The following is a list of South Orange County Teen Volunteer Opportunities that was originally shared on the Dana Hills High School website and then my former blog, Single Mom and a Teenaged Girl. My daughter has maintained this list since her 8th grade year of Junior High. She graduated from Dana Hills High School in 2012 and is currently a junior at Vanguard University.
Since DHHS removed this information from their website, I didn’t want the information to be lost to the community. You may use this list as a starting point to locate local volunteer opportunities in South Orange County.
If you are under 18, we recommend that you seek permission from your parents/guardian before participating in any of the volunteer activities listed below.
Aliso Viejo Library
Brian Helton, 949 360-1730, www.ocpl.org, Minimum Age/16; Limited to 4 hours of service per week. Volunteers needed during the summer months for the Summer Reading Program; however opportunities available year round. Volunteers needed during the summer months for the Summer Reading Program can sign up in person at the Children’s Information desk beginning in May. The Summer Reading Program runs from June through August. Year round volunteers need to commit to a minimum of 3 months of service and are limited to 2 hours of service each week. Responsibilities: Varies depending upon the library’s needs. Volunteers may shelve picture books, paperback books, adult and children’s videos, magazines, and adult and children audios. Volunteers may also sharpen pencils, cut scratch paper, wash outside patio tables, clean computers and keyboards, retrieve items from shelves and list.
Friends of the Aliso Viejo Library
949 360-1736, firstname.lastname@example.org, Minimum Age/18. There is a brief form to fill out and submit. Examples of tasks includes: lifting and sorting books, shelving books, helping with fundraising and membership recruitment, formatting the Friends of the Library newsletter, and greeting customers.
City of Aliso Viejo
Gracie Duran, 425-2519, Minimum Age/16. No hour requirements. Training is provided. Description of duties: The City of Aliso Viejo participates in various community events. The volunteers need to be able to assist with a game booth or with office work. Depending on the assignment. Volunteers can be used at the following events – Sept. 20 Trails4All, Nov. 22 Snow Fest, April 25 Twilight Camp, Cycling Grand Prix – Date Coming Soon!
Meals on Wheels
Richard, www.southcountyseniors.org, 499-7575, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. M-F, Minimum Age/High School, Description of duties: sorting and distributing food.
American Cancer Society Relay for Life – Aliso Viejo
Tracy Ettinghoff, 949 363-5573, Minimum Age/9th Grade, Description of Duties: Assisting in planning, organizing, and conducting the 24 hour walk a thon to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Event will take place on July or August.
Extra Hands for ALS
Val Waterman, 949-231-9549, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.extrahands.org, You may visit www.volunteermatch.com and search by organizati on name to locate current upcoming volunteer opportunities in the area for this organization.
Habitat for Humanity
For specific and up to date information, please visit the website at http://www.habitatoc.org/volunteers/. No minimum age to volunteer in general. However, to volunteer at the construction build sites, the deconstruction project sites, and in their restore warehouse, you must be 18 or over. They do allow 16 and 17 volunteers to help but must have parent/guardian with them the first few times they volunteer. There are many different opportunities available to volunteer as either an individual or as a group.
Angel Light Academy
Robbie Martin, 949-257-5592, Robbiemartin2@gmail.com, http://www.angellightacademy.org, Minimum Age/4-18, Our events and training are always facilitated by adults who have been through the DOJ screening. Most of our volunteers are middle school to high school aged though. For our service projects, you would be teaming with Junior Leaders to complete a project such as the video or the beach cleanup listed below. Training is integrated into the activities we are involved with. We encourage kids to partner with senior citizens, too, so if you have a grand parent or a neighbor who is a senior who might like to be involved with the younger volunteer we welcome that partnership, too.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange
We are looking for more high school students to volunteer their time one day a week at RH Dana Elementary or Kinoshita Elementary. Darlene can give you more information, but I believe the students meet from 3:30 to 4:30 and gain their community service hours. For the first 30 minutes the “BIGs” (high schoolers) help the “Littles” with homework, and then they get to play for the remaining time.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Darlene Gan, (714) 544-7773 x225, DGan@bigbrooc.org and Marjorie Sutton, School Counselor, RH Dana Elementary, “Excellence, It’s No Fluke”, (949) 496-5784, email@example.com.
CITY OF DANA POINT
Dana Point Library
949 496-5517, Carolyn Hopkins, Carolyn.Hopkins@occr.ocgov.com, Minimum Age/12, Volunteer Duties: Help shelf books, assist with crafts and craft projects, and miscellaneous needs of the librarian. Volunteers Needed: Help with Summer Reading Program: register readers, give out prizes, help with special programs. All hours the library is open
Doheny State Beach Interpretative Association
Viki Wiker, 949 496-2704, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Minimum Age: Junior Senior High Students, Description of volunteer opportunities: Long-term volunteer opportunities: Doheny State Beach Visitor’s Center closed in October 2007 so, therefore there is no need for long-term volunteer help to staff Center until further notice. Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities: Doheny State Beach hosts year-round Adopt-A-Beach, restoration projects, and interpretive events where volunteers can volunteer from 4-8 hours each day of event. Adopt-A-Beach Cleanups: St. Valentine’s Day – Love Your Beach Cleanup in February (date varies every year), Earth Day Beach Cleanup in April (date varies every year), Independence Day Aftermath Cleanup on the Fifth of July (every year), Annual Coastal Cleanup Day the third Saturday of September (every year) Restoration Projects: Earth Day Planting Project in April (project and date varies every year) Interpretative Events: Festival of Whales Parade in March (date varies every year) Doheny State Beach is always looking for float decorators and marchers!, Annual Grunion Night (date varies every year) Volunteer help in setting up and staffing evening event, Annual Halloween Haunt in October (date varies every year) Volunteers help in setting up and staffing event.
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce 949 496-1555, www.danapoint-chamber.com, Dana Point Festival of Whales Street Faire held in March 2008, Dana Point Annual Turkey Trot
Hope 4 Kids
Karleen Cox, 949 201-5567, firstname.lastname@example.org, Minimum age/16 if not working with children, 18 if working with children. No hour requirements. Training is required and provided. Description: We need volunteers to come up with ideas for celebrations through out the year, Christmas, summer etc. Volunteers who can do research and implement activities for foster children of all ages. We also have a need for help in the office. http://www.forkids.com/pages/volunteer.htm
Dana Point Earth Ocean Society
Beverli Jinn, 949 443-4095, www.earthocean.org, Minimum Age – None, Hour Requirements- None, Various activities throughout the year. Primary Event is during the Annual Earth Day Cleanup in April. Volunteers serve as role models/supervisors for fifth graders who covered an assigned area cleanup area in Dana Point’s Lantern Village and harbor.
Dana Point Harbor Association
949 923-2255, www.danapointharbor.com, we recommend that you locate volunteer opportunities through their website. Telephone number is a recording only. You may listen to the recording to hear about upcoming community events and then check the website for volunteer contact information for the specific event. www.danapointharbor.com
Festival of Whales Committee
www.festivalofwhales.org, To assist with the Festival of Whales Committee, please contact the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce listed above.
Friends of the Dana Point Library
Betsy, 489-3956, Minimum Age/14. Sort and shelve books.
Dana Point Senior Center
949 496-4252, Vanna Murphy, Minimum Age/13. No hour requirement. Set tables, serve seniors, crafts, and activities
Dana Point Historical Society
949 496-4539 or 949 248-7164, www.danapointhistorical.org, Meets @ 4th Monday of each month, 7p.m. @ South Shores Church, 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, Dana Point, CA 92629
Ocean Institute Karen Lloreda, 949 496-2274, Ext. 221, www.ocean-institute.org, Minimum age/14. Hour Requirement –varies – six months, 12 hours per month/ one year, 8 hrs per month. Training required and provided. Description: Tallship docent, gift shop clerk, ocean science lab docent. Shifts available on Saturdays and Sundays.
