October 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
October 2017  - Silicon Valley 
 
Celebrate the Bay Day
Save the Bay
 
Date/Time: Saturday October 7, 9am - noon
 
Location(s): Full addresses and details provided upon registration
  • Bair Island (Redwood City)
  • Palo Alto Baylands (Palo Alto)
  • MLK Jr. Shoreline (Oakland)
  • MLK Shoreline Native Plant Nursery (Oakland)
Bay Day is an official holiday dedicated to connecting Bay Area communities with the beautiful and unique ecological wonders of San Francisco Bay. Ignite your love for the Bay and protect this natural, local resource by volunteering in our Native Plant Nursery, where we raise thousands of seedlings for restoration projects each year. Join us in celebration of the 2nd annual Bay Day! No experience necessary. Gloves, tools and instruction provided. Save The Bay staff certified in first aid and CPR lead each event.
 
Ages: For all restoration events, a parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 16.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Rachelle Cardona, rcardona@savesfbay.org, 510.463.6850. Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. You must register online in order to sign up yourself or a group of ten people or less.
www.savesfbay.org/

 
 
Third Annual Harvest Festival
Santa Clara County Parks
 
Date/Time: Saturday October 7, shifts are available between 7am and 6pm. Volunteers are especially needed in the afternoon and evening.
 
Location: Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Ave San Jose

Volunteers are needed to support the Third Annual Harvest Festival at Martial Cottle Park. The event will include farm tours, pumpkin painting and carnival activities, historical ranch activities, food vendors, live music, a corn maze, fresh produce for sale, square dancing, face painting, and much more! There are many special event volunteer positions to choose from including set up, tear down, activity stations and more. All volunteers should bring a water bottle, sunscreen and hat. Snacks for volunteers will be available, but please bring a lunch or money to purchase lunch from the food vendors.

Ages: Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a volunteer waiver before they can participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies depending on position.
 
Contact: Julie Kahrnof, Parks Volunteer Program Coordinator, julie.kahrnoff@PRK.SCCGOV.ORG, 408.918.4940. Please let us know your top choices when you register online. Some positions have special requirements or preferences (ex: ability to lift 50 lbs.) Volunteers will receive a confirmation once they are registered and an event reminder prior to the Harvest Festival
 
 
2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association of Northern California
 
Date/Time: Saturday October 14, 6am - 1:30pm
 
Location: Arena Green, North Autumn St., San Jose (Click here for map)

Join the fight to end Alzheimer's. Each year we bring the Walk to End Alzheimer's to over 600 communities in the U.S., and we could not do it without our dedicated volunteers. You and your family can help raise awareness and bring your passion for the cause on Walk Day. Volunteers are needed for event set up, registration, ushering, the Family Pavilion, Remembrance Area, parking, break down and more!

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer for most positions, with adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Three to five hour shifts available depending on volunteer position.
 
Contact: Tessie Calligeros, tcalligeros@alz.org, 408.372.9900, Registration is available online.
www.alz.org/norcal/

 
 
Pumpkins in the Park Festival
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. Exact times vary depending on shift. There are five shifts; one Friday and four on the day of the event, Saturday, October 14. We especially need help with set up and tear down!
 
Location: Guadalupe River Park/Discovery Meadow, Intersection of Woz Way and San Carlos Ave., San Jose

Pumpkins in the Park is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. It is designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. Through this festival, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy highlights a portion of our 3-mile park and gardens by bringing families into the park for a day of learning and fun. Volunteers are needed to help make Pumpkins in the Park successful!

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. Volunteers younger than age 15 must have an adult present.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours per shift
 
Contact: Ricky Davis, Volunteer Coordinator, ricky@grpg.org, 408.298.7657 x16. Registration is available online.
www.grpg.org/

 
 
Start a Bake Sale to Benefit No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength
 
Date/Time: Flexible - choose a time that works for you.
 
Location: You choose! Simply find a local business, school, place of worship, community center or neighborhood that will allow you to hold your bake sale. It's that simple. We have more ideas for good locations in our Location Guide.

Funds raised through Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Nationally, the campaign provides leadership, raises awareness and advocates for change that will make sure no kid in America ever goes hungry. Locally, Share Our Strength funds the most effective anti-hunger organizations and builds partnerships that bring together public officials, nonprofits, community groups, private funders and businesses to end childhood hunger in a particular state or city. Click here for more information on how to start your own Bake Sale. Our online Bakers' Resources includes lots of how-to tips, signage and much more. If you are looking for something that is not on the list, please call or email us with your suggestions.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: bakesale@strength.org, 800.761.4227
http://gabs.nokidhungry.org 
 
 
Pack Meals for Meals On Wheels
Peninsula Volunteers
 
Date/Time: Weekdays from 7:30 - 9:30am or 8 - 10am (except Tuesdays) (No afternoons, evenings or weekends currently available.)
 
Location: Little House Cafe, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park

Peninsula Volunteers provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in our community as they pursue the pathway of a long and useful life. Every week, Peninsula Volunteers delivers over 2,500 hot, nutritious meals to primarily homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in San Mateo County who are unable to cook and shop for themselves. Weekday Meals on Wheels meal packers are needed at least once a month. We serve 600 meals per day! Hours are available both in the morning and afternoon on weekdays only. This is a great opportunity for parents or grandparents to bring their children.
 
Ages: An adult must accompany volunteers ages 7 - 16.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Victoria Cormack, Community Volunteer Manager, vcormack@penvol.org, 650.272.5108. Please contact Victoria to sign up.
 
 
The Ultimate Hike: Create Your Own Adventure
CureSearch for Children's Cancer
 
Date/Time: Flexible - on your own time
 
Location: Choose your own location

CureSearch raises funds for children's cancer research to ensure that more children have access to life-saving treatments today and into the future. Ultimate Hike: Create Your Adventure is your chance to plan your lifesaving adventure from start to finish. You pick the trail, the distance, the date, and you set your own fundraising goals. All you need is a trail and your own two feet, and every step you take will make a difference! From the main Create Your Adventure page, click Register in the navigation bar at the top of the page and choose whether you want to register "As an individual," "As a Team Captain" (to start a new team), or "As a Team Member" (if the team already exists). You will then have the chance to start a new adventure!
 
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Courtney Bollman, 240.235.2286, courtney.bollman@curesearch.org
www.curesearchevents.org
 
 
Do Something Nice for the Bay
Save the Bay
 
Date/Time: Saturday October 21, 9am - noon
 
Location: Eden Landing (Hayward), full address and details provided upon registration

Join Save The Bay at Eden Landing to tend to native seedlings and remove harmful invasive species. Once established and thriving, these native seedlings will provide habitat for wildlife, protect our communities from flooding, and improve water quality for all Bay inhabitants. No experience necessary. Gloves, tools and instruction provided. Save The Bay staff certified in first aid and CPR lead each event.
 
Ages: For all restoration events, a parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 16.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Rachelle Cardona, rcardona@savesfbay.org, 510.463.6850. Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. You must register online in order to sign up yourself or a group of ten people or less.
www.savesfbay.org/

 
 
Volunteer Mentors for Refugee, Immigrant, or Asylee Families or Individuals
At Home Humanitarian
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Throughout the Bay Area
 
At Home Humanitarian is a grassroots effort focused on socially integrating refugees,
asylees, and immigrants while building tolerance and understanding throughout their new communities. Our core work focuses on mentor matching, community acculturation events, and providing extracurricular opportunities. Volunteers are needed for the following programs:

Mentor + Mentee Matching: Volunteer families can be matched with newly-arrived individuals and families to help answer any questions relating to American culture, customs, processes, laws, or community resources that would help their match feel more connected; help find solutions to needs such as finding a job, preparing for college, filing for FAFSA, fixing a car, or passing a driver's test; and provide opportunities to get out, explore surroundings, make new friends, learn a new skill or hobby, and connect to others within their communities.

Community Acculturation Events: Community managers, mentors, and mentees plan engaging quarterly events. Events can be sponsored by corporations or partner NPOs. Some upcoming events include career panels sponsored by Google, family dinners, beach and sightseeing outings, a night at a Giants Game. We are working to plan acculturation events in cities throughout the U.S. but need volunteers and funding from within those cities!
 
Ages: All ages. Children 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
 
Time Commitment: One-year commitment; 8-10 hours per month
 
Contact: Allison Zollinger, allison@athomehumanitarian.org
www.athomehumanitarian.org

 
Make Sandwiches for the Hungry
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: A homeless shelter your community.

Many homeless shelters really appreciate having a supply of sandwiches on hand to give to their residents for lunch. You and your family can help by making sandwiches to bring to a local homeless shelter in your community. First, find a local shelter interested in your donation, check on any specific instructions, and arrange a delivery date and time. Then gather your supplies, make your sandwiches, and deliver them as a family. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Make Sandwiches Project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
As you know, Doing Good Together promotes lessons in kindness and empathy through big-hearted conversations which often take place during storytime. Reading DGT's recommended books on topics such as kindness, gratitude, and mindfulness leads to great discussions. Likewise, DGT offers book lists on challenging issues, like bullying, hunger, and global poverty. Our newest book list focuses on the important subject of Death & Grief. We hope these books help you and your young ones start age appropriate conversations on a tough topic that deserves discussion.
 
 

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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September 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
September 2017  - Silicon Valley 
 
Decorate Rosh Hashana Gift Bags for Senior Holiday Delivery
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center/Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS)
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 5, Noon - 4pm (Drop In)
 
Location: Oshman JCC, Room L-101 Family Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Help make a senior's holiday season extra special and sweet by decorating a bag for them to stuff with goodies. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Volunteers of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds welcome.
 
Ages: Families with children preschool and up are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Up to four hours
 
Contact: Robin Vasilakos, rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org, 650.223.8791
 
 
Disaster and First Responder Multi Cultural Awareness and Service Event
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 10, 4 - 6pm
 
Location: Oshman JCC Taube Koret Campus, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Bring your family to this special and unique day as we remember 9/11. Volunteers will help by working together on projects that will be donated to those living in emergency shelters, and preparing thank you packs for First Responders in our area to show our appreciation for all that they do. Families will learn vital and potentially lifesaving information they can use if ever faced with an emergency situation or disaster. Volunteers of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds welcome. If you are unable to make it to this event you can still donate these needed individually wrapped first aid items to the OFJCC:
  • Antiseptic wipes (BZK-based wipes preferred; alcohol-based OK)
  • Antibacterial ointment (e.g., Bacitracin)
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Gauze pads (various sizes)
  • Nonstick sterile pads
  • Rolled gauze
Ages: Children of all ages are welcome to participate with adult present.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Robin Vasilakos, rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org, 650.223.8791. This is a FREE event, prior online registration is required.
www.paloaltojcc.org

 
Superhero Heart Run
Heart Heroes Inc.
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 10, 7am - 5pm
 
Location: Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, 2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont

Superheroes are taking over the Bay Area! Proceeds raised from this event will be utilized to provide support, education, research and to create awareness for Congenital Heart Defects, the most common birth defect worldwide. Families in California will benefit directly through the programs and services provided by Mended Little Hearts and Heart Heroes, Inc.
Volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:
  • Water Station
  • First Aid Tent
  • Hospitality Tent
  • Walk-up Registration
  • Registrant Check-in
  • Cape, shirt and prize distribution
  • Sponsor Check-in
  • Event set-up/ cleanup
  • Garbage Duty
  • 2k/ 5k Route Markers
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome with adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts vary based on task.
 
Contact: Margaret Keller, margaret@heartheroes.org, 303.807.9772  
www.my.superheroheartrun.com
 
 
Coastal Clean Up Day - San Francisquito Creek
Grassroots Ecology
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 16, 9am - noon
 
Location: 1 Alma Street, Menlo Park (at the park near the intersection of East Creek Drive and Alma Street)

Grassroots Ecology leverages the power of community volunteers to create healthy ecosystems across Silicon Valley, from the foothills to San Francisco Bay. The City of Menlo Park and Grassroots Ecology are partnering to host volunteers for Coastal Cleanup Day at San Francisquito Creek! This annual event brings communities together throughout the state to clean California's beaches, lakes, and watersheds. Volunteers will be removing trash and recyclables from our local watershed to celebrate and enhance our beautiful waterways. Please wear appropriate attire for working outdoors - long pants and sturdy shoes are highly recommended. Please "Bring Your Own (BYO)" buckets, gloves, and reusable water bottles to help reduce our footprint at the event. (There will be extras available if you don't have your own.)
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. Please note that volunteers will be spreading out over a large area of the creek, therefore a responsible adult should accompany youth. Hazards typically encountered in the creek include poison oak, sharp objects, and deep pools of water. All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a Grassroots Ecology waiver (to be completed through the Eventbrite website) as well as a Coastal Cleanup Day Event waiver. All adult volunteers are also required to complete a Coastal Cleanup Day Event waiver form for themselves. Waiver forms are available in English and Spanish. Although there will be Coastal Cleanup Day Event waiver forms on site on the day of the event, you can print and sign the waiver form now to expedite check in
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Jeremy Merckling, Jeremy@grassrootsecology.org, 650.419.9880. Registration is available online.
www.grassrootsecology.org

 
 
Coastal Clean Up Day - Coyote Creek
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 16, 9am - noon
 
Location: Tully Ball Fields, 800 Tully Road, San Jose

Let's work together for a vibrant Coyote Creek! Coastal Cleanup Day is a terrific way to show your support for your California waterways, not just the Coast. Spend a few hours at Coyote Creek and help beautify our creek through a community cleanup. Be sure to wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes since you will be near poison oak and around loose or muddy soil.
This event is co-sponsored by Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and the Senter Monterey Neighborhood Association.

