Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Volunteer Web site launched

A Web site dedicated to Juneau's volunteers,, was recently launched on the world wide web.

Site designers Ryan and Angela Murphy came up with the idea after donating their own time and money as volunteers. They have been Meals-on-Wheels volunteers for almost a year and enjoy every minute they are able to help, said Angela Murphy.

The site is intended to highlight the good work that is going on in Juneau and to tell Juneau residents how they can contribute to building the community. Several volunteer programs are listed and more are on the way. Feature stories will also be added regularly to show the programs' impact. The site also includes a classified ads section intended to generate money for the programs.

Volunteer programs exist everywhere in Juneau, but few are on the Web because of the time and expense involved in creating a site. Those that do have sites are not always easy to find. includes information about each program, how people can help, and information such as links to e-mail addresses and other Web sites. Volunteer programs are already contacting the site.

The Murphys intend to expand the site to include information about where help is needed, along with a list of potential volunteers.

Eighty percent or more of proceeds from the site's classified ads will be donated to volunteer programs, according to the Murphys' press release.

The site features a form for programs that are to be listed. A page will then be created for the program on the site.

For more information, call Ryan Murphy at 789-4180.

Students conduct fieldwork

Students majoring in environmental science conducted several natural resource fieldwork projects this summer.

Trey Figueroa carried an automated sediment sampler up Nugget Creek as part of a Mendenhall Glacier erosion study. Todd Anderson located rain gauges on Juneau peaks for watershed studies. New graduates Shannon Seifert and Terry Schwart monitored glacial drainage on Lake Linda on the upper Lemon Creek Glacier. Julian Deiss conducted a laboratory study of groundwater transport of diesel and lead from peat collected at the Montana Creek Rifle Range.

These fieldwork projects were paid for with grants awarded to faculty members Cathy Connor and Todd Walter.

Preschool program offered

The Juneau Literacy Links is offering a preschool program for Alaska Native/American Indian children.

Housed in Glacier Valley School, Juneau Literacy Links is a School District-supported, free, half-day, preschool program for Alaska Native/American Indian children ages 3-5. For more information call 463-1801.

Therapeutic music classes

The Music for Healing and Transitions Program, Inc., will hold certification classes in Juneau beginning Oct. 19.

The course of study trains people to serve the ill, dying, injured and suffering with live therapeutic music at the bedside. Courses are held in five intensive weekend modules for vocalists and acoustic instrumentalists.

Module 1 meets Oct. 19, 20 and 21 in the KTOO conference room. Other modules will be held in February, April and June. Cost of each module is $375.

For details, call Jane Roodenburg at 463-6714.

Human rights nominations

The CBJ Human Rights Commission is soliciting nominations for the Juneau Human Rights Awards. To nominate someone, send their name and a brief statement detailing their contribution toward advancing human rights in Juneau to the Human Rights Commission, 155 S. Seward St., Juneau, AK 99801.

Nominations will be accepted through September 14. Awards will be presented at the Human Rights Brunch on October 21. For more information, contact Jayne Andreen at 364-2975.

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