Volunteers needed for county boards

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on the Citizen Review Panel and the Community Corrections Board.

Two members are needed to serve three-year terms on the CRP, which is an extension and continuation of the grievance (appeal) procedure established through the Department of Human Services Quality Assurance Program.

The panel provides a forum to discuss consumer concerns regarding the Department of Human Services, reviews and audits quality issues and concerns with the department, and considers and addresses other issues brought before it by the department director.

The corrections board is in need of an at-large representative to serve a three-year term.

The board advises the commissioners about community-based and community-oriented programs that provide supervision of offenders being diverted from prison and those transitioning back into the community after prison.

Applications are available at www.elpasoco.com. The deadline to apply is April 17.

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Human Capital Group opens

Lili Tran and Marisa Walker have opened Human Capital Group LLC.

They have 35 years of experience in human resources, having worked both in the public and private sector.

Financial assistance extended for organic certification

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the timeline for Colorado companies to receive reimbursement if they are certified as organic.

The new timeframe is Oct. 1, 2007 to Sept. 30, 2009. Reimbursements are available for each year the producer received certification and incurred certification costs.

To be eligible for reimbursement, an organic production or handling operation must be located within Colorado; comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulations for organic production or handling; and receive certification or continuation of certification.

For copies of cost assistance forms, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/dpi and click “organic cost share reimbursement forms” or call Barbara Rosenbach at (303) 239-4139.

PPFC needs volunteers

Pikes Peak Family Connections Inc., an organization whose goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect, needs volunteers to work with at-risk children.

Volunteers are needed to work with children at KPC Kids’ Place, a free crisis and respite nursery. Volunteers also are needed to assist with general office tasks and planning special events.

For more information, contact Christy Janssen at 520-1019, ext. 1016, or operations@pikespeakfamilyconnections.org.

ESM needs volunteers for 9Health Fair

Ecumenical Social Ministries needs medical and non-medical volunteers to help draw blood, conduct health screening, manage registration and assist with client flow during the 9Health Fair.

Spanish-speaking volunteers are particularly desirable.

The event, which is being held in collaboration with Penrose-St. Francis Mission Outreach, is scheduled for 7 a.m. to noon April 25.

Contact Kissy Gray at 228-6785 or kgray@ecusocmin.org or visit www.9healthfair.org.

Free tutoring in reading

The Children’s Literacy Center is offering free one-on-one tutoring for children reading below grade level.

Children are matched with trained volunteer tutors and meet twice a week for an hour each session.

To determine whether your child is eligible to enroll, call Pamela Polke at 471-8672 or visit www.peakreader.org.

Spanish-speaking volunteers needed

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is seeking Spanish-speaking volunteers for its First Visitor program.

Through home visits, volunteers provide new mothers with information about child and brain development, early learning, the importance of immunizations and child-parent bonding.

Peak Vista trains volunteers to present tried-and-true child development and community resource information.

To participate, visit www.peakvista.org.