Ages: All are welcome to participate (those under 13 must be accompanied by an adult). Volunteers under age 18 must have a signed waiver (available upon completed registration). Community service hours are available.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Deb Kramer, deb@keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org, 408.372.7053. Registration is available online.
www.keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org
 
 
Stevens Creek Water Quality Monitoring
Grassroots Ecology
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 17, 9am - 1pm. Please arrive on time as we will leave McClellan Ranch when we finish introductions around 9:15 and carpool to the other sites on Stevens Creek.
 
Location:  McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino

Do you have science minded kids or budding environmentalists in your family? Then this volunteer opportunity is a great fit for you! Starting from McClellan Ranch we will visit eight sites on Stevens Creek to gather data on pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance and turbidity. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own transportation. We generally finish with the upper watershed by about 11am and the lower watershed by 1pm. No experience is needed; we will train you. Come enjoy and learn about these beautiful creeks while you collect data to protect their health. Please bring a reusable water bottle. You will not be getting into the creek, but it is best to wear comfy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.
 
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome; minors under 18 require a parent to approve the online waiver when you register for this event, and children under 12 require an accompanying adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: Jeremy Merckling, Jeremy@grassrootsecology.org, 650.419.9880. Registration is available online. Please contact Jeremy for more information or to register groups larger than four.
www.grassrootsecology.org
 
 
Chicken Soupers Meal Preparation
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center/Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS)
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 17, 1 - 5pm
 
Location: Oshman JCC, Community Kitchen, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Prepare a meal for an individual or family who are unable to prepare their own meals. Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) has partnered with the OFJCC to make it possible to help support these people. This project will be done in two stages. First, we will prepare individual meals in our community kitchen, pack them and then deliver them to the designated people. This is a great opportunity for families to do a project together as well as take it personally to someone in need. Volunteers of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds welcome.

Ages: Children ages eight and older are welcome to participate with adult present.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Robin Vasilakos, rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org, 650.223.8791. This is a FREE event, prior online registration required.
www.paloaltojcc.org
 
 
Canary Challenge Event Volunteers
Canary Challenge Foundation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 30, various shifts available between 6am - 5pm
 
Location: Varian Medical Systems Inc., 3100 Hansen Way, Palo Alto

Volunteers are needed to help with all of the logistics of the Canary Challenge Event. The event is a cycling/5K walk and run event that benefits the Canary Foundation - a nonprofit focused on the early detection of cancer. On the day of the event, volunteers will be working closely with the Canary Challenge staff to help with the lunch, merchant, registration, volunteer and information booth set up at our Village (start/finish point for cyclists). There are also six rest stops along the various routes for the cyclists, and volunteers are needed to help with snacks/drinks for the resting cyclists at each rest stop. This is a very fun filled event! Volunteers will receive volunteer t-shirts and a  complimentary lunch at one of our three gourmet food trucks in the Village.

Ages: Ten and older with an adult present
 
Time Commitment: Varies depending on volunteer role.
 
Contact: Sadaf Majidi, sadaf@canarychallenge.org or 650.646.3197
www.canarychallenge.org

 
 
Help Provide Valet Bike Parking
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
 
Date/Time: Varies by event (see description below)
 
Location:  Varies by event

The purpose of SVBC is to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Valet bike parking is one of many ways that Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition encourages people to bike to public events. Volunteer responsibilities include accepting event attendees' bikes, placing them on bike racks, keeping a watchful eye during the event and then happily returning them to the attendees when they are ready to leave. Perks (such as snacks, free entry, or a meal) are usually provided for volunteers, depending on the event.
 
  • Volunteer to park bikes at the 49ers v. Carolina Panthers game on September 10 at Levi's Stadium. Find out more or sign up here!
  • Volunteer to park bikes at the 49ers v. LA Rams game on September 21 at Levi's Stadium. Find out more or sign up here!
  • Volunteer to park bikes at Canary Challenge on September 30 in Palo Alto. Find out more or sign up here!
Ages: Children ages eight and older can volunteer with an adult guardian and signed waiver; those ages 14 and older can volunteer with a signed waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Alison Paulin, alison@bikesiliconvalley.org, 408.987.1965
www.bikesiliconvalley.org
 
 
Dinner Serving Program and Community Garden
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
 
Date/Time: Monday - Friday (See below for times)
 
Location(s):
  1. Goodwill Building (4 - 6pm): 1080 N. 7th St., San Jose
  2. Eastside Neighborhood Center (3:30 - 6pm): 2150 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
  3. Community Garden at Goodwill (Fridays only 9am - Noon), 1080 North 7th St. San Jose
Meal Serving Programs: Volunteers are needed to help with meal preparation, set-up of the dining hall, dishwashing, serving food and drinks, and clean up. Wear comfortable "work" clothes and closed-toed shoes (i.e., jeans, walking shorts, tennis shoes, etc.) Please do not wear sandals, halter or tank tops, short shorts, etc. For those with longer hair, please wear your hair up and off your face.
Goodwill Community Garden: The garden provides fresh vegetables for our dinner service program. Support is needed with weeding, planting and harvesting the vegetables, depending on the time of the year. Please wear comfortable clothes, bring water and sunscreen. Gloves are optional. The Garden is located at the far rear right corner of the parking lot, please proceed through the parking lot and park in the back.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to help with the meal serving programs. An adult must accompany children 14 and younger. Community Garden volunteers must be 15 or older.

Time Commitment: Two to three hours depending on program.
 
Contact: Hyru Gau, 408.922.9285 or 408.922.9085 x104 or volunteer@loavesfishes.org.
Registration is available online. Please bring a completed Volunteer Agreement form to your volunteer shift.
 
 
Community Services and Fresh Market Distribution Volunteers
Cityteam
 
Date/Time:
  • Community Services: Tuesday through Saturday, 9am - noon & 1 - 4pm
  • Fresh Market Distribution: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 2 - 5pm
Location: 1297 North 13th Street, San Jose

Cityteam San Jose Community Services helps meet the critical needs of community members living below the poverty line by providing them with the resources they need to overcome the hardships they are facing and to break out of the cycle of poverty. Cityteam receives donations of food, clothing, household items, diapers, hygiene products, and furniture that are then distributed to families in need. Volunteers may help with tasks such as sorting donations, packing food boxes, maintaining the gallery (free store), organizing the warehouse, cleaning, distributing food bags, and/or assisting clients. Volunteers should be prepared to work hard as you make a meaningful impact in your community! Fresh Market Distribution volunteers are needed to hand out  fresh produce to individuals and families.

Ages: Volunteers ages 12 and 13 can volunteer with a parent. Older teens can volunteer on their own.
 
Time Commitment: Three hour shifts
 
Contact: Erin Campos, Ecampos@cityteam.org, 408.232.5620. Registration is available on the Cityteam Volunteer Projects Calendar. The above volunteer opportunities are listed under "Community Services" on the Projects Calendar. Registering a minor is the same as registering an adult. To register a minor, you will need to create an account for them in addition and agree to the volunteer terms on their behalf.
www.cityteam.org/
 
 
Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community
 
We are what we do. By adopting one or two simple, caring routines, you'll give your children a strong sense of themselves as helpers. In this way, big-hearted habits empower kids to become thoughtful, engaged citizens throughout their lives. Visit the Big-Hearted Families Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits page for ideas to add kindness to your everyday family routines.
 
Ages: There are ideas for families with children of all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Take DGT's 30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge!

Big-hearted families may be familiar with our popular 30-Day Kindness Challenge and our Summer of Kindness Bucket List. Now with the fall season upon us, we're offering children and tweens/teens their own "30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge"! These unique ideas help students focus on daily acts of kindness before, during, and after the school day. Let's make the 2017-18 school year the kindest one ever! Print and post yours today. Choose from the elementary grade and/or upper grade challenge.
 
 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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August 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
August 2017  - Silicon Valley 
 
Hellyer Park Weeding Party
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
 
Date/Time: Weekly, every Saturday through August (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) from 9 -11am
 
Location: Hellyer Park Visitor Center, 985 Hellyer Avenue, San Jose

Come to the Helleyer Park Weeding Party to clean up your park while meeting new people. We have all the tools; we just need you. These events are a great way to meet new people and put some sweat equity back into your park. And you get some time outdoors, which is good for your health! We'll be working in three zones: Velodrome, Dog Park, and east side of Cottonwood Lake. No special skills are required. Please wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Work gloves and necessary tools are provided. Refreshments will be available following the event. This event is sponsored by Santa Clara County Parks and Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. Volunteers ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the event. Volunteers age 16-17 may participate without parent/guardian supervision but only if they present a completed volunteer application, including a parent or guardian's signature. Application forms are available at the event, but the parent or guardian must be present to sign.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Deb Kramer, deb@keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org, 408.372.7053. Registration is available online.
 
 
Delivery Volunteers for Families with Critically Ill Children
There With Care of the Bay Area
 
Date/Time: Times and dates are flexible for volunteering. Upcoming orientations are Monday, August 14 from 6 to 7:30pm and Tuesday, August 25 from 10 to 11:30am
 
Location: There With Care of the Bay Area, 3475 Edison Way, Suite H, Menlo Park

There With Care provides a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phases of a medical crisis. They serve families referred by medical agencies by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life's day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. You can help care for the families of critically ill children in your community by delivering groceries and other needed items to them. Volunteers must attend a one-time mandatory 90-minute training before heading out with grocery and supply deliveries from our pantry in Menlo Park to families on the Peninsula, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House. Please bring your children of all ages to help you volunteer!
 
Ages: Primary volunteer must be at least 18 years old with a drivers license, background check and orientation for drivers meeting with families, but please bring your children!
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, orientation required. Register for orientation online.
 
Contact: Jennifer Thurlow, 650.268.8557, jennifer.thurlow@therewithcare.org
www.bayarea.therewithcare.org/
 
 
Restore Local Ecosystems
Grassroots Ecology

Date/Time: Various ongoing events around the South Bay

Location: Multiple locations in Palo Alto, Cupertino and Los Altos including Foothills Park, Pearson-Arastadero Preserve, Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, McClellan Ranch and San Franscisquito Creek.

Grassroots Ecology leverages the power of community volunteers to create healthy ecosystems across Silicon Valley, from the foothills to San Francisco Bay. We restore native plants to open spaces and neighborhoods, steward creeks and watersheds, and provide nature education in the classroom and in the field. Monthly volunteer projects involve planting native plants, removing invasive plants and sheet mulching. This is a also a great opportunity to do a bit of wildlife watching and learn about our local native habitat. Please bring a reusable water bottle and dress for outdoor work (sturdy shoes and long pants recommended). We provide gloves and tools.

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome; minors under 18 require a parent to approve the online waiver when registering for this event, and children under 12 require an accompanying adult unless prior approval is obtained from the workday supervisor.

Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours

Contact: Each event has a different supervisor. Please contact the supervisor listed on the event page. Registration is available online. If you cannot attend, please notify the Grassroots Coordinator listed on the event page so that your place will be available for another volunteer. If you have additional questions about Grassroots Ecology you can contact Jeremy Merckling, Jeremy@grassrootsecology.org, 650.419.9880.
www.grassrootsecology.org/
 
 
Relay For Life Menlo Park 2017
American Cancer Society
 
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13, 11am - 9am
 
Location: Burgess Park, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park

Family volunteer opportunities at local Relay for Life events can include, but are not limited to: Luminaria set up, trash pick up, track signs & general signage, set up/tear down, registration, and staffing the Fight Back Tent. Families are also welcome and encouraged to sign up to participate in the Relay For Life. If you are interested in walking as a family or with a team, check out your local Relay For Life event sign up page.

Ages: There are volunteer opportunities for all ages
 
Time Commitment: Varies depending on event, but Relay For Life is flexible for you!
 
Contact: Alicia Ruiz, alicia.ruiz@cancer.org, 408.688.0114
 
 
Backpacks for Success Festival: Family and Children
Cityteam
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 12, 10am - 1pm and 12:30 - 3:30pm
 
Location: 1297 North 13th St., San Jose

Cityteam San Jose invites you to volunteer for our Backpack Distribution Festival to be held on Saturday, August 12th for local children in need. We need hardworking and compassionate volunteers who strongly believe that education is a great step towards a brighter future. We anticipate distributing 500 backpacks at this event. Volunteers are invited to help with game booths, food distribution, set up, break down, prize store, cleaning, and security.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be at least nine years old. An adult must accompany children under 14.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Erin Campos, ecampos@cityteam.org, 408.232.5620. Please register for this event on the Cityteam Volunteer Projects Calendar. Registering a minor is the same as registering an adult. To register a minor, you will need to create an account for them in addition and agree to the volunteer terms on their behalf.  
 
