July 2016 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2016 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities


July 2016 - Silicon Valley 

Blossom Valley Neighborhood Association 4th of July Carnival
Blossom Valley Neighborhood Association
Date/Time: Monday, July 4, 9am - 12:30pm
Location: Miner Park, 29 Copco Lane, San Jose

Volunteers are needed to help set up and run games at the annual Blossom Valley Neighborhood Celebration. The event includes a patriotic program and old-fashioned carnival. Tasks include setting up and running games and other activities. Please dress for hot weather, wear sunscreen and a hat (optional).

Ages: All ages are welcome with adult.
Time Commitment: Approximately three hours
Contact: Deborah Torrens, 408.281.3070, torrens@sbcglobal.net

Annual Bike 4 Breath Charity Ride
Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, July 9, 7am - 2pm
Location: Encinal Elementary School, 195 Encinal Ave., Atherton

Each summer, Breathe California's Bike 4 Breath charity ride offers the opportunity to fight lung disease, while enjoying a beautiful ride along the peninsula. Funds raised by riders will support lung health in our local communities and will help ensure that breathing is not a struggle, or a risk, for anyone. Volunteers will assist in event set-up, provide technical support to riders, and prepare breakfast/lunch services for riders and guests.
Ages: Children ten years and older are welcome to volunteer with an adult.
Time Commitment: Between five and seven hours, depending on the tasks.
Contact: Christopher Ndubuizu, christophern@ggbreathe.org, 650.994.5868
Park Beautification - Los Gatos Creek County Park
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation
Date/Time: Saturday July 16, 8:30am  - 12:30pm
Location: Los Gatos Creek Park, 1250 Dell Ave., Campbell. Volunteers will meet park staff at 8:30 a.m. at the Los Gatos Creek parking lot.

Come help keep the Los Gatos Creek trail healthy and native plants flourishing through the removal of invasive plants. No special skills are required. Please wear long pants and hiking boots and bring a long-sleeved shirt, sun or rain protection and a water bottle and snack. All necessary tools and work gloves are provided.

Ages: Kids, teens and adults are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Up to four hours
Contact: volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or call 408.918.4930. Preregistration is required.
Relay For Life Events July 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 & general signage, set up/tear down, registration, and staffing the Fight Back Tent. The following Relay for Life events are happening in July:

Relay For Life of Milpitas
 Saturday, July 9 - Sunday July 10, 10am - 10am
Location: Murphy Park, 1601 Yellowstone Ave, Milpitas
Tima Maharaj, tima.maharaj@cancer.org or 408.688.0126

Relay For Life of Cupertino
 Saturday, July 16, 10am
Location: Cupertino High School, 10100 Finch Avenue, Cupertino
Contact: Tima Maharaj, tima.maharaj@cancer.org or 408.688.0126

Relay For Life of Campbell
 Saturday, July 16 - Sunday July 17, 10am - 10am
Location: Campbell Community Center, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell
Contact: Miranda Glaser, Miranda.glaser@cancer.org or 408.688.0087

Relay For Life of Saratoga
Date/Time: Saturday, July 23 - Sunday July 24, 10am - 10am
Location: St. Andrews Episcopal School and Parish,
13601 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga
Contact: Tima Maharaj, tima.maharaj@cancer.org or 408.688.0126

Ages: There are volunteer opportunities for all ages

Time Commitment: Varies depending on event, but Relay For Life is flexible for you!
Team Citizen Scientists and Community Service
Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge
Date/Time: Flexible, works with your schedule!
Location: 1751 Grand Blvd. Alviso

From sand dunes to salt marsh, from rocky, offshore islands to golden beaches, the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex offers a glimpse into the biological wonders of the San Francisco Bay Area. Despite booming industries and growing populations, these National Wildlife Refuges preserve an incredibly complex ecosystem.