Sports Gift, Inc.
Kevin Baxter, 949 388-2359, www.sportsgift.org, Mission Statement: Dedicated to bringing the joy and benefits of sports to underprivileged children around the world. To reach these children to improve their lives and given them hope through a variety of sports programs including the collection and donation of sports equipment.
Dana Point/San Clemente Animal Shelter/Pet Project Foundation
Volunteer Coordinator, 949 595-8899 or 949 492-1617, Must be 18 to volunteer at the shelter. Shifts are three hours once a week. Orientation and Training available. Must be a member of Pet Project Foundation $25 per year dues. Description: Dog handlers, cat handlers, bunny handlers, and office volunteers. www.petprojectfoundation.org
Fountains at Sea Bluffs
Rick Fox, 949 234-3000, Minimum Age/14, No hour requirement. Assist seniors with crafts, activities, etc.
Dana Point Children’s Theater and Music Company
Rhonda Hall, 949 496-1750, www.danmans.com, email@example.com No minimum age, hours will vary depending on Performances. A background in music, musical theater, drama would be helpful but not required. Description would be: helping out with production of plays and musical concerts for the Dana Point Children’s Theater and Danman’s Music School.
Dana Point Lighthouse Society
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.danapointlighthouse.org, Please visit website for current information and opportunities.
Dana Point Coastal Arts
Karin Schnell, 949 542-8361, email@example.com, or Karin4art@yahoo.com, Minimum Age/15, Hour Requirements/None, Training is provided if needed for specific project. Volunteers are needed to assist artists in hands-on activities for children and families at the Dana Point Arts Festival. For more information, please visit www.dpcoastalarts.org.
Dana Point Relay for Life
Judy Brandmeier firstname.lastname@example.org 949-291-0990. It is a 24 hour walk, (cancer never sleeps) We camp out for the night with an Ocean View. Lots of fun and this Event helps everyone, as everyone has been touched by Cancer one way of another.
Junior Achievement of OC and the Inland Empire
Laura Perez, 949-515-1998, Ext. 4514, LPerez@jasocal.org, www.orangecounty.ja.org, Minimum Age -16, Hour Requirements – Once a week for 5 visits for ½ hour per visit, Training is provided. Responsibilities: Teach Junior Achievement hands-on economic, kit based program to K-2nd grade students at a local elementary school. Each lesson is ½ hour and the JA kit includes posters, worksheets, stickers, etc. for the K-2nd Grade students. Volunteer teachers must read the lesson prior to teaching at the elementary school. All classes are taught during school (afternoon) or after school setting. A total of 10 hours of community service hours are awarded at completion of program., www.jaocie.ja.org
Second Harvest Food Bank – Orange County Harvest
www.feedoc.org, email@example.com, You may find volunteer opportunities online atwww.volunteermatch.com, Advanced Search, keyword – Second Harvest, and a list of current volunteer opportunities will be listed. Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday year-round to label, pack, and sort food items in the Food Bank’s warehouse. You may volunteer individually or as a group. Morning and afternoon shifts are available.
Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter
Mallory Gompert, 949 757-3705, Minimum Age – Varies, Hour Requirements – Varies depends on volunteer position, Training – Yes, volunteers are required to attend a one-hour volunteer orientation prior to volunteering. Internships are available. Additional training provided for each job. Volunteer Responsibilities available – Youth Liaison: Implement educational and fundraising initiatives in Orange County schools, youth groups, churches, girl scouts, and boy scouts. Coordinate projects such as the 5000 Penny Project and Casual for a Cause Day to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and the Association. Office Volunteer: Assist with general office duties such as copying, filing, mailings, data entry, telephone calls and record keeping. Event Volunteers: Assist Chapter Committees with fundraising or educational events and projects such as the Crean Classic Golf Tournament, An Affair to Remember Gala, Memory Walk, Memories in the Making Art Auction and/or educational conferences. Library Assistants: The Alzheimer’s Association has a lending library that contains information regarding Alzheimer’s disease for families and professionals to borrow. Volunteers are needed to help maintain inventory, process new books and contact people with overdue materials. All of the volunteer opportunities can be on an ongoing or on-call basis. Annual events that can use teenaged volunteers – Memory Walk (Volunteer and High School team participants), Crean Classic Golf Tournament, An Affair to Remember Gala, Memories in the Making Art Auction, Educational Conferences.
Shade Tree Partnership
Leslie, 949 453-5312, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.shadetreepartnership.org; No minimum age, No time requirement, You may register to volunteer online. You may register to volunteer online at our website under “Volunteers”. Volunteers are needed to work at our nursery on 9/27; 10/25, and 11/22 (all Saturdays from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.). Shade Tree Partnership has a nursery with 9,000 trees and volunteers are needed to perform nursery tasks, including upsizing seedlings into one gallon or 15 gallon containers, weeding, pruning, and staking. No experience is required as we train during the event. To thank our volunteers, a continental breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. and a barbecued lunch with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and cookies will be served at 11:00 a.m. Also, we provide students community service hours for their work effort.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy
Megan, 714 508-4757, Please visit their website at www.irvineranchwildlands.org under Activities. Upcoming volunteer opportunities will be listed with the specific requirements to volunteer for the particular events. Programs Events: Assist with registration and check-in on programs and hikes, assist with hikes. Docents: A docent is a volunteer trained in the basics of ecology and natural history. Docents assist staff naturalists with hikes, campouts and summer camps.
Irvine Historical Museum
Gail Daniels, 949 854-0510, No minimum age, no hour requirement, training is provided. Responsibilities – Catalog museum items and upkeep exhibits. Volunteer opportunities available by appointment.
Back to Natives Restoration
Reginald Durant, Director of Restoration or Lori Whalen, Director of Education, 949 509-4787,www.backtonatives.org, Minimum Age – depends on activity, No hour requirements. Internships available. Training is provided. Volunteer opportunities are available all year round. Must be willing to learn physical skills including shoveling, weeding, digging, how to use a wheelbarrow, and biological monitoring.
American Lung Association
714 835-5864, Ext. 105, Natalie Martinez, Minimum Age – 16 / unless accompanied by an adult. Responsibilities: light office work, mailings. There are special events throughout the year which require volunteers, you may contact Natalie at any time for a schedule of upcoming events.
Council on Aging-Orange County 714 479-0107, Carolina Gutierrez, www.coaoc.org or visit http://www.coaoc.org/new/html/volunteer.htm, You may review the current volunteer opportunities available and fill out a volunteer online registration form directly online
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Diane Perez, 949 553-2422, Ext. 227, www.philharmonicsociety.org, Description of duties: research new curriculums, present programs in schools, organize and staff concerts, filing, mailings, and other essential administrative tasks.
Open Space Services/Turtle Rock Nature Center
Amy Litton, email@example.com, 949 724-6738, http://www.cityofirvine.org/depts/cs/openspace/volunteer_opportunities.asp, Nature Center: Trail maintenance, non-native plant removal, administrative assistance. We offer Eagle Scout and Gold award projects to interested scouts.
Irvine Animal Care Center
Crystal Nettles or Christine Franco, 949 724-7740, firstname.lastname@example.org, minimum age: 15 for events. The Center holds two large events every year: Super Pet Adoption in June and Home for the Holidays in December. Shift information is available online approximately one month prior to the event. Volunteers will be working outside and must be able to push, pull, lift and carry 30 pounds.