 
Sunday Friends' Programs for Very Low-Income Families
Sunday Friends
 
Date/Time: Sundays between 10:30am and 5:30pm. Also, there are some after-school shifts on weekdays at our special store.
 
Location(s):
  • Santee Elementary, 1313 Audubon Dr., San Jose, on the 2nd Sunday of every month
  • Meadows Elementary, 1250 Taper Ln., San Jose, on the 3rd Sunday of every month
  • Lowell Elementary, 625 South 7th St., San Jose, on the 4th Sunday of every month. In November and December this will be on the 1st Sunday of the month 
  • Sunday Friends special store, 730 Story Rd. Ste. 3, San Jose, open weekdays from 4 - 7pm
Volunteers are needed to work directly with children, and maybe also their parents, to facilitate service and learning projects, including: craft gift making, healthy food preparation, letter and essay writing, hands-on science projects, math and other learning games, computer education, English as a Second Language classes, reading and book report writing, exercise class, parents' classes and more. Because children and parents earn tickets for their participation, redeemable for basic necessities in our special stores, you might also assist with the banking, store setup or shopping.

Ages: Families, teens, adults, and groups are all welcome. An adult must accompany children under age 14.
 
Time Commitment: No predetermined number of hours, but if you sign up to come to a program, you are expected to come.
 
Contact: Volunteers should begin by completing the New Volunteer Registration process. Please register to volunteer a couple of weeks in advance of the date. Contact Lilly, lillyp@sundayfriends.org, or volunteer@sundayfriends.org, with questions or call 408.217.9587
www.SundayFriends.org
 
 
Veggielution's Youth Garden
Veggielution
 
Date/Time: Every Saturday, 10am - 12:30pm
 
Location: 647 S. King Road, San Jose; located in the back of Emma Prusch Park

Come join the Veggielution team for weekly Youth Garden Activities. Every Saturday your whole family can enjoy gardening, crafting, and learning together in the Youth Garden. Participating in our Youth Garden activities is a great way to spend time with your children while exploring the garden, learning about the exciting processes of the natural world - not to mention making new friends. This is a unique opportunity to get your hands dirty and become better stewards of the environment as a family. Veggielution volunteer activities encourage exploration and play-based learning for the whole family.
 
Ages: Families with children ages three and up are welcome to volunteer. Families visiting the Youth Garden should have a 2:1 child to adult ratio for ages 3-6, and a 3:1 ratio for ages 7 and up.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Emily Martinez, emilym@veggielution.org, 408.753.6705. Registration is available online.
www.veggielution.org

 
 
Summertime Nursery Volunteers
Our City Forest
 
Date/Time: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9am - noon, through Saturday September 2
 
Location: 1000 Spring St. San Jose

Come join us at our Community Nursery! The nursery will happily accept volunteers for all of August. Tasks will vary depending on project demands, but there is always plenty to do. Volunteers must wear pants and closed toed shoes that are sturdy. They must also bring a reusable water bottle and a hat or sunblock.

Ages: All ages are welcome, children under 12 must have a Parent or Guardian present. All minors must provide a parental consent form.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: nurseryvolunteers@ourcityforest.org, 408.998.7337 x119 (the best way to contact Our City Forest is via email or to visit the nursery) To sign up to volunteer please email nurseryvolunteers@ourcityforest.org.
www.ourcityforest.org

 
 
Help the TCV Foodbank
Tri-City Volunteers
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday, 8am - 4pm
 
Location:  37350 Joseph St., Fremont

Volunteers are essential to Tri-City Volunteers food bank's daily grocery cart preparation and distribution. We need approximately 40 warehouse volunteers a day to ensure that as many as 350 client families per day receive adequate nutrition. Volunteers also help us sort and hang donated clothing and attractively merchandise our boutique thrift store, which provides very low-cost items of struggling families: babies clothes are 10 for $1.00, children's clothes are 5 for $1.00 and the majority of adult clothing is marked at $0.50 or $2.00. Community volunteers are the heart of our agency. Not only do volunteers work directly with low and very-low income families, they bring to life our vision of a community united together to ensure that every child and adult in our area is not just free from hunger, but can access pathways to financial stability and self-sufficiency. While volunteers assist families in Tri-City Volunteers food bank and thrift store, they are also mentoring and deeply connecting with others. That is the real strength of our work.

Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Minimum of two hours
 
Contact: To learn more and to sign up for volunteer orientation, contact Gloria Lara, glara@tri-cityvolunteers.org, 510.793.4583.
www.tri-cityvolunteers.org
 
 
Stewardship Day - Fremont
Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge
 
Date/Time: Saturday August 26, 9:30am - noon
 
Location: 2 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Meet in the parking lot at the Visitor Center. Driving an additional 2.5 miles may be required since the project may be at a different location.
 
If you are interested in improving the refuge for visitors and for wildlife alike, join us at the Visitor Center for a community service project. We will do either a trash cleanup or a planting/weeding project. Dress appropriately for the task and for the weather. We will have gloves to lend and will provide the tools. Please bring your own water bottle.

Ages: All ages are welcome; an adult must accompany children under the age of 16.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Paul Mueller, Paul_Mueller@fws.gov, 510.792.0222 ext. 361.
www.fws.gov/refuge/Don_Edwards_San_Francisco_Bay/ 

 
 
Family Volunteering Opportunities with SCS
Sunnyvale Community Services (SCS)
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: 725 Kifer Rd., Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale Community Services works to prevent homelessness and hunger by providing emergency services to our neighbors in need. Exposing children to the concept of giving back is very important to many families and to SCS.  We encourage and appreciate the following family activities, which are very helpful to SCS and can stimulate great conversation and discovery for you and your children. See our wish list page for specific donation needs. Feel free to bring your children with you when you donate items to SCS.
  • Monthly family shopping trips to purchase items specifically for donation to SCS.
  • Establish a relationship with a local retailer to pick up damaged food, cleaning products, toilet paper, or other staple household items on a regular basis.
  • Collect hotel/motel toiletries while traveling or on vacation. We distribute hygiene kits of toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, lotions, and disposable razors to low-income and homeless clients.
  • Buy new books for low-income children. Feel free to wrap them and include a personal note (first names only please).
  • Buy new socks and or gloves for the homeless. Feel free to wrap them and include a personal note (first names only please).
  • Purchase and assemble plastic utensil packets - 2 forks, 2 knives, 2 spoons, and 2 paper napkins, all sealed together in a sandwich size plastic ziploc bag.
  • Make scarves in the wintertime by cutting a yard or two of fleece into 6 inch wide strips, then cut fringe at the ends.
  • Arrange with us to pick up a bale or two of brown bags to be doubled at home - we use 7000 double bags every month so need a constant supply!
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Carolyn Alexander, calexander@svcommunityservices.org, 408.738.4298
www.svcommunityservices.org
 
 
Creative for A Cause
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community

Visit the Doing Good Together Creative for a Cause Project Page for a variety of ideas for nurturing creativity and compassion in your children. When we can understand how someone else is feeling and how they might experience life differently, we can search for innovative ways to help. Creativity in its many forms will inspire children to approach problem solving in new ways, which will help them navigate the many roads to kindness in our complex society. Your family can choose a project or projects that inspire you and apply your creativity to an act of kindness

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

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July 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
July 2017  - Silicon Valley 
 
Meals On Wheels - Meal Packers
Peninsula Volunteers
 
Date/Time: Weekdays from 8 - 10am and some Thursdays from 3 - 5pm (No evening or weekend shifts currently available.)
 
Location: Little House Cafe, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park

Peninsula Volunteers provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in our community as they pursue the pathway of a long and useful life. Every week, Peninsula Volunteers delivers over 2,500 hot, nutritious meals to primarily homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in San Mateo County who are unable to cook and shop for themselves. Weekday Meals on Wheels meal packers are needed at least once a month. We serve 600 meals per day! Hours are available both in the morning and afternoon on weekdays only.

Ages: An adult must accompany volunteers age 7 - 16.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: For more questions or to register please contact Victoria Cormack, Community Volunteer Manager, vcormack@penvol.org, 650.272.5108
www.penvol.org

 
 
Volunteer Mentors for Refugee, Immigrant, or Asylee Families or Individuals
At Home Humanitarian
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Throughout the Bay Area

At Home Humanitarian is a grassroots effort focused on socially integrating refugees,
asylees, and immigrants while building tolerance and understanding throughout their new communities. Our core work focuses on mentor matching, community acculturation events, and providing extracurricular opportunities.
  1. Help newly arrived people feel "At Home" in their new communities.
  2. Provide U.S. citizens with opportunities to serve "At Home."
  3. Guide newly arrived persons through becoming self-sufficient and preparing for prosperous college educations and careers.
  4. Foster friendships, learning, tolerance, understanding, and healing among all participants.
Programs and Volunteer Opportunities:

Mentor + Mentee Matching:
Volunteer families can be matched with newly-arrived individuals and families to help answer any questions relating to American culture, customs, processes, laws, or community resources that would help their match feel more connected; help find solutions to needs such as finding a job, preparing for college, filing for FAFSA, fixing a car, or passing a driver's test; and provide opportunities to get out, explore surroundings, make new friends, learn a new skill or hobby, and connect to others within their communities.

Community Acculturation Events:
Community managers, mentors, and mentees plan engaging quarterly events. Events can be sponsored by corporations or partner NPOs. Some upcoming events include career panels sponsored by Google, family dinners, beach and sightseeing outings, and a night at a Giants Game.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. Children 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
 
Time Commitment: One year commitment, 8-10 hours per month
 
Contact: Allison Zollinger, allison@athomehumanitarian.org

 
Independence Day BBQ Helpers
Lytton Gardens
 
Date/Time: Monday, July 3, 9am - 2pm
 
Location: 656 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto

Celebrate the 4th of July (on the 3rd) with the lovely residents of Lytton Gardens! Volunteers will help set-up for the BBQ and facilitate some events and games. Lytton Gardens is a "multi-level" retirement community that provides a home for low-income seniors who are able to maintain their independence. As an integral part of the Lytton Gardens community, volunteers help create an environment of independence and personal fulfillment for our residents. Both residents and volunteers experience the camaraderie and personal satisfaction of new relationships and deep friendships.

Ages: Volunteers 10 and older are welcome with an adult present
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, shift times vary
 
Contact: Dora Sanchez, Activities Coordinator, dsanchez@jtm-esc.org, 650.617.7341
www.jtm-esc.org/lytton-gardens/
 
 
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition - Team 222 Clean Up
South Bay Clean Creeks
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 8, 8:45 - 11am
 
Location(s):
  • Los Gatos Creek Bascom Ave: Parking is just north of the restaurant and business complex at 1475 S. Bascom Avenue. Please park on the north end of the lot and take bike trail access down to the creek trail and sign-up table.
  • Los Gatos Creek Auzerais Ave: Parking is on the street. The cross streets are Wright Place and Auzerais Avenue where our sign-up table will be adjacent to the entrance of the bike trail next to Los Gatos Creek.
Volunteers will participate in a creek and trail clean up. Please bring your own water container, which we will fill for you. SBCCC supplies gloves, pick-up stick and miscellaneous tools. Please wear long pants, hat, sunscreen, and be ready to spend the morning doing light to moderate work. We have work for all ages and physical ability levels.
 
Ages: Elementary school age and up, volunteers under age 16 MUST have an adult present.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Carol, 408.529.4460. Registration is available online
http://sbcleancreeks.myevent.com

 
 
Swim for MS
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
 
Date/Time: Flexible, anytime that works for you
 
Location: Any pool
 
Swim for MS encourages volunteers to create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations to support the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA). There are no specific locations, date, or time - you can swim at any pool, any time! You can participate individually or recruit a team. Prizes are given to the top fundraiser each month. Through the participation of Swim for MS, you will help spread awareness of multiple sclerosis and promote the positive benefits of swimming for people of all ages and skill levels.

