January 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2017  - Silicon Valley 
San Jose Rose Garden Annual Pruning Event
City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
Date/Time: Saturday January 7, 8:45am - Noon
Location: San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, Naglee Ave. & Dana Ave. San Jose. There is free parking on surrounding city streets.

Volunteers will be helping to prune 3,500 rose bushes at the Rose Garden. Many helping hands are needed, so please bring your family and friends! Or simply come and meet others who enjoy volunteering at the Rose Garden. Everyone is welcome (6 years old and up) to participate in this dynamic San Jose volunteer event! No experience necessary--we'll begin with a training on how to prune roses.
  • If you have hand pruners and garden gloves, please bring them. We will have a limited amount of tools available.
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress in layers, as the early morning dampness can be chilly.
  • Roses are naturally thorny--wear long sleeves and clothes that can get a bit dirty!
  • Bring a filled water bottle--we like to be 'green'!
  • Please wear sunscreen as the roses are in the full sun.
  • High School community service hours will be given.
  • Food Trucks will be available afterwards. Stay and enjoy the peacefulness of the barren park.
The event goes on, rain or shine!

Ages: Volunteers age six and up are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Three hours maximum
Contact: City Volunteer Management Services, parkvolunteer@sanjoseca.gov, 408.595.3483
Team 222 Clean-Up Event
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition
Date/Time: Saturday, January 14, 8:45 - 11am
  • Los Gatos Creek (Bascom Ave.) Parking is just north of Hooter's Restaurant in the business complex at 1475 S. Bascom Avenue. Please park on the north end of lot and take bike trail access down to the creek trail and sign-up table.
  • Los Gatos Creek (Auzerais Ave.) Parking is on the street. The cross streets are Wright Place and Auzerais Avenue where our sign-up table will be adjacent to the entrance of the bike trail next to Los Gatos Creek.
Volunteers will participate in a creek and trail cleanup at one of two locations. Please bring your own water container, which we will fill for you. SBCCC supplies gloves, pick-up sticks and miscellaneous tools. Please wear long pants, hat, and sunscreen - be ready to spend the morning in light to moderate work. We have work for all ages and physical ability levels.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
Contact: Carol, 408.529.4460. Registration is available online.
MLK Day of Service & East Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 9am - noon
Location: Jack Farrell Park, 2509 Fordham St, East Palo Alto

Volunteers are key to maintaining our community's urban forest and shaping neighborhood character. We welcome everyone with an interest in community and trees; no green thumb or previous experience required! Join Canopy to plant trees in honor of Martin Luther King Day of Service at Jack Farrell Park. The planting event will also include a Ceremonial Mayor's Tree Planting with the East Palo Alto mayor.

All ages are welcome with an adult
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Uriel Hernandez, Community Forestry Coordinator, uriel@canopy.org, 650.964.6110. Registration is available online.

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10th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day of Service
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (OFJCC)
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Variety of locations from the Peninsula to San Jose

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. 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. Come on your own or with your family and friends! We ask that a parent accompany any volunteers under the age of 15. Volunteer projects are organized by age, please check website for details.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Robin Vasilakos, rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org,  650.223.8791. Pre-registration is required and space is limited in each service project. Registration is available online.
Project READ Story Hour
Redwood City Friends of Literacy
Date/Time: Story hours are held the 2nd Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • Downtown Branch Library: 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
  • Fair Oaks Branch Library: 2510 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
Project READ fuels the fire of hope through literacy. We believe literacy is not only a human right, but also a necessity - a gift of opportunity and hope for the future. Our innovative intergenerational programs bring literacy to the adults, youth and families in our community. Our programs are designed to break the cycle of illiteracy by surrounding families with literacy services that promote education and a lifelong love of learning. Project READ provides a fun night for families with puppet shows, songs, crafts, snacks and a book to take home. Volunteer duties include anything from preparing craft samples and snacks to helping a child pick a book to add to his/her home library.

Ages: Ages six and up with adult
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Events Volunteer Coordinator, rclread@redwoodcity.org, 650.780.7077
Organize a Basic Necessities Drive
Sunday Friends
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Deliver to Sunday Friends, 625 South 7th Street, San Jose

You and your family can help Sunday Friends by organizing and running a Basic Necessities Drive throughout your school, club, church, synagogue, neighborhood, family or other community. Sunday Friends makes it possible for very low-income families in our community to earn tickets and then select and purchase their own items! They need diapers, toiletries, dish soap, laundry detergent, school supplies, etc. Sunday Friends can provide child-decorated collection boxes, customizable flyers, party ideas, prizes and more to help you with your drive. Check their website for more ideas.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Lilly Perez-Ngo, lillyp@sundayfriends.org, 408.217.9587
Host Food Drives
Town Cats of Morgan Hill
Date/Time: Varies, depending on location
Location: Varies

Town Cats is looking for volunteers of any age to host food drives. Volunteers identify a storefront in their area (such as a grocery store, pet store, or hardware store) where they can hand out flyers to raise awareness about Town Cats, and tell people that we are collecting cat food and kitty litter to benefit both our kitties that are in foster care in private homes or in one of our adoption centers. Town Cats also needs volunteers of any age to distribute flyers. You may post these in store windows (with management permission), post on public bulletin boards, or walk around and hand them out to people on the sidewalk at shopping centers, etc. NOTE: It is illegal to leave these in people's mailboxes or on car windshields, so please don't do that.

All ages with an adult
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Marcie Monteleone, volunteercoordinator@towncats.org. If interested, please fill out the Volunteer registration form.


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Bring Joy through Flowers
Random Acts of Flowers
Date/Time: Varies. The normal volunteer schedule is Monday through Thursday, with most shifts during daytime hours. Evening and weekend shifts are scheduled occasionally.
Location: Varies depending on delivery area and/or volunteer assignment

Random Acts of Flowers recycles flowers from the floral industry, as well as local companies, florists, grocery stores, funeral homes, and events like weddings. We turn these flowers into beautiful bouquets and deliver them to those struggling with injury, illness and the aging process every week in neighborhoods all over the country. Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. Volunteering at Random Acts of Flowers helps us spread joy and allows people to nurture a culture of compassion and care. Volunteers range in age from elementary students to retirees. Individuals and groups - including schools, church groups, civic groups, businesses and even sports teams - make up the more than 2,000 people who share their time and talent to bring flowers and moments of joy to those in area hospitals, hospices, and health care facilities.
Ages: Ages seven and up with adult present. Most volunteer opportunities are best suited for children 12 and older but younger children can attend with an adult. An adult must accompany all children under 16. Every child must have a signed Youth Waiver before volunteering. We ask that anyone interested in volunteering attend an orientation. During orientation, new volunteers will meet our team, learn about volunteer opportunities, and have hands-on training working with the flowers.
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: AnneLynn So, Program Coordinator, annelynn@rafsiliconvalley.org, 650.852.1450

DIY Kindness Journal
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: This is a great project to begin in the New Year, but you can start anytime.
Location:  Your home
Keeping a compassion-themed journal is a wonderful way to build kindness into busy weeks and shine a spotlight on acts of kindness. Plus, you'll have a place to record family volunteering memories! Decorate a composition notebook with duct tape. Scatter compassion-themed prompts and quotes throughout it. Then make time periodically to discuss, draw, and write about those kindness prompts as a family. Visit the Doing Good Together DIY Kindness Journal page to find printable Family Service Memory Sheets, Kindness Journal Prompts, and ideas for keeping your kindness journal.
Ages: Everyone in the family can participate
Time Commitment: We suggest scheduling at least fifteen to thirty minutes each week to discuss the journal prompts and write or draw together.
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
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