February 2018 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2018 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
February 2018  - Silicon Valley 
 
Delivery Volunteers for Families with Critically Ill Children
There With Care of the Bay Area
 
Date/Time: Times and dates are flexible for volunteering. The next volunteer orientation will be held on Friday, February 2, 10 - 11:30am
 
Location: There With Care of the Bay Area, 2682 Middlefield Road, Suite H, Redwood City
 
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. Adult volunteers must attend a one-time mandatory 90-minute training before heading out with grocery and supply deliveries from our pantry in Redwood City 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: 18 years old with drivers license, background check and orientation for drivers meeting with families, but please bring your children!
 
Time Commitment: Flexible; orientation is required. Register for orientation online.
 
Contact: Lisa Scheidecker, 650.268.8557, Lisa.Scheidecker@therewithcare.org
www.bayarea.therewithcare.org/
 
 
La Mesa Verde Build Days
Sacred Heart Community Services - La Mesa Verde Program
 
Date/Time(s): 
Volunteer for Build Day (space limited):
  • Saturday, February 3, 11:15am - 4:15pm
Build Installation Days:
  • Saturday, Feb 24, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Saturday, March 10, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Saturday, March 17, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Saturday, March 24, 1 - 5pm 
  • Saturday, March 31, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Sacred Heart Community Services, 1381 S. First Street, San José

Sacred Heart Community Services La Mesa Verde (LMV) is a network of low-income urban gardeners who build access to healthy food in San Jose. LMV builds garden beds, shares knowledge, and creates a mutually supportive community through workshops, events, and volunteering. LMV enrolls 50 new families a year to receive redwood planter boxes, soil, seedlings, and educational workshops to learn about urban gardening. On February 3, volunteers will come to Sacred Heart for LMV's Build Day to build 55 new garden beds for 2018. Once the beds are built, installation volunteers will be needed to install these beds at the recipients' residences. Build installation days volunteer tasks will include helping with soil deliveries, building beds, and installing the beds under the guidance of our trained Build Leads and members, on a weekly or one-time basis. No experience necessary, only the willingness to learn.

Ages: Volunteers must be 13 or older. All volunteers under the age of 18 must be chaperoned by an adult. Any volunteers 17 and under must fill out this waiver.

Time Commitment: Average of four hours
 
Contact: Lindsey Zimmer, lindseyz@sacredheartcs.org or 408.775.5760. Please contact Lindsey to register for any of these projects.
www.sacredheartcs.org/
 
 
Help Out at the Alzheimer's Activity Center - Sunday Programs
Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease
 
Date/Time: Sunday February 4. A variety of shifts are available between 9am - 5pm. Other upcoming Sunday dates are March 4, May 6, and June 3
 
Location: 2380 Enborg Ln.,San José

The mission of Alzheimer's Activity Center is to enrich the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's and related conditions by providing safe, nurturing, intergenerational services and support. The Rosa Elena Childcare Center, also a program of Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease, brings the intergenerational component to the programs. Sunday volunteers provide support to the organization when clients are not on site.

Volunteers must fulfill the following requirements prior to their first shift:
  • Fill out a Volunteer Application packet
  • Obtain a parental signature (if under the age of eighteen) or, if under the age of 15, be accompanied by an adult
Sunday volunteers assist with supportive services such as organizing, touch-up painting, gardening, general cleaning, various office projects, and filing. There is no client interaction on Sundays, as the Center is closed to the public. Volunteer attire should be casual and closed toe shoes should be worn.
 
Ages: Minimum age is 11 years old.  Volunteers younger than age of 15 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts must be a minimum of two hours in length. A lunch and/or break(s) must be taken for shifts that are four hours or longer.
 
Contact: Jill Moore, jill@alzdaycare.org, 408.279.7515
 
 
Quarry Park Restoration Volunteer Day
City of Saratoga
 
Date/Time: Saturday February 10, 9am - noon
 
Location: Quarry Park, 22000 Congress Springs Rd., Saratoga

Volunteers are needed for the Parks & Recreation Commission Let's Work! program at Quarry Park on the second Saturday of every month from January through April. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot, then help remove invasive plants to beautify and maintain the trails. Please bring gloves, water, and sunscreen, and wear closed-toed shoes and long sleeves.
 