How to Get Started:
  • Register online at SwimForMS.org.
  • Set your challenge and personalize your webpage.
  • Recruit online donations by asking your friends and family to donate on your personal fundraising page
Ages: All ages that can swim safely
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: swim@mymsaa.org, 800.532.7667. Please visit SwimForMS.org to register.
www.support.mymsaa.org

 
 
Coyote Creek Clean Up at Kelly Park
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 22, 9am - noon
 
Location: Kelly Park, 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose

Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and the City of San Jose's Kelley Park invite you to spend a few hours at Coyote Creek and help beautify it with a community clean up. Coyote Creek alongside Kelley Park flooded back in February. Now, we have the opportunity to get down and dirty to cleanup the creek. Improve your 'Trash Karma' by participating! Volunteers are needed to help with registration and photos as well as participate in the clean up. Be sure to wear long pants, sleeves, and closed-toed shoes since you will be near poison oak and around loose or muddy soil.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer; an adult must accompany those under 13. Volunteers under 18 must have a signed waiver to participate (available upon completed registration).
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Deb Kramer, deb@keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org, 408.372.7053. This event sponsored by Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, City of San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services. RSVP at www.KCCB.Eventbrite.com.
http://keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.com
 
 
Relay For Life Events July 2017
American Cancer Society
Family volunteer opportunities at local Relay for Life events can include, but are not limited to: Luminaria set up, trash pick up, track signs & general signage, set up/tear down, registration, and staffing the Fight Back Tent. Families are also welcome and encouraged to sign up to participate in the Relay For Life. If you are interested in walking as a family or with a team check out your local Relay For Life event sign up page. The following Relay for Life events are happening in July:

Milpitas Relay For Life
Date/Time: 
Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, 10am - 10am
Location:
Murphy Park, 1588 Saratoga Ave., Milpitas
Contact:
Daniela Barragan, daniela.barragan@cancer.org, 818.419.5250
www.RelayForLife.org/milpitasca
 
Cupertino Relay for Life
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 10am - 10am
Location: Cupertino High School, 10100 Finch Ave., Cupertino
Contact: Daniela Barragan, daniela.barragan@cancer.org, 818.419.5250
www.RelayForLife.org/cupertinoca

Campbell Relay For Life
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 10am - 10am
Location: Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell
Contact: Lauren Salciccia, lauren.salciccia@cancer.org, 408.688.0104
www.relayforlife.org/campbellca

East Valley Relay For Life 

Date/Time: Saturday, July 22, 10am - 10pm
Location:
Eastridge Mall, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose
Contact:
Lauren Salciccia, lauren.salciccia@cancer.org, 408.688.0104
www.RelayForLife.org/eastvalleyca
 
Los Gatos Saratoga Relay For Life
Date/Time:
Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, 10am - 10am
Location:
St. Andrews Church and Fields, 13601 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga
Contact:
Kristi Cole, Kristi.cole@cancer.org, 408.688.008
www.relayforlife.org/losgatossaratoga
 
 
 
Help Provide Valet Bike Parking
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
 
Date/Time: Varies by event (see description below)
 
Location: Varies by event
The purpose of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Valet bike parking is one of many ways that Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition encourages people to bike to public events. Volunteer responsibilities include accepting event attendees bikes, placing them on bike racks, keeping a watchful eye during the event and then happily returning them to the attendees when they are ready to leave.
 
Ages: Children ages eight and older can volunteer with an adult guardian; those ages 14 and older can volunteer on their own.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Alison Paulin, alison@bikesiliconvalley.org, 408.987.1965
www.bikesiliconvalley.org
 
 
Run 4 Recovery
Cityteam
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 15, 7am - 1pm
 
Location: Almaden Lake Park, Los Alamitos Trailhead, 6099 Winfield Blvd., San Jose

The needs of people struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction are complex, but Cityteam San Jose is passionate about helping individuals and families in our community. Cityteam programs offer a variety of resources to meet needs and to provide real help and hope. Run 4 Recovery is a family-friendly event to benefit our Men's Recovery and Homeless Programs. We are seeking volunteers to help run this event smoothly. Volunteers will help set-up tables, canopies, games, chairs, cheer on incoming runners, and hand water to runners.
 
Ages: Volunteers ages nine and up are welcome with an adult present.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts times vary, event runs from 7am - 1pm
 
Contact: Erin Campos, Ecampos@cityteam.org, 408.232.5620. Email Erin to sign up or to learn more. Groups are also welcome to volunteer. 
 
 
Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
 
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

 
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June 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
June 2017  - Silicon Valley 
 
Donation Sorting at EPA Shop
EPAMade
 
Date/Time: First Saturday of the month, 9am - noon
 
Location: 900A Willow Rd., Menlo Park

EPAMade is a social enterprise that employs and trains single mothers from East Palo Alto to gain job and life skills needed for sustainable employment. We help empower single mothers through employment and job coaching. EPAMade is a social enterprise under LevMade, Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit that incubates and launches social businesses to level the economic playing field. On the first Saturday of each month we need volunteers help sort donations at our thrift shop.

Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: epashop@epamade.com. Registration is available online
 
Kidney Walk Silicon Valley
National Kidney Foundation
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 4, 6am - noon
 
Location: Cityview Plaza, 115 South Market Street, San Jose

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, booth hosting and walk route volunteers.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. There is a signed waiver required for minors that will be available at the event.
 
Time Commitment: Varies depending on shift
 
Contact: Robyn Hayden, robyn.hayden@kidney.org, 415.543.3303. Contact Robyn if you're interested in volunteering. Click here to register as a walk participant. 
 
 
Volunteer at Palo Alto World Music Day
Palo Alto Recreation Foundation
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 18, 3 - 7:30pm
 
Location: University Ave., Palo Alto (University Avenue will be closed to traffic)
 
Palo Alto World Music Day is a music festival that takes place every year on Father's Day. All performances are FREE and open to the public.  Fifty professional and amateur musical groups will perform a variety of genres on street corners and plazas: jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, klezmer, Greek, Balkan, Indian, World Music, choral, dance, etc.  This is a fun and unique family event not to be missed. The following volunteers are needed:
  • Musician Coordinators: Welcome musicians and direct them to their assigned locations. Keep an eye on public safety. Distribute programs. Occasionally poll the public on the event.
  • Volunteer Coordinators: Stay at official event table on Lytton Plaza. Check volunteers in and out. Direct them to their assigned locations. Operate as communications center.  Distribute programs. Respond to questions from the public and musicians.
  • Program Distributors: Distribute programs for the event to the public downtown.
Ages: Ages seven and up, varies by position
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: info@pamusicday.org
www.pamusicday.org

 
Knitting to Make a Difference
Sunny View Retirement Community
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: 22445 Cupertino Road, Cupertino

Do you have knitting experience from beginner to advanced or have you ever wanted to learn to knit? Sunny View Retirement Community is joining the nonprofit organization Knitting to Make a Difference, and we would like to form an intergenerational knitting circle that creates scarves, hats, mittens and even blankets to be distributed to the homeless throughout the Bay Area. If you already have needles please bring them. We will also help supply the knitting materials to those that are getting started. All supplies and materials are donated.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Meeting times vary. Contact Julia for more information.
 
Contact: Julia Earley, jearley@frontporch.net, 408.454.5600
www.sunny-view.org

 
 
Dinner Is Served Program
JW House
 
Date/Time: Varies
 
Location: 850 Homestead Road, Santa Clara

Located on the campus of Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, JW House provides a warm, comfortable home away from home for families facing medical crises. Families and individuals whose loved ones are in area hospitals are welcomed into the JW House for rest and self-care during the day or overnight. Dinner is Served is one of the most popular volunteer opportunities at JW House. After a long day at the hospital, our guests look forward to coming "home" to find that someone has planned, purchased the ingredients, and prepared a delicious meal just for them. Volunteers who participate in the Dinner is Served program soon discover that their efforts go far beyond simply supplying a dinner. As families gather for dinner, a warm sense of community exists. It is a place where families can relax with one another and check in on how each other's loved one is doing. Thank you for making a difference for these families.

Ages:
 All ages are welcome to volunteer. Minors need to be supervised by an adult. Groups, businesses and individual families are ALL welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half to three hours
 
Contact: April Bignell, volunteer@jwhouse.org, 408.246.2224. The sign up calendar shows available dates in red. Please click on a red date, then on "Click here to submit your information." Then complete the form to request that date. Someone from our office will contact you soon to confirm the date you request.
www.jwhouse.org
 
 
Volunteers for Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
Sacred Heart Community Services
 
Date/Time: Flexible, however you must schedule your volunteer shift ahead of time. SHCS cannot take walk in volunteers.
 
Location: 1381 South First St., San Jose

Sacred Heart Community Service is dedicated to bringing our community together to address poverty in Silicon Valley. Through a comprehensive array of resources, services, and community involvement initiatives, SHCS is making a real impact in the lives of working poor families. Our vision is a community united to ensure that every child and adult is free from poverty. Volunteers are needed to help in our warehouse. This entails lifting (25lbs.), bending, and standing for long periods of time. If you would like to become a volunteer, please follow the following steps:
  1. Register to become a new volunteer by completing the volunteer application online. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email from us with your personal user ID and password. Allow up to two business days for your application to be processed and to receive your user ID and password. All minors need to have the Parental Permission Form completed before volunteering.
  2. After registering to become a new volunteer you MUST SCHEDULE to attend one of our upcoming volunteer orientations. The information for orientations will be sent to you once you have submitted your application.
  3. Once you have attended the volunteer orientation you are able to volunteer!
Ages: Families with children ages nine and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Varies by shift
 
Contact: Sergio Gonzalez, volunteers@sacredheartcs.org, 408.278.2171. If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer or encounter any difficulties in the sign-up process please email volunteers@sacredheartcs.org.
www.sacredheartcs.org
 
 
Relay For Life Events June 2017
American Cancer Society
Family volunteer opportunities at local Relay for Life events can include, but are not limited to: Luminaria set up, trash pick up, track signs & general signage, set up/tear down, registration, and staffing the Fight Back Tent. Families are also welcome and encouraged to sign up to participate in the Relay For Life. If you are interested in walking as a family or with a team check out your local Relay For Life event sign up page. The following Relay for Life events are happening in June:

Scotts Valley Relay For Life
Date/Time:
 Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, 10am - 10am
Location: Sky Park, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley
Contact: Kristi Cole, kristi.cole@cancer.org, 408.688.0089
www.relayforlife.org/scottsvalley

Silicon Valley North Relay For Life 
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, 10am - 10am
Location:
Cuesta Park, 265 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View
Contact:
Alicia Ruiz, alicia.ruiz@cancer.org, 408.688.0114
www.relayforlife.org/sunnyvaleca
 
Gilroy Relay For Life
Date/Time:
Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, 10am - 10am
Location:
Christmas Hill Park Ranch Site, 5049 Miller, Gilroy
Contact:
Nick Pauliukonis, nicholas.pauliukonis@cancer.org, 408.688.0088
www.relayforlife.org/gilroyca
 
 
Assist Seniors During Activity Time or Share your Talents
White Blossom Care Center - Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: 1990 Fruitdale Avenue, San Jose

Volunteers are needed to help staff during activity time. You can assist individual seniors or the whole group. You can also share any talents or skills you may have to educate, entertain or empower the seniors. White Blossom Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility that strives to serve the greatest generation. The White Blossom Care Center healthcare professionals strive to help patients reach their maximum potential in a caring and supportive environment.

Ages: All ages are welcome; good cheer and any talents to share are helpful!
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Pele, info@whiteblossomcarecenter.com, 408.998.8447. A Volunteer Application and brief orientation is required before starting.
www.whiteblossomcarecenter.com
 
 
Neighborhood Clean Up
Downtown Streets Team San Jose
 
Date/Time: Three Saturday mornings each month, 9am to noon.
  • First Saturday, Santee Neighborhood
  • Second Saturday, McKinley Neighborhood
  • Third Saturday: Mayfair Neighborhood
Location:
  • Santee: Santee Community Center, 1535 Santee Drive, San Jose
  • McKinley: McKinley Community Center, 651 Macredes Avenue, San Jose
  • Mayfair: Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Avenue, San Jose
Beautify San Jose's most blighted neighborhoods with homeless Downtown Streets Team Members who are working hard to get housing and employment. The mission of Downtown Streets Team is to eradicate homelessness by empowering homeless individuals to be part of the solution to homelessness. Join your community by beautifying the Santee, McKinley or Mayfair neighborhoods with Downtown Streets Team Members. Not only will you be beautifying one of the most blighted neighborhoods in San Jose, fostering a safe place for people to live and play, you will be volunteering side-by-side with people who are volunteering their way out of homelessness. Feel free to ask them questions and get a new perspective on what it's like to be homeless and living on a low income in Santa Clara County.

What to wear and bring:
  • Please wear covered shoes, pants, long sleeves and work gloves.
  • Wear sunscreen and bring water to stay hydrated.
  • For safety reasons please do not wear these items: no red or blue, no logos on hats/shirts and no numbers. Blue jeans are okay.
  • All that's left to bring is your "Can-do" attitude and we'll be on our way to making our neighborhoods safer and more beautiful places.
Ages: Youth under 18 are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Shannon Robinson, San Jose Project Manager, srobinson@streetsteam.org. Registration is available online
www.streetsteam.org/ 
 
 
Create DIY Kindness Kits for Gratitude on the Go
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community
 
Anytime is a good time to express your gratitude to other people. Keep your car stocked with a DIY Kindness Kit and be ready to create thank you notes at any time. Fill your kit with:
  • Candy (melt-resistant works best in the summer)
  • Blank cards
  • Stickers
  • Colorful pens and markers
Read more about Gratitude on the Go and other Kindness Practices on the Doing Good Together website.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let your summer family gathering, school reunion, or community event be a chance for big-hearted giving. Our DGT Family Service Fairs are an are an ideal way for families to have fun while connecting with local nonprofits to help others in their community. And, our DIY Family Service Fair Manual makes them easy to host!

 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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May 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Opportunities

May 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
May 2017  - Silicon Valley 
 
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to learn more about upcoming local volunteer activities and to find resources to help families raise caring and kind children.
 