Claudia Vazquez, 949 552-2727, Ext. 232, email@example.com, www.families-forward.org, Minimum age – 14, Warehouse Work Volunteers needed. Responsibilities: inventorying, shelving, and organizing donated food. Most opportunities are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Summertime or spring break is a great time for high school students to work in the food pantry. . Volunteers are also needed for the Families Forward Gala/Silent/Live Auction held on September 25, 2010. Volunteers will help with preparations of set-up and/or work the night of the event. Different time/shifts are available. Additional volunteer opportunities are available.
Yellow Ribbon America
Brad, (714) 454-1150, www.yellowribbonamerica.com, Please visit website for more information and current volunteer opportunities.
Girl Scout Council of Orange County
Lesley Finch, 949 461-8861, firstname.lastname@example.org, Minimum Age – Depends on the event, Yes, there are hour requirements. Training/orientation is provided. Brief description of volunteer responsibilities: The Girl Scout Council of Orange County accepts staff applications for Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 for “Cadette-O-Rama”, a weekend camping skills competition and camp-out held annually in October. Positions are available for “Red Hats” (10th -12th” graders) and “Blue Hats” (9th graders and older) and training is provided. Staff positions are open to individual girls. Girls who serve as staff for this event are not required to apply/attend with an adult. There are various volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Please visit www.gscoc.org.
March of Dimes
949 263-1100, Sarah, Minimum age/14, No hour requirement/flexible. Responsibilites: varied and training will be provided. March for Babies – April 2009, various events throughout the year.http://www.marchofdimes.com/california/
Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
949 859-6312, Tom Summa, www.pcrf-kids.org, Minimum Age/12, No hour requirement. Responsibilities – packaging and mailing, light office work. Special Events throughout the year can use volunteers
Kathryn Go, 949 261-2981, Minimum Age/13, No hour requirement. Volunteer application will need to be completed. Responsibilities: child care, office work, filing, copying, answering phones, etc.http://www.birthchoiceoc.org/
497-7979, www.wylandfoundation.org, please visit the website for various volunteer opportunities such as beach clean up days, organizing a beach clean up, etc.
My Hero Project
949 376-5964, Jeannie email: email@example.com, website:www.myhero.com, Minimum Age/None. Hour Requirement – depends on volunteer assignment. Responsibilities may include multimedia work, graphic arts, journalism, and light office work. Special Events include Film Festival at USC in November and Hero Festival in May. Volunteers needed to create and distribute original flyers. Writing assignments are useful to the organization. Highly recommended for students interested in journalism, or multimedia. Internships are available with opportunities for paid freelance work. Bilingual volunteers encouraged to volunteer however not required.
Laguna Beach Community Clinic
Marcy Boyne, 949 494-0761 ext. 141, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lbclinic.org, Minimum Age/14. Responsibilities may include light office work, assistance as needed by director.
Sierra Club Robin Everett, 361-7534, email@example.com, No Minimum Age. Gardening, maintaining trails, etc.
Bridge Learning Center for Homeless Children
Howard Levin, 494-0591, Minimum age/13, Description: An all volunteer organization, from teens to seniors, who spend one hour per week working with a child, one-on-one to increase their self-esteem and social ability. Tutoring is only in the basic 3Rs but also help them keep up with the rest of the class as necessary. http://www.volunteermatch.org/results/opp_detail.jsp?oppid=64822
Boys Girls Club of Capistrano Valley
Nicole Belair, 949-240- 7898, ext. *19, firstname.lastname@example.org. Minimum Age – 13, Minimum Hour Requirements – 30, training/orientation is provided; Responsibilities: aid staff members with preparation and supervision of members during after school activities. The schedule can be flexible; you may work directly with the children after school on a regular basis and/or assist with special events that happen in December, February, March, May, September.
Laguna Beach Women’s Club
email@example.com, Infrequent need for volunteers, however, you may email for current opportunities.
Laguna Art Museum
Derry Coe, 949 494-8971, Ext. 217, firstname.lastname@example.org, computer literate volunteers are needed. Special Events are held during the year, assisting with registration, selling raffle tickets, assisting the caterers. Office skills are also needed, filing, help with mailings. Also assistance with the Museum Store is also needed. http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org/Volunteer.html
SHARE Mountain Bike Club
Ken Rands, 636-0345, email@example.com No Minimum Age. No hours required. Will provide tool use and safety. Will provide all trail tools. Description: Volunteers would meet at a specified location and hike or ride to the work site. After instruction, volunteers would maintain trails by moving soil to prevent erosion or cutting back brush to keep the trail clear. Also participates in Inner Coastal Clean Up Day. Can coordinate with a group that would want to volunteer. Will provide all trail tools. For scheduled events, see the calendar onhttp://www.sharemtb.com/
Laguna Beach Animal Shelter
Nancy or Laura, 497-3552, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, Minimum Age/18. Hour Requirement: 4 hours per week, shifts are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or noon to 4 p.m. Due to insurance reasons, they request a one year commitment. Two Hour Mandatory Volunteer Training is held one Saturday or Sunday a month.
Friendship Shelter 949 494-6928, James Gard, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.friendshipshelter.org
Laguna Beach Library
949 497-1733, Rebecca Porter, Minimum Age/13 No hour requirement. Various volunteer opportunities available, sort books, shelve books, Read to Me Program, crafts, etc.
Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
949 494-1018, Rose Hancock, email@example.com, Minimum Age/16, No hour requirement. Responsibilities – light office work and/or Special Events throughout the year, Community Expo in October, Hometown BBQ – July 2009, Hospitality Night in December.
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen
949 548-8861 –Volunteer Hours are Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m to 5 p.m. Saturday volunteer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. In order to volunteer, you will need to leave a message on the answering machine.
Zero Trash Laguna
www.zerotrashlaguna.org, Clear our streets and beaches the first Saturday of each month. Please visit website for current information.
Child Guidance Center, Inc.
Elaine O’Rourke, 714 953-4455, Ext. 613, Minimum Age/Varies, No hour requirement. Light office work, copying, filing, sorting, etc.
Laguna Beach Playhouse
Lee Prouty, 949 497-2787, Ext. 203, www.lagunaplayhouse.com, Duties include: ushering, helping with mailings, education or group projects, and much more
Saddleback Memorial Center
Patricia Dooley, 452-3728, firstname.lastname@example.org, Minimum age/16. Must attend volunteer orientation before becoming a volunteer. Must be able to volunteer a minimum of 100 hours (4 hrs a week). Two TB Test are required. Medical clearance from your doctor is required. Criminal Background check if over 18. Must purchase volunteer uniform $25 and $6 dues annually. All volunteers are required to attend additional training and must show competence with the assigned duties. There is also a campus in San Clemente. http://www.memorialcare.org/saddleback/volunteers/volunteers.cfm
South County Community Outreach
949 380-8144, Don Ruff, www.saddlebackoutreach.org, Minimum Age 12 accompanied with an adult. Volunteer Hours Mon. thru Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Volunteer duties: Sorting food and misc. help as needed.
Challenger League – Little League Patty Stoner, 949 364-1961, Description of Duties: Assist K-7th grade children with physical and mental disabilities the basics of throwing, catching, hitting, base running, and having fun. There is a possibility there may be a basketball league for disabled children as well. http://www.district55.org/challenger.html
Maria Mazzenga Avellanda, 949 830-7494 or 949 830-7429
Country Villa Healthcare Shari Ryan, 949 837-8000, Description of duties: Assist patients in moving to and from activities, participating in activities, and room visits
Kids Konnected Carol Reed, 949 582-5443, Description of duties: Volunteers needed for a range of support services for kids who have a parent with cancer. http://www.kidskonnected.org/donate/volunteer.html
949 707-5111, JoAnne, www.herplaceoc.org, Volunteers are needed for child care, performing office work or assisting counselors.
