September 2018 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2018 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
September 2018  - Silicon Valley 

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5th Annual Ride to End Homelessness
LifeMoves
 
Date/Time:
  • Event Time: Saturday, September 8, 8am - 1pm
  • Volunteers Needed: Saturday, September 8, 7am - 1pm
Location: Packard Grove, 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto

With more than 40 years of service and experience in successfully serving homeless families and individuals, LifeMoves is the largest and most effective nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. LifeMoves programs combat homelessness today - and tomorrow - by teaching comprehensive life skills that help clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency, and effectively break the cycle of homelessness. Join LifeMoves in a community ride to raise critically-needed funds to support the high-impact housing programs and services they provide. Families are invited to participate in a 10-mile ride or take on the challenge of a 40-mile ride. All riders will receive a delicious lunch cooked by the LifeMoves NextGen Advisory Board. There will be other events during the day, such as yoga, a guest speaker, and lunch. Check in for the 40-mile ride (route) will start at 8:00am and check in for the 10-mile ride (route) will start at 9:30am. Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs on event day:
  • Aid station & rest stop set-up (with LifeMoves signage and brochures)
  • Chalking route and posting signs/balloons at turns
  • LifeMoves signage and LifeMoves Banner
  • Starting area, table, and stretch area set-up
  • Ride direction assistance (making sure the riders are following the designated route)
  • Check-in/registration & parking assistance
  • Coffee and breakfast station 
  • Lunch preparation and serving
  • Bag giveaway table
  • Sweep rider
  • On-course support (bike pumps, directions, replacement tires, etc.)
  • Photographer 
  • Clean-up
Ages: All ages are welcome to attend the event or to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are two-three hours depending on the job.
 
Contact: Please contact Kristy at kwentzel@alumni.stanford.edu, Mat mathewjachim@gmail.com or lifemovesride@gmail.com with questions or to sign up to volunteer. Just want to attend the event? Registration is available online.  
 
 
Help Provide Valet Bike Parking at Special Events
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC)
 
Date/Time(s):
  • Stanford University Cardinals vs. USC Trojans: Saturday, September 8, 3:45 - 9:45pm
  • Stanford University Cardinals vs. UC Davis Aggies: Saturday, September 15, 9:15am - 3:15pm
Location: Stanford Stadium, 625 Nelson Rd, Stanford

The purpose of SVBC 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. Perks (such as snacks, free entry, or a meal) are usually provided for volunteers, depending on the event.
 
Ages: Families with children eight and older are welcome to participate. Volunteers age 13-18 may participate on their own with a signed waiver. If you will be volunteering with children, the expectation is that they can be independent and support the bike parking program without needing to be supervised the entire time. You will be working together but must be able to leave them unattended at times. If you are unsure if this is an age appropriate volunteer activity for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the Community Programs Manager.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately six hours
 
Contact: Kate Plant, Community Projects Coordinator at kate@bikesiliconvalley.org or 408.813.4485, or Membership and Outreach Coordinator, Jessica Waite at jessica@bikesiliconvalley.org.
 
 
Creek Clean Up Events - Notting Hill and Willow Glen Locations 
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 8, 9 - 11am
 
Location(s):
  • Willow Glen, 833 Coe Avenue, San José
  • Coyote Creek, 1200 Notting Hill Drive, San José
Grab your oldest clothes and shoes and come join us for a creek clean up. We have a mission to Reclaim, Restore and Revitalize our watershed. Many hands will make this work a lighter task. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8:45 am for a safety presentation. We will be providing trash pick-up tools, trash bags, gloves. Please bring your own water container and we will be happy to fill and refill it! We ask everyone to wear heavy soled shoes, long pants, hat and sunscreen.

Ages: Families with children ages 7 and older are welcome to participate. Volunteers under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must complete the waiver form required by the City of San José.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Carol Szymkiewicz, info@sbcleancreeks.com. To register, please click the link for the event you'd like to attend:
 
 
Coastal Cleanup Day 2018
California Coastal Commission

Date/Time: Saturday, September 15, 9 - 12pm

Location: Thousands of locations in California. See the online map for participating locations.
 
On the third Saturday in September California cleans up! Be a part of over 1,000 inland and coastal cleanups all over the state. California Coastal Cleanup Day welcomes more than 60,000 volunteers who pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways each year. This amazing day brings awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a community event for direct involvement. Help the Coastal Commission by joining in the fight to preserve wildlife by taking trash out of the environment. Plan to spend a day outside connecting with your community to celebrate California! Please click here to find out more about what to bring, what to wear, and what to expect at Coastal Cleanup Day. This event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the U.S., and International Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet!
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. All volunteers must have a signed waiver. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or guardian's signature as well.

Time Commitment: Approximately three hours

Contact: Register for your local event using the Eventbrite links provided on the online map. You can also contact your local coordinator on this Cleanup Coordinator Contact List.  
 
 
Bark in the Park 2018
Naglee Park Campus Community Neighborhood Association
 
Date/Time(s):
  • Volunteers Needed: Friday, September 14, 5 - 7:30pm or Saturday, September 15, 4:30 - 6:30pm
  • Event Time: Saturday, September 15, 10am - 5pm
Location: William Street Park (Downtown San José), S. 16th Street and E. William Street, San José

The Campus Community Association, celebrating more than 35 years as a non-profit public benefit corporation, was organized to promote neighborhood spirit and improve the quality of life in the downtown community through education, awareness, group projects, volunteerism and community care. Bark in the Park™ is a fundraising event hosted by the Naglee Park neighborhood's Campus Community Association (CCA). All proceeds benefit local community organizations and pet-related charities including Humane Society Silicon Valley and San Jose Animal Care Center. Bark in the Park™ is the largest dog festival in the U.S. This event is free, open to all, with a suggested donation of $5 per adult. Dogs and kids under 12 are free! Low-cost vaccines and microchipping will be provided by Pet Awareness and Welfare Society (PAWS) for San José Animal Care and Services. Volunteers are needed to help with setup on Friday evening prior to the event and cleanup on Saturday evening after the event is over.

Ages: Volunteer opportunities are available to minors under 16, if they are accompanied by an adult. All ages are welcome to attend the event.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are two hours.
 
Contact: Volunteer@BarkSanJose.org. Volunteer registration is available online. Just want to attend the event? Registration is available online.
 
 
Make a Friend
Lytton Gardens Senior Communities

Date/Time: Sunday September 16, 2 - 3:30pm

Location: 330 Everett Ave, Palo Alto

Lytton Gardens is a not-for-profit residential and health care facility serving the elderly of the Mid-Peninsula. This is the first HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) financed assisted living project in the US and sets a standard in accommodating the changing needs of lower income seniors. Lytton services over 550 seniors at any given time through their independent living apartments, licensed community care apartments and their Health Care Center. Join the residents at Lytton Gardens in a fun hour of Bingo, or other engaging activities to help cultivate an environment of independence and personal fulfillment for the residents.

Ages: Families with children ages 10 and older are welcome to participate. Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours

Contact: Sign up online through HandsOn Bay Area for full opportunity details and additional questions.
https://covia.org/affordable-housing/affordable-communities
 
 
Action Against Hunger - Family Food Sorting
Second Harvest Food Bank

Date/Time: Saturday, September 22, 9:30 - 11:30am

Location: Second Harvest Food Bank (Cypress Center), 4001 N. 1st Street, San José

Your family can be a part of fighting hunger in our community! September is Hunger Action Month, and Second Harvest Food Bank invites you and your family to a special Family Food Sorting volunteer opportunity. To ensure safety and sanitation standards are met, you must follow these dress code requirements: closed toe shoes, long pants, and no tank tops.

Ages: Ages 8 and up are welcome. Families must register individually, with a maximum group size of seven. There must be at least one adult with the family, with a ratio of 1 adult to every 3 minors (8-17). Please review the expectations for parents and guardians during the Family Sort. All adults 18 and up must fill out a Volunteer Agreement Form, and for all children under 18, a parental/guardian permission form must be filled out.

Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: For additional questions, email Second Harvest Food Bank at volschedscc@shfb.org or call 408.266.8866 ext.150. Pre-registration for this event is required and is available online.
https://www.shfb.org
 
 
Viva Calle SJ Open Streets 2018
City of San José's Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 23, 8am - 4pm
 
Location: San José City Streets (See Map)

Viva CalleSJ is back! The City of San José's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services will be closing down miles of San Jose streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. This year the route will open 6 miles of San Jose's most iconic street, Monterey Road, for residents to enjoy car-free.

VivaCalleSJ is inspired by similar Open Streets programs hosted in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Portland; Guadalajara, Mexico; and other cities around the world. The name combines the Spanish "Viva Calles," which can mean both "the streets live" and "long live the streets." VivaCalleSJ is managed by the City of San José's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services, with outreach and engagement support provided by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. This event has been generously supported by Knight Foundation, which believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Outreach Champion: Help us let residents know about the program. We go door to door, letting people know what is going on and how to get engaged. With six miles of open streets route to notify, we need lots of help!
  • Hub Helper: Help set-up and manage a booth where you will pass out promotional and informational material to participants. Additionally, you will guide participants to the fun events going on at the different Activity Hubs happening along the route. Activity Hubs located along the route at this year's Viva CalleSJ include SoFA, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, and Martial Cottle Park. 
  • Route Scout: Help preserve the safety of the event by patrolling the event on a bicycle, answering questions, giving directions, and helping inform participants about Viva CalleSJ road rules.
  • Race Roadie: Help make the Run Viva CalleSJ 5K happen. Set up equipment, sign-in participants, and make sure everyone has a great day!
Ages: Volunteer opportunities are available to minors 15 and older. All ages are welcome to attend the event.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are approximately four hours depending on the job.
 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Mollie Tobias, at mollie.tobias@sanjoseca.gov. Events Coordinator, Zacharias Mendez, at Zacharias.Mendez@sanjoseca.gov. Volunteer registration is available online.
http://www.vivacallesj.org/  
 
 
Canary Challenge 2018
The Canary Foundation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 29, various shifts available between 5:30am - 7pm
 
Location: Varian Medical Systems Inc., 3100 Hansen Way, Palo Alto

The Canary Challenge is a fully supported bike ride, offering a 5km walk/ride/run, 50km, 50-mile, 75km, and 100-mile rides. The rides cater to all levels of cycling strength - from children to fixed gear bikes and tandems, to time trial champions. All proceeds of the Canary Challenge benefit the Canary Foundation, the world's first nonprofit focused solely on early cancer detection. The Canary Foundation is based on a results-only business approach that focuses on cross-disciplinary collaborations and partnerships with renowned researchers, scientists and global institutions such as the Canary Center at Stanford and the Center of Excellence at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center -two centers that the Canary Foundation was instrumental in creating. Volunteers are needed! All volunteers will receive a T-shirt, food and beverages on the day of the event. The event usually gets 200+ volunteers who are able to assist with first-aid, check-in, greeting, cleanup and other tasks!