Nature Journaling with the Citizen Science Team 
Our City Forest

Date/Time: Saturday May 6, 1 - 2pm

Location:
Ullistac Natural Area, 4901 Lick Mill Blvd, Santa Clara


If you love nature, arts, science, writing, imagining and community, you'll love our Community Nursery Nature Journaling Events! Now more than ever, we need Citizen Scientists to chronicle our natural world. Together we share our curiosity and experience seeing our natural world in new ways. We'll explore the practice of nature journaling through the combined lens of artists, scientists, musicians, writers, multicultural visions, and naturalists. We will join the many Citizen Scientists who record the wonders of nature throughout the world for all to share in. No experience needed but is always appreciated.

Please Bring: A pencil or pen and/or colored pencils, a journal or scratch paper and something hard to draw on (like a clipboard), reusable water bottle, close-toed shoes, sun or rain protection, a magnifying glass or binoculars, ruler, if you have them for close observations. Don't have any of this? No worries, we will provide art materials and paper. 

Ages: All ages are encouraged to participate

Time Commitment: One and one-half hours

Contact: Libi Kavanah, volunteer@ourcityforest.org, 408.998.7337 x 123
 
 
I Care Classic Springtime Bike Tour 
Almaden Super Lions Club

Date/Time: May 13, 6am - 4pm

Location:
Paramit Corporation Campus, 18735 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill


For 25 years, the Almaden Super Lions Club has sponsored the I CARE Classic Bike Tour to raise funds to provide eye exams and glasses for children and veterans in need. 100% of the event proceeds from rider registration are dedicated to that cause. The tour has courses for all skill levels: a 100-mile hilly course, a 100-kilometer course, a 50-kilometer course and a 20-mile course. This is a tour, not a race, and it makes for a great family outing! Ride through the spectacular spring scenery of Morgan Hill on well mapped, marked courses with great rest stops and SAG support along the way. All rest stops are well stocked with fresh fruit, home-baked cookies, trail mix, water, sports drinks and more. Refuel at the finish with a hearty barbecue chicken lunch and ice cream.

Ages: All ages welcome to participate

Time Commitment: Varies depending on route chosen

 
Help Out Sacred Heart Community Services
Sacred Heart Community Services
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 13, 9am - noon
 
Location: 1381 South 1st St, San Jose

Since 1964 Sacred Heart Community Service has served Santa Clara County residents in need. They provide food, clothing, job training, legal services, housing assistance and educational classes free of charge to more than 1500 clients each day. Join us to support Sacred Heart's programs by building food baskets, sorting clothing and food donations, and preparing educational materials for the clients. Volunteers must wear appropriate clothing (pants, no bare midriff or low cut shirts) and closed-toed shoes. The parking lot is often available for volunteers on Saturdays, please do not park in Wendy's or Denny's.

Ages: Kids ages 14 and under must have a parent or trusted adult present to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Sergio Gonzalez, sergiog@sacredheartcs.org, 408.278.2171
www.sacredheartcs.org/
 
 
National River Clean Up Day at Vasona County Park
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department

Date/Time: Saturday May 20, 9am - noon

Location: Vasona County Park, 1250 Dell Avenue, Campbell. Volunteers will meet at the Los Gatos Creek Park Group Area at 9am

Join millions of Americans on National River Cleanup Day to remove litter in our waterways. Litter found around the County parks and streets will eventually end up in our local creeks and rivers that flow out to the San Francisco Bay. You can make a difference in your community and for the whole Bay Area. Bring a friend and let's have some fun! No special skills are required for this event. Please bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Work gloves and pick up sticks are provided but you are welcome to wear your own.

Ages: A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers age 14-15 throughout the event. Volunteers age 16-17 may participate without parent/guardian supervision but only if they present a completed volunteer application including a parent or guardian's signature. Application forms as available at the event but the parent or guardian must be present to sign.

Time Commitment: Three hours

Contact: To register for this event, please send an email to volunteer@prk.sccgov.org 
 
 
Silicon Valley Girls on the Run 5K Race Volunteer 
Girls on the Run
 
Date/Time: Saturday May 20. The race begins at 8am

Location: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos
 
Spend a morning in May with Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley! We need over 200 race day volunteers to help ensure that all our 5K participants successfully reach the finish line. Come join the fun and become a 5K Volunteer today! Pass out T-shirts at packet pick-up, hand out Mardi Gras beads and water to runners and walkers along the course, award ribbons to finishers, and more. For detailed information on the many 5K volunteer roles and to register to volunteer visit the website.

Ages:
All ages are welcome to participate


Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Laura Krebs, Race Director, laura@gotrsv.org, 800.524.1925 x 103. Volunteers under the age of 18 have a separate registration form on the website. There are both individual volunteer opportunities and corporate/school/group volunteer opportunities available 
 
Shoreline Trash Takers
Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
 
Date/Time: Sunday May 21, 12:30 - 2pm
 
Location: 4901 Breakwater Avenue, Hayward

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, known locally as "H.A.R.D.,"is an independent special use district created to provide park and recreation services for over 280,000 residents. Since its creation, the District has provided residents with many beautiful facilities and parks, many of which have received national and state recognition for their design, innovation and beauty, as well as hundreds of educational and recreational classes and programs. Grab your work gloves and your goodwill; the salt marsh needs your help getting rid of the trash that has accumulated since our last cleanup. We will provide trash bags and have gloves to lend.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours

Contact: 510.670.7270, parkdept@haywardrec.org 
To register visit the volunteer website and scroll down to Shoreline Trash Takers.
 
 
Park Beautification and Litter Clean Up at Vasona
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department
 
Date/Time: Saturday May 27, 9am - noon. Volunteers will meet at the Los Gatos Creek Park Group Area at 9am
 
Location: Vasona Lake County Park, 1250 Dell Avenue, Campbell

There are many ways to keep your park beautiful! Litter is all around us. Soda cans, plastic bags, and cigarette butts litter the environment, harm wildlife, and threaten our local parks and the planet. Together we can make a difference one piece of litter at a time. No special skills are required for this event. Please bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Work gloves and pick up sticks are provided but you are welcome to wear your own.

Ages: A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers age 10-15 throughout the event. Volunteers age 16-17 may participate without parent/guardian supervision but only if they present a completed volunteer application including a parent or guardian's signature. Application forms are available at the event but the parent or guardian must be present to sign.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: To register for this event, please send an email to volunteer@prk.sccgov.org
www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Pages/Welcome-to-Santa-Clara-County-Parks.aspx
 
 
Relay For Life Events May 2017
American Cancer Society

Family volunteer opportunities at local Relay for Life events can include, but are not limited to: Luminaria set up, trash pick up, track signs & general signage, set up/tear down, registration, and staffing the Fight Back Tent. Families are also welcome and encouraged to sign up to participate in the Relay For Life. If you are interested in walking as a family or with a team check out your local Relay For Life event sign up page. The following Relay for Life events are happening in May:

Almaden Relay For Life
Date/Time:
 Saturday, May 6, 9am - 10pm
Location: Almaden Lake Park, 6099 Winfield Blvd, San Jose
Contact: Evan Frazer, evan.frazer@cancer.org, 408.688.0104
www.relayforlife.org/almadenca

Mid-Peninsula Relay For Life
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 - 7, 10am - 8am
Location: Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave, Redwood City
Contact: Kate Atterbury, kate.atterbury@cancer.org, 510.464.8136
www.relayforlife.org/midpeninsulaca

Willow Glen Relay For Life
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7, 10am - 10am
Location: Willow Glen High School, 2001 Cottle Ave San Jose
Contact: Nick Pauliukonis, nick.pauliukonis@cancer.org, 408.688.0088
www.relayforlife.org/willowglenca

Stanford University Relay For Life
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, May 13-14, 10am - 10am
Location: Angell Track & Cobb Field, 295 Galvez Street, Stanford
Contact: Alicia Ruiz, alicia.ruiz@cancer.org, 408.688.0114
www.relayforlife.org/stanfordca

Blossom Valley Relay For Life
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 - 21, 10am - 10am
Location: Santa Teresa High School, 6150 Snell Avenue, San Jose
Contact: Kristi Cole, kristi.cole@cancer.org, 408.688.0089
www.RelayForLife.org/blossomvalleyca

Morgan Hill Relay For Life
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 - 21, 10am - 10am
Location: Morgan Hill Community Park, 171 E. Edmundoson Ave, Morgan Hill
Contact: Natalie Edelman, natalie.edelman@cancer.org, 408.688.0126
www.RelayForLife.org/morganhillca

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Varies depending on volunteer role
 
Contact: Contact Event Managers listed above to sign up or ask questions
www.RelayForLife.org
 
 
Veggielution's Youth Garden
Veggielution Community Farm
 
Date/Time: Every Saturday, 10am - 12:30pm
 
Location: 647 S. King Road, San Jose; located in the back of Emma Prusch Park

Come join Veggielution farms for weekly Youth Garden Activities. Every Saturday the whole family can enjoy gardening, crafting, and learning together in the Youth Garden. Participating in our Youth Garden activities is a great way to spend time with your children while exploring the garden, learning about healthy lifestyle choices, and discovering the exciting processes of the natural world - not to mention making new friends. This is a unique opportunity to get your hands dirty and become better stewards of the environment as a family. Veggielution volunteer activities encourage exploration and play-based learning for the whole family.
 
Ages: Families with children ages three and up are welcome to volunteer. Families visiting the Youth Garden should have a 2:1 child to adult ratio for ages 3-6, and a 3:1 ratio for ages 7 and up.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Jennifer Aguilar, jena@veggielution.org or Dana Shinners, danas@veggielution.org. To sign up visit their Youth Garden web page.
 
 
Sunday Friends' Programs for Very Low-Income Families 
Sunday Friends
 
Date/Time: Sundays: Shifts available between 10:30am and 5:30pm. Also, there are some after-school shifts on weekdays at our special store.
 
Location(s):
  • Santee Elementary, 1313 Audubon Dr., San Jose, on the 2nd Sunday of every month
  • Lowell Elementary, 625 South 7th St., San Jose, on the 4th Sunday of every month. In November and December this will be on the 3rd Sunday of the month due to holidays
  • Also, a special store, 730 Story Rd. Ste. 3, San Jose, open weekdays from 4 - 7pm
Volunteers are needed to work directly with children, and maybe also their parents, to facilitate service and learning projects, including: craft gift making, healthy food preparation, letter and essay writing, hands-on science projects, math and other learning games, computer education, English as a Second Language classes, reading and book report writing, exercise class, parents' classes and more. Because children and parents earn tickets for their participation, redeemable for basic necessities in our special stores, you might also assist with the banking, store setup or shopping.

Ages:
 Teens, adults, families and groups are all welcome. An adult must accompany children under age 14.
 
Time Commitment: No predetermined number of hours, but if you sign up to come to a program, you are expected to come.
 
Contact: Volunteers should begin with the New Volunteer Registration process on the volunteer page. Please register to volunteer a couple of weeks in advance of the date. Contact Lilly, lillyp@sundayfriends.org, or Vanessa, volunteer@sundayfriends.org, with questions or call 408.217.9587.
www.SundayFriends.org
 
 
Help the TCV Foodbank
Tri-City Volunteers
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday, 8am - 4pm
 
Location: 37350 Joseph St., Fremont
 
Volunteers are essential to Tri-City Volunteers food bank's daily grocery cart preparation and distribution. We need approximately 40 warehouse volunteers a day to ensure that as many as 350 client families per day receive adequate nutrition. Volunteers also help us sort and hang donated clothing and attractively merchandise our boutique thrift store, which provides very low-cost items to struggling families: babies clothes are 10 for $1.00, children's clothes are 5 for $1.00 and the majority of adult clothing is marked at $0.50 or $2.00. Community volunteers are the heart of our agency. Not only do volunteers work directly with low and very-low income families, they bring to life our vision of a community united together to ensure that every child and adult in our area is not just free from hunger, but can access pathways to financial stability and self-sufficiency. While volunteers assist families in Tri-City Volunteers food bank and thrift store, they are also mentoring and deeply connecting with others. That is the real strength of our work.
 
Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Minimum of two hours
 
Contact: To learn more and to sign up for volunteer orientation, contact Gloria Lara, glara@tri-cityvolunteers.org, 510.793.4583.
www.tri-cityvolunteers.org

 
 
Let's multiply kindness!

Thank you to everyone who attended our April 20th Celebration and helped us raise funds to empower families to raise children who care and contribute!

If you weren't able to attend our event, here's your chance to make an impact. Every $25 raised helps DGT™ engage with a new family who wants to share more acts of kindness and service. Those big-hearted efforts have a multiplying effect: As families do more good for others, they start a family routine of giving that benefits others now and in the future.

Whether you want to support one family or several, your donation helps us multiply kindness and extend DGT's reach to families across the nation.

Click here to make your donation.

And to instill a habit of kindness and service in your own family, be sure to join our Membership Circle if you haven't already.

 
Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: All summer long
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long. 
 
Ages: Preschool to teen
 
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.

