TGIT: Thank Goodness, It’s Thanksgiving! November Opportunities Newsletter

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The holidays are fast approaching! Our November Project Calendar is filled with holiday volunteer opportunities. Share the holiday spirit with those in need by volunteering for Thanksgiving and holiday events. You may also share the gift of thanks by participating in a donation drive benefitting those who are helping those who are in need of the holiday cheer.

Annual Holiday Giving Program

Annual Holiday Giving Program

The holidays are just around the corner. Let HandsOn Sacramento help connect you to holiday volunteer opportunities and donation drives at local non-profits that help those in need over the coming months.

Also, If you are an organization in need of volunteers or donations (toys, meals, canned food, coats, blankets, etc.) over the holidays, please contact Mika Guevarra at mguevarra@communitylinkcr.org and we will add you to the list!

Click here for the 2017 Thanksgiving Volunteer and Donation Opportunities!


Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Intake Interviewing

Tuesday, November 7th to Saturday, November 11th

Salvation Army Family Services location at 3213 Orange Grove Ave, North Highlands, CA 95660

The Salvation Army is looking for friendly volunteers who will help with the screening process for their Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program. You will help needy families complete a one-page application to qualify to receive food, clothing and toys. You will be asking them about their children’s toy wishes and clothing sizes, as well as checking for verification of income, address. etc.

Good printing/handwriting and attention to detail are important. Knowledge of Spanish, Russian or Ukrainian can be helpful.

For more information, contact Cynthia at (916) 239-3629.

To sign up: click here.

Veteran’s Day Parade

Saturday, November 11th, 7:00am-4:00pm

City of Sacramento

Come show your support by volunteering to serve those who protect and serve our country domestically and globally. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Volunteers will be expected to serve in various capacities. Some roles and responsibilities require heavy lifting, standing and walking. Staff will contact you directly to complete further volunteer forms. A more detailed outline of volunteers’ roles and responsibilities will be available by October 11, 2017. Should you have any questions about the parade, please contact Neighborhood Services at (916) 808-6789 or by email: snvang@cityofsacramento.org.

To sign up: click here.

Run to Feed the Hungry

Thursday, November 23rd, 7:00am-4:00pm

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services

The 24th annual Run to Feed the Hungry, the largest fundraiser for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), is finally here!! Volunteers are needed for this event from Saturday, November 18 to Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day!).

Volunteers must be age 16 and up to volunteer. Volunteers DO NOT need to attend a volunteer orientation in order to volunteer for this event. Volunteers must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time. There are no seated tasks available on Thanksgiving Day.

Volunteers are still needed for Race Registration for the following shifts

(Location: REI, 1790 Expo Parkway, Sacramento):

Monday, November 20th from 3:00pm-9:00pm

Tuesday, November 21st from 3:00pm-9:00pm

Wednesday, November 22nd from 9:30am-2:00pm or 1:30-6:00pm

Volunteers are still needed for Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving Day for the following shifts

(5900 Newman Ct., Sacramento):

  • Team Tent (Call time: 6:30am)
  • Clean Up Crew
  • Course Monitors
  • Finish Line
  • Start Line
  • Water and Snack Station

To sign up: click here.

Turkey Distribution Day

Thursday, November 23rd, 7:00am-4:00pm

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services

Volunteer Line Monitors are needed at the annual Turkey Distribution at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) on Monday, November 20, 2017. SFBFS will distribute turkeys and Thanksgiving food items out to around 4,000 families in one day.

Line Monitors: Reliable, punctual volunteers ages 18 and up are needed to serve as line monitors. Guests begin lining up for turkeys in the early morning hours and the line wraps through the neighborhood. Volunteers and staff are stationed throughout the line at each corner and intersection to help direct folks, answer questions and help distinguish the line’s path.

Volunteers that sign up for this task will have an assigned station, wear a safety vest and will be equipped with a sheet of FAQs. There will be a required informational session for all volunteers on Tuesday Nov. 14 at 6:00pm. Volunteers must be able to walk and stand for the length of their shift. Please indicate if you speak another language and would be willing to help translate – our greatest needs are Spanish, Russian/Ukrainian, Chinese and Hmong. If you are interested in volunteering for this task, sign up for your desired shift by clicking the link below (you may sign up your group this way, too):

  • 4am-7:30am
  • 7am-10:30am
  • 10am-1:00pm

To sign up: click here.