Niguel Botanical Preserve
425-5126, Minimum Age/13. No hour requirement, Various gardening opportunities available and specific all-volunteer days throughout the year.
Orange County Natural History Museum Museum Manager, 831-3287, Various volunteer opportunities, please visit www.ocnhm.org
Discovery Shop/American Cancer Society
949 261-9446, Lorena or Shannon, Minimum Age/14 or Jacki Palmer 949 831-8523, Discovery Shop -Minimum Age/14. Hour Requirement – once a week. Volunteer duties: sorting clothes, organizing shop. The Discovery Shop is open 7 days a week. American Cancer Society also utilizes volunteers to assist with the Relay for Life Annual event. If interested in volunteering with the Annual Relay for Life, you may contact the Lead Area Manager, Ted Braxton at 949 567-0602 and he can direct you to the particular city organizer in South Orange County.
Friends of the Laguna Niguel Library
Marilyn Teitelbaum, 495-0137, Minimum Age/14, No hour requirement, shelving books.
Laguna Niguel Library Amber Ray, 949 249-5252, Minimum age/14, Time Requirement varies, Description: Homework Club, sort books, shelve books, Read to Me Program, crafts, etc.
Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Program
Angeline Soto, 714 566-3035 email@example.com for calendar of events. Minimum Age/No minimum as long as the opportunity is safe for volunteer. Volunteers 15 and younger need an adult 18 and over to accompany the volunteer. Volunteers under 18 need parent/guardian permission on the volunteer application. Minimum Hour Requirements: Volunteer opportunities usually last 3-4 hours. General volunteers have a 3-5 hours/month commitment. General volunteers must attend a Program Orientation Meeting, have a background check completed (if 18 and over) and fill out General Application. One Time Volunteers must have one time application and approval of volunteer opportunity.
Laguna Grove Veterinary Hospital
Betty, 949 495-8387, Minimum Age/14, firstname.lastname@example.org, Assist with office staff as needed.
South Coast YMCA Lauren Roberts, 949 495-9622, Sports related volunteer opportunities available such as coaching, customer service, and sports instruction and aides. Contact Edgar @ 949 249-6213 or email@example.com. Minimum Age – 18. First Aid and CPR is required if 18 and over. General volunteer opportunities contact person: Marcia Marsala, 949-249-6208, Younger students may volunteer for short term hours and special events. There are no hour requirements. Annual Special Events that can use volunteers – Annual 4th of July Run in the Parks, Monthly Family Fit Nights, Healthy Kids Day held in April.My name is Lauren Roberts and I am our Membership Director here at South Coast. Lauren Roberts, “I can take care of all general inquiries about volunteerism while Johann Noetzel, our Sports Director, can take care of all volunteers interested in helping with our sports programming. Please call the main line at the branch for all volunteer opportunities. 949-495-9622.”
Crown Valley Animal Care Shelter
949 495-1123, Heidi, Minimum Age/18. Assist with office staff as needed.
Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce
949 363-0136 – Debbie Newman, Minimum Age/None, Responsibilities include: updating websites, computer work, light office work. Training will be provided. Special Events: Holiday Tree Lighting in December, Taste of Laguna Niguel in August.
Laguna Niguel Woman’s Club
949 388-7964, Kathy, Minimum Age/14, Minimal need for volunteers but at times does require volunteers.
Laguna Niguel Parks and Recreation
Volunteer Hotline 362-4351, Minimum Age 13 except Haunted Trails is 14. Hour Requirement: See below in annual activities.
South Orange County AYSO
Jim Cowart, 949 249-8036, Minimum Age/varies. Scorekeepers, assistant coaches. etc.
Mission Viejo Activities Committee
Cathy Allen, 949 830-7066, Minimum Age/16. Description: Utilizes volunteers particularly at their events – The Boutique in November, Hot Chocolate at Santa’s Workshop, and at the 4th of July Celebration.www.mvactivities.com.
Birth Choice of Mission Viejo
Jennifer Irving, 949 364-3928, Minimum Age/13, No hour requirement. Volunteer application will need to be completed. Responsibilities: child care, office work, filing, copying, answering phones, etc. Special community service projects available as well.
Fun With Chalk
949 367-1222, Dr. Lieberman, Minimum Age/16. No hour requirement. Assistance with mailings and light office work such as mailings, copying. Assist with festival held in May 2009. Please visit their website for more information and complete the volunteer application online. Elaine Lieberman, Volunteer Coordinator. http://www.funwithchalk.com/
Mission Viejo Library
949 830-7100, Patrice Rand, http://cmvl.org/volunteeropps/volunteer.html, Minimum Age/None, No Hour Requirement. Various volunteer opportunities available. Book Drive – For each full bag of books that you bring in, the library will give you one (1) community service hour. Students are also needed for the Youth Advisory Board.
714 210-2460, Minimum Age 16, No hour requirements, sorting, organizing, etc.
From Chrysalis to Wings
949 916-6851, http://www.chrysalistowings.com/volunteerism.html, Please visit their website online for current volunteer opportunities.
949 492-0465, Fax 949 495-9104, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, CA 92672, No Minimum Age but for volunteers under the age of 18, a note from a parent or legal guardian stating approval for the volunteer activity on behalf of their child. Hour Requirements: For production-related activities and event set up/tear down, there would be specific hours but for the most part, we are happy to have volunteers for whatever amount of time they can donate! There are volunteer orientation sessions a couple of times of year. Training for specific activities (i.e., costumes, set building, etc.) is provided at the time of the activity. There will always be someone available to train/answer questions etc. For the face painting booth, prior face painting knowledge/experience is very helpful. Description of volunteer responsibilities – The majority of our volunteer requirements are self-explanatory. Specific responsibilities are based on the task. The specific responsibilities are explained to the volunteer as the need arises. Because of the variety of opportunities available, we need volunteers year round. We try to do mini-fund raising activities every other month; there is a major fund raising event usually in June; play productions run from September to May or June; Face Painting at the Ocean Festival in July; and the Street Festival is in August. Scary Story Telling at the Playhouse in October. New activities are being developed throughout the year – check our website (www.cabrilloplayhouse.org) for current information
949 498-2139, Noreen, Minimum Age/9th Grade, Hour Requirement – none. Responsibilities may include: gardening, afternoon clerical work, phones, mailings, etc. Special Event assistance at their Toast to the Casa held on the last Saturday of September each year. You may contact Noreen for more information.
Hospice Care of the West 949 282-5948, Donna Miller – Volunteer Coordinator, Minimum Age/15. No hour requirement. Responsibilities – light office work such as copying, filing, creating admission packets for the nurses. There is one Special Event, Memorial Service, during the year held on the 1st weekend in November that needs volunteers to assist in decorating and registration.
San Clemente Art Association Garden Club
949 275-3974, Launa Gold, www.sanclementegardenclub.com, 949 498-2335, There are many opportunities in the gardens of San Clemente for interested teens to volunteer! We participate in monthly programs at the Rio Adult Day Care Center where help would be appreciated. We have, for years done a garden related program at the Boys Girls Club. Currently, we are looking for someone to chair that activity. If we have a teen or two interested to help, that may inspire someone to chair the program. The Garden Club’s annual Garden Fest is April 12. We would love to have teens help with the children’s activities, plant sale, popcorn machine, etc. Also, we participate in the Character Counts annual event in the fall. We could really use help assisting the children plant a flower at that event. I recently took on the job of Head Gardener at the Casa Romantica. There are many opportunities to volunteer in the Casa gardens also. There would be a Garden Club member guiding the teens in all of these activities and no experience/minimum hours/training is necessary. Pam Hill, 369-0260, email@example.com, Minimum Age/9th grade, however, younger students may be accepted if accompanied by parent depending upon the job duty. Volunteers may be placed on their volunteer email list and may be contacted with specific current needs and assignments to fit volunteer’s schedule. Some duties may include light office work such as mailings, answering phones, etc. There is a need for volunteers with computer knowledge. Art majors advised to volunteer for exposure to the art world but not required. There are two main special events that can use volunteers. Paint San Clemente on June and a 2 Day Art Craft Faire in August 2009 Arts Crafts Fair.
