July 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2017  - Silicon Valley 
Meals On Wheels - Meal Packers
Peninsula Volunteers
Date/Time: Weekdays from 8 - 10am and some Thursdays from 3 - 5pm (No evening or weekend shifts currently available.)
Location: Little House Cafe, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park

Peninsula Volunteers provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in our community as they pursue the pathway of a long and useful life. Every week, Peninsula Volunteers delivers over 2,500 hot, nutritious meals to primarily homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in San Mateo County who are unable to cook and shop for themselves. Weekday Meals on Wheels meal packers are needed at least once a month. We serve 600 meals per day! Hours are available both in the morning and afternoon on weekdays only.

Ages: An adult must accompany volunteers age 7 - 16.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: For more questions or to register please contact Victoria Cormack, Community Volunteer Manager, vcormack@penvol.org, 650.272.5108

Volunteer Mentors for Refugee, Immigrant, or Asylee Families or Individuals
At Home Humanitarian
Date/Time: Ongoing
Location: Throughout the Bay Area

At Home Humanitarian is a grassroots effort focused on socially integrating refugees,
asylees, and immigrants while building tolerance and understanding throughout their new communities. Our core work focuses on mentor matching, community acculturation events, and providing extracurricular opportunities.
  1. Help newly arrived people feel "At Home" in their new communities.
  2. Provide U.S. citizens with opportunities to serve "At Home."
  3. Guide newly arrived persons through becoming self-sufficient and preparing for prosperous college educations and careers.
  4. Foster friendships, learning, tolerance, understanding, and healing among all participants.
Programs and Volunteer Opportunities:

Mentor + Mentee Matching:
Volunteer families can be matched with newly-arrived individuals and families to help answer any questions relating to American culture, customs, processes, laws, or community resources that would help their match feel more connected; help find solutions to needs such as finding a job, preparing for college, filing for FAFSA, fixing a car, or passing a driver's test; and provide opportunities to get out, explore surroundings, make new friends, learn a new skill or hobby, and connect to others within their communities.

Community Acculturation Events:
Community managers, mentors, and mentees plan engaging quarterly events. Events can be sponsored by corporations or partner NPOs. Some upcoming events include career panels sponsored by Google, family dinners, beach and sightseeing outings, and a night at a Giants Game.
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. Children 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Time Commitment: One year commitment, 8-10 hours per month
Contact: Allison Zollinger, allison@athomehumanitarian.org

Independence Day BBQ Helpers
Lytton Gardens
Date/Time: Monday, July 3, 9am - 2pm
Location: 656 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto

Celebrate the 4th of July (on the 3rd) with the lovely residents of Lytton Gardens! Volunteers will help set-up for the BBQ and facilitate some events and games. Lytton Gardens is a "multi-level" retirement community that provides a home for low-income seniors who are able to maintain their independence. As an integral part of the Lytton Gardens community, volunteers help create an environment of independence and personal fulfillment for our residents. Both residents and volunteers experience the camaraderie and personal satisfaction of new relationships and deep friendships.

Ages: Volunteers 10 and older are welcome with an adult present
Time Commitment: Flexible, shift times vary
Contact: Dora Sanchez, Activities Coordinator, dsanchez@jtm-esc.org, 650.617.7341
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition - Team 222 Clean Up
South Bay Clean Creeks
Date/Time: Saturday, July 8, 8:45 - 11am
  • Los Gatos Creek Bascom Ave: Parking is just north of the restaurant and business complex at 1475 S. Bascom Avenue. Please park on the north end of the 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 clean up. Please bring your own water container, which we will fill for you. SBCCC supplies gloves, pick-up stick and miscellaneous tools. Please wear long pants, hat, sunscreen, and be ready to spend the morning doing light to moderate work. We have work for all ages and physical ability levels.
Ages: Elementary school age and up, volunteers under age 16 MUST have an adult present.
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
Contact: Carol, 408.529.4460. Registration is available online

Swim for MS
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
Date/Time: Flexible, anytime that works for you
Location: Any pool
Swim for MS encourages volunteers to create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations to support the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA). There are no specific locations, date, or time - you can swim at any pool, any time! You can participate individually or recruit a team. 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.

