Community Unity Projects: Community Volunteer Opportunities

Visitor Center Docents Needed at Vasona Park
Vasona County Park is now recruiting Docent volunteers. Docents work directly with Park
Ranger staff to provide services to greet the general public and provide information about
the park.

This is a great opportunity for LGHS students seeking community service, and will look
great on your work or college resume! You’ll also gain valuable experience in the Parks &
Recreation field, work with some great people, and have some fun while doing it!

Requirements
  • No experience necessary
  • Training provided
  • Hours available are Monday – Thursday, 3:30PM-early evening
Come join our team of dedicated volunteers!

Download the flyer for more information and If you’re interested, please contact:

Santa Clara County Parks - Volunteer Program
333 Blossom Hill Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: 408-355-2299

Email: volunteer@prk.sccgov.org
 

Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury
The Civil Grand Jury, as part of the Judicial Branch of government, is an arm of the Superior Court.  It serves as the county’s investigatory body, and has the authority to examine all aspects of county and city government, school districts, and special districts.  The Grand Jury also has the statutory authority to inspect the adult and juvenile detention facilities.  Service on the Grand Jury affords citizens a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to the efficiency and integrity of local government.  

Once a year, the Judges of the Superior Court recruit qualified applicants to serve a one-year term. Residents who have lived in the county for one year, are United States citizens, and are 18 years of age or older may apply for service. The deadline to submit an application for consideration for service on the 2015-2016 Civil Grand Jury panel is Friday, April 10, 2015.

How to Apply
Complete and submit the 2015-2016 Civil Grand Jury Application and Nomination Form by the application deadline. After submitting an application, you will be contacted by Court staff at the close of the application period regarding the next steps of the recruitment process.

For more information, please visit the Superior Court website.  Inquiries may also be sent to CGJ@scscourt.org
 

CASA - Volunteer Opportunities
CASA, Community Against Substance Abuse, always has a need for volunteers who want to help support our mission of fostering healthy lifestyle choices that help young people resist alcohol and drugs. Please visit our website at www.casalg.org to learn more about our organization. CASA currently  has openings for:  Fundraising Chair, Publicity Chair, School Representatives at Daves Avenue, Van Meter & Lakeside Schools, and Co-Chair and Committee Chairs for the Annual Spring Fashion Show. The Fashion Show will be held March 31, 2012 and we are putting together committees now to work with the LGHS students.

For more information on volunteer opportunities or to sign up to volunteer with CASA please contact:

Karyn M. Gramling
CASA Chairperson
20 High School Court
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 395-8288
 furymytoy@yahoo.com
 

The Museums of Los Gatos
The Museums of Los Gatos have Docenting positions for both museums available now!  This is our organization’s greatest need. The Museums of Los Gatos are open Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm. 

To be a Museum Docent, you must please:
  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Be punctual & appropriately dressed as you will be the museum’s ambassador!
  • No face tattoos or sloppy looks please
  • Have an interest in current exhibits at the Art and/or History Museums.
  • Be willing to review and study exhibit materials so you can help us educate our community about our amazing exhibits
  • Feel comfortable speaking knowledgeably to small interested groups/tours.
  • Have stellar customer service skills!  Be courteous, polite, and helpful with our guests.  Also, knowing when to let guests simply view the exhibits is important.
Museum Docents are responsible for:
  • Opening and closing the museum.
  • Greeting guests and having them sign our guest book.
  • Requesting donations and introducing our membership program.
  • Informing guests of upcoming events.
  • Actively engaging guests in the exhibits.
We have three shifts available:
  • 11am - 5pm
  • 11am - 2pm
  • 2pm - 5pm
Museum Docents can choose the shift that best fits their schedule.

Additional volunteer opportunities are on a project/event basis.  They include:

Museum Lectures

Our lectures take place about once a month at the Art & History Museums.  We ask Volunteers for these events to arrive about a half hour before the scheduled lecture to help set up food, chairs, etc.  Lectures typically begin at 6pm and end around 8pm after which volunteers help with clean up.  Docents who volunteer to work at a lecture have the perk of attending the lecture for free!