Ages: Teens ages 13 to 14 may volunteer with a parent. Teens 15 and older are welcome to volunteer on their own. All ages are welcome to attend the event.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: hannah@canarychallenge.org. Volunteer registration is available online. Just want to attend the event? Registration is available online.
www.canarychallenge.org

 
 
12th Annual Harvest Festival: Setup and Breakdown Volunteers
Big Wave Project
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 6. Two shifts are available: 10 - noon and 4 - 6 pm. Please sign up early to volunteer!
 
Location: The Big Wave Farm, 335 Airport Street, Half Moon Bay
 
The Big Wave Project is dedicated to creating an inclusive and interactive community of people and businesses to provide a purposeful and independent life for individuals with developmental disabilities through affordable housing, meaningful employment, and a supportive community. The Big Wave Farm was created to provide a place people to come learn about organic gardening, chicken care, and build community to support people with disabilities. Volunteers are needed to assist in setup and/or breakdown for the upcoming Annual Harvest Festival, a hallmark event at the Big Wave Project. It promises to be a fun-filled autumn celebration for the entire family, so you can volunteer AND join us for the festivities! Look forward to: pumpkin decorating, flower arranging, water balloon toss, pie-eating contest, an old-fashioned cake walk, silent auction, cork pull, live music, dancing and much more! You'll also have a chance to visit the chickens, check out the harvest, and purchase a perfect Halloween pumpkin from Big Wave Farm's bountiful pumpkin harvest.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Email Christine Preziosi, farm@bigwaveproject.org.
 
 
Help Families and Children Facing Critical Illness
There With Care
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location(s):  Choose a location that is convenient for your family.
  • Palo Alto: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital or Ronald McDonald House
  • San Francisco: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital or the Family House
  • Redwood City: There With Care warehouse/office
The mission of There With Care is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. They serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life's day-to-day obligations with compassion and care.
You can participate by caring for families in various ways, including:
  • Deliveries of food and care packages. (An adult must be the primary volunteer, but children are welcome to accompany them on deliveries. Completion of an online application, in-person training, and online background check is required.)
  • Assisting with warehouse organization and inventory processes.
  • Helping with community events.
  • Working on administrative tasks and special projects.
  • Creating Family Care Kits, hosting Team Bake Chop, Food Bank Shopping, coordinating a drive for needed items, and more.
  • By request, a group project can be hosted at a location of your choice.
Ages: Children and youth of any age must be accompanied by an adult, and can participate in almost all volunteer experiences, including deliveries to families.
 
Time Commitment: Varies. Choose to volunteer one-time, multiple times, weekly or monthly.
 
Contact: Lorraine Michelle and Lisa Scheidecker at volunteer.bayarea@therewithcare.org or call 650.268.8555
 
 
Help Feed the Hungry
Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP Cares)
 
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 2:30 - 7pm
  • Meal preparation starts at 2:30pm
  • Meals served 5 - 6pm
  • Cleanup from 6 - 7pm
Location: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1425 Bay Road, East Palo Alto

Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP Cares) partners with the local KIWANIS club to host a "Wednesday Night Meal" at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church. This FREE meal is an open-invitation to anyone in the community who needs a nourishing, hot meal. Volunteers are needed to help with meal preparation, meals service, and clean-up. EHP has served families in need in our community for over 43 years. They provide free emergency food, clothing, household essentials, furniture, support programs and referral services to individuals and families in need in the community.

Ages: Ages six and older are welcome with an adult present. Teens can volunteer with parental consent.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible. Volunteers may work the entire time or part of the time, as they are available.
 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 650.323.7781, Ext. 3000. Advanced volunteer reservations to participate in this program are suggested, but not required. Volunteers may go directly to the church to offer their support. Send volunteer requests to: outreach@ehpcares.org
www.ehpcares.org
 
 
Creating a Giving Box
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community

Teach your children the importance of sharing money as well as time. Work together as a family to research causes and issues you care about, and then collect coins for the causes that matter the most to you. Create your own Giving Box to collect your family's charitable donations. When your box is full, decide together where the money will go. Visit Doing Good Together's Create your own Giving Box page for more ideas and resources.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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August 2018 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2018 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
August 2018  - Silicon Valley 
 
2018 Tour de Cure Silicon Valley
American Diabetes Association
 
Date/Time: Sunday, August 5. Various times and roles available (View online)
 
Location: HP Campus Palo Alto, 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
 
Looking to have fun while helping a great cause? Join the rockstar team of volunteers at the annual American Diabetes Association Walk, Run, Ride Fundraiser, the 2018 Tour de Cure. This is a huge event with over 1,000 participants so they need YOUR help! Approximately 200 volunteers are needed to help with set up, registration, lunch, and many more roles. Volunteers will receive a 2018 commemorative volunteer t-shirt and complimentary lunch ticket.

Ages: Recommended for ages 10 and up, but we can accommodate younger volunteers (with parents) if spots for kid-friendly duties are still available.
 
Time Commitment: Varies. Approximately two to three hours depending on role.
 
Contact: Jennifer Bryant, JBryant@diabetes.org, 408.241.1922 x7470 or Leah Reeves, LReeves@diabetes.org  
 
 
Farm Days
Big Wave Project
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 11 and August 25, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: The Big Wave Farm, 335 Airport Street, Half Moon Bay

The Big Wave Project is dedicated to: creating an inclusive and interactive community of people and businesses to provide a purposeful and independent life for individuals with developmental disabilities through affordable housing, meaningful employment, and a supportive community. The Big Wave Farm was created to provide a place people to come learn about organic gardening, chicken care, and build community to support people with disabilities. Volunteers are invited to help out on Farm Days, occurring every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month, which are aimed at maintaining and improving the farm. Projects range from building composting bins, constructing trellises or chicken coops, and growing harvesting fruits and veggies.

Ages: Families with children ages 5 and older are welcome to volunteer. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult and minors under 18 are allowed with a signed waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours, including a lunch break around noon
 
Contact: Christine Preziosi, farm@bigwaveproject.org. You can also fill out the online volunteer form on their website, www.bigwaveproject.org/get-involved/
 
 
Tunitas Creek Beach Clean-Up
TLClocals
 
Date/Time: Sunday August 19, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Corner of Hwy 1 & Tunitas Creek Rd., Half Moon Bay

Tunitas Creek Beach is a hidden gem to the South of Half Moon Bay that, due to its secluded and challenging location, has been pretty badly polluted by visitors. Volunteers are needed for their monthly clean-ups to keep this beach beautiful and its sea life safe and healthy. TLClocals is a movement to strengthen local communities through community projects, fundraising, small business support, and local classes & workshops. Tunitas Creek Beach Clean-Ups are organized in partnership with San Mateo County, CalTrans, Pacifica Beach Coalition and Heirs to Our Oceans.

Ages: There are no age restrictions, however it is not recommended for toddler aged children or younger due to the challenging hike, glass on the beach, and other dangers.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: aloha@TLClocals.org with additional questions, information or concerns. Registration is available online. 
 
 
River Health Day
Coastal Watershed Council
 
Date/Time: Saturday August 11, 9:30 - 12pm
 
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, between Soquel Avenue and Laurel Street Bridges. Directions will be provided upon registration.

Join Coastal Watershed Council staff in making a difference in the lower San Lorenzo River. Volunteers will help with caring for native plants as they grow and create habitat along the river. While you are at the river, take a closer look at the willows, alders, evening primrose and mugwort native to the watershed. Listen to the calls of bushtit and warbler over the babble of the lower river, and learn about this unique river ecosystem. Volunteers should dress in comfortable gardening clothes, including long pants, socks, and sturdy shoes. Please bring sun protection and a reusable water bottle.

Ages: Families with children five and older are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, approximately two and one-half hours
 
Contact: info@coastal-watershed.org, 831.464.9200. Registration is available online.
www.coastal-watershed.org/
 
 
Late Summer Wonders: An Evening Hike at Arastradero
Grassroots Ecology
 
Date/Time: Sunday, August 19, 6 - 8:30pm
 
Location: Arastradero Preserve, 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Meet at the buildings next to the parking lot.

Join Grassroots Ecology for a unique opportunity to see Arastradero Preserve during the evening and see what late summer wonders there are to discover. Participants should expect to stay for the entire duration of the hike. Bathroom access will be available at the start and end of the hike. Please bring: a flashlight (bring one with a red filter or red tape if possible), a reusable water bottle, dinner or snack. Dress for hiking, rain, and cold nighttime temperatures (sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, and layers are recommended).

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate. Children under 12 require an accompanying adult and minors under 18 who are not accompanied by an adult require a parent to approve the online waiver when registering for this event.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Melisa Perez, melisa@grassrootsecology.org. Registration is available online.
http://www.grassrootsecology.org/
 
 
Fresh Produce Bagger
The Salvation Army
 
Date/Time: Ongoing. Monday through Thursday 9am - noon or 1 - 4pm; Friday 9am - noon
 
Location: Salvation Army Silicon Valley, Food Pantry, 359 N. 4th Street, San Jose

The Family Services Department at Salvation Army Silicon Valley makes weekly distributions of fruits and vegetables to the public. Volunteers are needed to bag fresh produce into smaller distribution units that will be given to individuals and disadvantaged families. Volunteers are reminded to wear closed-toed shoes and dress in clothing appropriate for working outdoors. Volunteer waiver forms are required and will be provided after registration has been confirmed.

Ages: Families with children 12 and older are welcome to participate; volunteers under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Liwayway Gimenez, liwayway.gimenez@usw.salvationarmy.org or 408.282.1165.
 
 
Martial Cottle Workday
Our City Forest
 
Date/Time: Ongoing. Thursday and Friday,  9am - noon. Shifts can be flexible, so please inquire if you're interested in volunteering at a different time.
 
Location: Martial Cottle Park, 391 Chynoweth Ave., San Jose

The mission of Our City Forest is to cultivate a green and healthy Silicon Valley by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth and maintenance of the urban ecosystem, especially our urban forest here in Silicon Valley. Over the past year, Our City Forest has planted over a dozen trees in the new 2-acre site located within Martial Cottle Park. There are plenty of opportunities to build and maintain an ever-increasing number of projects here! Bring water (re-usable containers encouraged), snacks, sun protection, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Ages: Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 13-17 need to either have a signed permission slip from their parent/guardian (will be emailed once you sign up) or be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Email treecarevolunteers@ourcityforest.org or 408.998.7337 x118. You can also sign up online: sign up as a "Tree Care Volunteer" and indicate "Martial Cottle" in the message section.
www.ourcityforest.org
 
 
12th Annual Harvest Festival: Setup and Breakdown Volunteers
Big Wave Project
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 6. Two shifts are available: 10 - noon and 4 - 6 pm. Please sign up early to volunteer!
 