How to Get Started:
  • Register online at SwimForMS.org.
  • Set your challenge and personalize your webpage.
  • Recruit online donations by asking your friends and family to donate on your personal fundraising page
Ages: All ages that can swim safely
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: swim@mymsaa.org, 800.532.7667. Please visit SwimForMS.org to register.

Coyote Creek Clean Up at Kelly Park
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
Date/Time: Saturday, July 22, 9am - noon
Location: Kelly Park, 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose

Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and the City of San Jose's Kelley Park invite you to spend a few hours at Coyote Creek and help beautify it with a community clean up. Coyote Creek alongside Kelley Park flooded back in February. Now, we have the opportunity to get down and dirty to cleanup the creek. Improve your 'Trash Karma' by participating! Volunteers are needed to help with registration and photos as well as participate in the clean up. Be sure to wear long pants, sleeves, and closed-toed shoes since you will be near poison oak and around loose or muddy soil.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer; an adult must accompany those under 13. Volunteers under 18 must have a signed waiver to participate (available upon completed registration).
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Deb Kramer, deb@keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org, 408.372.7053. This event sponsored by Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, City of San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services. RSVP at www.KCCB.Eventbrite.com.
Relay For Life Events July 2017
American Cancer Society
Family 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. Families are also welcome and encouraged to sign up to participate in the Relay For Life. If you are interested in walking as a family or with a team check out your local Relay For Life event sign up page. The following Relay for Life events are happening in July:

Milpitas Relay For Life
Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, 10am - 10am
Murphy Park, 1588 Saratoga Ave., Milpitas
Daniela Barragan, daniela.barragan@cancer.org, 818.419.5250
Cupertino Relay for Life
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 10am - 10am
Location: Cupertino High School, 10100 Finch Ave., Cupertino
Contact: Daniela Barragan, daniela.barragan@cancer.org, 818.419.5250

Campbell Relay For Life
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 10am - 10am
Location: Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell
Contact: Lauren Salciccia, lauren.salciccia@cancer.org, 408.688.0104

East Valley Relay For Life 

Date/Time: Saturday, July 22, 10am - 10pm
Eastridge Mall, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose
Lauren Salciccia, lauren.salciccia@cancer.org, 408.688.0104
Los Gatos Saratoga Relay For Life
Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, 10am - 10am
St. Andrews Church and Fields, 13601 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga
Kristi Cole, Kristi.cole@cancer.org, 408.688.008
Help Provide Valet Bike Parking
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
Date/Time: Varies by event (see description below)
Location: Varies by event
The purpose of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Valet bike parking is one of many ways that Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition encourages people to bike to public events. Volunteer responsibilities include accepting event attendees bikes, placing them on bike racks, keeping a watchful eye during the event and then happily returning them to the attendees when they are ready to leave.
Ages: Children ages eight and older can volunteer with an adult guardian; those ages 14 and older can volunteer on their own.
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
Contact: Alison Paulin, alison@bikesiliconvalley.org, 408.987.1965
Run 4 Recovery
Date/Time: Saturday, July 15, 7am - 1pm
Location: Almaden Lake Park, Los Alamitos Trailhead, 6099 Winfield Blvd., San Jose

The needs of people struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction are complex, but Cityteam San Jose is passionate about helping individuals and families in our community. Cityteam programs offer a variety of resources to meet needs and to provide real help and hope. Run 4 Recovery is a family-friendly event to benefit our Men's Recovery and Homeless Programs. We are seeking volunteers to help run this event smoothly. Volunteers will help set-up tables, canopies, games, chairs, cheer on incoming runners, and hand water to runners.
Ages: Volunteers ages nine and up are welcome with an adult present.
Time Commitment: Shifts times vary, event runs from 7am - 1pm
Contact: Erin Campos, Ecampos@cityteam.org, 408.232.5620. Email Erin to sign up or to learn more. Groups are also welcome to volunteer. 
Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

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