BEACON HOSPICE: Seeking compassionate volunteers for activities from reading at a patient's bedside and knitting lap blankets, to joining Reiki and pet therapy programs. Volunteer opportunities are all free of cost. Beacon Hospice creates an environment of hope, comfort and dignity for hospice patients who live at home or in nursing facilities in areas including Westford, Billerica, Chelmsford, Lowell, North Andover, Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill, Merrimac, Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. New volunteers are asked to complete an application and participate in an 8-10 hour group training program or a one-on-one, 5-hour training. The next training session will be July 16, 23 and 30. To request an application or to get information regarding becoming a hospice volunteer, call Adreana Krukowski at 978-837-3333.

GROTON WELLNESS: Seeking volunteers for four hours/week to provide assistance and support in our dental, medical, spa and café facility. Volunteers will help ensure a warm, positive experience for patients and help greet patients, organize events, prepare rooms and process limited office work. Seeking those with a high level of integrity who are caring and want to make a difference in a person's life. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 978-449-9919, ext. 35, to start an application process. For information on Groton Wellness, visit


MERRIMACK RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL PADDLING PROGRAM: The MRWC seeks volunteers to lead one or more summer paddling trips (kayaking or canoeing), May-Oct. Trip leaders should have experience kayaking, but do not need experience leading paddling trips or trained in assisting special needs. Contact Executive Director Caroly Shumway before May 28 at 978-655-4742 or Donations are also being sought to create paddling and hiking guides for the Merrimack River. Donations can be sent to The Merrimack River Watershed Council, 60 Island St., Suite 211E, Lawrence, MA 01840.