Contact:
mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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April 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
April 2017  - Silicon Valley 
 
Beautiful Day 2017
Beautiful Day
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 29, Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2; times vary by project
 
Location: Varies by project
 
Since its inception in 2004, Beautiful Day has sought to invest in communities with simple, direct and unyielding kindness. Each project is an act of no-strings-attached service for those who are otherwise unable to help themselves. Our goal is to aggressively spread compassion, to discard apathy in favor of activity and light fires of good will in the neighborhoods we work and live in. Nine service projects will take place at multiple local organizations from San Martin to San Jose! Childcare is available at Westgate Church for children 6 weeks to 6 years old. Details for childcare are listed here: http://beautifulday.org/childcare/
 
Ages: Sunnyvale Park and Overfelt High School projects are available for ages 5 and older. All other projects listed are for ages 13 and older. At this time there is not a way to sign those children up on the website, so please just bring them with you to the site on the day of the project with a minor waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Most shifts are approximately four hours
 
Contact: Varies by project
www.beautifulday.org

 
Parkinson's Battle of the Bay 2017
Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 8:30am - 4pm
 
Location: Baylands Park, 999 East Caribbean Dr., Sunnyvale

Volunteers are needed for help with registration, sports referees, photo booth, walk route monitors/cheerleaders, water monitors, booth monitors, set up/tear down, refreshments, rest area monitors and start/finish line cheerleaders! All volunteers receive an event t-shirt.
 
Ages: Volunteer positions available for all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Varies by volunteer position
 
Contact: Nick Mourlam, Manager of Sponsorships & Special Events, NMourlam@ParkinsonsInstitute.org or 408.542.5637. Click to register as a volunteer or as a participant. 
 
 
Great American Litter Pick Up 2017
City of San Jose
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 8:30 -11:30am
 
Location: Various locations throughout San Jose

Celebrate Earth Day by doing your part in keeping San Jose clean and green. Each District in San Jose is hosting its own event - please visit the websites below or contact your local District office for more details!

The following districts have event sign ups online or by phone:
District One Event: Hamann Park Community Room, 2747 Westfield Ave.
District Two Event: Santa Teresa High School, Oak Grove High School and Great Oaks Park
District Three Event: 438 Coleman Ave.
District Six Event: To sign up for this event at Willow Glen Community Center, 2175 Lincoln Avenue, call 408.535.4906
District Seven Event: Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive
District Nine Event: Three Locations: Doerr Park, Butcher Park, Paul Moore Park
District Ten Event: Pioneer High School, 1290 Blossom Hill Rd. - Meet at back school parking lot; Vista Park, 465 Hyde Park Dr.; Comanche Park, Shawnee Ln. & Comanche Dr.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Bernie Rosales, bernie.rosales@sanjoseca.gov, 408.535.4903
 
 
Relay For Life Events April 2017
American Cancer Society

Family volunteer opportunities at local Relay for Life events can include, but are not limited to: Luminaria set up, trash pick up, track signs & general signage, set up/tear down, registration, and staffing the Fight Back Tent. Families are also welcome and encouraged to sign up to participate in the Relay For Life. If you are interested in walking as a family or with a team check out your local Relay For Life event sign up page. The following Relay for Life events are happening in April:

Cambrian Relay For Life
Date/Time:
Friday and Saturday, April 28 - 29, 6pm - 6pm
Location: Dartmouth Middle School, 5575 Dartmouth Drive, San Jose
Contact: Evan Frazer, Event Manager, evan.frazer@cancer.org, 408.688.0104
Santa Clara University Relay For Life
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, April 22 -23, 1pm - 9am
Location: Santa Clara University Campus, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
Contact: Lauren Salciccia, Event Manager, lauren.salciccia@cancer.org, 408.688.0104
www.relayforlife.org/scuca

Santa Clara Relay For Life
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 - 30, 10am - 10am
Location: Townsend Field, 1111 Bellomy St, Santa Clara
Contact: Kate Atterbury, Event Manager, kate.atterbury@cancer.org, 510.464.8136
www.relayforlife.org/santaclaraca
 
Ages:  All ages are welcome

Time Commitment:
Varies depending on volunteer role

Contact:
Contact Event Managers listed above to sign up or ask questions
 
 
Shady Oaks Park Clean Up
Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Bernal Ward and the San Jose Department of Parks and Recreation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 29, 9am - noon
 
Location: Shady Oaks Park, 948 Coyote Rd., San Jose

Volunteers are needed for tree trimming, weeding, litter pick-up, spreading bark and other general cleanup. Lunch will follow.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Bille Grandy, momgrandy@gmail.com, 408.390.0788. To register visit the event sign up page 
 
 
Weekly Dinner Servers
Family Supportive Housing
 
Date/Time: Ongoing Mondays or Wednesdays from 4:30 - 6:30pm. Dinner is served from 5 to 6:30pm
 
Location: 692 North King Rd., San Jose
 
Family Supportive Housing helps homeless single- and two-parent families with children remain intact, while addressing their needs for food, shelter, employment and education. We offer families a respite, an opportunity to make life-altering changes, and a system to aid in finding permanent housing. Volunteers are responsible for setting up and serving dinner to our resident families. Without our volunteer dinner servers,  residents would be required to serve the families as a chore. Thank you for allowing a resident to sit and enjoy dinner with his/her family and for your commitment to our vision of empowering homeless families.
 
Ages: Ages 12 and up with an adult present. Ages 16 and up without adult present.
 
Time Commitment: Once a week for three months
 
Contact: Sara Tran, 408.926.8885, volunteer@familysupportivehousing.org
 
 
No Sew Blankets for Children in Need
Project Linus
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Schedule a time to bring completed blanket(s) to one of the following Project Linus volunteers:
  • Sharon Lee (Cupertino) - sjlinus@comcast.net
  • Barbara Ross (Rose Garden) - sjlinus@gmail.com
  • Mary Kelly (Willow Glen) - mary@gofigureinc.com
  • Deb Bragen (South San Jose) - bragen@sbcglobal.net
Project Linus provides homemade blankets to children in need. Our blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources. Volunteer blanket makers help provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. You and your family can make easy, warm, cozy, no sew blankets to donate to children in need. Click here for blanket making instructions. Though most 'blanketeers' choose to work on their own, some organizations have hosted their own "Make A Blanket Day"' for their group.  It can be a fun team-building event and Project Linus can help you with planning and preparation.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Sharon Lee, sjlinus@comcast.net, 408.252.1858
www.sjlinus.org/index.html

 
 
Family Volunteering Opportunities with SCS
Sunnyvale Community Services
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: 725 Kifer Rd., Sunnyvale
 
Sunnyvale Community Services works to prevent homelessness and hunger by providing emergency services to our neighbors in need. Exposing children to the concept of giving back is very important to many families and to SCS.  We encourage and appreciate the following family activities, which are very helpful to SCS and can stimulate great conversation and discovery for you and your children. See our wish list page for specific donation needs. Feel free to bring your children with you when you donate items to SCS.
  • Monthly family shopping trips to purchase items specifically for donation to SCS.
  • Establish a relationship with a local retailer to pickup damaged food, cleaning products, toilet paper, or other staple household items on a regular basis.
  • Collect hotel/motel toiletries while traveling or on vacation. We distribute hygiene kits of toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, lotions, and disposable razors to low-income and homeless clients.
  • Buy new books for low-income children. Feel free to wrap them and include a personal note (first names only please).
  • Buy new socks and/or gloves for the homeless. Feel free to wrap them and include a personal note (first names only please).
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: SCS Volunteer Manager, 408.738.4321 ext. 211, volunteer@svcommunityservices.org 
 
 
Mentors for Newly Arrived Families and Individuals
At Home Humanitarian
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: All throughout the Bay Area, currently mentors are most needed in Sacramento.
 
Volunteers are matched with newly-arrived individuals and families to help answer any questions relating to American culture, customs, processes, laws, or community resources that would help their match feel more connected. Mentors help find solutions to needs such as finding a job, preparing for college, filing for FAFSA, fixing a car, or passing a driver's test; and provide opportunities to get out, explore surroundings, make new friends, learn a new skill or hobby, and connect to others within their communities.

Ages:
Families with an adult 18 or older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Eight to ten hours a month.
 
Contact: katherine@athomehumanitarian.org. Click here for volunteer application
 
Help with Flood Relief in San Jose
 
In February 2017, during one of the wettest winters in decades, several San Jose neighborhoods experienced severe flooding that has forced thousands of residents and businesses to evacuate their homes and caused significant damage to public and private property throughout the city. The most severe flooding has taken place in neighborhoods along Coyote Creek, which includes a number of low-income communities and mobile home parks that were submerged when Anderson Reservoir reached its capacity and began spilling into the creek. You and your family can help with flood relief efforts by raising money for the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund. This fund will support nonprofit organizations providing immediate and long-term relief and recovery assistance to flood victims in San Jose. Visit the Doing Good Together Fun Fundraiser project page for ideas on how you can raise money as a family.

While it will take some time to fully assess the damage caused by this emergency, we know that many families will require assistance in the weeks and months ahead. Your donation to the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund will help provide relief to those most in need.
Below are just a few of the organizations that will benefit from this relief fund in order to help those who need it most:
  • American Red Cross
  • Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
  • Sacred Heart Community Service
  • The Salvation Army
 
 
Quick Acts of Kindness
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible, quick ways to add kindness to daily family life
 
Location: Your home and community

Not all acts of kindness require planning. Check out the Doing Good Together 24+ Quick Acts of Kindness project page for ideas. You can also print out our Design Your Own Kindness Cards to include with your quick kindness activities.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
We're proud of our DGT™ Partnerships

DGT is proud to have amazing partnerships with a variety of organizations. Yours can be next! If your group or organization is interested in hosting a fun family service event, offering a workshop on raising caring kids, or in need of custom materials to introduce children and families to important social issues, we'd love to help. To learn more, contact Jenny by email (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org).
 

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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March 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
March 2017  - Silicon Valley 
 
Village House Dinner Service at St. Frances Cabrini
Village House, An Interfaith Shelter of Hope
 
Date/Time: Dates are available between March 1 - April 5, 6:30 - 8:30pm.
 
Location: St. Frances Cabrini Church, 15333 Woodard Rd., San Jose

St. Frances Cabrini Helping Others will be welcoming 15 homeless women into our community from March 1 to April 5, as part of the expanded Village House Network of rotating shelters. Families, groups and organizations can lend a hand by preparing, serving and cleaning up dinner. At least five volunteers are needed for this opportunity. Please be sure to prepare enough food for 25 people, plus enough for you and your volunteers if you wish to join the meal. We encourage volunteers to have dinner with those you serve that evening. Volunteers are asked to provide a well-balanced meal along with dessert and drinks (non-alcoholic). Please take all containers with you after the meal. Leftovers will not be able to be saved, as there is no space to store or refrigerate. There is a kitchen on site if you wish to cook the meal there or you can bring it heated.

Ages: All ages are welcome to help with dinner service. All minors must have an adult present.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: To sign up please contact Maile Figone, rmfigone@sbcglobal.net or 408.483.0713. Please let Maile know what your main course will be when you sign up.
https://www.villagehousesccca.com

 
 
Sunday in the Park Clean Up and Restoration
Beautify San Jose
 
Date/Time: Sunday March 5, 10:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Penitencia Creek Park, 3050 Berryessa Rd, San Jose

Volunteer in your community to clean up Penitentia Creek Park! A variety of activities will be offered to restore and clean up the park area. Tools will be provided and no pre-registration is required.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: 408.595.3483 or ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov
http://www.beautifysj.org/index.php/2017/02/09/sunday-in-the-park-march-5/
 
 
Celebrate International Women's Day at the Palo Alto Native Plant Nursery
Save the Bay
 
Date/Time: Wednesday March 8, noon - 3pm
 
Location: Palo Alto Baylands (details provided upon registration)

Follow in the footsteps of inspiring female environmentalists like Save the Bay's founders Kay Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin, and Esther Gulick, by continuing their efforts to restore healthy shorelines to San Francisco Bay. Join us at our Palo Alto Baylands nursery and see what it takes to grow the next generation of native plants that will help reestablish healthy wetlands throughout the Bay. No experience necessary. Gloves, tools and instruction provided. Each event is led by Save The Bay staff who are certified in first aid and CPR.

Ages: For all restoration events, a parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 16.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Rachelle Cardona, rcardona@savesfbay.org, 510.463.6850. Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. You must fill out the online registration form to register yourself or a group of 10 people or less.
https://www.savesfbay.org

 
 
Garden: Monthly Saturday Workday and Weekly Garden Maintenance
Collective Roots
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 13, monthly Saturday Workday and Potluck: 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Weekly Garden Maintenance: Thursdays, 5 - 6pm  (Winter hours, will extend to 7pm in March)
 
Location:  1785 Woodland Ave., East Palo Alto

Collective Roots aims to cultivate a healthier, stronger, more connected East Palo Alto community (EPA) by working together to build a robust community-based food system. EPA's deep history of agriculture shows cultivation of food strengthens people and fortifies communities. As part of the industrious EPA community, we seek to foster more communal growing, sharing, and eating of fresh, local produce through our three pillars:
  • Growing (Gardening)
  • Sharing (Education)
  • Eating (Healthy Food Access)
Join us to plant, maintain, and harvest our community and educational garden in East Palo Alto, while enjoying being part of our community. Monthly Saturday Workdays are also a potluck so bring a dish to share and enjoy lunch under the oak trees!