City of San Clemente Educational Foundation Beaches Parks Recreation
361-8353, Vicki, Minimum Age/18, No time requirements. Responsibilities: Will need to fill out a volunteer application and will be referred to the particular department based on the volunteer’s interest. There are special events throughout the year; you would need to fill out a volunteer application as stated above.
Ocean Festival 949 440-6141, www.oceanfestival.org You may register to volunteer at the Ocean Festival held in July directly online at their website. Click on the “Contact Us” to register.
949 206-2523, firstname.lastname@example.org Some of their activities include beach cleanups, community outreach, newsletter writing, PR, volunteer coordination, and more! Check their website for current volunteer information
San Clemente Junior Lifeguards
Jr. Lifeguard Hotline – 949 361-8261 – The San Clemente City Junior Lifeguard Program is an ocean and beach oriented educational and recreational opportunity for young people, ages 10 to 17. The program is designed to increase the participant’s appreciation and understanding of the recreational opportunities and hazards of the ocean environment. Participants receive education and experience in ocean safety, first aid, rescue techniques, body surfing, board surfing, body boarding, physical fitness, and Marine Safety operations. Applicants should be in good health and physical condition. http://san-clemente.org/sc/standard.aspx?pageid=99
San Clemente Chamber of Commerce
Norma, 949 492-1131, www.scchamber.com, Minimum Age – 15, No Hour Requirement. Various responsibilities such as answering phones, assist visitors.
San Clemente Hospital Medical Center
949 496-1122, www.memorialcare.org, Please visit the website for additional information. You may complete the volunteer application online.
San Clemente Historical Society
949 212-8299, Rad Ghantouf, www.sanclementehistoricalsociety.org, Minimum Age/None, No hour requirement. Various responsibilities available for those having an interest in the historical aspects of San Clemente
Friends of the San Clemente Beaches, Parks Recreation 949 212-8299, Rad Ghantouf, Minimum Age/None, No hour requirement. Various responsibilities available for those having an interest in the San Clemente community.
Character Counts! Leslie Mowers, 361-8368, mowersl@san-clemente/prg, www.charactercounts.org. Minimum Age/13 unless accompanied by a parent. No hour requirements. Description: Help fold award t-shirts 600 each year, repair/paint CC Mural at North Beach, as needed. Help with Jamboree. Other events such as Rotary Club Events, Kiwanis Club Events, starting and joining a CC! at the local school.
949 361-3775, Laura Kelley, Minimum Age/18 for some volunteer opportunities. 40 Hour Domestic Violence training would be required. However, there are special events throughout the year that require high school aged volunteers. If interested, contact Andrea McCallister, for current opportunities. Volunteers are needed for their social networking websites, MySpace and Facebook. Also, www.laurashouse.org, participates in Taste of Ladera scheduled for May 2009 – volunteers are needed for face painting and Havana Nights Event on May 2009 at the Hyatt Newport Beach – volunteers are needed for assistance with Silent Auction. You may also support Laura’s House by linking your Albertsons Savings card to Laura’s House. Just go to www.albertsons.com/cp/ and use their ID: LH ID # 49000115420. They offer Volunteer Orientation twice a month, which gives an overview of all of the various opportunities to volunteer and get involved
Web Wise Kids
www.webwisekids.org, 714 435-2885, For more information, please check out the website
Nancy Leland, 361-7721, Minimum age/18 or a minor accompanied with an adult, No minimum hours of service, Thrift store is open on weekends. Description: Sorting, tagging, and moving donated items
Family Assistance Ministries Jan Cleaves or Nancy Martinez, 492-8477, email@example.com, No Minimum Age. Description: Food packing, office duties, handy person, driver for senior clients. If the child is under 16, he/she must be accompanied by an adult during service hours.
San Clemente Volunteer Corps
949 361-8353, You may visit their website for an application to volunteer. Their website is http://san-clemente.org/sc/standard.aspx?pageid=7. There are various volunteer opportunities and requirements within the city.
San Juan Capistrano Library
949 493-1752, Librarian, Minimum Age/None. Shelving books, crafts, help with bookstore, etc.
Mission San Juan Capistrano 949 234-1315, Pat March, http://www.missionsjc.com/volunteer.html, Minimum Age/7th grade, Various volunteer opportunities, please visit the website for current volunteer opportunities and special events that can use volunteers.
Marco Forster Middle
School Students Teaching Students: Volunteerswc to teach or tutor students from Marco Forester Middle School on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. For more information, go tohttp://breakthroughsjc.smes.org/index.aspx. Diosa Adams, Diosa.firstname.lastname@example.org 949.661.0108 ext: 322
Gwen Vermeulen, 493-8444, www.sjchistoricalsociety.com, For volunteer opportunities, please visit their website.
Rotary Club of San Juan Capistrano
949 661-6767 or 949 455-4100, http://www.sjcrotary.org/
Camino Real Playhouse
Megan McCarver, 949 388-6477, www.caminorealplayhouse.org, Minimum Age/13, No hour requirement. Volunteers needed as ushers, set design, stage production, gardening, etc.
Fran Joswick Theraputic Riding Center Nancy Riggs, 240-8441, Ext. 105, Minimum Age/11. Hour Requirement/varies. Assistance needed with horses, fundraising events, office work, working with guests and visitors. You may fill out an application online to volunteer. http://www.sheacenter.org/volunteer/index.html
Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy
949-240-3363, www.ranchomissionviejo.com, For current volunteer opportunities, please visit their website
Casper’s Wilderness Park Park Ranger Ryan Cordero 949 923-2208 and Volunteer Coordinator Angeline Santiago, 714 973-6871, Minimum Age/15, Must be physically capable of hiking on uneven terrain and performing semi strenuous work using various hand tools. Please visit www.ocparks.com for more information. Active volunteers participate in backcountry projects and are eligible to attend certified training workshops that enhance backcountry field skills. The General Application Process needs to be completed prior to volunteering.
Capistrano Animal Rescue Foundation (CARE) Rita Love, 240-1735, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org., Minimum Age18 unless accompanied by an adult. No hour requirements. Training/orientation would be event specific. Variety of volunteer opportunities. Dog Wrangler – help train, socialize and walk dogs to prepare them for adoption. Adoption Days at PetSmart in Petco, Swallow’s Day Parade or Mercado Booth in March, 4th of July Booth, Pet Pictures with Santa, Fundraising events – CARE Show – Superbowl Weekend Saturday, CARE Events: Benefit Dinners, BBQ’s, Yard/Bake sales, Garden Tour – May, Hogs for Dogs (and Cats) in October. Because of Liability Insurance requirements, some volunteer positions will require a membership with C.A.R.E.
Brighton Gardens Healthcare
Crystal, 949 248-8855, No minimum age. No hour requirement. Assist seniors with arts, crafts, serving meals, spending time with seniors, etc.
American Heroes Tribute
800 983-HERO, Chris Yates, Minimum Age/Varies, No hour requirement, Responsibilities: various responsibilities such as making banners, sing the national anthem at events, hand out literature, build banner stands, etc.
Yolanda Middleton, 949 350-1897, No minimum age. Various volunteer opportunities and special events throughout the year. The main event during the year is a Golf Tournament which needs volunteers
The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy
949 489-9778, www.theconservancy.org, Minimum Age/varies. Various volunteer opportunities available, such as, trail clearing, weeding crews, computer work, office work, mailings, graphic design, website programming. Volunteers are also needed who have natural history knowledge.
