August 2016 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2016 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities


August 2016 - Silicon Valley 

Kids Helping Kids Donation or Drive
San Jose Cityteam Ministries
Date/Time: Assemble on your own schedule and drop off to the Cityteam Community Services Office in San Jose
Location: Cityteam Community Services, 1297 North 13th St., San Jose

Many kids look forward to summer vacation and a break from school. But other kids dread the summer months when they don't have school breakfasts and lunches. Usually in low-income families, the parents are working and the kids are home during the summer. Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation. Our goal is to equip these kids with Kid Approved Food Boxes that they can safely eat and enjoy. Here's how you can help:
  • Host a drive: Ask your friends, neighbors, work place, school or church to donate certain kid-friendly items from our shopping list or pick one item like macaroni and cheese or boxes of cereal that we know all kids love. Then bring your donations to Cityteam. 
  • Go shopping: You can take our shopping list and purchase a few items to put together a Kid Approved Food Box and drop it off at Cityteam. This is a great project to do with kids of any age.
  • Donate online: Kids can do chores around the house and earn funds to donate. Parents can help their kids make a donation online or mail/deliver your donation to Cityteam. We would love to meet you in person and give you a tour.
  • Donate items: You can donate gently used or new kids clothing or backpacks with supplies to help kids go back to school this fall equipped with what they need to succeed.
Ages: All ages can participate in helping other kids in need!
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Kids Helping Kids Program Coordinator, 408.293.4657

District 5 National Night Out
Organized by Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 5 - 9pm
Location: Emma Prusch Park, 647 South King Rd., San Jose

National Night Out is designed to:
  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime prevention efforts
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
Ages: All ages are welcome with an adult.
Time Commitment: Two hours, specific times depend on shift/duties
Contact: National Night Out Program Coordinator at 408.277.4133, volunteer registration is available online
Summer Rose Garden Session & Ice Cream
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 9, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: The Heritage Rose Garden near Taylor and Spring Streets, San Jose

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy needs volunteers to remove spent blooms. Come join a talented volunteer group, learn about roses, and join us for a free ice cream! Please come prepared with clothes you can get dirty: long pants, closed toe shoes, a hat, sunscreen as well as a pre-filled reusable water bottle. Tools and pre-worn work gloves will be provided or you can bring your own.
Ages: All ages are welcome; children under 15 must have an adult present.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Jessica Gonzalez, Volunteer Coordinator, 408.298.7657, Registration is available online. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have a signed parental waiver.
San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2016
San Jose Jazz
Date/Time: Friday August 12 - Sunday August 14, times vary by shift
Location: Plaza de César Chavez Park Downtown San Jose, 194 South Market St., San Jose

Since 1986, San Jose Jazz (SJZ) has been committed to celebrating one of America's most distinct and beloved art forms. We seek to enrich the community through local music education, local concerts and events, and by hosting one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the country. Our goal is not only to help jazz continue to thrive in Silicon Valley, but also to enrich our community through K-12 education programs and live music performance year-
round. San Jose Jazz's 27th annual Summer Fest represents a unique opportunity to volunteer. Tens of thousands of music lovers will converge on the heart of Silicon Valley to enjoy three days of jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, and many other forms of contemporary music. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt, drink tickets good for soda or water, and a wristband that allows free access to the festival on the days that you work. Volunteers are needed to help with: admission and check-in, beverage and retail sales, California Theater House support, area ushers, main stage set-up, info team, main stage family area, and VIP Pavilion hospitality.
Ages: Volunteers must be ages 13 and older.
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on task
Contact: Tracey Ferraro, 408.288.7557 x2310, Registration is available online
Help Out Sacred Heart Community Services
Sacred Heart Community Services
Date/Time: Saturday August 13, 9am - noon
Location: 1381 S 1st St, San Jose

Sacred Heart Community Service has served Santa Clara County residents in need since 1964. They provide food, clothing, job training, legal services, housing assistance, and educational classes free of charge to more than 1,500 clients each day. You and your family can help 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 at Wendy's or Denny's.

Ages: Ages 12 and up with an adult
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: 408.278.2171,

San Jose Double Road Race
Double Road Race Federation
Date/Time: Saturday, August 20, 5am - 2pm
Location: 6024 Silver Creek Valley Road, San Jose

Join the fun! The Double Road Race® benefits nonprofit youth running programs that help combat childhood obesity and its related illnesses. Volunteers are needed to help in many areas such as set up, clean up, packet pickup, water stations, bag check, finish line, and recovery zone. You can sign up with your family to participate in the race itself which includes options of half marathon, 15K, 5K, A 'Double Hike' (4 miles), Sprint Double (1.5 miles) and a Kids Cup Double (1.5 miles).

Ages: Must be at least 7 to volunteer, minors under 15 must attend with an adult.
Time Commitment: Shifts are four to eight hours depending on the volunteer position
Contact: Waitman Gobble, 650.948.4901,
Relay For Life Events August 2016
American Cancer Society
Volunteer opportunities at local Relay for Life events can include, but are not limited to: Luminaria set up, trash pick up, track signs and general signage, set up/tear down, registration, and staffing the Fight Back Tent. The following Relay for Life events are happening in August:
Relay For Life of East Valley
Saturday, August 6, 10am - 10pm
EastRidge Center Shopping Mall, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose
Mary Beth Muscarella,, 408.688.0120
Relay For Life of Berryessa
Saturday, August 20, 2 - 6pm
Piedmont Hills High School, 1377 Piedmont Rd, San Jose
Leah Arceneaux,, 408.688.0088
Ages: There are volunteer opportunities for all ages

Time Commitment:
 Varies depending on event, but Relay For Life is flexible for you!

Meal-Serving Program
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
Date/Time: Monday - Friday, 3:30 - 6pm
  • Goodwill Building, 1080 N. 7th St., San Jose
  • Eastside Neighborhood Center, 2150 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
Volunteers help with meal preparation, set-up of the dining hall, serving of the 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.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children 14 and younger.
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours

Contact: Hyru Gau, 408.998.1500 or Registration is available online. 
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.
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
Contact: Jennifer Aguilar, or Dana Shinners,

Feed Hungry Minds One Book at a Time
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home
As your family gets ready to go back to school, signing up for this unique, monthly, bookish service opportunity will set the stage for a year of learning and kindness. Family-to-Family is a  national nonprofit hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. You and your family can sponsor a child with one book a month through Family-to-Family's One Book at a Time program. Part pen pal, part book club, the One Book at a Time program will inspire both the young readers who give the books and the ones who receive them. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty in one of the communities they serve, give you the child's name, age and reading level, and ask you to send him or her one new book, along with a letter, each month. Your family will commit to the program for one year, sending a total of 12 books and 12 letters. The child who receives the books will be encouraged to write back to you. Visit the DGT™ Feed Hungry Minds project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: One year
Contact: Email with your name, address and phone number and you will be matched with a child.
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