Ages: Ages 10 and up with an adult present. Ages 14 and up can serve without supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Babette McKay, bmckay@saratoga.ca.us, 408.868.1265. To register, visit the event page and be sure to fill out the volunteer waiver form and bring it to the event.
 
 
Alum Rock Park: Trail Crew
San José Parks Volunteer Management Team
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 10, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: Alum Rock Park, 15350 Penitencia Creek Road, San José. Please plan on arriving at the Penitencia Creek entrance by 8:45am, then follow the "Volunteer Event" signs to the parking lot. The park is very large and has very limited cell phone reception.

Like to hike? Then volunteer to improve the trails! Foot traffic wears down the tread; bushes and wildflowers grow over the trail; and rain, fire and wind have their own effects. You and your family can help to maintain a safe trail. Trail Crew Days are a great way to learn about the park, try something new, and meet new friends. After your inspiring volunteer experience, you will end up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to hike even more!
  • No experience necessary. Come meet others who enjoy hiking and the great outdoors!
  • Training and tools are provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite tool.
  • Long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat are recommended.
  • Please bring a filled water bottle and your own snack.
Ages: School age children are welcome to participate. Elementary and Middle school students must attend with an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov. Registration is available online.
www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=589
 
 
Beautify San José
The Trash Punx
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 10, 9 - 11am
 
Location: Buena Vista Park, 498 Menker Avenue , San Jose

Our community has been over-populated by a massive amount of trash. The Trash Punx decided to do something about this by uniting our community together. Join us as we pick up trash around our community, one piece at a time, and have fun while doing it! Join The Trash Punx team as we target a specific area of San Jose invaded by litter. Please wear closed-toed shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Ages: Children ages six and up are welcome with adult supervision. 
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Justin Imamura, thetrashpunx@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
www.thetrashpunx.org  
 
 
The Super Run San José
Superfly Running Inc.
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 17, 8 - 11am. Click for schedule details.
 
Location: Almaden Lake Park ($6 per car), Winfield & Coleman, San José

Be a Hero. Help a Cause. Join the Run. The Super Run is a national series of 5K, family friendly running events that partners with local nonprofit organizations to put on superhero themed events to help raise funds and awareness for their cause. The partners for the San José Run are the American Association for Cancer Research, Asian American Donor Program, Cure Search, Autism Run, Fleece & Thank You and the Superfly Foundation. As a registered runner, you have the option of raising funds for these charities through an individual Crowdrise page you can share with your friends. If 5K is a bit far for your kids, there is a Kids Run at 10:15am!

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate in the run. Strollers are welcome! Please note that only registered runners receive a cape and medal, so if you want your child to receive a cape and medal, they will need to be registered. Only participants with a bib (given out at packet pick up) will receive a finishers medal. 
 
Time Commitment: Approximately three hours
 
Contact: Service@superflyrunning.com. Click here to register
 
 
The Trash Punx: Operation Care & Comfort
The Trash Punx
 
Date/Time: Sunday, February 25. Check-in is at 9:30am; Event runs from 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Avaya Stadium, 1123 Coleman Avenue, San José

Join The Trash Punx team as we partner with Operation: Care and Comfort to sort, box and mail thousands of pounds of care packages for our forward deployed troops. This is Operation: Care and Comfort's first 2018 public military care package event. Please wear closed-toed shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
 
Ages: Children ages five and up are welcome with adult supervision. 
 
Time Commitment: Flexible. Join for as long as you are able!
 
Contact: Justin Imamura, thetrashpunx@gmail.com . Volunteers must pre-register online
 
 
Meals On Wheels Delivery
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI)
 
Date/Time: WEEKDAYS ONLY, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Initial meeting and training will be held at 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Food pickups are in San Bruno, San Mateo and Menlo Park.

The mission of PVI Meals on Wheels is to increase food security and access to nutritious food and to keep older adults and adults with disabilities well-nourished and healthy, living independently in their own homes. After an initial phone visit, adult volunteers are asked to do a drive along. To volunteer, please bring drivers license and proof of insurance. There is a training and volunteer orientation at the first meeting. If a volunteer wants to drive a route once a week (weekdays only, no weekends or evenings) they are welcome to bring their children on the route.

Ages: Drivers over 18 with two years of driving experience. Children are welcome to come along on deliveries.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours, once a week with a three-month commitment.
 