OUTSIDE AREAS AND/OR ALL OF ORANGE COUNTY
American Red Cross
Orange County Youth Services, 714 481-5300, www.oc-redcross.org, email@example.com. Minimum Age/12 Please e-mail or visit their website for current special events and opportunities. Youth Leadership for CDE (YLC)program trains youth as peer educator to inform their peers about disaster preparedness. As presenters they are able to speak on earthquake and home fire safety, having a safety (earthquake kit) and general disaster preparation. Presentations are conducted during the academic school day as well as afterschool. To become involved with YLC, an individual must attend a free training and quarterly reviews. Training for youth presenters are hosted twice a year (late fall and Spring) at the Red Cross Chapter office G.I.F.T. (Get Involved Forum for Teens) is the monthly meeting held at our Red Cross Chapter office for all youth volunteers to learn about and sign up for Red Cross activities, trainings, special events. Also, it is an opportunity to get involved with planning future service activities. *This would be the recommended first meeting for a new youth volunteer to attend to begin their orientation and involvement. All youth volunteers must complete a youth volunteer application which is available at this meeting. The G.I.F.T. meetings will be held at the Chapter, the first Wednesday of the month during the months of October-June. Y-HAVE (Youth-HIV/AIDS Volunteer Educators) trains youth to present information about HIV/AIDS disease progression, transmission, testing, and prevention to middle and high school students throughout Orange County. Youth presenters plan and coordinate trainings, fundraisers, conferences, and annual events. Y-HAVE has reached more than 110,000 students and is unique because it is peer-to-peer education, allowing youth to become educated and aware of HIV/AIDS. YiES (Youth In Emergency Services) trains youth to become involved with disaster preparedness and response. Youth learn how to respond in the event of a local disaster, how to identify hazards, and how to care for themselves during a disaster. There are monthly YiES meetings and trainings (in first aid and CPR) are hosted 2-3 times each school year. LOOKOUT! is a peer education where youth are trained in bicycle, skateboard, scooter, and pedestrian safety and make presentations to elementary age children at community fairs, after-school programs, etc. Jr. LDC/LDC (Leadership Development Center) are two summer camps designed for junior high and high school students respectively. Staffed by former participants who are trained in all aspects of leading camp activities, it is open to all Orange County youth. At Jr. LDC /LDC youth learn and enhance their leadership skills through group activities and confidence building exercises. Office assistants provide assistance after-school or during the summer in the Youth Services department working on various computer data entry and clerical projects. Often times they are working on the prep work for an upcoming service project or training. Service projects are a great way to get involved and assist the community. Each month 2-3 service projects (usually on weekends) are available to youth volunteers to participate in. The service projects range from events hosted by the Red Cross to serve the community, to events hosted by other agencies that Red Cross youth volunteers would help out at. Attend Youth Council meetings held every 1st Wednesday of each month from 6 – 7:30pm to get to most updated volunteer service information
The Raise Foundation Russell Brammer, 949-757-3635, Ext. 118, 949-757-4206 Fax, Russell@theraisefoundation.org, Various community projects throughout the year i.e., November – Thanksgiving Food Drive, February – Annual Bundles of Love Drive, April – Mother’s Day Drive, April – Pennies for Prevention, June – Thanksgiving in the Summer. November 2010-Thanksgiving Food Drive: In 2009, with the support of our participants, we distributed over 750 boxes of food to needy families throughout Orange County. This food drive is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and share in the spirit of giving and giving thanks. February 2011-6th Annual “Bundles of Love” Drive: We will be collecting items such as diapers, wipes, and other baby care items which will then be packaged into “Bundles of Love”. Our staff will distribute the “Bundles of Love”, which will also include practical parenting information, to parents to strengthen them from the start. April 2011-Mother’s Day Drive: A drive is held to collect personal care items (such as soaps, shampoos, lotions) which are then made in to gift bags and distributed to mothers in need throughout Orange County. In 2010 over 275 gift bags were distributed and we hope to surpass that amount this year! April 2011-Pennies for Prevention: A coin drive is held in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We provide you Blue Ribbon buttons that can be distributed to everyone who participates to reflect their contribution to child abuse prevention. Last year schools and companies raised over $3,800 to support child abuse prevention programs! Description: Coordinate/Host a Drive at church/school, attend the sorting and packaging at the end of the collection drive. Also need volunteers for yearly events like our yearly events like our annual Blue Ribbon Festival in March, fundraiser Gala, Family and community events. Please feel free to contact Joanne Stewart at Joanne@theraisefoundation.org or by phone at 949-757-3635 ext. 128) if you have any questions or if you are interested in participating in any of these Caring for Kids Community projects with us. Please also check out our upcoming events and activities on the web at:www.theraisefoundation.org. Thank you for helping to make Orange County a place where it doesn’t hurt to be a child. http://www.theraisefoundation.org/WebFormsA/Default.aspx?S=18
Mario Galindo, 566-3070, firstname.lastname@example.org, Minimum Age/18. To be a literacy tutor, they require 50 hours. Other volunteer opportunities do not require a time requirement. Tutor training is provided (23 hours). Other opportunities would include specific training. Volunteer duties vary: Tutors meet with adult learners in the community at local libraries to provide literacy tutoring. Office volunteers can assist with clerical duties, minor library duties Families For Literacy volunteers go to designated family reading events and assist READ staff: setting up, reading with kids. Tutoring is year round. We have an annual picnic; September. Families For Literacy has events year round. Although most tutors are 18, there are some events were we would appreciate the help of teens
New Hope Teen Line
Ameeta Dadlani, 714-971-4301, Quinn Webb, 714 971-4308, Minimum age/16, 2-4 hour shifts M-F, Description: Volunteer Teen Counselors who listen and receive reflection to brainstorm solutions or problems to come up with plan of action, training will be provided. www.teenline.org (Located in Garden Grove)
Office of the District Attorney
Jose Morfin, 714 347-8415, Jose.email@example.com Education Resources Volunteer information on website. http://www.orangecountyda.com/home/index.asp?page=146, You may register to volunteer online. Community Education Services is recruiting volunteers to assist with weekend events. Volunteer opportunities include helping to set up and staff the outreach booth, disseminating resource information, and interacting with the public at cultural festivals.
Orange County Performing Arts
714 556-2122, Ext. 4259, www.ocpac.org, Minimum Age/varies. Description: ushers, docent, special events, etc
San Diego Surfrider Foundation 858 792-9940, firstname.lastname@example.org Some of their activities include beach cleanups, community outreach, newsletter writing, PR, volunteer coordination, and more! Check their website for current volunteer information.
San Diego Coast Keeper
Sarah Blakeslee, 619 758-7743, Ext. 115, email@example.com, No minimum age, Description: Science based surveys, beach cleanups, general office tasks, water monitoring, special event planning. Also has annual events such as Beach Clean Up Days, World Wide Water Monitoring Day, National Coastal Clean Up Day, and Ocean Gala Fundraiser. Please visit our website at www.sdbaykeeper.org for up to date information.
Orange County CoastKeeper 714 850-1965, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.coastkeeper.org Some of their activities include beach cleanups, community outreach, newsletter writing, PR, volunteer coordination, and more! Check their website for current volunteer information.
Blind Children’s Learning Center Sharon Mitchael or Irene Takahashi, 714 573-8888, www.blindkids.org, Minimum Age – 18 unless accompanied by an adult, No hour requirements, Responsibilities: assist with classrooms with kids as a student aide, prepare materials, child care, outside activities, training will be provided. Located in Santa Ana. (55 fwy / 17th St), www.blindkids.org
Christina Robinette, www.wishocie.org, 714 573-9474 ext. 229, email@example.com Minimum Age/None. Organize community service projects, fundraise, etc. DHHS Students who wish to get involved should also join DHHS’s Make-A-Wish Club, led by advisor Sarah Willett.