Angel Tree Sorting

Tuesday, December 5th to Saturday, December 16th 9:00am-12:00pm / 12:30pm-3:00pm

Cal Expo

This Christmas, The Salvation Army needs your help sorting toys for the many boys and girls in need in our community. This year, they are helping over 2500 families to celebrate Christmas when otherwise they would not. Your help is crucial to providing this service, and giving children the joy of Christmas morning.

Volunteer duties may include:

  1. Sorting toys by type.
  2. Bagging toys and clothes for children based on age and gender.
  3. Organizing donated Angel Tree bags filled with toys and clothing for pre-selected families.

*This volunteer opportunity takes place at the warehouse at Cal Expo. Please be prepared for cold weather and dress appropriately.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE SHIFTS ARE VERY POPULAR AND ARE FILLING UP RAPIDLY!

If the shifts posted are filled, please click on the link below to register for additional shifts.

Please contact Cynthia McDowell at 916-239-3629 with any questions or concerns.

To sign up: click here.


Volunteer Opportunities This Month

Fairytale Town Community Days

November 11th – Volunteers are needed to help with monthly Sacramento Adventure Playground activities. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothing and shoes that can get dirty. It will be a fun day of building, playing, and making a mess! While the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s regular operating hours are designed for ages 7-15, the Playground opens up for children of all ages to come and play on Community Days. Advance registration is not required. Community Days are held on the second Saturday of the month (except December and January) from 11 AM to 3 PM. Volunteer shifts are from 10:30am-4pm. Adventure Playground is located at the Maple Neighborhood Center (formerly Maple Elementary School), 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824.

To sign up: click here.

Sacramento Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support, research, and advocacy. This event will be returning to Sacramento in the fall of 2018 and we need your help to make it happen!

There are opportunities to serve on the following sub-committees:

– Sponsorship: Identifies opportunities to engage the business community in the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

– Team Recruitment: Recruits new teams from all sectors of the community.

– Team Retention: Engages past teams to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

– Marketing and Outreach: Builds public awareness of Walk through local media outlets, social media, and grassroots marketing efforts.

– AIM-Advocacy: Recruits Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) members throughout the Walk season.

– Mission: Promotes core mission elements, including TrialMatch, programs and support, and the Promise Garden.

– Logistics: Ensures that all event day components, including the start/finish line, opening ceremony, and walk route are well-planned and that participants have an excellent event experience from the parking lot to the finish line.

We will provide you with all the training and resources to have a successful volunteer experience, plus we have regular committee calls to keep in touch. Projects may be completed remotely.

To learn more about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please visit www.alz.org/walk.

Skills needed: Donor management, fundraising, program management, event planning/management, customer service, community outreach.

To sign up: click here.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

GetImageVolunteers needed for food preparation, cashier, dishwasher, and marketing

My Sister’s Café is a volunteer-based support program for My Sister’s House which helps domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, survivors “get back on their feet” financially. Volunteers are needed for food preparation, cashier, dishwasher, server, and marketing.

To sign up: click here.

Join the movement to end hunger in Sacramento

Want to help Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services make an impact?Volunteers are always needed to help sort donations, package food and bag produce. Come and help put food on the table for families and individuals in our community!

Monday-Friday 9am-1pm and Saturday 8am-1pm.

SFBFS offers volunteer orientation 1-2 times per week. You must first attend a volunteer orientation before you can volunteer for an available shift.

To sign up: click here.

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Salvation Army’s Sorting & Packing Food: Tues Wed & Thurs (Ongoing)

Help get fresh produce and groceries to people in need!

Volunteers will help sort and bag donations of fresh produce and perishable food items to be handed out to the clients in the morning.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Volunteers MUST wear closed-toed rubber-soled shoes. No sandals or flip flops.

