If you are technologically oriented and sort of out-doorsy--why not join a Community Emergency Response Team? It's volunteer--but good contacts. Check it out at http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams.
If you have always wanted to work at a certain company--target it, whether there are openings you know of or not.
Send a letter--send a pain letter (see below)...Follow the company in Google Alerts. Keep pecking away.
Volunteer at a place nearby so you don't burn gas. It gives you a place to go and possibly contacts. Also you won't be so draggy. How about Meals on Wheels? They have kids and grandkids in companies.
Look into getting a certificate--say in grant writing or nursing assistant.
Elections are only a little over a year off. Campaigns will be staffing.
Subscribe to the local business paper.
Put some oomph into it!