Location: The Big Wave Farm, 335 Airport Street, Half Moon Bay
 
The Big Wave Project is dedicated to creating an inclusive and interactive community of people and businesses to provide a purposeful and independent life for individuals with developmental disabilities through affordable housing, meaningful employment, and a supportive community. The Big Wave Farm was created to provide a place people to come learn about organic gardening, chicken care, and build community to support people with disabilities. Volunteers are needed to assist in setup and/or breakdown for the upcoming Annual Harvest Festival, a hallmark event at the Big Wave Project. It promises to be a fun-filled autumn celebration for the entire family, so you can volunteer AND join us for the festivities! Look forward to: pumpkin decorating, flower arranging, water balloon toss, pie-eating contest, an old-fashioned cake walk, silent auction, cork pull, live music, dancing and much more! You'll also have a chance to visit the chickens, check out the harvest, and purchase a perfect Halloween pumpkin from Big Wave Farm's bountiful pumpkin harvest.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Email Christine Preziosi, farm@bigwaveproject.org.
 
 
Back to School Kindness Challenge
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Starting September 1

Location: Your home and community
 
Take the Back to School Kindness Challenge! The back-to-school season is a great time to re-orient ourselves to our priorities. Let's resolve to make this a big-hearted school year full of compassion, reflection, and thoughtful acts of kindness. These unique ideas help students focus on daily acts of kindness before, during, and after the school day. Choose from the elementary grade and/or upper grade challenge. Starting on September 1 you can follow along with DGT on social media, both on Instagram and in our Big-Hearted Families community on Facebook, for kindness reminders and personal stories.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org 

 
DGT's Big-Hearted E-Books

Families who are part of our Membership Circle may already know about our big-hearted e-books which expand on important topics and offer in-depth learning opportunities. We're proud to introduce our newest e-book "Host a Mini Family Service" created just in time for National Night Out™ on August 7th. Choose any of the three e-books (on building community, exploring nature, or becoming an upstander) for just $4.99 each in our online store. Or, become a member (for just $29.99) and receive all three of these e-books for free! As always, your purchase supports DGT and helps us offer free and budget-friendly resources to families nationwide.
 

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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July 2018 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2018 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
July 2018  - Silicon Valley 
 
Young Tree Care Survey
Canopy
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 7, 9 - noon
 
Location: Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto

Each year Canopy volunteers and partners comb through Palo Alto neighborhoods to survey the health of hundreds of young street trees. The results of the survey help guide the City of Palo Alto Urban Forestry as they maintain and grow Palo Alto's vibrant urban forest. This is a fun, flexible volunteer opportunity for all ages--and a great way to learn your street trees!
 
Ages: All ages are welcome at most events. Minors under 18 require a parent to approve the online waiver when registering. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Uriel Hernandez at uriel@canopy.org or 650.964.6110 ext. 4. Registration is available online.
www.canopy.org
 
 
Kelley Park Sunset Walk
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
 
Date/Time: Friday July 13, 7 - 9pm
 
Location: Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Road, San José

Summer is a time for family fun and celebration! What better way to do this than by enjoying a fun and educational experience together at Kelley Park? Cool off in the shade and listen to the water flow along Coyote Creek. At this event, you'll:
  • Celebrate the Coyote Creek with a mini-BioBlitz
  • Meet the Park Rangers
  • Explore some of the houses at History Park
  • Listen to campfire stories and make s'mores!
No waivers are needed and free parking is available. This event is sponsored by San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, and the Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Deb Kramer, Program Manager, at deb@keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org or 408.372.7053. Registration is available online.
www.keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org

 
 
Summer Coyote Creek Cleanup at Olinder Park
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
 
Date/Time: Saturday July 14, 9 - noon
 
Location: Selma Olinder Park, 1117 Woodborough Dr, San José

Help keep Coyote Creek clean by participating in a creek clean-up this summer. Trash from nearby gutters, including cups, cigarette butts, and straws, come down the storm drains or blow around in the wind and into the creeks. You and your family can help remove this litter from Coyote Creek by joining a cleanup crew for a few hours. Be sure to wear long pants, sleeves, and closed-toed shoes since you will be near poison oak and around loose or muddy soil. All participants must bring a signed waiver.

Ages: Families with children ages 5 and older are welcome to volunteer. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult, with a minimum ratio of 1 adult to 5 kids; 13-18 are allowed with a signed waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Deb Kramer, Program Manager, deb@keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org or 408.372.7053. Registration is available online.
www.keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org

 
 
Help Provide Valet Bike Parking at Special Events
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC)
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 22, 11:45am - 3pm or 3 - 6pm
 
Location: Levi's Stadium, 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara

The purpose of SVBC 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. Perks (such as snacks, free entry, or a meal) are usually provided for volunteers, depending on the event.

Ages: Families with children eight and older are welcome to participate. Volunteers age 13-18 may participate on their own with a signed waiver. If you will be volunteering with children, the expectation is that they can be independent and support the bike parking program without needing to be supervised the entire time. You will be working together but must be able to leave them unattended at times. If you are unsure if this is an age appropriate volunteer activity for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the Community Programs Manager.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately three hours
 
Contact: Kate Plant, Community Projects Coordinator, kate@bikesiliconvalley.org, 408.813.4485. Registration is available online.
www.bikesiliconvalley.org
 
 
Tree Care Work Day - Brentwood/McNair
Canopy
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 21, 9 - noon
 
Location: Brentwood Elementary School, 2086 Clarke Ave, East Palo Alto

Join Canopy as they continue to do some much-needed tree care work on young trees. All tools and equipment will be provided and snacks will be provided in the morning. Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome at most events. Minors under 18 require a parent to approve the online waiver when registering. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Uriel Hernandez at uriel@canopy.org or 650.964.6110 ext. 4. Registration is available online.
www.canopy.org/
 
 
Meal Serving Volunteer Opportunities
Loaves & Fishes
 
Date/Time: Varies, Weekdays 3:30 - 6pm. Availability is very limited. Check online calendar for available dates.
 
Location: Catholic Charities Eastside Neighborhood Center (ENC), 2150 Alum Rock Ave, San José

The mission of Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen is to provide hot nutritious meals that are prepared, delivered and served to disadvantaged individuals with a special concern for children, families, seniors, veterans, and the homeless. All are welcomed, no questions asked. Loaves & Fishes provides hot meals at no cost, Monday through Friday at Catholic Charities' Eastside Neighborhood Center and Goodwill Industries, targeting low-income families, seniors, single women, couples, and the homeless. In addition, Loaves & Fishes partners with 30 nonprofit agencies from as far South as Gilroy to as far North as Palo Alto to provide free hot meals to their guests. 

Ages: Families with children age 10 and older are welcome to volunteer. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Hyru Gau, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@loavesfishes.org or 408.922.928. Registration is available online.
www.loavesfishes.org/
 
 
Community Garden at Goodwill
Loaves & Fishes
 
Date/Time: Varies, Friday mornings 9 - noon. Check online calendar for dates and availability.
 
Location: 1080 North 7th Street, San José

The Loaves & Fishes Farm, located on the Goodwill of Silicon Valley property provides fresh vegetables for their dinner service program. Volunteers are needed to help with weeding, planting, and harvesting vegetables. The mission of Loaves & Fishes is to provide hot nutritious meals that are prepared, delivered and served to disadvantaged individuals with a special concern for children, families, seniors, veterans, and the homeless.
 
Ages: Volunteers age 12 and 13 are welcome to participate when they are accompanied by an adult; volunteers 14 and older can participate on their own.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Hyru Gau, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@loavesfishes.org or 408.922.9285. Registration is available online.
www.loavesfishes.org/
 
 
Grassroots Ecology July Events
Grassroots Ecology
 
Date/Time: Varies by event
 
Location: Varies by event
 
Grassroots Ecology leverages the power of volunteers to create healthy lands across Silicon Valley. They restore native plants to open spaces and neighborhoods, steward creeks and watersheds, and provide hands-on nature education. While volunteering with Grassroots Ecology, you will learn interesting things about the natural world while making a positive impact on the environment. Grassroots offers opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels to help with planting, weeding, creek monitoring, or installing rain gardens and rain barrels. Use the clickable links below to register for the right volunteer opportunity for you and your family:
Ages: All ages welcome at most events. Minors under 18 require a parent to approve the online waiver when registering. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Varies by event
 
Contact: Jeremy Merckling, jeremy@grassrootsecology.org, 650.384.5314
www.grassrootsecology.org
 
 
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, eight to ten hours per month
 
Contact: Allison Zollinger, allison@athomehumanitarian.org
 
 
Help the TCV Foodbank
Tri-City Volunteers
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday, 8am - 4pm
 
Location: 37350 Joseph St., Fremont

Volunteers are essential to Tri-City Volunteers food bank's daily grocery cart preparation and distribution. We need approximately 40 warehouse volunteers a day to ensure that as many as 350 client families per day receive adequate nutrition. Volunteers also help us sort and hang donated clothing and attractively merchandise our boutique thrift store, which provides very low-cost items to struggling families. Community volunteers are the heart of our agency. Not only do volunteers work directly with low and very-low income families, they bring to life our vision of a community united together to ensure that every child and adult in our area is not just free from hunger but can access pathways to financial stability and self-sufficiency. While volunteers assist families in Tri-City Volunteers' food bank and thrift store, they are also mentoring and deeply connecting with others. That is the real strength of our work.

Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Minimum of two hours
 
Contact: To learn more and to sign up for volunteer orientation, contact Gloria Lara, glara@tri-cityvolunteers.org, 510.793.4583.
 
 
Santa Clara County Parks - Weekly Weeding Party
County of Santa Clara
 
Date/Time(s):
Saturdays, 9am - noon, Hellyer Park
Sundays, 9am - noon, Santa Teresa Park
 
Location(s):
Hellyer Park (Meet at Visitor Center), 985 Hellyer Ave, San José
Santa Teresa Park (Meet at Pueblo Day Use Parking Lot), 260 Bernal Rd, San José
 
There are many ways to keep your park beautiful! If you are looking to get outside and connect with new people right in your backyard, this is the opportunity for you. California native plants play an important role in the health of our parks. To help them thrive, we have to work together to remove non-native and invasive plants. The Maintenance Crew greatly appreciates the work that volunteers have done all around Hellyer Park over the past year, so let's keep it up!
 
Ages: Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Minors 13 - 18 require a signed waiver. Minors with special needs must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Julie Lee at julie.Lee@prk.sccgov.org or Julie Kahrnoff at julie.kahrnoff@prk.sccgov.org. Registration is available online:
Hellyer Park registration
Santa Teresa Park registration
www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Pages/Welcome-to-Santa-Clara-County-Parks.aspx
 
 
Write Letters to a Soldier
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience
 
Location: Contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude for information on where to mail your letters

Practice gratitude as well as kindness. You and your family can send some appreciation and cheer to men and women who are serving our country far from home. Reach out to a soldier that you know or contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude, two nonprofit organizations that  make it easy to send letters to soldiers eager for mail from home. Visit the Doing Good Together Write a Letter to a Soldier project page for reflection questions and other ways your family can make a positive difference for soldiers.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org. If you have specific letter-writing questions please contact www.amillionthanks.org/contactus.php or info@operationgratitude.com directly.
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
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June 2018 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2018 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
June 2018  - Silicon Valley 
 
Shoes For Life
Step30 International Ministries with Forgotten People Connections
 
Date/Time: Drop off any Saturday in June between 1 and 5pm
 
Location: 1849 Little Orchard St., San José

Ninety-five percent of children who live by the border of Kenya and Uganda do not own shoes. They are infected by fleas and parasites as a result. Giving them shoes is an effective way of preventing infections. Bay Area volunteers are collecting 30,000 shoes to send to the children in the fall. Thank you for joining the movement with us as your generous donations will help them take a step closer to a brighter future. Please see the Program Flyer for donation guidelines.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: step30xsf@gmail.com, 415.430.5878
 
 
Anti-Graffiti and Anti-Litter Program
San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
 
Date/Time: Supplies can be picked up Monday - Thursday, 8am - 3pm, and Friday, 8am - noon.
 