To Volunteer sign up online: click here

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This is a GREAT group activity for people from businesses, service organizations, churches, and youth groups.

Food boxes are packed using an assembly line to place cans and other non-perishables in boxes weighing 25-30 pounds. Most lifting is limited to a single food item.

Duties include: sorting, taping boxes, filling, some heavy lifting at the end of line, and breaking down boxes for re-cycling.

These food boxes are given out year-round to families and individuals in need.

We invite our volunteers to stay for a lunch.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Volunteers MUST wear closed toed rubber soled shoes. No sandals or flip flops.

To sign up: click here.

Help Wind Youth Services Feed Homeless Youth

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Help Wind Youth Services feed Homeless Youth! Volunteers are needed to help donate and deliver lunches for about 25-30 youth every day at the Wind Youth Drop-in Center.

 

Please arrive between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m with your donation. Donated lunches can be delivered in a ziplock bag or paper lunch sack. The following are suggested items to include in each lunch:

  • Sandwich bread
  • Sandwich meat & cheese
  • Mayo & mustard packets
  • Fruit cups
  • Cliff bars or granola bars
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Small bags of chips or cookies
  • Juice
  • Bottled water
  • ‘Fun Size’ candy bars

For a link to our full wish list of what we need click here. To sign up: click here

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November Volunteer Opportunities

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The holidays are here!  This month, we bring you more volunteer opportunities that will let you give back to our community.  Thank goodness, it’s November!


Featured Opportunities

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Hands Across I Street!

Let’s go out and hold hands! Join Mayor Steinberg, Supervisor Kennedy and hundreds of your neighbors to form a human chain from City Hall to the County Building to support a unified plan to end hunger & homelessness in our community. More than 250,000 of our neighbors go hungry every day while nearly 4,000 of our neighbors are homeless – 2,000 of which call the streets, alleys and parks “home”. Let’s stand together to say we can and will end & prevent hunger & homelessness! Please note that this event will happen rain or shine. We look forward to seeing you there!
Northern California Wildfires- Help American Red Cross

Northern California Wildfires: Help American Red Cross

Help Make Sifters for Residents affected by California Wildfires
The American Red Cross Gold Country Region are looking for as many people as they can get to build sifters for residents affected by the California Wildfires. The sifters will be brought to those who have lost their homes and everything else and will go a long way to helping people find valuables and keepsakes in the ashes of their burned homes.

This is a hands-on project – training provided. No experience necessary.

Please note: Dress in layers as you will be working in a warehouse and the bathrooms are port-a-potties.

 

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Volunteers Needed for Free Dental Services Clinic
Yolo County Children’s Alliance, together with Tzu Chi Foundation, will be having their Free Dental Services Clinic on Sunday, October 29th. Volunteers who can speak Spanish, Russian or Farsi are needed to help with translating services for clients and dentists, doing intake forms for the clients and clean-up. Call time is at 8:00 am and volunteers will be given a quick volunteer orientation. Volunteers are highly encouraged to volunteer the whole day, but two 4-hour shifts are also available: 8:00 am-12:00 noon and 12:00 noon-4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.
Volunteers are also needed to set-up the event at Westmore Oaks Elementary School (1100 Clarendon Street, West Sacramento) on Saturday, October 28th from 1:00-5:00 pm.
To sign up: click here.

Help Wind Youth Services Move to Their New Center

Wind Youth Services, in partnership with other homeless youth service providers, is opening a youth counseling center that will offer services in a one-stop location. The youth counseling center will be located in downtown Sacramento.
Please help Wind Youth on November 21st when they move to this new location. Volunteers are needed to load and unload heavy furniture to their new location. Work gloves, sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes are required to do this activity. Bringing your own cordless drill would be highly appreciated. Lunch and coffee will be provided.
To sign up: click here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade
On Saturday, October 28th, one of the most fun Midtown celebrations is the annual Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade! The event is back from 1-3 pm, with the Pooch Parade at 2:30pm.  The event is at 915 27th Street, Marshall Park, in Sacramento.They are looking for 3 volunteers to assist with the arts & crafts, games, and activities, etc. 

