Helping Works

Boise mayor calls for more residents to volunteer

The most recent dispatch from Boise Mayor Dave Bieter's office put out the official call for more residents to volunteer their time to worthy local causes. 

The mayor shared some suggestions. We pass them on: 

— Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho ( ) is looking for individuals, especially men, to volunteer as mentors. More than 70 percent of children awaiting mentors in the program are boys, but only three of every 10 volunteer inquiries come from men. Sign up to make a difference in a young man’s life by becoming a Big Brother. ( )

Corpus Christi House ( ), the valley's daytime shelter for people experiencing homelessness, is closed for repairs until  Aug. 25 . Interfaith Sanctuary, normally not open during daytime hours, has agreed to allow the women and children who usually shower at Corpus Christi to use its facilities from  3 to 5:30 p.m.  daily. Corpus Christi is in immediate need of volunteers to staff these shower shifts. Volunteers can contact Chris Veaudry at  to help out.

Junior Achievement of Idaho ( ) provides classes and programs for school-age children to learn about the economics of life. The organization has grown tremendously in the past couple years and needs more volunteers ( ) to deliver financial literacy classes in schools.

The Idaho Botanical Garden ( ) provides beautiful, enriching garden experiences for thousands in our valley. On  Aug. 23  the garden will host Bug Day! ( ), and volunteers are needed ( ) to assist visitors as they play Insect Bingo, go on an Insect Safari, and participate in the Insect Olympics.  

Want more? The United Way Volunteer web page ( ) offers a community-wide clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities. And many of the City of Boise’s volunteer programs are accessible through a single sign-up site ( ).