March 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2017  - Silicon Valley 
Village House Dinner Service at St. Frances Cabrini
Village House, An Interfaith Shelter of Hope
Date/Time: Dates are available between March 1 - April 5, 6:30 - 8:30pm.
Location: St. Frances Cabrini Church, 15333 Woodard Rd., San Jose

St. Frances Cabrini Helping Others will be welcoming 15 homeless women into our community from March 1 to April 5, as part of the expanded Village House Network of rotating shelters. Families, groups and organizations can lend a hand by preparing, serving and cleaning up dinner. At least five volunteers are needed for this opportunity. Please be sure to prepare enough food for 25 people, plus enough for you and your volunteers if you wish to join the meal. We encourage volunteers to have dinner with those you serve that evening. Volunteers are asked to provide a well-balanced meal along with dessert and drinks (non-alcoholic). Please take all containers with you after the meal. Leftovers will not be able to be saved, as there is no space to store or refrigerate. There is a kitchen on site if you wish to cook the meal there or you can bring it heated.

Ages: All ages are welcome to help with dinner service. All minors must have an adult present.
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
Contact: To sign up please contact Maile Figone, or 408.483.0713. Please let Maile know what your main course will be when you sign up.

Sunday in the Park Clean Up and Restoration
Beautify San Jose
Date/Time: Sunday March 5, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Penitencia Creek Park, 3050 Berryessa Rd, San Jose

Volunteer in your community to clean up Penitentia Creek Park! A variety of activities will be offered to restore and clean up the park area. Tools will be provided and no pre-registration is required.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: 408.595.3483 or
Celebrate International Women's Day at the Palo Alto Native Plant Nursery
Save the Bay
Date/Time: Wednesday March 8, noon - 3pm
Location: Palo Alto Baylands (details provided upon registration)

Follow in the footsteps of inspiring female environmentalists like Save the Bay's founders Kay Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin, and Esther Gulick, by continuing their efforts to restore healthy shorelines to San Francisco Bay. Join us at our Palo Alto Baylands nursery and see what it takes to grow the next generation of native plants that will help reestablish healthy wetlands throughout the Bay. No experience necessary. Gloves, tools and instruction provided. Each event is led by Save The Bay staff who are certified in first aid and CPR.

Ages: For all restoration events, a parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 16.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Rachelle Cardona,, 510.463.6850. Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. You must fill out the online registration form to register yourself or a group of 10 people or less.

Garden: Monthly Saturday Workday and Weekly Garden Maintenance
Collective Roots
Date/Time: Saturday, March 13, monthly Saturday Workday and Potluck: 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Weekly Garden Maintenance: Thursdays, 5 - 6pm  (Winter hours, will extend to 7pm in March)
Location:  1785 Woodland Ave., East Palo Alto

Collective Roots aims to cultivate a healthier, stronger, more connected East Palo Alto community (EPA) by working together to build a robust community-based food system. EPA's deep history of agriculture shows cultivation of food strengthens people and fortifies communities. As part of the industrious EPA community, we seek to foster more communal growing, sharing, and eating of fresh, local produce through our three pillars:
  • Growing (Gardening)
  • Sharing (Education)
  • Eating (Healthy Food Access)
Join us to plant, maintain, and harvest our community and educational garden in East Palo Alto, while enjoying being part of our community. Monthly Saturday Workdays are also a potluck so bring a dish to share and enjoy lunch under the oak trees!

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: One to two hours
Contact: Najiha Alasmar, 650.324.2769,
Coyote Creek Clean Up for World Water Day
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
Date/Time: Saturday March 25, 9am - noon
Location: Coyote Meadows/Remillard, 940 Remillard Ct., San Jose

We invite you to a Coyote Creek cleanup for World Water Day. Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful invites you to spend a few hours at Coyote Creek and help beautify our creek through a community cleanup. Improve your Trash Karma by participating! Volunteers are needed to help with registration and photos as well as participate in the cleanup. 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 welcome, minors under 18 require signed waiver. An adult must accompany volunteers under age 13.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Deb Kramer, Program Manager,, 408.372.7053. Registration is available online. We suggest you also check with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful close to event day to ensure that the recent flooding hasn't changed the event details.
Racing Hearts 5K/10K
Stanford Healthcare
Date/Time: Sunday March 26 (times vary depending on shift, race begins at 9am)
Location: Koret Plaza (at the intersection of Campus Dr. and Galvez St.), Stanford

Stanford Health Care invites you to join us for the Fourth Annual Racing Hearts 5k Run/Walk and 10K Run benefiting Stanford Heart Research and the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease! We need volunteers for both before the race and day of the race. Volunteer needs range from flyer distribution, check in, course marking, course support/cheering and clean up.

 Age minimum varies by shift/role but there are many opportunities for children of all ages!
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Rachel Acuna-Narvaez,, 650.380.1191. Please register each volunteering member of your family on the Racing Hearts Event Site and make a note to let organizers know that you will be volunteering as a family and any specific preferences.
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

The 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,, 650.323.7781
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,
Assist Older Adults With Activities
Webster House Health Center - Episcopal Senior Communities
Date/Time: Varies
Location: 437 Webster St., Palo Alto

Webster House welcomes volunteers of all ages to come spend time with residents doing various therapeutic recreation activities such as singing, reading, arts and crafts, jewelry making, bowling, gardening, and much more. We also have volunteer opportunities for one-on-one visits to residents in their rooms, dining room assistance, assisting residents with their meals, and musical performances.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies. Webster House would like to have volunteers weekly or more, if possible.
Contact: Enrichment and Volunteer Director, Natalie Bedell, at 650.617.7355 or

Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible -- find something that works for your families schedule

Check the national Homeless Shelter Directory or Emergency Food Programs Directory for shelters or soup kitchens in your area.

Your family can work together to help hungry people in your community by volunteering to cook a meal or bring food to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. When you contact a shelter or soup kitchen, ask for the volunteer coordinator, see if they need volunteers and ask if they have any age requirements. Find more information and resources on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project Page.

Ages: Will vary depending on the shelter or soup kitchen's volunteer policy.
Time Commitment: Varies; volunteers can typically make either a one-time or ongoing commitment.

One of the hallmarks of DGT™ is that we do more than simply offer opportunities and ideas for sharing kindness and serving others. We also expand on those experiences with important tips that help families prepare for and reflect on the unique situations they encounter during their time spent volunteering. Our newest Reflection Activities are geared specifically to the frequent topics we cover in our listings, e.g. helping the hungry and caring for animals. Look for the reflection banners in our listings to find conversation starters, book recommendations and more. And be sure to bookmark this collection of reflection offerings for easy reference during big-hearted discussions with your family.


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