Contact: Vicki Cormack vcormack@penvol.org, 650.272.5108  
www.penvol.org/mealsonwheels/
 
 
Dinner is Served Program
JW House
 
Date/Time: Check the calendar for upcoming available dates
 
Location: 3850 Homestead Road, Santa Clara

JW House provides a warm, comfortable "home away from home" for families facing medical crises. Families and individuals from area hospitals are welcomed into the JW House family for rest and self-care during the day or overnight while their loved one is in the hospital. 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. Groups who participate in Dinner is Served 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 another's loved one is doing.
 
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: Laura Delgado, laura@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." Please complete the form to request that date. Someone from our office will contact you soon to confirm the date you request.  
 
 
Veggielution's Youth Garden
Veggielution
 
Date/Time: Every Saturday, 10am - 12:30pm
 
Location: 647 S. King Road, San José; located in the back of Emma Prusch Park

Come join the Veggielution team 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 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. All parents or guardians must fill out a liability waiver for themselves and for each child accompanying them. Feel free to print and fill out the liability waiver ahead of time, or fill out the waiver when you sign-in at the Youth Garden.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Emily Martinez, emilym@veggielution.org, 408.753.6705
www.veggielution.org
 
 
Car Window Poetry
Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home and community

At Doing Good Together, we know how the right turn of phrase can encourage more kindness. We know how a great book can cultivate empathy, opening a child up to the feelings and experiences of a stranger. The instructions for this project are as simple as its name.
  1. Create short, heart-warming poems, jokes, or artwork. You may want to use the free Car Window Poetry cards available here.
  2. Place your poems on car windows outside your school, playground, library, a busy grocery store, or wherever you happen to be. Note: if it's raining or remarkably windy, postpone this step a bit.
  3. Post your poems on Instagram with the #CarWindowPoetry. While you're at it, kindly add #DoingGoodTogether as well!
Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let's take the lovely day called Valentine's Day and make it a month-long kindness endeavor! Prepare now by printing and posting our 28-Day Valentine Kindness Challenge. Pick and choose your favorite days for doing something extra good for others or challenge yourselves for the entire month of February. This is a great project for families, community or faith groups, or even classrooms. And if you participate in this challenge, kindly let us know how it goes!


 

 

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January 2018 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2018 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
January 2018  - 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 volunteers are needed to help sort donations at our thrift shop.

Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: volunteer@epamade.com. To sign up for the Saturday Donation Sorting, email the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@epamade.com.  
www.epamade.com

 
 
Volunteer at the Tully Battlefields (Sunday Series)
City of San José
 
Date/Time: Sunday, January 7, 10am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Tully Community Battle Fields, 800 Tully Rd., San José

City parks always need a bit of volunteer help! Come join our new Sunday Series: park clean-up volunteer events on Sunday mornings. With 10 Council Districts in the City of San José, each week we will visit a different park in one of the 10 Council Districts. Come volunteer and experience all the unique and special parks we have in San José. All tools and supplies provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a filled water bottle.

Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov, 408.595.3483. No need to RSVP, simply show-up and help-out!
City of San José Calendar Page
 
 
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition Team 222 Event
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition
 
Date/Time: Saturday, January 13, 8:45 - 11am
 
Location: Guadalupe River at the Julian Street Bridge, 333 Julian Street, San José

Volunteers are needed to participate in a creek and trail cleanup. Please bring your own water container which we will fill for you. South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition supplies gloves, pick-up sticks and miscellaneous tools. Please wear long pants, a hat, sunscreen, and be ready to spend the morning in light to moderate work. We have work for all ages and physical ability levels.

Ages: Minimum age to volunteer is 13. Volunteers age 13 to 15 must have an adult present to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-quarter hours
 
Contact: Carol, 408.529.4460. Registration is available online.
www.sbcleancreeks.myevent.com
 
 
MLK Day Volunteer Event: School Garden Workday
Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 9am - noon
 
Location: 1286 Runnymede St., East Palo Alto

Come celebrate MLK Day and the National Day of Service by helping maintain our magical one-acre school garden. Join families and students in the East Palo Alto Charter School Garden for a morning of weeding, mulching, planting, turning compost, and starting seeds. The school's one-acre garden is a beautiful outdoor learning classroom full of vegetables, flowers and fruit trees. We appreciate your help maintaining the garden and getting it ready for 2018. Event will be cancelled if it rains.

Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Eron Truran, Eron.Truran@aspirepublicschools.org, 650.614.9100
www.aspirepublicschools.org
 
 
11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day of Service - Mitzvah Day
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (OFJCC)
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 8:30am - 4pm
 
Location: Variety of locations from the Peninsula to San José

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. Come on your own or with your family and friends! 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. Volunteer projects are organized by age, please check the website for details. We ask that a parent accompany any volunteers under the age of 15. This event is open to families of all faiths or beliefs.
 
Time Commitment: Varies by activity, generally two to four hours
 
Contact: Pre-registration is required and space is limited at each service project. Registration is available online. For questions or more information contact Robin Vasilakos at rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org, or 650.223.8791
paloaltojcc.org/mitzvah
 
 
2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Train & Events
The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 8:30 - 11am.
Train departs:
  • 9:45am: San José Diridon Station
  • 10:05am: Palo Alto Station
  • 10:22am: San Mateo Station
Location(s):
San José Diridon Station, 65 Cahill St., San José
Palo Alto Station, 95 University Ave., Palo Alto
San Mateo Station, 385 First Ave., San Mateo

Take the Caltrain Norcal MLK Celebration Train to the MLK2018 celebration events in San Francisco on Monday, January 15, and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King through exciting activities for all. This free commemorative service is a program of the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation, in partnership with Caltrain, and it signals the region's dedication to continue the service begun by the late Coretta Scott King.
 
Once there, celebrants will be able to immediately take part in the MLK2018 March/Parade or head directly to Yerba Buena Gardens to take part in a full day of festivities. For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, visit sfmlkday.org. All of the day's events are free and open to the public.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Train ride is approximately two hours one-way, event times may vary.
 
Contact: For more information please contact info@sfmlkday.org. Reserve your complimentary commemorative tickets for departure from one of the above stations today, and pick up your tickets at your point of departure on Monday, January 15, one hour before travel. This Commemorative Ticket is valid for the "Celebration Train" and one southbound Caltrain trip on January 15, 2018 after 1pm. (See the Caltrain schedule to plan your southbound travel.)
 
 
Welch Park Cleanup
San José Project/District 8 Councilmember Sylvia Arenas
 
Date/Time: Saturday, January 20, 9 - 11am
 
Location: Welch Park, Kenesta Way, San José

Volunteers are needed to pick up litter, scrub down picnic tables, and clean graffiti at Welch Park. Our work will allow family, friends, and local community members to enjoy the beauty of the park, which has been neglected for some time. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. San José Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving back to the city of San José. Through different service projects, we hope to create a sense of unity and togetherness, and to positively impact our community.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Patrick Wong, President, SJP, Patrick@sjproject.org, 408.838.4332
 
 
Help Feed the Hungry
Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP Cares)
 
Date/Time:
  • Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30 - 4:30pm
  • Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30 - 5:30pm
  • Third Saturday of every month 11am - 1pm
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto

EHP Cares provides emergency food, clothing, household essentials, support programs, and referral services for families in need. Volunteers are needed to help sort and prepare food for emergency food boxes, help sort and hang gently used clothing and other items in our Community Closet warehouse. We also need help with computer input, phone calls, gardening, and special projects.

Ages: Ages six and older are welcome with an adult present. Teens can volunteer with parental consent. NOTE: Please email your volunteer request OR call to schedule volunteer dates and times.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hour shifts. Volunteers may work full or partial shifts as needed.
 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 650.323.7781, Ext. 3000. Send volunteer requests to: outreach@ehpcares.org
www.ehpcares.org
 
 
Sunday Friends' Programs for Very Low-Income Families
Sunday Friends
 
Date/Time: Sundays - Shifts available between 10:30am and 5:30pm. There are some afterschool shifts on weekdays at our special store.
 
Location(s): 
  • Santee Elementary, 1313 Audubon Dr., San José, 2nd Sunday of every month
  • Meadows Elementary, 1250 Taper Ln., San José, 3rd Sunday of every month Lowell Elementary, 625 South 7th St., San José, 4th Sunday of every month
  • Sunday Friends Special Store, 730 Story Rd. Ste. 3, San José, open weekdays from 4 - 7pm
Volunteers are needed to work directly with children, and occasionally their parents, to facilitate service and learning projects. Projects include craft gift making, healthy food preparation, letter and essay writing, hands-on science projects, math and learning games, computer education, English as a Second Language classes, reading, book report writing, exercise class, parents' classes and more. Children and parents earn tickets for their participation which are redeemable for basic necessities in our special stores. Volunteers 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 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
 
 
Make Friends and Help Out at the Alzheimer's Activity Center
Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. We offer flexible scheduling throughout the week based on your needs and other commitments.
 
