June 2016 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2016 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities


June 2016 - Silicon Valley 

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 
Pregnant Mare Horse Rescue
Pregnant Mare Rescue Foundation
Date/Time: Flexible for your family! Contact Carolyn to schedule (see below).
Location: Gilroy

Pregnant mare horse rescue in Gilroy is looking for volunteers to help clean stalls, sweep the barn, groom the horses, clean their feet, help with light exercise, and other duties. Pregnant Mare Rescue is a horse sanctuary committed to rescuing pregnant mares and orphan foals from abuse, advocating for the humane treatment of all horses through education while enriching the human experience. Pregnant Mare Rescue is a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries verified, 501(c)(3) certified nonprofit.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Flexible
Contact: Carolyn, 408.859.3269 (preferred) or lacoel@aol.com.
Program and Entertainment Assistance for Seniors
Live Oak Adult Day Services
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: 1147 Minnesota Ave, San Jose

Live Oak Adult Day Services is a loving and compassionate adult day care - a nonprofit, community-based agency that provides a specialized program of adult day care for frail elderly dependent adults who are residents of Santa Clara County. The Center organizes various fun activities and programs to meet the needs of the seniors. Volunteers are needed to befriend these seniors and/or assist with the activities. You can also offer your talents and skills at anytime to enrich their experience.
Ages: Most ages are welcome with a parent/guardian present.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Anna Jones or Marcus Ransom, 408.971.9363 or willowglen@liveoakadultdaycare.org. To register, visit the Volunteer page.

Relay For Life Events June 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 June:
Relay For Life of Sunnyvale
Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12. Event times TBD
Location: Sunnyvale Middle School, 1080 Mango Ave, Sunnyvale
Mary Beth Muscarella, MaryBeth.Muscarella@cancer.org or 408.688.0120
www.relayfor life/sunnyvale
Relay For Life of Berryessa
Saturday, June 11, Event times TBD
Location: Piedmont Hills High School. 1377 Piedmont Rd, San Jose
Leah Arceneaux, leah.arceneaux@cancer.org or 408.688.0088

Relay For Life of Los Altos
Date/Time: Sunday, June 12, 5 - 9pm
Hillview Park, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Alto
Steve Yodz, steve.yodz@cancer.org or 408.688.0104
Ages: There are volunteer opportunities for all ages
Time Commitment: Varies depending on event, but Relay For Life is flexible for you!  
Summer Scamper 5K/10K
Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
Date/Time: Sunday June 19, 6:30 -11:30am
Location: Stanford campus. The Start/Finish line is on Galvez Street between Campus Drive and Memorial Way, in front of the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center.

The annual Summer Scamper is a family-friendly fundraising walk/run benefiting Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. The courses on the beautiful Stanford campus are designed for participants of all ages. They offer a 5k walk/run, 10k run, Kid's Fun Run (ages 3-10), as well as the option to participate as a virtual racer for out-of-town supporters. Event participators fundraise for a child health program of their choice. You can register your family as runners/walkers, or as volunteers! Volunteer tasks will include registration facilitation, monitoring start/finish lines, handing out water, food prep/distribution, Kid's Fun Run cheering and event cleanup. All volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt, plenty of coffee, breakfast and snacks!

Ages: Volunteers should be age 13 and up with an adult present. Volunteers ages 13-16 must fill out the waiver included in the volunteer registration process. Families with younger children can participate in the event.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Robin Nelson, robin.nelson@lpfch.org, 650.725.2970. To register as a participant or volunteer, visit the registration page.

Duck Pond-looza
The Duck Pond, part of Gateway Community Outreach Center
Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 8:30am - 2pm
Location: 5884 Eden Park Place, San Jose

The Duck Pond is a nonprofit, safe, clean indoor play space designed for infants and toddlers where they can learn while playing! The Duck Pond-looza needs volunteers to help with ticket sales, manning activity tables, taking tickets, directing cars for parking, table set-up, decorations and tear down. The Duck Pond is always looking for volunteers to help with craft prep, story time, to help during open play, and with other needs that arise.

Ages: Volunteers should be 14 or older
Time Commitment: One or two 3 1/2 hour sessions
Contact: Sarah Jimenez, DuckPond@gcosj.org. To volunteer for the Duck Pond-looza on June 4 please fill out the registration form.

Silicon Valley Tour de Cure
American Diabetes Association
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12. Shift times vary depending on assignment.
Location: 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto

The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Volunteer duties for this event can include set-up, signage, greeters, cheering crew, and rest stop assistance.

Ages: Recommended for ages 10 and up, but can accommodate younger volunteers (with parents) if spots for kid-friendly duties are still available.
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on shift
Historic Orchard Garden Clean Up
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Saturday June 4, 8:30 - 11:30am
Location: The Historic Orchard is a 3.3-acre site, planted in 1994, located in Guadalupe Gardens just south of Taylor Street and adjacent to the River Park trails in San Jose.

Help preserve a portion of the old Santa Clara Valley that pays homage to when orchards stretched across the valley floor. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the Historic Orchard in the garden area of the Guadalupe River Park. Today, with very few orchards remaining, this is a place where adults and children can come to experience a piece of local history. Fruit harvested from the Historic Orchard is donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Ages: Families with children ages 10 and older are welcome to volunteer. Children under 16 must have a signed waiver form.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Monica Floyd, 408.298.7657. Registration is available online.
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
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 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.
Full Circle Farm Education Garden - Sustainable Community Gardens
Full Circle Farm
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 Education Garden meets several community needs while the production fields are focused on food production. Volunteer garden tasks are different everyday-you might be harvesting, planting, weeding, composting, digging and more. No experience is necessary. All volunteers are encouraged to take home some veggies with them. Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

What To Bring/Wear
  • water bottle
  • closed toed shoes
  • sunblock
  • hat
  • snacks and/or a lunch
  • garden gloves (if you have them)
Ages: All ages, families are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Come when you can and leave whenever you need to.
Contact: Dan Hafeman, danh@fullcirclesunnyvale.org
Host a 'Shoe Cutting Party' or Hold a Collection Drive
Sole Hope
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Shoes and donations can be mailed to:
605 East Innes Street #3263, Salisbury, NC 28145

Sole Hope is an organization working to create a positive difference in the lives of individuals in impoverished communities of Uganda to combat diseases that enter through the feet. Jiggers are small sand fleas that live in the dust, and are found on the dirt floors in schools and the homes of many families in Uganda and other similar climates. Female jiggers can burrow into the skin and these wounds are painful, and cause difficulties for victims in daily activities such as walking, playing, and attending school. In addition to shoe making events and collections, Sole Hope holds medical clinics, and provides education and jobs for the beautiful souls of Uganda. Volunteers can help by holding a Shoe Cutting Party or by Coordinating a Collection Drive. If you're holding a shoe cutting party, start by deciding approximately how many people you're going to invite. You can then purchase the corresponding shoe cutting kit from their website. Kits come with an instructional DVD, pictures, shoe sponsorship cards, bookmarks, stickers, a pattern, and much more! You can hold a collection for simple items to help with jigger removals and to assist the Outreach House in Africa. Sole Hope will ensure they go with the next bunch of shoe uppers and medical supplies to Uganda.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: info@solehope.org
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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