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: One to two hours
 
Contact: Najiha Alasmar, 650.324.2769, najiha@collectiveroots.org
http://www.collectiveroots.org
 
 
Coyote Creek Clean Up for World Water Day
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
 
Date/Time: Saturday March 25, 9am - noon
 
Location: Coyote Meadows/Remillard, 940 Remillard Ct., San Jose

We invite you to a Coyote Creek cleanup for World Water Day. Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful invites you to spend a few hours at Coyote Creek and help beautify our creek through a community cleanup. Improve your Trash Karma by participating! Volunteers are needed to help with registration and photos as well as participate in the cleanup. Be sure to wear long pants, sleeves, and closed-toed shoes since you will be near poison oak and around loose or muddy soil.
 
Ages: All ages welcome, minors under 18 require signed waiver. An adult must accompany volunteers under age 13.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Deb Kramer, Program Manager, deb@keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org, 408.372.7053. Registration is available online. We suggest you also check with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful close to event day to ensure that the recent flooding hasn't changed the event details.
http://www.keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org
 
 
Racing Hearts 5K/10K
Stanford Healthcare
 
Date/Time: Sunday March 26 (times vary depending on shift, race begins at 9am)
 
Location: Koret Plaza (at the intersection of Campus Dr. and Galvez St.), Stanford

Stanford Health Care invites you to join us for the Fourth Annual Racing Hearts 5k Run/Walk and 10K Run benefiting Stanford Heart Research and the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease! We need volunteers for both before the race and day of the race. Volunteer needs range from flyer distribution, check in, course marking, course support/cheering and clean up.

Ages:
 Age minimum varies by shift/role but there are many opportunities for children of all ages!
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Rachel Acuna-Narvaez, RacingHearts@stanfordhealthcare.org, 650.380.1191. Please register each volunteering member of your family on the Racing Hearts Event Site and make a note to let organizers know that you will be volunteering as a family and any specific preferences.
 
 
St. Francis' Hot Meals and Ecumenical Hunger Program
Ecumenical Hunger Program at St. Francis of Assisi Church
 
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 5 - 6pm for the Hot Meal Program, other volunteer opportunity days and times vary.
 
Location:  St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1425 Bay Road, East Palo Alto

The Ecumenical Hunger Program, along with the St. Vincent De Paul Society, prepares and serves hot meals to needy individuals and families every Wednesday night at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto. At St. Francis, you'll be serving pre-made food to the less fortunate. When volunteers arrive, they sign in, grab aprons and gloves to either prepare the plates or go out and serve the plates to the guests. Some of those served are homeless, while others are families with children who take advantage of this program to conserve the limited funds they have. There are also opportunities for families to volunteer in the Food Closet (sorting, packing and distributing boxes), and in the warehouse (sorting clothing, shoes and other items).

Ages: All ages welcome, please make sure that you are not sick when you come to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: One to two hours
 
Contact: Lakesha Roberts, info@ehpcares.org, 650.323.7781
www.ehpcares.org/food-services.html
 
 
The Ultimate Hike: Create Your Own Adventure
CureSearch for Children's Cancer
 
Date/Time: Flexible - on your own time
 
Location: Choose your own location

CureSearch raises funds for children's cancer research to ensure that more children have access to life-saving treatments today and into the future. Ultimate Hike: Create Your Adventure is your chance to plan your lifesaving adventure from start to finish. You pick the trail, the distance, the date, and you set your own fundraising goals. All you need is a trail and your own two feet, and every step you take will make a difference! From the main Create Your Adventure page, click Register in the navigation bar at the top of the page and choose whether you want to register "As an individual", "As a Team Captain" (to start a new team), or "As a Team Member" (if the team already exists). You will then have the chance to start a new adventure!

Ages: Any age can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Courtney Bollman, 240.235.2286, courtney.bollman@curesearch.org
www.curesearchevents.org
 
 
Assist Older Adults With Activities
Webster House Health Center - Episcopal Senior Communities
 
Date/Time: Varies
 
Location: 437 Webster St., Palo Alto

Webster House welcomes volunteers of all ages to come spend time with residents doing various therapeutic recreation activities such as singing, reading, arts and crafts, jewelry making, bowling, gardening, and much more. We also have volunteer opportunities for one-on-one visits to residents in their rooms, dining room assistance, assisting residents with their meals, and musical performances.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies. Webster House would like to have volunteers weekly or more, if possible.
 
Contact: Enrichment and Volunteer Director, Natalie Bedell, at 650.617.7355 or nbedell@jtm-esc.org
www.jtm-esc.org/webster-house-health-center/volunteer/

 
 
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible -- find something that works for your families schedule
 

Location:
Check the national Homeless Shelter Directory or Emergency Food Programs Directory for shelters or soup kitchens in your area.

Your family can work together to help hungry people in your community by volunteering to cook a meal or bring food to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. When you contact a shelter or soup kitchen, ask for the volunteer coordinator, see if they need volunteers and ask if they have any age requirements. Find more information and resources on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project Page.

Ages: Will vary depending on the shelter or soup kitchen's volunteer policy.
 
Time Commitment: Varies; volunteers can typically make either a one-time or ongoing commitment.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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February 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
February 2017  - Silicon Valley 
 
Garden Together at Almost Eden
The Almost Eden Garden Project
 
Date/Time: Saturday February 4, 9 - 11am
 
Location: 4111 Alma, Palo Alto; behind St. Andrew's United Methodist Church

The Almost Eden Garden Project grows quality organic produce for local organizations that provide meals and services for homeless and low-income families. During our harvesting seasons (late summer and early winter), weekly deliveries are made to St. Anthony's Dining Room in Redwood City and to the South Palo Alto Food Closet. Garden tasks may include laying wood chips on walking paths, planting seedlings, weeding, digging and amending garden beds, trimming and/or turning compost bins. Be prepared to get dirty, bring your own reusable water bottles, and wear closed-toed shoes please!
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer. All minors under the age of 16 must have adult present.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Pamela, info@almosteden.org, 650.504.1811
http://www.almosteden.org/index.html

 
 
Super Guadalupe River Run - 5K, 10K and Kid's 1K Run
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Sunday, February 5, 9am. There is a 1K Kids race at 10:30am
 
Location: Guadalupe Gardens, 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with the annual Super Guadalupe River Run benefiting Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. Don't fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles or tackle the 3.1-mile quarterback sneak, you'll earn your game-time guacamole on the Guadalupe. Huddle with family, friends, training partners, neighbors, co-workers to run a 10K or 5K - cross the goal line to score guilt-free indulgence during the game. Not interested in racing? Volunteers needed to cheer our participants along the course!
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate in either the event or as volunteers
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 
Welcome Migratory Birds
Save the Bay
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 8, noon - 3pm
 
Location: Palo Alto Native Plant Nursery (details provided upon registration)

During winter the San Francisco Bay Area provides a temporary home to over 1.6 million migrating shorebirds. These birds are dependent upon the health of wetland vegetation, which Save The Bay aims to bolster by planting 40,000 native plants this winter along the shoreline. Come out to the Palo Alto Baylands and bird watch as you plant, while providing healthy habitat for our feathery friends. No experience is necessary. Gloves, tools and instruction provided. Save The Bay staff certified in first aid and CPR will lead the event.

Ages:
All ages are welcome with an adult. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 16.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Rachelle Cardona, Restoration Education & Community Engagement Specialist, rcardona@savesfbay.org, 510.463.6850. To register, visit the Save the SF Bay Volunteer Registration Page. Space is limited and an RSVP is required.
https://www.savesfbay.org

 
 
Delivery Volunteers for Families with Critically Ill Children
There WIth Care of the Bay Area
 
Date/Time: Times and dates are flexible for volunteering. Upcoming orientations are Monday, February 6, 6 - 7:30pm or Friday, February 24, 10 - 11:30am.
 
Location: There With Care of the Bay Area, 3475 Edison Way, Suite H, Menlo Park
 
There With Care provides a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phases of a medical crisis. They serve families referred by medical agencies by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life's day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. Help care for the families of critically ill children in your community by delivering groceries and needed items to them. Volunteers must attend a one-time mandatory 90-minute training before heading out with grocery and supply deliveries from our pantry in Menlo Park to families on the Peninsula, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House. Please bring your children of all ages to help you volunteer!
 
Ages: Families with children are welcome; primary volunteer must be 18 or older.  A drivers license, background check and orientation is needed for drivers meeting with families.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, orientation required. Register for orientation online.
 
Contact: Jennifer Thurlow, 650.268.8557, jennifer.thurlow@therewithcare.org
http://bayarea.therewithcare.org/
 
 
Full Circle Farm Education Garden
Sustainable Community Gardens
 
Date/Time: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 7pm or dark, whichever comes first.
 
Location: Our West Gate at 955 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale

Full Circle Farm's Education Garden is a one-acre patch of green at the west end of the farm. The garden meets a number of community needs while the farm at large is focused on locally-grown food production. Designed to enable easy access by children of all ages, the garden provides a space for youth groups from preschool up through middle school. We have a Children's Garden space available and many of our volunteers come with their entire family. Volunteers help with gardening tasks including cultivating, harvesting, planting, compost work, and more!
 
Ages: All ages, families are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Dan Hafeman, Garden Manager, info@fullcirclesunnyvale.org, 408.475.2531
www.fullcirclesunnyvale.org
 
 
Help the TCV Food Bank
Tri-City Volunteers
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday, 8am - 4pm
 
Location: 37350 Joseph St., Fremont

Volunteers are essential to Tri-City Volunteers food bank's daily grocery cart preparation and distribution. We need approximately 40 warehouse volunteers a day to ensure that as many as 350 client families per day receive adequate nutrition. Volunteers also help us sort and hang donated clothing and attractively merchandise our boutique thrift store, which provides very low-cost items for struggling families: babies clothes are 10 for $1.00, children's clothes are 5 for $1.00 and the majority of adult clothing is marked at $0.50 or $2.00.

Community volunteers are the heart of our agency. Not only do volunteers work directly with low and very-low income families, they bring to life our vision of a community united together to ensure that every child and adult in our area is not just free from hunger, but can access pathways to financial stability and self-sufficiency. When volunteers assist families at the Tri-City food bank and thrift store, they are also mentoring and deeply connecting with others. That is the real strength of our work.

Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Minimum of two hours

Contact: To learn more and to sign up for volunteer orientation, contact Stacy Hart, stacy@tcvfoodbank.org, 510.793.4583
http://www.tri-cityvolunteers.org 
 
 
Thursday Nights LEGO DisAssembly Party
Playing at Learning - The Play Space in San Jose
 
Date/Time: Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm
 
Location: The Play Space, 2215 Oakland Road, Suite B (North door) San Jose

The Play Space is a program of Playing at Learning - a home for all FIRST programs in Northern California, including FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Lego League and JR. FIRST Lego League. The Play Space is a space for interested students to learn about engineering, technology, robotics, and more as well as a space for volunteers to learn and for all to play! Playing At Learning has a large collection of used FIRST LEGO League field kits that are comprised of LEGO pieces. These are in partial disassembly. On Thursday evenings each week, we are hosting a DisAssembly party - to get all of the partially disassembled LEGO elements back into separate LEGO pieces, i.e. fully disassembled. This is a great opportunity for a family to come and spend a few hours volunteering.

Ages:
Families with children ten years and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany all minors.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact:
Volunteers must RSVP so that we can get the LEGO kits out and ready for disassembly. To RSVP or ask any questions, email volunteer@playingatlearning.org.
http://www.theplayspace.org/home
 
 
Help Out Sacred Heart Community Services
Sacred Heart Community Services
 
Date/Time: Weekday evenings from 3:30 - 5:30pm and Saturdays from 9am - noon
 
Location: 1381 South 1st St, San Jose

Since 1964 Sacred Heart Community Service has served Santa Clara County residents in need. They provide food, clothing, job training, legal services, housing assistance and educational classes free of charge to more than 1500 clients each day. Join us to support Sacred Heart's programs by building food baskets, sorting clothing and food donations and preparing educational materials for the clients.  Volunteers must wear appropriate clothing (pants, no bare midriff or low cut shirts) and closed-toed shoes. Parking lot is often available for volunteers on Saturdays, please do not park in Wendy's or Denny's.

Ages: Ages 9 and up. Kids ages 14 and under must have a parent or trusted adult present to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Sergio Gonzalez, volunteers@sacredheartcs.org, 408.278.2171.
http://sacredheartcs.org/volunteer/
 
Provide Meals to Sheltered Homeless
Grace Baptist Overnight Shelter
 
Date/Time: Bring breakfast or dinner. Meals should be delivered by 7:30 - 7:45pm.
 
Location: 484 E San Fernando St, San Jose. Please park in the lot behind the home at 132 South 10th Street and enter the double glass doors behind the church building. Call Phil when you arrive at 408.839.9815.