Museum Explorer
Museum Explorer is an educational tour for elementary aged children.  Schools from all over the Bay Area schedule tours with the Education Curator for the Art and History Museums.  During these tour weeks, the Museums have over 2,000 kids coming through!  Along with the tour, children will listen to stories and have the opportunity to participate in a related craft project.  Volunteers are needed to help supervise kids and assist group leaders with craft projects.

Special Projects
The Museums will always have special “as needed” projects!
Projects include:
  • Exhibit installation & de-installation for both museums.
  • Research to be done for Historic Homes Tour Fundraiser.
  • Research for the History Museum & Exhibits.
  • Research to be done for grants.
  • Assisting with General Operations in the Museums Home Office i.e.: data entry, phones, clerical, and tech assistance.
  • Garage/Storage cleaning!
  • Research for MSDS forms (onsite chemicals/paints).
  • Yard work.
  • Volunteer Outreach: poster distribution, flyer design, assistance with developing profiles on Volunteer Match.
  • Lastly, we need students/volunteers with museum collections experience.
If you are interested in volunteering at the wonderful Museums of Los Gatos, please email Dawnyell Maxson at volunteer@museumsoflosgatos.org or call (408) 395-2646.

Click here to download an application. 
Click here to download information sheet

Art Museum of Los Gatos          History Museum of Los Gatos             Los Gatos Museums Gallery

4 Tait Avenue                                     75 Church Street                            24 N Santa Cruz Avenue

408.395.7386                                      408.395.7375                                                408.354.4530

 The Museums of Los Gatos | P.O. Box 1904 Los Gatos, CA 95031 | www.museumsoflosgatos.org

Cleanup Saturdays
Days: 1st Saturday of each month
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Los Gatos Roasting Company (LGRC)
Volunteers Needed: 10

The Los Gatos Beautification Committee invites you to join other Los Gatos community members as we clean up our Town.  We meet at 9:00 a.m. at LGRC then disperse to various areas of Town in need of cleaning. Please bring brooms, gloves and rakes.

Organization: Los Gatos Community Foundation
Contact: Sharon Childs
Email: sharon.edlgcf@verizon.net
Phone: 408-399-3131

Host a Foreign Exchange Student
Location: Your home
Volunteers Needed: 1+ families

The Center of Cultural Interchange (CCI) and LG Resident Karen Boncher invite you and your family to enjoy the enriching and rewarding experience of becoming a volunteer host family! 

Your family can make a difference by hosting an exchange student thereby helping an international student achieve a lifelong dream and contributing in a small, but significant way, to global harmony.  Host families can include single parent families, retired couples, couples without children and families with children of any age.

Contact: Karen Boncher
Organization: Center for Cultural Interchange
Email:
  kboncher@comcast.net
Phone:   408-395-1114
Website: www.cci-exchange.net

Discovery Shop Volunteers
Date: Shop Open Daily
Time: Store Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and
Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: 39 East Main Street.
Volunteers Needed: 4 per shift; shift times are flexible

Volunteers needed to work in our lovely Discovery Shop in Los Gatos. Proceeds from donations received in our Los Gatos Community Shop help in the fight against Cancer. 
Skills needed: Provide customer service, use cash register and maintain shop.

Contact:
Rita Melamed, American Cancer Society
Email:  Rita.melmed@cancer.org
Phone: 408-354-5917

Happy Dragon Thrift Store
Date:  Mon-Sat
Time:  Mon.-Fri.10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sat.10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  245 West Main Street
Volunteers Needed: 3 per shift, shifts are 9:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Happy Dragon Thrift Store is run by over 100 volunteers.  Proceeds are used by the Eastfield Ming Quong Guild to benefit needy children and families.  Volunteers will provide customer service in the store and/or help sort and price merchandise.