To sign up: click here.
Food Allergy Heroes Walk

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is the leading nonprofit organization working on behalf of the millions of Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. It’s 1 in 13 children who currently have a food allergy.  The FARE Walk, which will happen on Saturday, October 28th, brings together families to raise awareness and critical funds for people with food allergies. It is a very family-friendly event and the walk is approximately 1 mile.

They need help to set up the site, manage kids activities, replenish samples as they are taken, pass out water, and of course break down of the event. It is a small walk, and they are expecting around 150 participants. It will be fun and fulfilling, but also the activities area will be relatively small so you won’t need to do too much heavy lifting! They are more than happy to provide a certificate of service if you need the service hours for school or work.

To sign up: click here.

Glenn Hall Adopt-a-Park Day
On Saturday, October 28th, join with Councilmember Jeff Harris, neighbors and friends for a clean-up day at Glenn Hall Park, 5415 Sandburg Drive, Sacramento. Volunteers will work from 9 am to noon to rake, prune, pick up trash and tidy up the park. Please bring work gloves if you have them, wear closed-toed shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
To sign up: click here.
Fall Family Festival
Monday October 30th – Lend a helping hand at Hagginwood Community Center for the Fall Family Festival on Monday, October 30th! Volunteers are needed from ages 15 and up to help from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Volunteer tasks include: carnival activities, serving food, handing out candy, checking in attendees and crowd control. Hagginwood Community Center is located at 3271 Marysville Blvd Sac 95815.
To sign up: click here.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Christmas Assistance Intake Data Entry

This Holiday Season, The Salvation Army needs your help inputting data collected from families in our community in need of assistance.  This year, they will be doing mass sign-ups every Saturday during the month of October throughout Sacramento as well as at our Family Services building during the week. They hope to sign up 2500 families in October.

Volunteer duties: Input information from prospective client applications into a database.
Knowledge of Spanish, Russian or Ukrainian can be helpful.

(Saturday, 10/28 only, we will be at Arden Arcade Church, 3927 Marconi Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821.  All other dates we will be at our Family Services location at 3213 Orange Grove Ave, North Highlands, CA 95660)

To sign up: click here.

Christmas Assistance Intake Interviewing

The Salvation Army is looking for friendly volunteers who will help with the screening process for their Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program. You will help needy families complete a one-page application to qualify to receive food, clothing, and toys. You will be asking them about their children’s toy wishes and clothing sizes, as well as checking for verification of income, address. etc.

Good printing/handwriting and attention to detail are important.

Knowledge of Spanish, Russian or Ukrainian can be helpful.

(Saturday, 10/28 only, we will be at Arden Arcade Church, 3927 Marconi Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821.  All other dates we will be at our Family Services location at 3213 Orange Grove Ave, North Highlands, CA 95660)

To sign up: click here.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Help Teach Healthy Eating in the Classroom
Ever wanted to help kids in the community learn about healthy eating? Ever wanted to dress up as a vegetable or participate in other fennel fun food activities? Join Food Literacy Center’s tomatillo team! Their mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. They teach low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to improve our health, community, and environment. They currently teach food literacy in 10 after-school programs throughout the Sacramento area. Program typically runs on Monday-Thursday around 2:30-5:30 PM (depending on the school).
To sign up: click here.

Volunteers needed for food preparation, cashier, dishwasher, and marketing

My Sister’s Café is a volunteer-based support program for My Sister’s House which helps domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, survivors “get back on their feet” financially. Volunteers are needed for food preparation, cashier, dishwasher, server, and marketing.
To sign up: click here.

Join the movement to end hunger in Sacramento

Want to help Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services make an impact?Volunteers are always needed to help sort donations, package food and bag produce. Come and help put food on the table for families and individuals in our community!
Monday-Friday 9am-1pm and Saturday 8am-1pm.
SFBFS offers volunteer orientation 1-2 times per week. You must first attend a volunteer orientation before you can volunteer for an available shift.
To sign up: click here.