Rebecca Mosteller, Volunteer Manager, 714 564-8374, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sosc.org, various volunteer opportunities available. Please visit their website for current information.
Trauma Intervention Program (TIP Teens) – Orange County Chapter 949 707-9016, http://www.tiporangecounty.org/index2.htm, Please visit website for current volunteer opportunities. You may register to volunteer online. Training is required.
Big Brothers/Sisters of Orange County
Claudia Cuevas or Nichael Parhar, 714 544-7773, Ext. 240, email@example.com, www.bigbrooc.org, Please visit website for current volunteer opportunities and requirements
San Dieguito Heritage Museum
Encinitas, CA (San Diego County) Minimum age/13. Description: Guide visitors and children on tour of museum, assist in collecting historic information and to help conduct special events. Also need volunteers to help in restoring buildings and artifacts. Also need volunteers to help in gardening projects. Group volunteer projects are available. Address is 450 Quail Gardens, Encinitas, CA. http://www.sdheritage.org/
Orange County People for Animals Julie Meskell, 714 544-9041, firstname.lastname@example.org, Minimum Age/14. No hour requirements. Minimal training provided. Assisting with distributing literature at information tables. Teenagers are encouraged to be liaisons with OCPA in starting healthy lunch programs and animal protection clubs in their school. Participate in Earth Day and Meat Out day in the Spring. http://www.ocpausa.org/
Child Abuse Prevention Center
www.brightfutures4kids.org, (714) 543-4333, please visit online for current opportunities.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
www.cff.org, You may register to volunteer online for various volunteer opportunities. Please review the website for your particular interest and requirements.
United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County Cathleen Collins, 949-333-6424, email@example.com, www.ucp-oc.org/volunteer.html, Minimum Age/10, No hour requirement. Volunteers needed during the holiday season sorting gifts by age, organizing and wrapping. They also have a need for volunteers ages 16+ for the OC Marathon.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Luke Plubell, P: 949-885-5024, F: 949-553-8813 www.jdrfoc.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; Lite office work helping with thank you letters and notes, mailings, filing, lite excel data entry. Major events through the year: Walk to Cure Diabetes UC Irvine (November 7th 2010), Dream Gala (March 12th 2011), Fore the Kids Golf Classic (May 2011), Volunteer opportunities available thought the year. Minimum Age – 16. Younger then 16 requires parent supervision.
Orange County Bar Foundation Nancy Garcia, 714 480-1925, Ext. 108, email@example.com,http://www.ocbarfoundation.org/volunteer_opportunities.html, For current volunteer opportunities and to register to volunteer, please visit their website. Minimum age 18 unless accompanied by an adult…no hour requirements. Assistance needed with special events throughout the year – OC Marathon takes place on a Sunday in May and the Annual SHORTSTOP Golf tournament takes place on a Friday in September.
Festival of Children Foundation Taryn Podlas, 714 438-3287, PodlasT@southcoastplaza.com, www.festivalofchildren.org, Festival of Children is a month long showcase of children’s charities at South Coast Plaza retail center, with over 100 entertainment acts scheduled on the weekends in September for children and their families. This year, we’re excited to welcome 22 new children’s charities in to our total of 78 organizations that will be on site throughout the month. In addition, highlights of the program will include an appearance by marine artist Wyland, an innovative skateboard program with CreateAskate, and dozens of appearances by incredibly talented dancers, singers and entertainers! Our full schedule of events is available online at www.festivalofchildren.org. Below is the volunteer schedule. We need between 4 and 6 volunteers for each shift, and are always thrilled to welcome members of your club, your friends and family. Your job on these days will be to assist with arts and crafts, help charities at their booths, and join our staff in making sure all events run smoothly. Tuesday, September 2: 1:00-5:00. Volunteers are needed to assemble gift bags for our Opening Night Party. Location: Festival of Children Headquarters, 3315 Fairview Road , Costa Mesa, CA. Wednesday, September 3: 1:00-5:00. Volunteers are needed to assemble gift bags for our Opening Night Party. Location: Festival of Children Headquarters, 3315 Fairview Road , Costa Mesa , CA .Volunteers are needed on the following dates in TWO shifts (you may select one, or work a full shift from 11:30 until 4:00).11:30a.m. – 2:00p.m. 1:30p.m. – 4:00p.m. Saturday, September 06, 2008; Sunday, September 07, 2008; Saturday, September 13, 2008; Sunday, September 14, 2008; Saturday, September 20, 2008; Sunday, September 21, 2008; Saturday, September 27, 2008; Sunday, September 28, 2008. Please contact Taryn Podlas to let her know your availability for these dates and times as soon as possible. Whether you can help us out for 2 hours or throughout the entire month, your help is greatly appreciated. We look forward to working with all of you in the days ahead
714 543-5437, Tamara Koch, www.olivecrest.org, Minimum Age/varies. No hour requirement. There are a variety of opportunities for students to volunteer. Please visit their website for current volunteer opportunities.
Junior League of Orange County
949 261-0823, www.jlocc.org, Must become a member in order to volunteer with their organization.
Orange Elderly Service, Inc.
714 637-3845, Peggy, Deliver meals to home bound elderly individuals in Orange.
714 547-0615, Minimum Age – 14 with parent supervision, No hour requirement, Responsibilities – provide homeless with food. Opportunities available during the holiday season and Veteran’s Day.
714 288-5600, Maribel Vasques, Minimum age/varies. Light office work, mailings, copying, sorting, special events, etc.
Mallory Gompert, 949 757-3705, Mallory.firstname.lastname@example.org
Homefront America, Inc.
949 248-9468, 949-293-5307. email@example.com, Please visit their website for current volunteer opportunities. You may register to volunteer online. For the next six months, we will need volunteers to help with: Thanksgiving food drive – This event will take place if we can collect the necessary food items. Food items should be limited to holiday fixings, not the turkeys or hams because we simply do not have any refrigeration storage. If Dana Hills High School would like to be the host school for this effort, we will gladly meet with representative(s) to kick off this project. The food collected will go to benefit military families on Camp Pendleton, Miramar, and the Submariners stationed in Pt. Loma San Diego. We will need volunteers to collect, sort, and put together the food in boxes. Christmas toy drive – Every year we collect, sort, and deliver toys to the children at Camp Pendleton. We will need help to collect, inventory, sort, and package the toys for the children. We will have a list of children’s names and their ages so we can provide them with the appropriate toys. PowerPoint Presentation – We are also looking for someone who can help us with a PowerPoint presentation. Throughout the year, we have all sorts of opportunities to help support our Troops and their families that are highly suitable for High School age students.
A Million Thanks
www.amillionthanks.org, Please visit their website for current volunteer opportunities.
Toys for the Troops Kids
Bill Stein, 916 974-8387, www.toysforthetroopskids.org, Please visit their website for current volunteer opportunities.
Helping Americas Youth
www.helpingamericasyouth.gov, Please visit their website for current volunteer opportunities.
Childrens Hospital of Orange-Mission (CHOC)
www.choc.org, Minimum Age/16, Minimum Hours/100 hrs a year, Highly recommend to visit the website and review the volunteer information and requirements. There are varied volunteer opportunities within the CHOC system. Currently there is a 2-3 month waiting list, apply online early.
Orangewood Children’s Foundation
714 619-0200, Sarah Whittenberg, www.orangewoodfoundation.org or 714 636-4781, Ext. 212, 714 935-7687, Please visit their website for various volunteer opportunities.
Orange County Boy Scouts of America
www.ocbsa.org, 714 546-4990, Must be a member to volunteer. Various volunteer opportunities available.