Become a citizen scientist - help monitor plants, birds, monarchs, reptiles, and/or the weather! Come help monitor native plants and animals at the refuge and contribute to eBird and the California Phenology project. You will be contributing with thousands of other citizen scientists to monitor climate change. Changes in phenological events like flowering and bird migrations are among the most sensitive biological responses to climate change.
Ages: Ages nine and up with an adult present. Without an adult, ages 15 and up.
Time Commitment: One monitoring field per month, times and dates are flexible. An orientation and one hour instructional in the training with biologists and experienced volunteers is required.
Contact: Julie Kahrnoff, 408.262.5513 ext. 104 or julie.kahrnoff@sfbws.com
Swim for MS
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
Date/Time: Any date or time
Location: Any pool
Swim for MS is a national fundraiser in which volunteers create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations to support the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA). Swim for MS is unique because you can create and arrange your own special swim activity, participating individually or recruiting other swim enthusiasts to form a team. Swim for MS is perfect for: all levels of swim enthusiasts; swim clubs or teams; social clubs such as fraternities, sororities, youth groups, etc.; students seeking volunteer service hours for school; and families enjoying the summer. You can participate in Swim for MS as an individual or with a team. You can create an on going challenge or a one-day event. For example swim 300 laps in 30 days and raise $1,000 or do one cannonball for every dollar raised. Think of something that will work best for you and your schedule! 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.
Ages: Everyone who can swim!
Time Commitment: Flexible
Contact: SwimForMS@mymsaa.org, 1.800.532.7667. Register online at www.SwimForMS.org
Adopt-a-Park in San Jose
City of San Jose Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Varied - Current areas in need of adoption are: Almaden Meadows Park, Parma Park, Los Alamitos Creek Trail from Almaden Lake to Harry Rd, and Almaden Lake Park.

The mission of Adopt-a-Park is to protect and enhance San José's neighborhood parks and open spaces by ongoing volunteer support and special events, and to educate San José residents about the importance of parks and open spaces. You and your family can adopt your local park! You can adopt the entire park, trail or a particular area in a park, including: courts, exercise courses, flower beds, playgrounds, sports fields, trails, trees and shrubs, undeveloped park land.

Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Flexible and ongoing
Contact: Adopt-a-Park Volunteer Coordinator, 408.793.4190,
adopt-a-park@sanjoseca.gov. Print and fill out the Adoption Proposal and Agreement and fill out the Volunteer Service Agreement for the group leader and any other initial group members. Volunteers under 18 years of age must use the Volunteer Service Agreement - Minor form and must have a parent/guardian signature. All forms and information are on the San Jose PRNS website.

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
Sunday Friends' Programs for Very Low-Income Families 
Sunday Friends
Date/Time: Sundays: Shifts available between 10:30am and 5:30pm. There are also some after-school shifts on weekdays at Sunday Friends special "store".
  • Santee Elementary, 1313 Audubon Dr., San Jose, on the 1st Sunday of every month
  • Anne Darling Elementary, 333 North 33rd St., San Jose, on the third Sunday of every month
  • Lowell Elementary, 625 South 7th St., San Jose, on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month
  • Sunday Friends special store, 730 Story Rd. Ste. 3, San Jose, open weekdays from 4 to 7pm.
Sunday Friends empowers families to break the generational cycle of poverty by fostering positive development in children while educating and guiding parents to support their children's life success. Since 1997, Sunday Friends has been offering day-long programs on Sundays that bring together whole families to work together, learn together, earn together, make spending decisions together and share in the healthy, warm, productive, mutually-supportive community together. Families volunteer together 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, 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: Lilly, lillyp@sundayfriends.org or Vanessa, volunteer@sundayfriends.org, with questions or call 408.217.9587. Volunteers should begin by completing the New Volunteer Registration. Please register to volunteer a couple of weeks in advance of the date you'd like to come.
Host a Fundraiser
Date/Time: Anytime this summer!
Location: Anywhere in your community

Support a cause that's special to your family by holding a family fundraiser. Your children will learn about working together to make a real difference, and they'll love to brainstorm themes for their fundraiser. Visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser Project Page for ideas for your next family fundraiser!
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Flexible, whatever fits in your schedule
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
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Summer is a great time for big-hearted reading! Encourage your child to expand their reading with titles carefully selected by DGT™. Whether you find books at the library, your local bookstore, or online*, we've got recommendations on discussion-worthy topics, such as gratitude, diversity, mindfulness, citizenship, and nature. Our Read Together page not only features picture book and chapter book lists, we also include Conversation Starters For Any Story.

To round out our selection of children's books, we offer adult-oriented titles, along with website and video recommendations on our Complete DGT™ Resource Collection pages.

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