How to help: Jan. 1

Warming Shelter seeks host sites

Hood River Warming Shelter will be housed at Immanuel Lutheran Church Dec. 29 to Jan. 4.

The church is hosting the shelter this week, and took on the extra week when the word went out that no host site was available the week after Christmas.

Venues are needed for two open weeks this winter:

n Feb. 2-8

n March 2-8

Without host sites, the shelter will have to close for those weeks.

To help out, email:

Learn more about volunteering for Hood River Warming Shelter at

Slightly used or new sleeping bags are always needed along with warm clothing.

Checks should be made out to Hood River Warming Shelter and sent to P.O. Box 656, Hood River, OR 97031.


Hood River News has published the first edition of “12 Columns of Christmas,” a booklet containing editorials written by Editor Kirby Neumann-Rea from our Christmas papers between 2000 and 2012.

All proceeds from the sale of “12 Columns of Christmas” go to Hood River Warming Shelter.

Copies are available for $5 at Hood River News, Waucoma Bookstore, and at the participating Warming Shelter supporting churches and organizations: Riverside Community Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hood River Nazarene, Mid-Columbia Center for Living, St. Mark’s Episcopal, and Hood River Valley Christian Church.

Call Neumann-Rea at 541-386-1234 if you would like multiple copies.

Volunteer as tax


For more than 35 years in the Gorge, the AARP Tax-Aide program has been operating with volunteers to prepare taxes for senior citizens and low- to moderate-income persons, free of charge. Volunteers are needed to join the program.

If you don’t seize up at the thought of preparing income taxes, and kind of enjoy unique situations, fiddling with numbers, decoding things like tax rules, this might be for you.

There are six days of training in January over a two-week period, usually in The Dalles. After that, passing a test is required for certification. Self-study or online training is also available.

Tax-Aide volunteers work in Hood River, White Salmon and The Dalles and Tygh Valley, with a minimum four-hour-per-week commitment requested.

There is lots of support and collaboration; no one is expected to know it.

Robotics volunteers needed

Help is needed hosting the upcoming robotics tournaments in Hood River on Jan. 11 for age 15 and older.

No experience is necessary “and you do not need to be a technology geek,” said HRVHS robotics advisor Jeff Blackman.

The event requires between 35-60 volunteers.

“These are great events for the students, think of it as sports for the brain,” Blackman said.

If you can help, contact Blackman at

SMART looks for

volunteer readers

The Hood River County SMART reading program seeks volunteers to read with children for an hour or so each week.

SMART stands for Start Making A Reader Today, an independent program now in its 13th year working in Hood River County School District.

With SMART, children with a need for a reading boost, or for some caring adult companionship, spend half an hour twice a week reading in a group setting one-on-one, with adults.

Volunteers are needed at any school, but the need is greatest at Westside and at May Street. Volunteers spend time with the kids, but are not expected to “teach” them to read.

Volunteers will fill out an application form, and be subject to a background check, then assigned to two or more children who they will read with for the rest of the school year. SMART is taking a break after next week, but if you can help in 2014, go to or call these coordinators:

n Westside: Teresa Burrows, 541-490-8152

n May Street: Jennifer Fowler, 541-399-6897

Help grant senior wishes

Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community is working on a new special program: Senior Wish Project will grant members of the senior community “special wishes,” such as reliving a childhood memory, an afternoon at a favorite fishing hole or a glider ride through the Gorge.

For more information, contact Kelly at 541-387-4087 or

FISH food bank

building project

Donations are being sought to help the FISH food bank building project. The four locations in Hood River County now serve more than 400 families each month, and a new facility is needed that allows clients to wait out of the rain, is handicapped accessible, and where volunteers can efficiently and safely stock and store food with adequate food storage.

For more info call 541-490-1470 or visit Building contributions can be sent to FISH, 1767 12th St., #147, Hood River, OR 97031.

all. Tax-Aide volunteers prepare returns using Tax-wise on IRS-loaned laptops.

For more information call Ronell Currie at 541-478-3461.

Parkhurst House Senior Living Community

Do you have an open heart and some extra time? Parkhurst House is seeking volunteers who will spend a little time with its residents doing activities that you both enjoy, such as playing cards, exercise, singing, playing a musical instrument, watching movies, scrapbooking, sewing/cross-stitching, religious studies, playing bingo, cooking, reading books, giving manicures, facials or massages, gardening, storytelling, poetry reading, playing sports or board games.

To volunteer call Parkhurst House at 541-387-4600. Parkhurst is located at 2450 May St., Hood River.

Hat Project welcomes volunteers, yarn

Do you crochet, knit or loom? The residents and friends of Parkhurst House Senior Living Community cordially invite you to help create warm hats to give to those in need this coming winter season. The Hat Project members will be donating its creations to various charities in Hood River and Wasco counties.

The group meets each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at Parkhurst House, 2450 May St., Hood River.

Those wishing to donate yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, looms or their own hat creations are welcome to drop them off at Parkhurst house as well. The group is gratefully accepting donations of yarn of any color, weight or blend, in any amount.

For more information contact Terri Hansen at 541-387-4600.

Next Door seeks foster parents

The Next Door is interviewing prospective foster parents for Hood River and Wasco counties. NDI provides care and behavior treatment for children and teens, ages 6-18, and is seeking individuals who are willing to open their hearts and their homes.

As a professional foster parent, you can give a child a place to call home; a safe, healthy, nurturing environment that many children have never known. You can be a part of helping these children and teens restore their lives and grow to be successful adults.

The ideal foster parents believe, like NDI does, that every child and every family deserves a chance to build a good life.

The need is now. NDI provides continuous training, 24-hour support and paid days off.

If you are interested, or know anyone who would make a great foster parent, contact Andrea Wood at 541-308-2207 or, or click on Foster Parenting at

Help grant senior wishes

Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community is working on a new special program: Senior Wish Project will grant members of the senior community “special wishes,” such as reliving a childhood memory, an afternoon at a favorite fishing hole or a glider ride through the Gorge.

For more information, contact Kelly at 541-387-4087 or

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