Heroes for Heroes
Diane Malowney, 858 453-5789, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.heroesforheroes.net, Please visit the website and contact Diane for current volunteer opportunities.
St. Jude Medical Center
Christina Goldman, Volunteer Services Coordinator, 714 992-3000, Ext. 2878, Description of Duties: Provide support to patients, visitors and staff, from the nursing units to the information desks. http://www.stjudemedicalcenter.org/How-You-Help/Volunteering/Become-a-Hospital-Volunteer/
American Cancer Society
Lucy Quintana, 949 640-4777, www.cancer.org, email@example.com, Minimum age: 14, Responsibilities: sort, hang, steam, and merchandise, training will be provided. Open 7 days a week.
County of Orange
Jane Dawson, 714 834-7440, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://ocgov.com/gov/volunteer/opportunities/teens, Email Jane for a list of volunteer opportunities for teens under 18. Various opportunities throughout the year with various age and time requirements.
Surf Aid International
760 753-1103, Elizabeth, Minimum Age/12 accompanied by parent or parent permission, www.surfaidinternational.org, Swim for Life Relay, Hand out posters in surf shops, around town, booths at surf contests in the area.
Breast Cancer Survivors 949 421-1206, Nicolette, Minimum Age/16, Responsibilities would include assisting with mailings and/or light office work. Special Events throughout the year would also require the use of volunteers throughout South Orange County. . http://www.bcsurvivors.org/index.php/volunteers/
ANNUAL ACTIVITIES /FUNDRAISERS THAT NEED VOLUNTEERS
Dana Point Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving)
http://www.turkeytrot.com/, You may register to volunteer online. The next Turkey Trot will be held on November 27, 2008. Volunteers are the heart and soul of any event! We are looking for individuals, clubs and associations to be a part of this special team. All volunteers will receive a Race Team t-shirt and refreshments You can be an important part of this year’s race. To become a member of the Race Team, you can now register online here
Jamboree sponsored by Character Counts! (October)
Leslie Mower, 949 361-8368, 949-422-7649 email@example.com. Responsibilities: to help set up booths, blow up balloons and tie up, supervise jump booth, clean up after the fair, run the information booth. http://ci.san-clemente.ca.us/sc/NewsOnly.aspx?PageID=497, Our Jamboree will be held on September 27, 2008 and has been moved to Vista Del Mar Middle School. The SCHS CHARACTER COUNTS! Club will have many responsibilities this year in running the fair. We would like the Dana Hills High School and any other high school that has a CC! to have a booth at the fair. Our theme this year is 1950’s, like Grease or Happy Days, so it will be a blast. All volunteer work is greatly appreciated!
Habitat for Humanity Gala (May)
714 434-6200, Ext. 224 – Gala is held in May 2009. http://www.habitatoc.org/news/events/2008.gala1.html
SmileMakers Guild of the Council on Aging
Afternoon at the Improv, Irvine Improv, Minimum Age 18, Sandy Moody 714 479-0107, Ext. 227. http://www.coaoc.org/new/html/calendar_special_event.htm
Toby’s House Annual Fall Gala (November)
Maren Parsons, 714 972-8109 or Nancy Leland 949 361-7721, please visit their website atwww.tobyshouse.com for future events. 20 Volunteers needed for the Fall Gala. Minimum Age/18 unless accompanied by parent.
Inner Coastal Clean Up Day (September)
City of Mission Viejo, Deborah Carson, 949 470-8458
Boardfest (Labor Day Weekend – September)
Huntington Beach Pier, www.boardfest.com, 714 375-1132, The All Girl Action Sports Empowerment Festival
Tail of Two Cities sponsored by The Pet Project Foundation (November)
Paula Becker, Minimum Age/16, Dinner Auction. Training will be given night of the event. Volunteers will be needed for moving auction items from the auction room to the counting room, handing out items to bidders, etc. http://www.petprojectfoundation.org/events.shtml
Wag a Thon sponsored by The Pet Project Foundation (April)
Paula Becker, Minimum Age/11, Next wag is April 2009, 7:00 – 2:00. Shifts are 7:00-10:00 and 10:00-2:00 (subject to change), Training will be given day of event. Responsibilities include handing out shirts, helping in booths, directing the walk, etc. http://www.petprojectfoundation.org/events.shtml
Laguna Niguel Haunted Trails (October)
Alison Giglio, firstname.lastname@example.org, Minimum age/14. Hour Requirement – 22-25 hour commitment for 3 day event, trainings and dress rehearsal. Mandatory meetings/trainings. First meeting is usually held sometime during the first week of October. Description: Scare paying customers on the trails, evening event.
Laguna Niguel Day Camps Gretchen Malcolm, 425-5100 or email@example.com. Minimum age/13. Hour requirement – full attendance for the duration of the event. Description: work with children, crafts, games.
Laguna Niguel Earth Day /Volunteer Connection Day (April) Gretchen Malcolm, 425-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Minimum age/13. Hour requirement – full attendance for the duration of the event. Description: Spruce up the Niguel Botanical Preserve
Laguna Niguel Winter Children’s Event 949 425-5100, Alison Giglio, email@example.com, Minimum age/13. Hour requirement – full attendance for the duration of the event. Description: Crafts with the kids
Laguna Niguel Bunny Blast 949 425-5100, Alison Giglio, firstname.lastname@example.org, Minimum age/13. Hour requirement – full attendance for the duration of the event. Description: Crafts/Games with the Kids
Laguna Niguel Track Meet 949 425-5100, Colleen Gelfer, email@example.com, Minimum age/13. Hour requirement – full attendance for the duration of the event. Description: Run events, measure, time
Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade (December) Linda Groscost, firstname.lastname@example.org, Minimum age/13, See website for current information www.lagunaniguelparade.com. There is an orientation to attend a week or so prior to the parade. Description, Various duties, including trash clean up, pacing parade, staging, program distribution.
Laguna Niguel Senior Center Meals on Wheels and Lunch Program
Robin Trexler, 362-2807, Minimum age/13. Description: Deliver meals to homebound seniors or work in lunch room on M/W/F. An option when school is not in session. http://www.officeonaging.ocgov.com/VolunteerOpportunities.asp
The Raise Foundation Annual Gala (October)
Ruby Godinez, email@example.com, www.theraisefoundation.org Fundraiser Event. Minimum Age/16. Volunteers are needed for the day and evening activities. The Raise Foundation – We prevent child abuse and we help others who want to prevent child abuse.
Dana Point Harbor Boat Show (December)
Laurie Dietz, 949 496-6177, firstname.lastname@example.org. Shift could last 6 hours. We need people to hand out brochures, keep count of visitors as they come through the gate, stamp hands at the exit gate for re-entry and make sure that no one leaves with an alcoholic beverage. For more information, please visit: www.dphboatshow.com
Orange County Marathon (January)
Erin Bickmeier, 714 273-3388, please visit www.ocmarathon.com and review volunteer opportunities. You may register to volunteer directly online.
Annual Destination Independence Walk sponsored by Blind Children’s Learning Center
Will be held on June 7, 2008, Registration forms will be available on-line beginning March 1st atwww.blindkids.org. Any questions please call Sharon Mitchael at (714) 573-8888 ext. 118. Please contact Sharon for current volunteer opportunities.
Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk
Candace Clark, 949 757-3704 – The Memory Walk® is a national signature event to help those battling Alzheimer’s disease. Attracting over 3,000 locally, AAOC hosted the nation’s largest Memory Walk® in November 2007 complete with a 2-mile walk, Corporate Team Challenge, Food Court, Kid’s Korner, Memory Pavilion, and live music. http://www.alz.org/memorywalk/volunteer.asp