Elderhouse, a nonprofit organization serving the elderly in the greater Norwalk area. needs volunteers to work with seniors in their scheduled activities including card games, knitting and exercise programs. Musicians, singers, dancers, school children, pets, artists, chefs, craft makers and community groups are welcome to perform and share their talents. Volunteers are needed to help design, plan and assist in fundraising events. Call 203-847-1998 or visit http://elderhouseadc.com for more information.

FISH, a free transportation organization that helps Norwalk residents reach their medical appointments within Norwalk, needs volunteer dispatchers and drivers. Dispatchers, taking calls in their own homes, receive requests for rides and schedule the drivers. Drivers, using their own cars, transport the clients. Mileage may be reimbursed; FISH carries driver and passenger insurance. Dispatchers work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; drivers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers can choose the day they prefer to work. FISH operates Tuesday through Friday. Call 203-229-9727 between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday for more information.

The Connecticut Hospice is in need of volunteers to provide care and support to patients and their families (weekdays, evenings or weekends) in an administrative capacity or offering direct care as a friendly visitor, bereavement care, help in the arts or meet transportation needs. For more information, contact the director of volunteer services at 1-800-8- HOSPICE, ext. 510.

Pet Protectors in Fairfield is in need of reliable volunteers for various activities such as baking, making telephone calls, distributing flyers, fundraising, helping at events, transporting animals to the vet, pet sitting, running errands, walking a dog, picture taking, and much more. Help is greatly appreciated. For more information, call 203-330-0255, or visit www.petprotectorsrescue.org.

The American Cancer Society is looking for Road to Recovery volunteers to drive cancer patients to and from medical treatment facilities, providing a friendly, supportive and reliable presence for patients who are unable to drive themselves. Volunteers must be 18 years or older, with a car, good driving record and daytime availability. For information on these and other volunteer opportunities, call 800-889-3340 (press option 3) or 203-563-0740.

For more information on the Voluntary Action Center of Coastal Fairfield County, a partnership of Human Services Council and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, visit www.givetimenow.org or contact Sara at 203-339-6310 or sgerman@unitedwaycfc.org. If your organization would like your volunteer opportunities listed, please email vac@hscct.org with your organization's name, location, contact person and details about your volunteer needs.

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