Contact: Day Manager, Happy Dragon Thrift Store
Website:  www.emg.org
Phone:  408-354-4072

Live Oak Nutrition Center
Lunch Servers for Senior Citizens in a fun and energizing atmosphere
Date:  Wednesdays
Time:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, 208 E. Main Street
Volunteers Needed:    5

Drivers Needed to assist Seniors
Date:  Tuesdays & Fridays
Time:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: United Methodist Church, Church Street

Contact: Eliana Brown
Phone:  408-354-0707

NICU ACCESS
A Caring Community of Education, Services, and Support for families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Time:   Flexible
Location:  Home Hosts provide space in their home, volunteer drivers provide transportation.
Volunteers Needed:    20

NICU ACCESS supports families with babies in Good Samaritan Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by providing free services such as overnight stays, transportation, food, bilingual education materials and child care assistance.

Contact:  Sue Shoff, the Auxiliary of Good Samaritan Hospital
Email:    sue.shoff@hcahealthcare.com
Phone:  408-559-2395 

SafeRides
Date: Fridays (When school is in session)
Time: 10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location: United Methodist Church, Cafe Hope

Volunteers Needed: Teens & Adults, it would be great if your could volunteer for just 1 night! A license is not necessary.

SafeRides provides safe confidential rides home for Los Gatos teens. Volunteers answer the phone (dispatchers, any age), accompany the driver (Navagator, any age), or drive (Drivers must have their own car, insurance, and a driver's license with no restrictions). A brief, one hour training is required.

Contact: Karla Albright
Email: lgsaferides@gmail.com
Phone: 408-358-8936 

Sunday Friends
Date & Times:  Flexible
Location:  Your business, school, neighborhood or family
Volunteers Needed:  2

Work with a Los Gatos-based non-profit organization to collect basic necessities - toiletries, school supplies, kitchen supplies, etc.- for families in need.  The families earn and select the essentials that allow them to make ends meet and stay in housing while they build the skills needed for long-term self-sufficiency.

Contact: Janis Baron
Email: mail@sundayfriends.org
Webpage:  www.SundayFriends.org
Phone:  408-793-0441

West Valley Green Leaf
Date:  Ongoing - Monthly Meetings & Special Events
Time:  Varies
Location:  Los Gatos, Monte Sereno & Saratoga
Volunteers Needed:  25

Please join the three Green Communities of Los Gatos, Saratoga and Monte Sereno in an effort to provide Green Sustainability.

Contact: Christine Currie
Email:  threegreencommunities@gmail.com
Webpage:  www.westvalleygreenleaf.com
Phone:
  408-884-3717

Art Docents of Los Gatos
Date: Quarterly Meetings/Small Committee Assignments
Time: Varies
Location: Los Gatos
Volunteers Needed: Community Members for our Board

The Art Docents of Los Gatos is a non-profit group of mostly volunteers that works in conjunction with the Los Gatos Elementary School District to provide the visual arts services to students in the district, grades K-8. Our organization has been a nonprofit 501-C group in this capacity for 35 years and solely services programs for the Los Gatos Elementary District.

We are in need of community members for our Board. Members are not required to know about art; we need people who have business, law, financial and other pertinent skills (technology, HR, etc.) who would be able to attend 4 meetings/year and work on small committee assignments pertinent to Board business. Raising money is not necessarily a Board function, but has been in the past. Mostly we need interested people who could volunteer their expertise and give back to the community in a very focused way.

Visit our website at www.artdocents.com for more information on our organization or call 408-335-2366.

Heart of the Valley

Heart of the Valley is a 501 (c) non profit volunteer agency dedicated to working with senior residents of Northern Santa Clara County. Our mission is to help those seniors living independently stay independent.

They offer the services of the "friendly neighbor" including escorted transportation for appointments, shopping, errands, temporary respite, light yard work, computer assistance and some pet care activities among many others.

They are accepting volunteer applications all of the time and are badly in need of those who are able to provide transportation. We have no minimum or maximum age requirements, number of hours served or number or type of service provided.

To assist the current staff and volunteers working in the office juggling all the additional requests and programs, they have developed four new volunteer descriptions. These are: Leadership Volunteer, Peer Volunteer, Staff Support Secretary Volunteer and Telephone Reception Volunteer,

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Heart of the Valley, please contact:

Kirby, Volunteer Coordinator
Heart of the Valley, Services for Seniors, INC.
408-241-1571 (9 to 1 Monday - Friday)
seniorservices@aol.com
www.servicesforseniors.org