Location: San José Parks - varies by need

The Anti-Graffiti Program recruits new volunteers to assist with graffiti abatement. We provide possible clean up locations or you can adopt your own neighborhood. The Anti-Graffiti Kit contains safety gear, chemical gloves, safety glasses, and 8 oz bottle of solvent, sponge, and rags. Volunteers must call for an appointment to pick up supplies.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate. All volunteers are required to fill out a Volunteer Service Agreement.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Dustin Gordon, dustin.gordon@sanjoseca.gov, 408.595.3483. For more information please call the Anti-Graffiti Program Office at 408.975.7233.  
 
 
City of San José Adopt-a-Park Program
San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
 
Date/Time: Volunteers are welcome at the park when it is open: 8am to one-half hour after sunset
 
Location: Click on the Adopt-A-Park Map to find available parks.

Adopt a Park volunteers are needed to help with many different landscaping and maintenance tasks. We provide the tools and the volunteers can go out and help spruce up the park when it is convenient for them. Plus, it's a great way for everyone to socialize and get a bit of fresh air and sunshine, all while making a difference, close to home and where the children play!

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate. All volunteers are required to fill out a Volunteer Service Agreement.
 
Time Commitment: This is an ongoing commitment, for one year. It's a great opportunity for families to contribute eight hours of service to their local park each month.
 
Contact: Mollie Tobias, City of San José Program Manager, 408.535.3588, mollie.tobias@sanjoseca.gov
www.sanjoseca.gov/prns/

 
 
Sunday in the Park Volunteer Days
San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
 
Date/Time: Sundays in June, 10am - 12:30pm
 
Location(s):
  • June 3, Cahill Park, W. San Fernando St., San José
  • June 10, Cimarron Park, Pelleas Ln., San José
  • June 17, Wallenberg Park, Curtner & Cottle Ave., San José 
  • June 24, Saratoga Creek Park, Hoyet Dr., San José
Volunteer help is vital to enhancing the work of park staff. Sunday in the Park Volunteer Days are a great way for families to socialize and get a bit of fresh air and sunshine, all while making a difference in your local park! All tools are provided.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate. All volunteers are required to fill out Volunteer Service Agreement.

Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Mollie Tobias, City of San José Program Manager, 408.535.3588, mollie.tobias@sanjoseca.gov. No pre-registration is needed.
 
 
Park Beautification Days
Santa Clara County Parks
 
Date/Time(s):
  • Friday, June 1, 9am - 1pm
  • Saturday, June 2, 9am - noon
  • Saturday, June 16, 9am - noon
  • Friday, June 29, 9am - 1pm
  • Saturday, June 30, 9am - noon
Location(s): 
  • June 1: Stevens Creek, 11401 Stevens Canyon Rd. Cupertino, Meet in the Chestnut Parking Lot.
  • June 2: Santa Teresa, 260 Bernal Rd. San José, Meet at the Pueblo Area.
  • June 16: Bowhunters Park Beautification:11401 Stevens Canyon Rd Cupertino, CA 95014, Meet at the Archery Range lot.
  • June 29: Sanborn, 11401 Stevens Canyon Rd. Cupertino, Meet in the Ohlone Parking lot near the kiosk at the park entrance.
  • June 30: Mount Madonna Deer Pen, Mount Madonna County Park 7850 Pole Line Road Watsonville, Meet at the Ranger Station.
California native plants play an important role in the health of our parks. This is the opportunity for you if you are looking to get outside and connect with the outdoors right in your backyard! Volunteers are needed to work together to remove non-native and invasive plants.
 
Ages: Due to youth protection laws kids under the age of 13 cannot create an account without a parent's permission. Children 13 and under are welcome to accompany a registered adult at the Park Beautification Days.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: Julie Kahrnoff, Parks Volunteer Program Coordinator, volunteer@prk.sccgov.org, 408.918.4940. Register here for the Bowhunters Park Beautification date. Register here for the other Park Beautification dates.
www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Pages/Welcome-to-Santa-Clara-County-Parks.aspx
 
 
Beach Cleanups
Save Our Shores
 
Date/Time: Check the Events Calendar for multiple dates throughout June.
 
Location(s): Possible locations include Davenport Main Beach, Cowell Beach, Del Monte Beach and Asilomar State Beach

Annually, Save Our Shores holds more than 200 cleanups and recruits around 10,000 dedicated citizens to volunteer. Together, we keep over 15 tons of trash out of the Monterey Bay each year! Volunteers are needed to help with the following:
Hands-On Conservation: Beach cleanups are a great and easy way to get involved in the preservation of our Sanctuary. By removing trash and debris from our beaches, we're helping foster a healthy and thriving Monterey Bay.
Data Collection: At our cleanups we record data on the kinds and amounts of trash and debris collected. We use this information to help influence policy and increase awareness of how humans impact the environment.

Ages: All ages welcome. Minors under 18 should be accompanied by an adult and must have a guardian sign a waiver. Waivers can be signed ahead of time
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on event
 
Contact: Emma Chiaroni, emma@saveourshores.org, 831.462.5660 ext. 2. To see all of our upcoming public beach cleanups, visit our events calendar. No need to RSVP to beach cleanups although large groups are encouraged to give us a heads up!
http://saveourshores.org

 
 
Palo Alto World Music Day - 10th Anniversary
City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto World Music Day
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 17. Three shifts are available: 2:30- 4:30pm, 4:15 - 6pm, or 5:45- 7:45pm
 
Location: University Ave. in Downtown Palo Alto, between Webster and High St., and King Plaza (City Hall)

Palo Alto World Music Day is a music festival that takes places every year on Father's Day.  All performances are free and open to the public. Fifty professional and amateur musical groups will perform a variety of genres on street corners and plazas: jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, Klezmer, Greek, Balkan, Indian, World Music, choral, performing arts and more. This is a fun and unique family event not to be missed! Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Program distribution & musician coordination assistance
  • Volunteer check in & coordination
  • Videographers & photographers
  • Flyer distribution
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer; ages 16 and under must have an adult present.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts vary between one and one-half hours and five hours. Feel free to sign up for one or more shifts if you are interested.
 
Contact: Dawni Pappas, dawnipappas@gmail.com, 831.331.6535. Registration is available online.
www.pamusicday.org

 
 
Veggielution's Youth Garden
Veggielution
 
Date/Time: Every Saturday 10am - 12:30pm
 
Location: 647 S. King Road, San José; located in the back of Emma Prusch Park

Come join the Veggielution team for weekly Youth Garden Activities. Every Saturday the whole family can enjoy gardening, crafting, and learning together in the Youth Garden. Participating in our Youth Garden activities is a great way to spend time with your children while exploring the garden, learning about the exciting processes of the natural world - not to mention making new friends. This is a unique opportunity to get your hands dirty and become better stewards of the environment as a family. Veggielution volunteer activities encourage exploration and play-based learning for the whole family.

Ages: Families with children ages three and up are welcome to volunteer. Families visiting the Youth Garden should have a 2:1 child to adult ratio for ages 3-6, and a 3:1 ratio for ages 7 and up. All parents or guardians must fill out a liability waiver for themselves and for each child accompanying them. Feel free to print and fill out the liability waiver ahead of time, or fill out the waiver when you sign-in at the Youth Garden.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Yazmin Carbajal, yazminh@veggielution.org, 408.753.6705
 
 
Dinner is Served Program
JW House
 
Date/Time: Check the calendar for upcoming available dates
 
Location: 3850 Homestead Road, Santa Clara

JW House provides a warm, comfortable "home away from home" for families facing medical crises. Families and individuals from area hospitals are welcomed into the JW House family for rest and self-care during the day or overnight while their loved one is in the hospital. Dinner is Served is one of the most popular volunteer opportunities at JW House. After a long day at the hospital, our guests look forward to coming "home" to find that someone has planned, purchased the ingredients, and prepared ---  a delicious meal just for them. Groups who participate in Dinner is Served soon discover that their efforts go far beyond simply supplying a dinner. As families gather for dinner, a warm sense of community exists. It is a place where families can relax with one another and check in on how another's loved one is doing.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. Minors need to be supervised by an adult. Groups, businesses and individual families are ALL welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half to three hours
 
Contact: Laura Delgado, laura@jwhouse.org, 408.246.2224. The sign-up calendar shows available dates in RED - please click on a red date, then on "Click here to submit your information." Please complete the form to request that date. Someone from our office will contact you soon to confirm the date you requested. 
www.jwhouse.org

 
 
Make Friends and Help Out at the Alzheimer's Activity Center
Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. We offer flexible scheduling throughout the week based on your needs and other commitments.
 
Location:  2380 Enborg Ln., San José

The mission of the Alzheimer's Activity Center is to enrich the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's and related conditions by providing safe, nurturing, intergenerational services and support. The Rosa Elena Childcare Center, a program of Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease, brings an intergenerational component to their programs. The Center provides ongoing volunteer opportunities on both weekdays and weekends. Volunteers at the Center work directly with clients, engaging in fun activities, games, crafts, and meaningful conversations. Volunteers must fulfill the following requirements prior to their first placement:
  • Provide documentation of a negative TB test taken within the last year.
  • Fill out a Volunteer Application packet.
  • Obtain a parental signature (if under the age of eighteen) or, if under the age of 15, be accompanied by an adult.
  • Attend a one-hour orientation at the Alzheimer's Activity Center. There are no set dates for the orientations; contact the organization to find a date and time that works with your schedule.
Ages: Minimum age is 11 years old and anyone below the age of 15 needs to be accompanied by an adult. Both the children and their parents will need to attend the orientation, which can be done on the day of their first scheduled placement.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Jill Moore, jill@alzdaycare.org, 408.279.7515
 
 
Help Out at the Alzheimer's Activity Center - Sunday Programs
Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 3. A variety of shifts are available between 9am - 5pm.
 