Grace Baptist Church has 35+ shelter guests that sleep inside the church every night. This is a great opportunity for you and some friends to come together to volunteer because you will be bringing a meal for approximately 50 guests and volunteers. You are welcome to drop off the meal or stay and serve and/or eat with guests. The church does not have a full kitchen so food needs to be brought cooked/warm for dinners. Guests love warm dinners of all kinds. There is a refrigerator and so anything cold (yogurt, fruit, hard boiled eggs) is great for breakfast. Hot water is also available for oatmeal packets. The shelter can always use more ground coffee/tea, sugar and creamer as well as disposable utensils and plates.

Ages: All ages welcome to bring dinner and serve
 
Time Commitment: Flexible - you can drop off the meals or stay and serve/eat with the guests.
 
Contact:  Phil, 408.839.9815, email@graceinsanjose.org. To sign up visit: http://vols.pt/w5AqL1 (users will need a free account to sign up).
http://www.graceinsanjose.org

 
 
St. Francis' Hot Meals and Ecumenical Hunger Program
Ecumenical Hunger Program at St. Francis of Assisi Church
 
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 5 - 6pm for the Hot Meal Program, other volunteer opportunity days and times vary.
 
Location: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1425 Bay Road, East Palo Alto

Ecumenical Hunger Program, along with the St. Vincent De Paul Society, prepares and serves hot meals to needy individuals and families every Wednesday night at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto. At St. Francis, you'll be serving pre-made food to the less fortunate. When volunteers arrive, they sign in, grab aprons and gloves to either prepare the plates or go out and serve the plates to the guests. Some of those served are homeless, while others are families with children who take advantage of this program to conserve the limited funds they have. There are also opportunities for families to volunteer in the Food Closet (sorting, packing and distributing boxes), and in the warehouse (sorting clothing, shoes and other items).

Ages: All ages welcome, please make sure that you are not sick when you come to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One to two hours
 
Contact: Lakesha Roberts, info@ehpcares.org, 650.323.7781
www.ehpcares.org/food-services.html
 
 
Neighborhood Cleanup
Downtown Streets Team
 
Date/Time: Three Saturday mornings each month, 9:30am to noon.
  • First Saturday, Santee Neighborhood
  • Second Saturday, McKinley Neighborhood
  • Third Saturday: Mayfair Neighborhood
Location:
  • Santee: Santee Community Center - 1535 Santee Drive, San Jose
  • McKinley: McKinley Community Center - 651 Macredes Avenue, San Jose
  • Mayfair: Mayfair Community Center - 2039 Kammerer Avenue, San Jose
Beautify San Jose's most blighted neighborhoods with homeless Downtown Streets Team Members who are working hard to get housing and employment. The mission of Downtown Streets Team is to eradicate homelessness by empowering homeless individuals to be part of the solution to homelessness. Join your community by beautifying the Santee, McKinley or Mayfair neighborhoods with Downtown Streets Team Members. Not only will you be beautifying one of the most blighted neighborhoods in San Jose, fostering a safe place for people to live and play, you will be volunteering side-by-side with people who are volunteering their way out of homelessness. Feel free to ask them questions and get a new perspective on what it's like to be homeless and living on a low income in Santa Clara County.
What to wear and bring:
  • Please wear covered shoes, pants, long sleeves and work gloves.
  • Wear sunscreen and bring water to stay hydrated.
  • For safety reasons please do not wear these items: no red or blue, no logos on hats/shirts and no numbers. Blue jeans are okay.
  • All that's left to bring is your "Can-do" attitude and we'll be on our way to making our neighborhoods safer and more beautiful places.
Ages: Youth under 18 are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours

Contact: Cliff Navales, San Jose Project Manager; cliff@streetsteam.org. Registration is available online.
http://streetsteam.org/ 
 
 
Friendship Bracelets
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or other community location

Your family can create these colorful bracelets to share with others. Making friendship bracelets for new students, or kids who seem to need more friends, is the perfect activity for the Valentine's season! Visit the Doing Good Together Friendship Bracelets Project Page to learn how to make the bracelets and for reflection materials and resources for this kindness activity.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact:
mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org 
 
 
WE'RE SHARING STORIES FOR STORIES
Have you and your family used our DGT™ resources to share kindness and/or serve others? We want to hear from you! Take part in our STORIES FOR STORIES giveaway. We'll send a DGT-selected big-hearted book to the first five families who share their stories (via the form on this page) along with a photo or video! (Submitted stories may be used on the DGT website and/or social media.) Deadline for submissions: February 15th!
P.S. Remember, your family's act of kindness and service *must* come from a DGT web page, listing, newsletter, or blog.
 

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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January 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
January 2017  - Silicon Valley 
 
San Jose Rose Garden Annual Pruning Event
City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
 
Date/Time: Saturday January 7, 8:45am - Noon
 
Location: San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, Naglee Ave. & Dana Ave. San Jose. There is free parking on surrounding city streets.

Volunteers will be helping to prune 3,500 rose bushes at the Rose Garden. Many helping hands are needed, so please bring your family and friends! Or simply come and meet others who enjoy volunteering at the Rose Garden. Everyone is welcome (6 years old and up) to participate in this dynamic San Jose volunteer event! No experience necessary--we'll begin with a training on how to prune roses.
  • If you have hand pruners and garden gloves, please bring them. We will have a limited amount of tools available.
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress in layers, as the early morning dampness can be chilly.
  • Roses are naturally thorny--wear long sleeves and clothes that can get a bit dirty!
  • Bring a filled water bottle--we like to be 'green'!
  • Please wear sunscreen as the roses are in the full sun.
  • High School community service hours will be given.
  • Food Trucks will be available afterwards. Stay and enjoy the peacefulness of the barren park.
The event goes on, rain or shine!

Ages: Volunteers age six and up are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours maximum
 
Contact: City Volunteer Management Services, parkvolunteer@sanjoseca.gov, 408.595.3483
 
 
Team 222 Clean-Up Event
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition
 
Date/Time: Saturday, January 14, 8:45 - 11am
 
Location(s): 
  • Los Gatos Creek (Bascom Ave.) Parking is just north of Hooter's Restaurant in the business complex at 1475 S. Bascom Avenue. Please park on the north end of lot and take bike trail access down to the creek trail and sign-up table.
  • Los Gatos Creek (Auzerais Ave.) Parking is on the street. The cross streets are Wright Place and Auzerais Avenue where our sign-up table will be adjacent to the entrance of the bike trail next to Los Gatos Creek.
Volunteers will participate in a creek and trail cleanup at one of two locations. Please bring your own water container, which we will fill for you. SBCCC supplies gloves, pick-up sticks and miscellaneous tools. Please wear long pants, hat, and sunscreen - be ready to spend the morning in light to moderate work. We have work for all ages and physical ability levels.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Carol, 408.529.4460. Registration is available online.
http://sbcleancreeks.myevent.com
 
 
MLK Day of Service & East Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting
Canopy
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 9am - noon
 
Location: Jack Farrell Park, 2509 Fordham St, East Palo Alto

Volunteers are key to maintaining our community's urban forest and shaping neighborhood character. We welcome everyone with an interest in community and trees; no green thumb or previous experience required! Join Canopy to plant trees in honor of Martin Luther King Day of Service at Jack Farrell Park. The planting event will also include a Ceremonial Mayor's Tree Planting with the East Palo Alto mayor.

Ages:
All ages are welcome with an adult
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Uriel Hernandez, Community Forestry Coordinator, uriel@canopy.org, 650.964.6110. Registration is available online.
http://canopy.org/
 
 


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10th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day of Service
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (OFJCC)
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Variety of locations from the Peninsula to San Jose

Join hundreds of your neighbors for a community-wide day of "tikkun olam" ("repair of the world") as part of a National Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This intergenerational event will feature a range of hands-on service projects; participants will work in small groups on projects addressing issues of poverty, hunger, housing and homelessness, aging, the environment and more. We look forward to working with you to promote Dr. King's legacy of tolerance, peace and equality and increase our community's commitment to service and justice. This fun and inspirational day will leave you feeling accomplished and energized!
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate. Come on your own or with your family and friends! We ask that a parent accompany any volunteers under the age of 15. Volunteer projects are organized by age, please check website for details.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Robin Vasilakos, rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org,  650.223.8791. Pre-registration is required and space is limited in each service project. Registration is available online.
https://paloaltojcc.org
 
 
Project READ Story Hour
Redwood City Friends of Literacy
 
Date/Time: Story hours are held the 2nd Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30pm
 
Location(s):
  • Downtown Branch Library: 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
  • Fair Oaks Branch Library: 2510 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
Project READ fuels the fire of hope through literacy. We believe literacy is not only a human right, but also a necessity - a gift of opportunity and hope for the future. Our innovative intergenerational programs bring literacy to the adults, youth and families in our community. Our programs are designed to break the cycle of illiteracy by surrounding families with literacy services that promote education and a lifelong love of learning. Project READ provides a fun night for families with puppet shows, songs, crafts, snacks and a book to take home. Volunteer duties include anything from preparing craft samples and snacks to helping a child pick a book to add to his/her home library.

Ages: Ages six and up with adult
 
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Events Volunteer Coordinator, rclread@redwoodcity.org, 650.780.7077
http://www.projectreadredwoodcity.org 
 
 
Organize a Basic Necessities Drive
Sunday Friends
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Deliver to Sunday Friends, 625 South 7th Street, San Jose

You and your family can help Sunday Friends by organizing and running a Basic Necessities Drive throughout your school, club, church, synagogue, neighborhood, family or other community. Sunday Friends makes it possible for very low-income families in our community to earn tickets and then select and purchase their own items! They need diapers, toiletries, dish soap, laundry detergent, school supplies, etc. Sunday Friends can provide child-decorated collection boxes, customizable flyers, party ideas, prizes and more to help you with your drive. Check their website for more ideas.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Lilly Perez-Ngo, lillyp@sundayfriends.org, 408.217.9587
https://www.sundayfriends.org
 
 
Host Food Drives
Town Cats of Morgan Hill
 
Date/Time: Varies, depending on location
 
Location: Varies

Town Cats is looking for volunteers of any age to host food drives. Volunteers identify a storefront in their area (such as a grocery store, pet store, or hardware store) where they can hand out flyers to raise awareness about Town Cats, and tell people that we are collecting cat food and kitty litter to benefit both our kitties that are in foster care in private homes or in one of our adoption centers. Town Cats also needs volunteers of any age to distribute flyers. You may post these in store windows (with management permission), post on public bulletin boards, or walk around and hand them out to people on the sidewalk at shopping centers, etc. NOTE: It is illegal to leave these in people's mailboxes or on car windshields, so please don't do that.

Ages:
All ages with an adult
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Marcie Monteleone, volunteercoordinator@towncats.org. If interested, please fill out the Volunteer registration form.
www.towncats.org

 


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Bring Joy through Flowers
Random Acts of Flowers
 
Date/Time: Varies. The normal volunteer schedule is Monday through Thursday, with most shifts during daytime hours. Evening and weekend shifts are scheduled occasionally.
 
Location: Varies depending on delivery area and/or volunteer assignment

Random Acts of Flowers recycles flowers from the floral industry, as well as local companies, florists, grocery stores, funeral homes, and events like weddings. We turn these flowers into beautiful bouquets and deliver them to those struggling with injury, illness and the aging process every week in neighborhoods all over the country. Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. Volunteering at Random Acts of Flowers helps us spread joy and allows people to nurture a culture of compassion and care. Volunteers range in age from elementary students to retirees. Individuals and groups - including schools, church groups, civic groups, businesses and even sports teams - make up the more than 2,000 people who share their time and talent to bring flowers and moments of joy to those in area hospitals, hospices, and health care facilities.
 
Ages: Ages seven and up with adult present. Most volunteer opportunities are best suited for children 12 and older but younger children can attend with an adult. An adult must accompany all children under 16. Every child must have a signed Youth Waiver before volunteering. We ask that anyone interested in volunteering attend an orientation. During orientation, new volunteers will meet our team, learn about volunteer opportunities, and have hands-on training working with the flowers.
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: AnneLynn So, Program Coordinator, annelynn@rafsiliconvalley.org, 650.852.1450
http://siliconvalley.randomactsofflowers.org 
 
 

DIY Kindness Journal
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: This is a great project to begin in the New Year, but you can start anytime.
 
Location:  Your home
 
Keeping a compassion-themed journal is a wonderful way to build kindness into busy weeks and shine a spotlight on acts of kindness. Plus, you'll have a place to record family volunteering memories! Decorate a composition notebook with duct tape. Scatter compassion-themed prompts and quotes throughout it. Then make time periodically to discuss, draw, and write about those kindness prompts as a family. Visit the Doing Good Together DIY Kindness Journal page to find printable Family Service Memory Sheets, Kindness Journal Prompts, and ideas for keeping your kindness journal.
 
Ages: Everyone in the family can participate
 
Time Commitment: We suggest scheduling at least fifteen to thirty minutes each week to discuss the journal prompts and write or draw together.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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Whether you're new to family volunteering and want to stay focused on your service goals, or you've gotten started but want expert help on how to expand your family's kindness practice, DGT's Big-Hearted Families™ Membership Circle is a great way to make 2017 a year of kindness and service! Learn more today, and sign up any time throughout the year.
 
 

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

                                                                                                     © 2016 Doing Good Together™

                                                                                    

Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Sent by mail@doinggoodtogether.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact