October 2017 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2017 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2017  - Silicon Valley 
Celebrate the Bay Day
Save the Bay
Date/Time: Saturday October 7, 9am - noon
Location(s): Full addresses and details provided upon registration
  • Bair Island (Redwood City)
  • Palo Alto Baylands (Palo Alto)
  • MLK Jr. Shoreline (Oakland)
  • MLK Shoreline Native Plant Nursery (Oakland)
Bay Day is an official holiday dedicated to connecting Bay Area communities with the beautiful and unique ecological wonders of San Francisco Bay. Ignite your love for the Bay and protect this natural, local resource by volunteering in our Native Plant Nursery, where we raise thousands of seedlings for restoration projects each year. Join us in celebration of the 2nd annual Bay Day! No experience necessary. Gloves, tools and instruction provided. Save The Bay staff certified in first aid and CPR lead each event.
Ages: For all restoration events, a parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 16.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Rachelle Cardona, rcardona@savesfbay.org, 510.463.6850. Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. You must register online in order to sign up yourself or a group of ten people or less.

Third Annual Harvest Festival
Santa Clara County Parks
Date/Time: Saturday October 7, shifts are available between 7am and 6pm. Volunteers are especially needed in the afternoon and evening.
Location: Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Ave San Jose

Volunteers are needed to support the Third Annual Harvest Festival at Martial Cottle Park. The event will include farm tours, pumpkin painting and carnival activities, historical ranch activities, food vendors, live music, a corn maze, fresh produce for sale, square dancing, face painting, and much more! There are many special event volunteer positions to choose from including set up, tear down, activity stations and more. All volunteers should bring a water bottle, sunscreen and hat. Snacks for volunteers will be available, but please bring a lunch or money to purchase lunch from the food vendors.

Ages: Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a volunteer waiver before they can participate.
Time Commitment: Varies depending on position.
Contact: Julie Kahrnof, Parks Volunteer Program Coordinator, julie.kahrnoff@PRK.SCCGOV.ORG, 408.918.4940. Please let us know your top choices when you register online. Some positions have special requirements or preferences (ex: ability to lift 50 lbs.) Volunteers will receive a confirmation once they are registered and an event reminder prior to the Harvest Festival
2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association of Northern California
Date/Time: Saturday October 14, 6am - 1:30pm
Location: Arena Green, North Autumn St., San Jose (Click here for map)

Join the fight to end Alzheimer's. Each year we bring the Walk to End Alzheimer's to over 600 communities in the U.S., and we could not do it without our dedicated volunteers. You and your family can help raise awareness and bring your passion for the cause on Walk Day. Volunteers are needed for event set up, registration, ushering, the Family Pavilion, Remembrance Area, parking, break down and more!

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer for most positions, with adult supervision.
Time Commitment: Three to five hour shifts available depending on volunteer position.
Contact: Tessie Calligeros, tcalligeros@alz.org, 408.372.9900, Registration is available online.

Pumpkins in the Park Festival
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. Exact times vary depending on shift. There are five shifts; one Friday and four on the day of the event, Saturday, October 14. We especially need help with set up and tear down!
Location: Guadalupe River Park/Discovery Meadow, Intersection of Woz Way and San Carlos Ave., San Jose

Pumpkins in the Park is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. It is designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. Through this festival, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy highlights a portion of our 3-mile park and gardens by bringing families into the park for a day of learning and fun. Volunteers are needed to help make Pumpkins in the Park successful!

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. Volunteers younger than age 15 must have an adult present.
Time Commitment: Three to four hours per shift
Contact: Ricky Davis, Volunteer Coordinator, ricky@grpg.org, 408.298.7657 x16. Registration is available online.

Start a Bake Sale to Benefit No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength
Date/Time: Flexible - choose a time that works for you.
Location: You choose! Simply find a local business, school, place of worship, community center or neighborhood that will allow you to hold your bake sale. It's that simple. We have more ideas for good locations in our Location Guide.

Funds raised through Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Nationally, the campaign provides leadership, raises awareness and advocates for change that will make sure no kid in America ever goes hungry. Locally, Share Our Strength funds the most effective anti-hunger organizations and builds partnerships that bring together public officials, nonprofits, community groups, private funders and businesses to end childhood hunger in a particular state or city. Click here for more information on how to start your own Bake Sale. Our online Bakers' Resources includes lots of how-to tips, signage and much more. If you are looking for something that is not on the list, please call or email us with your suggestions.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: bakesale@strength.org, 800.761.4227
Pack Meals for Meals On Wheels
Peninsula Volunteers
Date/Time: Weekdays from 7:30 - 9:30am or 8 - 10am (except Tuesdays) (No afternoons, evenings or weekends 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. This is a great opportunity for parents or grandparents to bring their children.
Ages: An adult must accompany volunteers ages 7 - 16.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Victoria Cormack, Community Volunteer Manager, vcormack@penvol.org, 650.272.5108. Please contact Victoria to sign up.
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: All ages can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Courtney Bollman, 240.235.2286, courtney.bollman@curesearch.org
Do Something Nice for the Bay
Save the Bay
Date/Time: Saturday October 21, 9am - noon
Location: Eden Landing (Hayward), full address and details provided upon registration

Join Save The Bay at Eden Landing to tend to native seedlings and remove harmful invasive species. Once established and thriving, these native seedlings will provide habitat for wildlife, protect our communities from flooding, and improve water quality for all Bay inhabitants. No experience necessary. Gloves, tools and instruction provided. Save The Bay staff certified in first aid and CPR lead each event.
Ages: For all restoration events, a parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 16.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Rachelle Cardona, rcardona@savesfbay.org, 510.463.6850. Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. You must register online in order to sign up yourself or a group of ten people or less.

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. Volunteers are needed for the following programs:

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, a night at a Giants Game. We are working to plan acculturation events in cities throughout the U.S. but need volunteers and funding from within those cities!
Ages: All ages. 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

Make Sandwiches for the Hungry
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: A homeless shelter your community.

Many homeless shelters really appreciate having a supply of sandwiches on hand to give to their residents for lunch. You and your family can help by making sandwiches to bring to a local homeless shelter in your community. First, find a local shelter interested in your donation, check on any specific instructions, and arrange a delivery date and time. Then gather your supplies, make your sandwiches, and deliver them as a family. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Make Sandwiches Project page.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
As you know, Doing Good Together promotes lessons in kindness and empathy through big-hearted conversations which often take place during storytime. Reading DGT's recommended books on topics such as kindness, gratitude, and mindfulness leads to great discussions. Likewise, DGT offers book lists on challenging issues, like bullying, hunger, and global poverty. Our newest book list focuses on the important subject of Death & Grief. We hope these books help you and your young ones start age appropriate conversations on a tough topic that deserves discussion.


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