Location: 2380 Enborg Ln.,San José

The mission of Alzheimer's Activity Center is to enrich the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's and related conditions by providing safe, nurturing, intergenerational services and support. The Rosa Elena Childcare Center, also a program of Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease, brings the intergenerational component to the programs. Sunday volunteers provide support to the organization when clients are not on site. Volunteers must fulfill the following requirements prior to their first shift:
  • Fill out a Volunteer Application packet
  • Obtain a parental signature (if under the age of eighteen) or, if under the age of 15, be accompanied by an adult
Sunday volunteers assist with supportive services such as organizing, touch-up painting, gardening, general cleaning, various office projects, and filing. There is no client interaction on Sundays, as the Center is closed to the public. Volunteer attire should be casual and closed toe shoes should be worn.

Ages: Minimum age is 11 years old.  Volunteers younger than age of 15 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts must be a minimum of two hours in length. A lunch and/or break(s) must be taken for shifts that are four hours or longer.
 
Contact: Jill Moore, jill@alzdaycare.org, 408.279.7515
www.alzactivitycenter.org
 
 
Help Feed the Hungry
Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP Cares)
 
Date/Time(s):
  • Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30 - 4:30pm
  • Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30 - 5:30pm
  • Third Saturday of every month 11am - 1pm
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto

EHP Cares provides emergency food, clothing, household essentials, support programs, and referral services for families in need. Volunteers are needed to help sort and prepare food for emergency food boxes, help sort and hang gently used clothing and other items in our Community Closet warehouse. We also need help with computer input, phone calls, gardening, and special projects.

Ages: Ages six and older are welcome with an adult present. Teens can volunteer with parental consent. NOTE: Please email your volunteer request OR call to schedule volunteer dates and times.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four-hour shifts. Volunteers may work full or partial shifts as needed.
 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 650.323.7781, Ext. 3000. Send volunteer requests to: outreach@ehpcares.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
 

Make this a summer of new experiences!


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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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May 2018 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2018 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
May 2018  - Silicon Valley 
 
Family Volunteering Day
Cityteam San Jose

Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 10am - noon

Location: 1297 North 13th St, San José

Cityteam provides services to people living in extreme poverty. Cityteam programs offer help such as hot meals, shelter, life transformation programs, clothing, hygiene items, learning, and career help. This volunteer opportunity encourages parents and children to work together to make a positive impact in the community for those in need. Families may assist with packing hygiene kits, food boxes, or sorting donations.
  • Volunteers must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Please dress modestly and comfortably.
  • Please do not bring valuables. We do not have a secure place for volunteers to leave belongings.
  • We encourage volunteers to take this opportunity to clean out your closet, garage, or pantry and bring along items to donate.
Ages: Families with children ages 11 and older are welcome to volunteer.

Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Erin Campos, ecampos@cityteam.org, 408.232.5620. Registration is available online. 
 
 
Cupertino Volunteer Fair
City of Cupertino
 
Date/Time: Saturday May 5, 11am - 3pm
 
Location: Cupertino Civic Center Plaza, 10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino

The 2018 Cupertino Volunteer Fair will showcase the numerous volunteer organizations that dedicate their time and services to bettering society. Community members in both Cupertino and surrounding areas will have the chance learn about local volunteer opportunities. Whether it is a retired individual seeking to dedicate their time to a greater purpose, a student needing to complete service credit, or any individual seeking to better enrich their lives through volunteering, the Cupertino Volunteer Fair will help match volunteers with opportunities at local organizations. Visit the event site to see a list of organizations attending.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to attend.
 
Time Commitment: Stay as long as you would like.
 
Contact: 408.777.3200
http://www.cupertino.org/residents/volunteer-fair
 
 
Operation Care and Comfort
The Trash Punx
 
Date/Time: Sunday May 6, Check-in begins at 9:30am (look for the Raiders tent); Event runs from 10am - 1pm
 
Location: San José. Municipal Stadium, 588 E Alma Ave, San José.

Join The Trash Punx team as we partner with Operation: Care and Comfort to sort, box, and mail 1,000's of pounds of care packages for our deployed troops. This is Operation: Care and Comfort's quarterly military care package event. Please wear closed-toed shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
 
Ages: Children ages five and up are welcome with adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: thetrashpunx@gmail.com. Volunteers must pre-register online. Spaces fill quicky so please register asap.
 
Alum Rock Park: Trail Crew
San Jose Parks: Volunteer Management Team
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 12, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: Alum Rock Park, 15350 Penitencia Creek Road, San José. Please plan on arriving at the Penitencia Creek entrance by 8:45am, then follow the "Volunteer Event" signs to the parking lot. The park is very large and has very limited cell phone reception.

Like to hike? Then volunteer to improve the trails! Foot traffic wears down the tread; bushes and wildflowers grow over the trail; and rain, fire and wind have their own effects. You and your family can help to maintain a safe trail. Trail Crew Days are a great way to learn about the park, try something new, and meet new friends. After your inspiring volunteer experience, you will end up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to hike even more!
  • No experience necessary. Come meet others who enjoy hiking and the great outdoors.
  • Training and tools are provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite tool.
  • Long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat are recommended.
  • Please bring a filled water bottle and your own snack.
Ages: School age children are welcome to participate. Elementary and Middle school students must attend with an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov. Registration is available online.
www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=589

 
 
Creek CleanUp Events - Los Gatos Creek and Guadalupe River Locations
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition
 
Date/Time: Saturday May 12, 9 - 11am
 
Location(s): 
  • Los Gatos Creek Location - 1995 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell
  • Guadalupe River Location - 351 West Virginia Street, San José
  • Coyote Creek Location - 1200 Notting Hill Drive, San José
Grab your oldest clothes and shoes and come join us for a creek clean up. We have a mission to Reclaim, Restore and Revitalize our watershed. Many hands will make this work a lighter task. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8:45 am for a safety presentation. We will be providing trash pick-up tools, trash bags, gloves. Please bring your own water container and we will be happy to fill and refill it! We ask everyone to wear heavy soled shoes, long pants, hat and sunscreen.

Ages:
Families with children seven and older are welcome to participate. Volunteers under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must complete the waiver form required by the City of San Jose.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Carol Szymkiewicz, info@sbcleancreeks.com. To register, please click the link for the event you'd like to attend:
Los Gatos Creek
Guadalupe River
Coyote Creek
http://www.sbcleancreeks.com
 
 
National River CleanUp Day
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation
 
Date/Time: Saturday May 19, 9am - Noon
 
Location(s):
  • Stevens Creek - 11401 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino
  • Coyote Lake County Park - 10840 Coyote Reservoir Road, Gilroy
  • Lexington Reservoir - 19650 Old Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos
  • Grant County Park - 18405 Mt Hamilton Road, San José
Join millions of Americans on National River Cleanup Day to remove litter in our waterways. Litter found around the County parks and streets eventually ends up in our local creeks and rivers which flows out to the San Francisco Bay. You can make a difference not only in your community but for the whole Bay Area. Bring your family and let's have some fun!

Ages: Families with children ages 6 and up are welcome to participate. Children under age 15 should have an adult present. 
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: volunteer@prk.sccgov.org, 408.918.4930. Registration is available onlineParents bringing children should only register the adults.
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/
 
 
Grassroots Ecology May Events
Grassroots Ecology
 
Date/Time: Varies by event
 
Location: Varies by event, most events located between Los Altos and San José
 
Grassroots Ecology leverages the power of volunteers to create healthy lands across Silicon Valley. We restore native plants to open spaces and neighborhoods, steward creeks and watersheds, and provide hands-on nature education. While volunteering with Grassroots Ecology, you will learn interesting things about the natural world while making a positive impact on the environment. We offer opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels to help with planting, weeding, creek monitoring, or installing rain gardens and rain barrels. To find the right volunteer opportunity for you, please review the menu of clickable links below:

Habitat Restoration - Sponsored by the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail, Saturday, May 5
Volunteer at Redwood Grove, Saturday, May 5
Permanente Creek Habitat Restoration Workday, Sunday, May 6
Volunteer at Arastradero Preserve, Saturday, May 12
Volunteer at Foothills Park, Sunday, May 13
Volunteer at Arastradero Preserve, Saturday, May 26: 
 
Ages: All ages welcome at most events. Minors under 18 require a parent to approve the online waiver when registering. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Varies depending on project
 
Contact: Jeremy Merckling, jeremy@grassrootsecology.org, 650.384.5314
http://www.grassrootsecology.org

 
 
Girls on the Run Silicon Valley 2018 5K
Girls on the Run Silicon Valley
 
Date/Time: Saturday May 19, the 5K starts at 8am. Volunteer times vary by assignment.
 
Location: Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities, and running games. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. This event would not be possible without the help of amazing volunteers who believe in our mission and show up to support our girls. Over 250 volunteers are needed to put on our best 5K yet! Whatever your special skills and talents, we have a role for everyone.

Ages: Families with children ages 11 and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Varies by assignment
 
Contact: Laura Krebs, laura@gotrsv.org, 408.313.1512. Registration is available online. A separate registration is needed for each member of the family.
https://www.gotrsv.org/
 
Explore Nature with a Scavenger Hunt
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime you can get outdoors with your family!
 
Location: Your local park or nature center

When children learn to appreciate and enjoy nature, they are more likely to grow into adults who value and protect our environment. You and your family can use Doing Good Together's printable Nature Scavenger Hunt checklist to liven up your next walk in the woods. Enjoy exploring nature as a family, invite friends along, or bring this activity to your scouts meeting, classroom, or community gathering. Check out Doing Good Together's Nature Scavenger Hunt project page for more ideas and reflection questions.

Ages: The whole family is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Celebrate Milestones This May!

Whether you are celebrating the graduation of a preschooler or college student - or any big moment in between - these milestone moments offer opportunities for sharing gifts that encourage kindness and giving. Visit our Shop Kind Vendor Page for our favorite gift-giving books. And for advice on tackling transitions (by kids and parents), revisit this post from our Blogger: www.doinggoodtogether.org/bhf/blog/masterful-transitions.

 

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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March 2018 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2018 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
March 2018  - Silicon Valley 
 
Heal the Earth - Habitat Restoration and Water Monitoring 
Grassroots Ecology
 
Location(s): Varies - Click on above links for location information

Grassroots Ecology leverages the power of volunteers to create healthy lands across Silicon Valley. We restore native plants to open spaces and neighborhoods, steward creeks and watersheds, and provide hands-on nature education. Please bring a reusable water bottle and dress for outdoor work (sturdy shoes and long pants recommended). We will provide gloves and any needed tools.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate. Children under 12 require an accompanying adult unless prior approval is obtained from the workday supervisor. All volunteers under age 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Two to four hours, depending on event
 
Contact: Jeremy Merckling, jeremy@grassrootsecology.org, 650.384.5314
www.grassrootsecology.org
 
 
Kelley Park Winter 2018 Bio Blitz
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
 
Date/Time: Saturday March 3, 9 - 11am
 
Location: Kelley Park Disc Golf Parking Lot, 743 Phelan Ave., San José

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place. Join the Kelley Park Winter BioBlitz where citizens and experts come together to explore the park, and document observations of all living things in a short period of time. Docents will guide you and teach you to use the iNaturalist app on your smartphone or tablet to record all the living things you encounter. Flowers, trees, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, birds, and squirrels. We love them all - now let's go find them! And, if you don't want to bend over to see that spider, you can pick up a litter stick and bucket and collect the litter near the creek and in the park to keep it clean. Every little piece counts!

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Deb Kramer, deb@keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org, 408.372.7053. Registration is available online.
 
 
Alum Rock Park: Trail Crew
San Jose Parks: Volunteer Management Team
 
Date/Time: Saturday March 10, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: Alum Rock Park, 15350 Penitencia Creek Road, San José. Please plan on arriving at the Penitencia Creek entrance by 8:45am, then follow the "Volunteer Event" signs to the parking lot. The park is very large and has very limited cell phone reception.

Like to hike? Then volunteer to improve the trails! Foot traffic wears down the tread; bushes and wildflowers grow over the trail; and rain, fire and wind have their own effects. You and your family can help to maintain a safe trail. Trail Crew Days are a great way to learn about the park, try something new, and meet new friends. After your inspiring volunteer experience, you will end up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to hike even more!
  • No experience necessary. Come meet others who enjoy hiking and the great outdoors!
  • Training and tools are provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite tool.
  • Long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat are recommended.
  • Please bring a filled water bottle and your own snack.
Ages: School age children are welcome to participate. Elementary and Middle school students must attend with an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov. Registration is available online.
 
 
Coyote Valley by Bicycle - 21 Mile Loop
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and the Committee for Green Foothills
 
Date/Time: Sunday March 11, 9am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 550 Palm Ave, Morgan Hill

We'll visit the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, bike south and then back north across the valley floor, hop on the Coyote Creek Trail at Coyote Creek Golf Drive to the Anderson Lake Visitor Center, bike up to Northern Coyote Valley along the Coyote Creek Trail, and we'll make a stop at Spina Farms. Together we'll learn more about the history, wildlife, water, and agricultural story of this area. Bring your bike, a helmet, sun protection, 1-2 liters of water, and a bag lunch. You may want to bring cash or card to buy something at the Spina Farm Stand. Speakers will include Deb Kramer with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and our Executive Director Megan Medeiros.

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate if they can complete the 21-mile loop safely.
 
Time Commitment: Three and one-half hours
 
Contact: Deb Kramer, deb@keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org, 408.372.7053. Register your family for this educational bike ride here.
www.keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org/
 
 
4th Annual Diapees and Wipees Drive Benefiting Community Solutions
Hosted by The Stebbins Family, The Stebbins Mortgage Team and Guild Mortgage
 
Date/Time: Wednesday March 14, 4 -7 pm. If you are not able to attend the March 14 event, donations will be accepted now through March 14.
 
Location: Guild Mortgage Morgan Hill Branch, 350 Woodview Ave. Suite 300, Morgan Hill
 
Join us for food and fun at this Open House donation drop-off event! Community Solutions is a comprehensive non-profit human services agency serving Santa Clara County and San Benito County. Since 1972, we have responded to the growing and changing needs of our community, serving several thousand people from young children to older adults each year. Help support their efforts by donating diapers and wipes for their littlest clients through this event!

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Lisa Stebbins at stebbins.lisa@gmail.com, 408.607.3200 or Sarah Smith at sarah.smith@guildmortgage.net, 408.825.0248
http://communitysolutions.org/

 
 
Family Volunteering Day
Cityteam San Jose
 
Date/Time: All Saturdays during March (spaces are limited), 10am - noon
 
Location: 1297 North 13th St, San José

Cityteam provides services to people living in extreme poverty. Cityteam programs offer help such as hot meals, shelter, life transformation programs, clothing, hygiene items, learning and career help.This volunteer opportunity encourages parents and children to work together to make a positive impact in the community for those in need. Families may assist with packing hygiene kits, food boxes or sorting of donations.
  • Volunteers must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Please dress modestly and comfortably.
  • Please do not bring valuables. We do not have a secure place for volunteers to leave belongings.
  • We encourage volunteers to take this opportunity to clean out your closet, garage, or pantry and bring along items to donate.
Ages: Families with children ages 11 and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Erin Campos, ecampos@cityteam.org, 408.232.5620. Registration is available online.
www.cityteam.org
 
 
Bring and Serve Dinner for Shelter Guests at Grace Baptist Church
Winter Faith Collaborative
 
Date/Time: Check calendar for available dates, now through April 7. Shift runs from 6:30 - 8pm
 
Location: Grace Baptist Church, 484 E San Fernando St, San José

The Winter Faith Collaborative is an interfaith movement that was formed to share ideas and advocate for the houseless community. We have engaged over 100 faith communities across Santa Clara County with the collective aim to serve and shelter those in the houseless community who are living outdoors this winter. Your willingness to volunteer at the shelters is critical in our effort to house the unhoused and save lives this winter. The Grace Baptist Church provides shelter to 50 houseless guests during the winter. Volunteers are needed to bring and serve dinner nightly. Volunteers are needed to provide a hot meal for 60 guests along with any necessary paper/plastic goods for serving the meal.

Ages: Families welcome with children. Children under 16 need to be supervised by an adult at all times.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half to two hours
 
Contact: winterfaithcollaborative@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
 
 
Help Create 'Move in Kits' for Shelter Guests
Home First Services of San Jose
 
Date/Time: Deliver donations during office hours, Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm
 
Location: 507 Valley Way, Milpitas

HomeFirst™ is a leading provider of services, shelter, and housing opportunities to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara County. We serve more than 4,000 adults, veterans, families, and youth each year at seven locations including our Boccardo Reception Center, which is the county's largest homeless services center. Are you planning to do some cleaning and reorganizing around your home? Donated household supplies are greatly appreciated at HomeFirst. When a shelter guest secures permanent housing, we congratulate them with a "Move-In Kit". Click here for a list of items to donate for the kits. We love to get the kids involved too! Families might consider making some homemade cards to put in each kit congratulating the shelter guests on their new home. Non-perishable, store bought treats are also welcome.

Ages: All ages are encouraged to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Tracie Wallace, Volunteer Coordinator, TWallace@HomeFirstSCC.org, 408.539.2143
 
 
Sunday Friends' Programs for Very Low-Income Families
Sunday Friends
 
Date/Time: Sundays - Shifts available between 10:30am and 5:30pm. There are some afterschool shifts on weekdays at our special store.
 
Location(s): 
  • Santee Elementary, 1313 Audubon Dr., San José, 2nd Sunday of every month
  • Meadows Elementary, 1250 Taper Ln., San José, 3rd Sunday of every month Lowell Elementary, 625 South 7th St., San José, 4th Sunday of every month
  • Sunday Friends Special Store, 730 Story Rd. Ste. 3, San José, open weekdays from 4 - 7pm
Volunteers are needed to work directly with children, and occasionally their parents, to facilitate service and learning projects. Projects include craft gift making, healthy food preparation, letter and essay writing, hands-on science projects, math and learning games, computer education, English as a Second Language classes, reading, book report writing, exercise class, parents' classes and more. Children and parents earn tickets for their participation which are redeemable for basic necessities in our special stores. Volunteers might also assist with the banking, store setup, or shopping.

Ages: Teens, adults, families and groups are all welcome. An adult must accompany children under age 14.
 
Time Commitment: No predetermined number of hours, but if you sign up to come to a program, you are expected to come.
 
Contact: Volunteers should begin by completing the New Volunteer Registration process. Please register to volunteer a couple of weeks in advance of the date. Contact Lilly, lillyp@sundayfriends.org, or volunteer@sundayfriends.org, with questions or call 408.217.9587
www.SundayFriends.org
 
 
Chicken Soupers Meal Preparation and Delivery
Oshman Family JCC (OFJCC)
 
Date/Time: Sunday March 18, 1:30 - 5:30pm
 
Location: Taube Koret Campus Community Kitchen, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Work with the OFJCC to make and deliver individual meals for those who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) has partnered with us to make it possible for us to help provide these meals. The project will be done in two stages. First, we will prepare individual meals in our community kitchen and pack them. Next, we will divide and deliver the prepared meals to the designated people. This is a great opportunity for families to do a project together as well as deliver it personally to someone in need! Please remember to wear closed toed shoes and have your hair up or covered.
 
Ages: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Robin Vasilakos, rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org, 650.223.8791. To register visit the Oshman Family JCC  event calendar!
https://paloaltojcc.org

 
Become a Senior Angel
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Once a week
 
Location: A  senior in your community

You can help create a more age-integrated society and instill positive attitudes toward aging by providing your child with positive contacts with seniors. By becoming a Senior Angel your family will let a senior know they are remembered and loved through an ongoing weekly correspondence. Seniors who may be home-bound, confined to nursing homes, or in convalescent hospitals will look forward to your weekly greetings! You can reach out to a relative, neighbor or senior you know in your community.

What you'll need:
  • Stationery, greeting cards, pens, drawing or art supplies
  • Occasional small, inexpensive, gifts ($2-$5), such as a box of tea or bar of scented soap
  • Postage
Once-a-week send your older friend chatty letters, friendly cards, uplifting notes, children's drawings and perhaps an occasional small gift. Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Become a Senior Angel page.
 
Ages: Your whole family can participate!
 
Time Commitment: Varies, but please plan on making an ongoing, long-term commitment to your senior.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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February 2018 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2018 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
February 2018  - Silicon Valley 
 
Delivery Volunteers for Families with Critically Ill Children
There With Care of the Bay Area
 
Date/Time: Times and dates are flexible for volunteering. The next volunteer orientation will be held on Friday, February 2, 10 - 11:30am
 
Location: There With Care of the Bay Area, 2682 Middlefield Road, Suite H, Redwood City
 
There With Care provides a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phases of a medical crisis. They serve families referred by medical agencies by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life's day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. Help care for the families of critically ill children in your community by delivering groceries and needed items to them. Adult volunteers must attend a one-time mandatory 90-minute training before heading out with grocery and supply deliveries from our pantry in Redwood City to families on the Peninsula, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House. Please bring your children of all ages to help you volunteer!
 
Ages: 18 years old with drivers license, background check and orientation for drivers meeting with families, but please bring your children!
 
Time Commitment: Flexible; orientation is required. Register for orientation online.
 
Contact: Lisa Scheidecker, 650.268.8557, Lisa.Scheidecker@therewithcare.org
www.bayarea.therewithcare.org/
 
 
La Mesa Verde Build Days
Sacred Heart Community Services - La Mesa Verde Program
 
Date/Time(s): 
Volunteer for Build Day (space limited):
  • Saturday, February 3, 11:15am - 4:15pm
Build Installation Days:
  • Saturday, Feb 24, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Saturday, March 10, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Saturday, March 17, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Saturday, March 24, 1 - 5pm 
  • Saturday, March 31, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Sacred Heart Community Services, 1381 S. First Street, San José

Sacred Heart Community Services La Mesa Verde (LMV) is a network of low-income urban gardeners who build access to healthy food in San Jose. LMV builds garden beds, shares knowledge, and creates a mutually supportive community through workshops, events, and volunteering. LMV enrolls 50 new families a year to receive redwood planter boxes, soil, seedlings, and educational workshops to learn about urban gardening. On February 3, volunteers will come to Sacred Heart for LMV's Build Day to build 55 new garden beds for 2018. Once the beds are built, installation volunteers will be needed to install these beds at the recipients' residences. Build installation days volunteer tasks will include helping with soil deliveries, building beds, and installing the beds under the guidance of our trained Build Leads and members, on a weekly or one-time basis. No experience necessary, only the willingness to learn.

