are always welcome and needed; please call Leroy Cabral for
more information or to volunteer. Also through the United Way Volunteer Center
people of all ages can volunteer to help a wide variety of public and private
agencies with special community projects and/or year-round programs. Please
view current volunteer opportunities at this link and click here if you would
like to register for volunteer service. You may also call United Way at 882-5558.
The United Way annual campaign involves approximately 250 volunteers of
which the majority coordinate United Way employee campaigns at the workplace.
The fundraising committee sets an annual campaign goal and attempts
solicit contributions from every corporation, business, organization,
and individual throughout the Klamath Basin. A special group of volunteers
called Loaned Executives contribute hundreds of hours each year giving
presentations to employees at the workplace. (See volunteer committees
for list of current volunteers).
Marketing & Communications
This committee develops United Way's overall theme, advertising and public
service messages, local campaign video, brochures and other printed materials.
This committee involves 40 to 50 volunteers annually (including up to six
high school students) who visit and review the funding proposals of every
Way member agency seeking financial support. These volunteers collectively
contribute approximately 600 hours in determining how best to invest
Way contributions for community services. Volunteers for
the 2015 process got underway on Wednesday, April 1st at 3:30
p.m. and concluded their work on May 12, 2015. Call United Way for more
details or to volunteer, 882-5558.
This committee promotes special events and the annual community events of
the United Way such as the campaign kickoff and the annual golf tournament..
The Volunteer Center operates year-round matching volunteers with special
skills and interests with appropriate public and private non-profit agencies
who need help. The Center is located inside the United Way office, 136
N. Third Street. Each Spring during national volunteer week, the Center
the Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year Recognition banquet. Don &
Joan McClendon were selected by area media personalities as the 2015 Klamath
Country Volunteers of the
The 2015 annual event was a big success with a near record 37 individuals
and organizations being recognized. This marked the 22nd annual event.
KMSB Foundation and the Klamath
County commissioners helped sponsor this event.
The 22nd annual event was held Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12 noon
at the Senior Center, 2045 Arthur Street. As always, everyone nominated
received an award and was recognized at the
thanks to media judges Lyle Ahrens, KOTI; Paul Hanson, Wynne Broadcasting;
Rob Siems, Basin Mediactive; Gerry O'Brien, Herald and News; and Rachael
Peterson, Charter Communications. Our emcee for the event was Klamath Falls
City Schools superintendent Dr. Paul Hillyer, Ph.D.
The 23rd annual event will be held Tuesday, April 11th at 12 noon at the
How to Volunteer
To volunteer or to just find out more about the current volunteer opportunities,
contact the Volunteer Center, (541) 882-5558. To register on-line click
on the Contacts link.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Food servers to pick up and deliver meals to homebound seniors
help to serve meals, clean tables
Advocates to represent "at-risk" children
in court proceedings
Office assistant to answer telephones, typing, filing,
Museum aids to give tours, data research, typing, general duties
Crisis line support (36 hours of special training required)
Classroom assistants needed to help teachers with classroom activities
Persons to read select books to children and build caring relationships with
Thrift store needs help to sort and hang clothes
Disaster Action Team volunteers needed for immediate assistance to victims
Instructors to teach health/safety courses to adults and children
Respite care volunteers to do errands for persons who care for dying family
Driver & escorts needed to transport clients to and
Person to take blood pressure of seniors one day (two hours) per month
Assistant volunteer coordinators needed to help recruit/organize volunteer
Maintenance/handyman to do odd jobs such as painting, waxing floors, washing
walls, pull weeds, other duties
Gift store clerk to answer telephone, handle cash/make change, etc.
Tutors needed to help students with reading and math skills
Blood mobile clerical support needed
After school recreation site needs adult mentors to supervise activities
Laundry and sewing assistant to wash and iron clothing, curtains, blankets,
Caring people need to make "buddy" phone calls
to shut-in seniors
Don & Joan McClendon
Don and Joan McClendon were
selected the 2015 Klamath Country Volunteers of the Year at the 2snd
annual event held during national volunteer week. A near record 37 volunteers
organizations were recognized and received awards at the event for their
service to our community. The first-ever Corporate Volunteer program
winner was Umpqua Bank for their year-round service program.
finalists included: Hayden Dentinger (KU High School and Kelsey Pershall
(Mazama High School), Janine Henry, Derek Wiseman, Shelly Prochaska,
Christen Hammong, Basin Youth for Christ community program.
Don and Joan McClendon were nominated by Rebecca Kays with
the WestSide Community Church of the Nazarene and was awarded this distinguished
honor for contributing countless hours
growing and distributing food raised in the church's Garden of Eeatin'.
They grow more than 10 tons of foods and donated it to food pantries
and organizations such as the Klamath & Lake Counties Food Bank and the
Klamath Falls Gospel Mission.
The 2016 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year event will
be held April 12th. For more information about volunteering or this
event please contact the United Way, 882-5558. Nomination entry forms
for the 2016 event will become available around March 1st;
contact the United Way, 882-5558, for an entry form..
The Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year is
the finalists within each of the five divisions.
(Youth, Adults, Seniors,
Education and Public Safety/Public Service).
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(2015 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form)
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