Volunteer opportunities for Manatee County citizens related to the oil spill:
n Manatee County oil spill hotline: Report spills at (941) 749-3547.
n Residents and groups interested in volunteering are encouraged to first register with www.VolunteerFlorida.org and then become affiliated with a local Manatee County organization. For more information on Manatee County status and volunteer needs, visit www.mymanatee.org or e-m-ail Melissa Cain Nell in Manatee County Natural Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org
n Coastline Watchers are needed to help monitor the coastline in the event of possible impact from the oil spill. To report oil on the shoreline, call (850) 413-9900 or (800) 320-0519. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.
n Wildlife Inc. animal rehabilitation center is accepting calls from persons interested in volunteering. Call Gail Straight at (941) 778-6324 or e-mail Caracara1@tampabay.rr.com.
— Sara Kennedy