Location: 2380 Enborg Ln., San José

The mission of the Alzheimer's Activity Center is to enrich the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's and related conditions by providing safe, nurturing, intergenerational services and support. The Rosa Elena Childcare Center, a program of Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease, brings an intergenerational component to their programs. The Center provides ongoing volunteer opportunities on both weekdays and weekends. Volunteers at the Center work directly with clients, engaging in fun activities, games, crafts, and meaningful conversations.

Volunteers must fulfill the following requirements prior to their first placement:
  • Provide documentation of a negative TB test taken within the last year
  • Fill out a Volunteer Application packet 
  • Obtain a parental signature (if under the age of eighteen) or, if under the age of 15, be accompanied by an adult 
  • Attend a one hour orientation at the Alzheimer's Activity Center. There are no set dates for the orientations; contact the organization to find a date and time that works with your schedule.
Ages: Minimum age is 11 years old and anyone below the age of 15 would need to be accompanied by an adult. Both the children and their parents will need to attend the orientation, which can be done on the day of their first scheduled placement.  
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Jill Moore, jill@alzdaycare.org, 408.279.7515
 
 
Sheltering the Unhoused
Winter Faith Collaborative

Date/Time: January 15 through end of March 2018

Location: Multiple faith communities throughout San José and Santa Clara county offer temporary overnight/daytime shelter or a safe car park for those who sleep in their vehicles. You can volunteer at either one location or multiple locations depending on your preference and time.

The Winter Faith Collaborative is an interfaith movement that was formed to share ideas and advocate for the houseless community. The Collaborative has engaged over 100 faith communities across Santa Clara county with the collective aim to serve and shelter those in the houseless community who are living outdoors. Your willingness to volunteer is critical in this community effort to shelter the unhoused and save lives this winter!

Volunteers are needed to staff the temporary shelters and safe car parks, and perform services such as providing meals for the guests, and if possible stay to eat with the them. Part of our aim is to raise awareness of who those without homes actually are. By sharing a meal with guests, volunteers quickly realize that the guests are people just like themselves who have landed in this position due to situations such as loss of a job, poor health, domestic violence, or eviction due to rent increase. Misconceptions are broken down by talking with one another over a meal. Guests are screened and it is very safe for children to participate. We have found that families with children have enjoyed helping with meal preparation, serving guests, and eating and talking with the guests. And the guests appreciate the chance to be treated with dignity and care. We encourage you to give it a try! Each location has its own rules for volunteer eligibility, but there are multiple options for serving with children. Providing a home cooked meal is usually the most needed job that children can enjoy with their families and is very appreciated by the guests.

Ages: Varies by shelter. Adult supervision is required when children are present.

Time Commitment: Varies by position

Contact: winterfaithcollaborative@gmail.com or 408.345.5351. Registration will be available online soon. Volunteer opportunities begin in mid-January and will be added throughout the spring. Please check sign-up page periodically.
www.faithcollaborative.wordpress.com/
 
 
Make No-Sew Blankets
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Enjoy a cozy family kindness project for a cold month! Your children can help make these simple, fleece  blankets and provide comfort to a child in need. No sewing is required. Many local organizations would appreciate your donations of these easy-to-create fleece blankets. Check with hospitals, homeless shelters, care facilities, or police and fire stations to gauge interest. Or you can deliver them to your local chapter of Project Linus or Binky Patrol. These two groups will distribute them to organizations with the greatest need. Visit the Doing Good Together Make No-Sew Blankets Project page for blanket-making instructions and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
Resolve to make 2018 your year to stand for kindness!

Want to make kindness a priority? You're not alone! In fact, there are big-hearted families nationwide who've decided sharing acts of kindness and service should be a top priority in 2018. The Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle can help! Our big-hearted experts are at your service to provide inspiration, motivation, and advice. Plus there are members-only perks too. All for just $24.99 annually.

Get started by joining in conversation with like-minded people. Our Facebook Big-Hearted Conversation Group is now available (free of charge) to anyone who wants to start or continue their family kindness practice. Discuss your goals, challenges, and ideas with other big-hearted families. And enjoy the tips posted by our Big-Hearted Families™ Director, Sarah Aadland.
 

 

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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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