Help for seniors: Are you a retired professional looking to make a difference? Volunteers Assisting Seniors, a local nonprofit, seeks volunteers to review the required annual reports submitted by guardians and conservators and to report discrepancies to the court. This is ideal for someone with an interest in working with numbers and a desire to assist the court in determining if the finances of vulnerable individuals are being managed in their best interest. To learn more, call VAS at 402-444-6617.

Gardeners: If you have an interest in gardening and would like to volunteer, consider joining the Iowa Master Gardener program. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who share a love of gardening, an enthusiasm for learning and a commitment to helping others. Training is 40 hours of Web-based broadcasting and face-to-face instruction at Iowa State University Extension offices and on the ISU Campus. After training, participants must complete a one-year Master Gardener internship consisting of 40 hours of volunteer service. Orientation, a one-hour class, is Sept. 17. Other classes run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 24 through Nov. 12 at the Extension office, 1705 McPherson Ave. in Council Bluffs. Preregistration is required by Sept. 6. The $195 registration fee covers all materials and a required background check. To register or learn more, call 712-366-7070, email rsummy@iastate.edu or jenvin@iastate.edu or visit extension.iastate.edu/westpottawattamie/news/fall-2013-master-gardener-training.

Youths sought: The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium has a program available for students in ninth through 12th grade. Zoo Crew, which costs $70 for zoo members and $85 for nonmembers, is due upon acceptance into the program. Students interested in the program must turn in the application by Sept. 16 and bring to the Sept. 21 kick-off meeting a cover letter, resume and three recommendation forms/letters. You must attend one of these kick-off meetings: 10 a.m. Sept. 21 or 4 p.m. Sept. 21. You do not need to preregister to attend this meeting. Bring a parent or guardian with you to the meeting. There is a fee to join this program. For more information or questions, call 402-738-6901 or email youthvolunteers@omahazoo.com.

KOB needs help: Keep Omaha Beautiful’s Helping Hands program assists elderly and disabled citizens with leaf raking. It is for those who cannot do the work themselves and cannot afford to have it done. Any elderly or disabled person who needs help can call 402-444-7774 to register. KOB’s Youth Cleanup 2013 will run Oct. 18-20 at volunteer groups’ convenience.

KOB also needs assistance with Lake and Pond Cleanup Day, done anytime in September. Help clean litter from around park lagoons, dam sites and small streams in the Omaha area. KOB will provide all necessary bags and gloves.

These are both opportunities for church and civic groups, families, colleagues, Scouts, school groups and more. For a registration packet, visit keepomahabeautiful.org. For questions, call Kay Replogle at 402-444-7774 or kay.replogle@ci.omaha.ne.us.

Math fans: Math-enthusiast teens are needed to help with at MathAlive! at the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, Neb. Do you have a passion for math and applied sciences in video games, sports, music, robotics, fashion industry, or enjoy helping people and are you willing to spend some time between Sept. 21, 2013, and Jan. 5, 2014, at the museum? If so, you can be part of this hands-on exhibit. MathAlive! inspires, sparks imagination, and reveals not only math at work, but its endless possibilities. Volunteers will help guests explore the world of math. Training will be provided. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to answering questions, sharing your math knowledge, providing assistance and guidance for guests, communicating with adults and children, and helping the exhibit staff. Desired are strong communication skills, strong knowledge base about math, ability to work independently and take directions, patience, energy, resourcefulness and problem-solving. Training will be Sept. 19. To volunteer or learn more, email Kevin or Linda at HWbrainstorm@gmail.com before Sept. 5.

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