Retirees Association

Volunteer Opportunities

Scott’s Run Settlement House 
Backpack Feeding Program

(Information provided by Linda Baer, retiree and board member.)

We, the WVURA members, have decided to work as a group with the Backpack Feeding Program. Our role will be to pack bags with food that is sent home with school children so they have food over the weekend. The food is purchased by Scott’s Run Settlement House with grant funding. There are over 800 children enrolled in this program in Monongalia County.

We are scheduled the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Scott’s Run. We will begin at 1:00 PM. It should only take 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Please let me know if you will be participating. I understand that not everyone will be able to be there every time, but the more helpers we have the faster it will go! We have been provided with WVURA T-shirts. Please let me know what size you would like and I will bring one for you that day.

Please feel free to contact me, Linda Baer with questions. I can be reached on my cell at 304-685-2642 or email me at

WV Botanic Garden (information provided by retiree Nelda Kimble)
1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV

How can you help our state botanic garden grow?

Greet, meet, and inform visitors as garden greeter/host in the new Welcome Center
Dig in the dirt with garden maintenance crews and on garden site projects
Assist with children's educational programs (fall children's festival in October, for example)
Give a presentation or lead an educational walk about a special area of expertise or interest
Write public relations articles and promote special events
Administer fund-raising activities and write grants
Assist with clerical work for special events.

For more information contact Kay Jones, Volunteer Coordinator, at or call at 304-816-1745.  Please complete the volunteer application online at

Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer needs from Lindsay Cook, Operations Coordinator. 
They are in dire need of skilled and unskilled volunteers. They could use help in their ReStore and also on their construction site. They are trying to build a 10 home cul-de-sac with a goal of completing 5 this year and 5 next year. Currently 3 homes are in various stages of construction. The construction site is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Anyone can work individually or we can plan a day to work as a group. Please let Linda Baer, Volunteer Opportunities Facilitator, at 304-685-2642 or know your thoughts on having a group day. Linda has address for the current construction site if you are interested. If you would like to volunteer individually please contact Lindsay at 304-906-7819. All volunteers will have to register online and sign a liability waiver. You can get started here: .

Morgantown Area Meals on Wheels (information provided by retiree Don Morrison)
Volunteers perform many essential tasks, such as delivering meals, shopping, interviewing clients, service on the board and others. For information, please view the website or contact the current president, Dennis Bidwell at 304-319-0429 or call the kitchen at 304-599-1954. Staff are on duty 6:00 AM to 12:00 noon, M-F. You may also email them at

M-SNAP ( Mountaineer Spay Neuter Assistance Program)(information provided by Nancy Young)

The M-SNAP mission is to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Monongalia County and eliminate the use of euthanasia as a means of animal control. We do not shelter, rescue, transport, or adopt animals, we just fix them. We promote spay/neuter through our Voucher and Education Programs.
Since we started in 2008, we have issued over 5,000 vouchers, fixing almost that many animals. Because we wanted the program to be all about the animals and not the people, we have no means test. The only criteria is you must be a resident of Mon County and truly need our help.
The Voucher Program uses an answering machine to collect names and phone numbers of the pet owners who need assistance. The Manager of the Voucher Program distributes the calls to our volunteers who execute a brief online questionnaire for each requester. The completed questionnaire is returned to the Manager who posts the expense and forwards the information to the volunteers to print and mail the Vouchers.
We also do follow-up calls to see why soon to expire vouchers have not been used. Requires learning the policies and procedures and completing a training session.
Volunteers needed are: Call Assigner, Callers,and Mailers
 Carolyn Grinberg 304-296-2276

One of our major fund raiser’s is ReTails, our thrift store located in the Morgantown Mall. We accept donations from the public to sell. The net profit is used to fund our programs. The store is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 am to 8 pm including 3 shifts (10 am to 2 pm, 2 pm to 5 pm, and 5 pm to 8 pm) Initially you will be scheduled with an experienced person. The cash register is very simple to use. We do not accept credit cards. There is also a need for inventory and set up volunteers. We work Monday and Tuesday to get the store stocked and ready to open on Wednesday. Because this is our public presence, we hope everyone will take the time to learn about what we do and why. 
Volunteers are needed for: Sales, Inventory and Set-up Contact: Suzanne Gainer 304-599-8300

Other links with volunteer opportunities:

United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties – Volunteer Opportunities

WVU Center for Service and Learning

We will be listing more opportunities and needs as we verify the contact information. Please feel free to contact the Volunteer Opportunities Facilitator, Linda Baer at with questions or other volunteer opportunities that you might know of for WVU retirees.