Ages: Volunteers must be 13 or older. All volunteers under the age of 18 must be chaperoned by an adult. Any volunteers 17 and under must fill out this waiver.

Time Commitment: Average of four hours
 
Contact: Lindsey Zimmer, lindseyz@sacredheartcs.org or 408.775.5760. Please contact Lindsey to register for any of these projects.
www.sacredheartcs.org/
 
 
Help Out at the Alzheimer's Activity Center - Sunday Programs
Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease
 
Date/Time: Sunday February 4. A variety of shifts are available between 9am - 5pm. Other upcoming Sunday dates are March 4, May 6, and June 3
 
Location: 2380 Enborg Ln.,San José

The mission of Alzheimer's Activity Center is to enrich the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's and related conditions by providing safe, nurturing, intergenerational services and support. The Rosa Elena Childcare Center, also a program of Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease, brings the intergenerational component to the programs. Sunday volunteers provide support to the organization when clients are not on site.

Volunteers must fulfill the following requirements prior to their first shift:
  • Fill out a Volunteer Application packet
  • Obtain a parental signature (if under the age of eighteen) or, if under the age of 15, be accompanied by an adult
Sunday volunteers assist with supportive services such as organizing, touch-up painting, gardening, general cleaning, various office projects, and filing. There is no client interaction on Sundays, as the Center is closed to the public. Volunteer attire should be casual and closed toe shoes should be worn.
 
Ages: Minimum age is 11 years old.  Volunteers younger than age of 15 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts must be a minimum of two hours in length. A lunch and/or break(s) must be taken for shifts that are four hours or longer.
 
Contact: Jill Moore, jill@alzdaycare.org, 408.279.7515
 
 
Quarry Park Restoration Volunteer Day
City of Saratoga
 
Date/Time: Saturday February 10, 9am - noon
 
Location: Quarry Park, 22000 Congress Springs Rd., Saratoga

Volunteers are needed for the Parks & Recreation Commission Let's Work! program at Quarry Park on the second Saturday of every month from January through April. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot, then help remove invasive plants to beautify and maintain the trails. Please bring gloves, water, and sunscreen, and wear closed-toed shoes and long sleeves.
 
Ages: Ages 10 and up with an adult present. Ages 14 and up can serve without supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Babette McKay, bmckay@saratoga.ca.us, 408.868.1265. To register, visit the event page and be sure to fill out the volunteer waiver form and bring it to the event.
 
 
Alum Rock Park: Trail Crew
San José Parks Volunteer Management Team
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 10, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: Alum Rock Park, 15350 Penitencia Creek Road, San José. Please plan on arriving at the Penitencia Creek entrance by 8:45am, then follow the "Volunteer Event" signs to the parking lot. The park is very large and has very limited cell phone reception.

Like to hike? Then volunteer to improve the trails! Foot traffic wears down the tread; bushes and wildflowers grow over the trail; and rain, fire and wind have their own effects. You and your family can help to maintain a safe trail. Trail Crew Days are a great way to learn about the park, try something new, and meet new friends. After your inspiring volunteer experience, you will end up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to hike even more!
  • No experience necessary. Come meet others who enjoy hiking and the great outdoors!
  • Training and tools are provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite tool.
  • Long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat are recommended.
  • Please bring a filled water bottle and your own snack.
Ages: School age children are welcome to participate. Elementary and Middle school students must attend with an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov. Registration is available online.
www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=589
 
 
Beautify San José
The Trash Punx
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 10, 9 - 11am
 
Location: Buena Vista Park, 498 Menker Avenue , San Jose

Our community has been over-populated by a massive amount of trash. The Trash Punx decided to do something about this by uniting our community together. Join us as we pick up trash around our community, one piece at a time, and have fun while doing it! Join The Trash Punx team as we target a specific area of San Jose invaded by litter. Please wear closed-toed shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Ages: Children ages six and up are welcome with adult supervision. 
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Justin Imamura, thetrashpunx@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
www.thetrashpunx.org  
 
 
The Super Run San José
Superfly Running Inc.
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 17, 8 - 11am. Click for schedule details.
 
Location: Almaden Lake Park ($6 per car), Winfield & Coleman, San José

Be a Hero. Help a Cause. Join the Run. The Super Run is a national series of 5K, family friendly running events that partners with local nonprofit organizations to put on superhero themed events to help raise funds and awareness for their cause. The partners for the San José Run are the American Association for Cancer Research, Asian American Donor Program, Cure Search, Autism Run, Fleece & Thank You and the Superfly Foundation. As a registered runner, you have the option of raising funds for these charities through an individual Crowdrise page you can share with your friends. If 5K is a bit far for your kids, there is a Kids Run at 10:15am!

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate in the run. Strollers are welcome! Please note that only registered runners receive a cape and medal, so if you want your child to receive a cape and medal, they will need to be registered. Only participants with a bib (given out at packet pick up) will receive a finishers medal. 
 
Time Commitment: Approximately three hours
 
Contact: Service@superflyrunning.com. Click here to register
 
 
The Trash Punx: Operation Care & Comfort
The Trash Punx
 
Date/Time: Sunday, February 25. Check-in is at 9:30am; Event runs from 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Avaya Stadium, 1123 Coleman Avenue, San José

Join The Trash Punx team as we partner with Operation: Care and Comfort to sort, box and mail thousands of pounds of care packages for our forward deployed troops. This is Operation: Care and Comfort's first 2018 public military care package event. Please wear closed-toed shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
 
Ages: Children ages five and up are welcome with adult supervision. 
 
Time Commitment: Flexible. Join for as long as you are able!
 
Contact: Justin Imamura, thetrashpunx@gmail.com . Volunteers must pre-register online
 
 
Meals On Wheels Delivery
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI)
 
Date/Time: WEEKDAYS ONLY, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Initial meeting and training will be held at 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Food pickups are in San Bruno, San Mateo and Menlo Park.

The mission of PVI Meals on Wheels is to increase food security and access to nutritious food and to keep older adults and adults with disabilities well-nourished and healthy, living independently in their own homes. After an initial phone visit, adult volunteers are asked to do a drive along. To volunteer, please bring drivers license and proof of insurance. There is a training and volunteer orientation at the first meeting. If a volunteer wants to drive a route once a week (weekdays only, no weekends or evenings) they are welcome to bring their children on the route.

Ages: Drivers over 18 with two years of driving experience. Children are welcome to come along on deliveries.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours, once a week with a three-month commitment.
 
Contact: Vicki Cormack vcormack@penvol.org, 650.272.5108  
www.penvol.org/mealsonwheels/
 
 
Dinner is Served Program
JW House
 
Date/Time: Check the calendar for upcoming available dates
 
Location: 3850 Homestead Road, Santa Clara

JW House provides a warm, comfortable "home away from home" for families facing medical crises. Families and individuals from area hospitals are welcomed into the JW House family for rest and self-care during the day or overnight while their loved one is in the hospital. Dinner is Served is one of the most popular volunteer opportunities at JW House. After a long day at the hospital, our guests look forward to coming "home" to find that someone has planned, purchased the ingredients, and prepared ---   a delicious meal just for them. Groups who participate in Dinner is Served soon discover that their efforts go far beyond simply supplying a dinner. As families gather for dinner, a warm sense of community exists. It is a place where families can relax with one another and check in on how another's loved one is doing.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. Minors need to be supervised by an adult. Groups, businesses and individual families are ALL welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half to three hours
 
Contact: Laura Delgado, laura@jwhouse.org, 408.246.2224. The sign-up calendar shows available dates in RED - please click on a red date, then on "Click here to submit your information." Please complete the form to request that date. Someone from our office will contact you soon to confirm the date you request.  
 
 
Veggielution's Youth Garden
Veggielution
 
Date/Time: Every Saturday, 10am - 12:30pm
 
Location: 647 S. King Road, San José; located in the back of Emma Prusch Park

Come join the Veggielution team for weekly Youth Garden Activities. Every Saturday the whole family can enjoy gardening, crafting, and learning together in the Youth Garden. Participating in our Youth Garden activities is a great way to spend time with your children while exploring the garden, learning about the exciting processes of the natural world - not to mention making new friends. This is a unique opportunity to get your hands dirty and become better stewards of the environment as a family. Veggielution volunteer activities encourage exploration and play-based learning for the whole family.
 
Ages: Families with children ages three and up are welcome to volunteer. Families visiting the Youth Garden should have a 2:1 child to adult ratio for ages 3-6, and a 3:1 ratio for ages 7 and up. All parents or guardians must fill out a liability waiver for themselves and for each child accompanying them. Feel free to print and fill out the liability waiver ahead of time, or fill out the waiver when you sign-in at the Youth Garden.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Emily Martinez, emilym@veggielution.org, 408.753.6705
www.veggielution.org
 
 
Car Window Poetry
Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home and community

At Doing Good Together, we know how the right turn of phrase can encourage more kindness. We know how a great book can cultivate empathy, opening a child up to the feelings and experiences of a stranger. The instructions for this project are as simple as its name.
  1. Create short, heart-warming poems, jokes, or artwork. You may want to use the free Car Window Poetry cards available here.
  2. Place your poems on car windows outside your school, playground, library, a busy grocery store, or wherever you happen to be. Note: if it's raining or remarkably windy, postpone this step a bit.
  3. Post your poems on Instagram with the #CarWindowPoetry. While you're at it, kindly add #DoingGoodTogether as well!
Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let's take the lovely day called Valentine's Day and make it a month-long kindness endeavor! Prepare now by printing and posting our 28-Day Valentine Kindness Challenge. Pick and choose your favorite days for doing something extra good for others or challenge yourselves for the entire month of February. This is a great project for families, community or faith groups, or even classrooms. And if you participate in this challenge, kindly let us know how it goes!


 

 

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January 2018 - Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2018 Silicon Valley Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
January 2018  - Silicon Valley 
 
Donation Sorting at EPA Shop
EPAMade
 
Date/Time: First Saturday of the month, 9am - noon
 
Location: 900A Willow Rd., Menlo Park

EPAMade is a social enterprise that employs and trains single mothers from East Palo Alto to gain job and life skills needed for sustainable employment. We help empower single mothers through employment and job coaching. EPAMade is a social enterprise under LevMade, Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit that incubates and launches social businesses to level the economic playing field. On the first Saturday of each month volunteers are needed to help sort donations at our thrift shop.

Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: volunteer@epamade.com. To sign up for the Saturday Donation Sorting, email the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@epamade.com.  
www.epamade.com

 
 
Volunteer at the Tully Battlefields (Sunday Series)
City of San José
 
Date/Time: Sunday, January 7, 10am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Tully Community Battle Fields, 800 Tully Rd., San José

City parks always need a bit of volunteer help! Come join our new Sunday Series: park clean-up volunteer events on Sunday mornings. With 10 Council Districts in the City of San José, each week we will visit a different park in one of the 10 Council Districts. Come volunteer and experience all the unique and special parks we have in San José. All tools and supplies provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a filled water bottle.

Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov, 408.595.3483. No need to RSVP, simply show-up and help-out!
City of San José Calendar Page
 
 
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition Team 222 Event
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition
 
Date/Time: Saturday, January 13, 8:45 - 11am
 
Location: Guadalupe River at the Julian Street Bridge, 333 Julian Street, San José

Volunteers are needed to participate in a creek and trail cleanup. Please bring your own water container which we will fill for you. South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition supplies gloves, pick-up sticks and miscellaneous tools. Please wear long pants, a hat, sunscreen, and be ready to spend the morning in light to moderate work. We have work for all ages and physical ability levels.

Ages: Minimum age to volunteer is 13. Volunteers age 13 to 15 must have an adult present to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-quarter hours
 
Contact: Carol, 408.529.4460. Registration is available online.
www.sbcleancreeks.myevent.com
 
 
MLK Day Volunteer Event: School Garden Workday
Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 9am - noon
 
Location: 1286 Runnymede St., East Palo Alto

Come celebrate MLK Day and the National Day of Service by helping maintain our magical one-acre school garden. Join families and students in the East Palo Alto Charter School Garden for a morning of weeding, mulching, planting, turning compost, and starting seeds. The school's one-acre garden is a beautiful outdoor learning classroom full of vegetables, flowers and fruit trees. We appreciate your help maintaining the garden and getting it ready for 2018. Event will be cancelled if it rains.

Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Eron Truran, Eron.Truran@aspirepublicschools.org, 650.614.9100
www.aspirepublicschools.org
 
 
11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day of Service - Mitzvah Day
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (OFJCC)
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 8:30am - 4pm
 
Location: Variety of locations from the Peninsula to San José

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. Come on your own or with your family and friends! 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. Volunteer projects are organized by age, please check the website for details. We ask that a parent accompany any volunteers under the age of 15. This event is open to families of all faiths or beliefs.
 
Time Commitment: Varies by activity, generally two to four hours
 
Contact: Pre-registration is required and space is limited at each service project. Registration is available online. For questions or more information contact Robin Vasilakos at rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org, or 650.223.8791
paloaltojcc.org/mitzvah
 
 
2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Train & Events
The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 8:30 - 11am.
Train departs:
  • 9:45am: San José Diridon Station
  • 10:05am: Palo Alto Station
  • 10:22am: San Mateo Station
Location(s):
San José Diridon Station, 65 Cahill St., San José
Palo Alto Station, 95 University Ave., Palo Alto
San Mateo Station, 385 First Ave., San Mateo

Take the Caltrain Norcal MLK Celebration Train to the MLK2018 celebration events in San Francisco on Monday, January 15, and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King through exciting activities for all. This free commemorative service is a program of the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation, in partnership with Caltrain, and it signals the region's dedication to continue the service begun by the late Coretta Scott King.
 
Once there, celebrants will be able to immediately take part in the MLK2018 March/Parade or head directly to Yerba Buena Gardens to take part in a full day of festivities. For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, visit sfmlkday.org. All of the day's events are free and open to the public.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Train ride is approximately two hours one-way, event times may vary.
 
Contact: For more information please contact info@sfmlkday.org. Reserve your complimentary commemorative tickets for departure from one of the above stations today, and pick up your tickets at your point of departure on Monday, January 15, one hour before travel. This Commemorative Ticket is valid for the "Celebration Train" and one southbound Caltrain trip on January 15, 2018 after 1pm. (See the Caltrain schedule to plan your southbound travel.)
 
 
Welch Park Cleanup
San José Project/District 8 Councilmember Sylvia Arenas
 
Date/Time: Saturday, January 20, 9 - 11am
 
Location: Welch Park, Kenesta Way, San José

Volunteers are needed to pick up litter, scrub down picnic tables, and clean graffiti at Welch Park. Our work will allow family, friends, and local community members to enjoy the beauty of the park, which has been neglected for some time. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. San José Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving back to the city of San José. Through different service projects, we hope to create a sense of unity and togetherness, and to positively impact our community.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Patrick Wong, President, SJP, Patrick@sjproject.org, 408.838.4332
 
 
Help Feed the Hungry
Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP Cares)
 
Date/Time:
  • Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30 - 4:30pm
  • Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30 - 5:30pm
  • Third Saturday of every month 11am - 1pm
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto

EHP Cares provides emergency food, clothing, household essentials, support programs, and referral services for families in need. Volunteers are needed to help sort and prepare food for emergency food boxes, help sort and hang gently used clothing and other items in our Community Closet warehouse. We also need help with computer input, phone calls, gardening, and special projects.

Ages: Ages six and older are welcome with an adult present. Teens can volunteer with parental consent. NOTE: Please email your volunteer request OR call to schedule volunteer dates and times.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hour shifts. Volunteers may work full or partial shifts as needed.
 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 650.323.7781, Ext. 3000. Send volunteer requests to: outreach@ehpcares.org
www.ehpcares.org
 
 
Sunday Friends' Programs for Very Low-Income Families
Sunday Friends
 
Date/Time: Sundays - Shifts available between 10:30am and 5:30pm. There are some afterschool shifts on weekdays at our special store.
 
Location(s): 
  • Santee Elementary, 1313 Audubon Dr., San José, 2nd Sunday of every month
  • Meadows Elementary, 1250 Taper Ln., San José, 3rd Sunday of every month Lowell Elementary, 625 South 7th St., San José, 4th Sunday of every month
  • Sunday Friends Special Store, 730 Story Rd. Ste. 3, San José, open weekdays from 4 - 7pm
Volunteers are needed to work directly with children, and occasionally their parents, to facilitate service and learning projects. Projects include craft gift making, healthy food preparation, letter and essay writing, hands-on science projects, math and learning games, computer education, English as a Second Language classes, reading, book report writing, exercise class, parents' classes and more. Children and parents earn tickets for their participation which are redeemable for basic necessities in our special stores. Volunteers might also assist with the banking, store setup, or shopping.

Ages: Teens, adults, families and groups are all welcome. An adult must accompany children under age 14.
 
Time Commitment: No predetermined number of hours, but if you sign up to come to a program, you are expected to come.
 
Contact: Volunteers should begin by completing the New Volunteer Registration process. Please register to volunteer a couple of weeks in advance of the date. Contact Lilly, lillyp@sundayfriends.org, or volunteer@sundayfriends.org, with questions or call 408.217.9587
www.SundayFriends.org
 
 
Make Friends and Help Out at the Alzheimer's Activity Center
Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. We offer flexible scheduling throughout the week based on your needs and other commitments.
 
Location: 2380 Enborg Ln., San José

The mission of the Alzheimer's Activity Center is to enrich the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's and related conditions by providing safe, nurturing, intergenerational services and support. The Rosa Elena Childcare Center, a program of Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease, brings an intergenerational component to their programs. The Center provides ongoing volunteer opportunities on both weekdays and weekends. Volunteers at the Center work directly with clients, engaging in fun activities, games, crafts, and meaningful conversations.

Volunteers must fulfill the following requirements prior to their first placement:
  • Provide documentation of a negative TB test taken within the last year
  • Fill out a Volunteer Application packet 
  • Obtain a parental signature (if under the age of eighteen) or, if under the age of 15, be accompanied by an adult 
  • Attend a one hour orientation at the Alzheimer's Activity Center. There are no set dates for the orientations; contact the organization to find a date and time that works with your schedule.
Ages: Minimum age is 11 years old and anyone below the age of 15 would need to be accompanied by an adult. Both the children and their parents will need to attend the orientation, which can be done on the day of their first scheduled placement.  
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Jill Moore, jill@alzdaycare.org, 408.279.7515
 
 
Sheltering the Unhoused
Winter Faith Collaborative

Date/Time: January 15 through end of March 2018

Location: Multiple faith communities throughout San José and Santa Clara county offer temporary overnight/daytime shelter or a safe car park for those who sleep in their vehicles. You can volunteer at either one location or multiple locations depending on your preference and time.

The Winter Faith Collaborative is an interfaith movement that was formed to share ideas and advocate for the houseless community. The Collaborative has engaged over 100 faith communities across Santa Clara county with the collective aim to serve and shelter those in the houseless community who are living outdoors. Your willingness to volunteer is critical in this community effort to shelter the unhoused and save lives this winter!

Volunteers are needed to staff the temporary shelters and safe car parks, and perform services such as providing meals for the guests, and if possible stay to eat with the them. Part of our aim is to raise awareness of who those without homes actually are. By sharing a meal with guests, volunteers quickly realize that the guests are people just like themselves who have landed in this position due to situations such as loss of a job, poor health, domestic violence, or eviction due to rent increase. Misconceptions are broken down by talking with one another over a meal. Guests are screened and it is very safe for children to participate. We have found that families with children have enjoyed helping with meal preparation, serving guests, and eating and talking with the guests. And the guests appreciate the chance to be treated with dignity and care. We encourage you to give it a try! Each location has its own rules for volunteer eligibility, but there are multiple options for serving with children. Providing a home cooked meal is usually the most needed job that children can enjoy with their families and is very appreciated by the guests.

Ages: Varies by shelter. Adult supervision is required when children are present.

Time Commitment: Varies by position

Contact: winterfaithcollaborative@gmail.com or 408.345.5351. Registration will be available online soon. Volunteer opportunities begin in mid-January and will be added throughout the spring. Please check sign-up page periodically.
www.faithcollaborative.wordpress.com/
 
 
Make No-Sew Blankets
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Enjoy a cozy family kindness project for a cold month! Your children can help make these simple, fleece  blankets and provide comfort to a child in need. No sewing is required. Many local organizations would appreciate your donations of these easy-to-create fleece blankets. Check with hospitals, homeless shelters, care facilities, or police and fire stations to gauge interest. Or you can deliver them to your local chapter of Project Linus or Binky Patrol. These two groups will distribute them to organizations with the greatest need. Visit the Doing Good Together Make No-Sew Blankets Project page for blanket-making instructions and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
Resolve to make 2018 your year to stand for kindness!

Want to make kindness a priority? You're not alone! In fact, there are big-hearted families nationwide who've decided sharing acts of kindness and service should be a top priority in 2018. The Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle can help! Our big-hearted experts are at your service to provide inspiration, motivation, and advice. Plus there are members-only perks too. All for just $24.99 annually.

Get started by joining in conversation with like-minded people. Our Facebook Big-Hearted Conversation Group is now available (free of charge) to anyone who wants to start or continue their family kindness practice. Discuss your goals, challenges, and ideas with other big-hearted families. And enjoy the tips posted by our Big-Hearted Families™ Director, Sarah Aadland.
 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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