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

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.

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.

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
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
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
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.

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

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.
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.
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).

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
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
  • 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.
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

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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