Salvation Army’s Sorting & Packing Food: Tues Wed & Thurs (Ongoing)

Help get fresh produce and groceries to people in need!
Volunteers will help sort and bag donations of fresh produce and perishable food items to be handed out to the clients in the morning.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Volunteers MUST wear closed-toed rubber-soled shoes. No sandals or flip flops.
To Volunteer sign up online: click here.

Food Box Packin’ Tuesdays

This is a GREAT group activity for people from businesses, service organizations, churches, and youth groups.
Food boxes are packed using an assembly line to place cans and other non-perishables in boxes weighing 25-30 pounds. Most lifting is limited to a single food item.
Duties include: sorting, taping boxes, filling, some heavy lifting at the end of line, and breaking down boxes for re-cycling.
These food boxes are given out year-round to families and individuals in need.
We invite our volunteers to stay for a lunch.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Volunteers MUST wear closed toed rubber soled shoes. No sandals or flip flops.
To sign up: click here.

Help Wind Youth Services Feed Homeless Youth

Help Wind Youth Services feed Homeless Youth! Volunteers are needed to help donate and deliver lunches for about 25-30 youth every day at the Wind Youth Drop-in Center.
Please arrive between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m with your donation. Donated lunches can be delivered in a ziplock bag or paper lunch sack. The following are suggested items to include in each lunch:
  • Sandwich bread
  • Sandwich meat & cheese
  • Mayo & mustard packets
  • Fruit cups
  • Cliff bars or granola bars
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Small bags of chips or cookies
  • Juice
  • Bottled water
  • ‘Fun Size’ candy bars
For a link to our full wish list of what we need click here. To sign up: click here.

Information on Wildfires Happening in Northern California

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Article courtesy of CaliforniaVolunteers.  Click here to learn more.

On October 9th, 2017 Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties due to the effects of multiple fires. On October 10th, a Federal Major Disaster Declaration was issued to support the state and local response to the Northern California fires. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has also activated the State Operations Center in Mather, California to its highest level and is coordinating closely with other local, state and federal emergency response officials to address all emergency management needs. These wildfires have prompted mass evacuations throughout Northern California and thousands of acres have burned and threatened infrastructure as strong winds fueled the fast-moving fires. As many as 14 fires are burning in the above counties with an estimated 20,000 people evacuated.

Cal OES Website

Cal Fire Current Fires

Also follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TubbsFire.

October Volunteer Opportunities

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Our October volunteer opportunities are action-packed!  This season, we present new and ongoing volunteer opportunities that will satisfy your heart and hunger for service.

 

Featured Opportunity

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Craft Beer & Music Festival: Pour Beer for a Cause!

Love beer and music? Why not volunteer to pour beer? BrewHaHa Productions will be holding the Punk in Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival and they will be needing volunteers to pour beer on Sunday, October 15th 2017, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Lunch and training will be provided prior to the scheduled shift. One drink voucher and a free entrance to the festival (with a $49 value) will be given as well! For every volunteer who signs up through the link below, the festival will give $50 to HandsOn Sacramento.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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Hands Across I Street!

Let’s go out and hold hands! Join Mayor Steinberg, Supervisor Kennedy and hundreds of your neighbors to form a human chain from City Hall to the County Building to support a unified plan to end hunger & homelessness in our community. More than 250,000 of our neighbors go hungry every day while nearly 4,000 of our neighbors are homeless – 2,000 of which call the streets, alleys and parks “home”. Let’s stand together to say we can and will end & prevent hunger & homelessness! Please note that this event will happen rain or shine. We look forward to seeing you there!

Help Wind Youth Services Move to Their New Center

Wind Youth Services, in partnership with other homeless youth service providers, is opening a youth counseling center that will offer services in a one-stop location. The youth counseling center will be located in downtown Sacramento.
Please help Wind Youth on November 21st when they move to this new location. Volunteers are needed to load and unload heavy furniture to their new location. Work gloves, sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes are required to do this activity. Bringing your own cordless drill would be highly appreciated. Lunch and coffee will be provided.
To sign up: click here.
Volunteers Needed for Free Dental Services Clinic
Yolo County Children’s Alliance, together with Tzu Chi Foundation, will be having their Free Dental Services Clinic on Sunday, October 29th. Volunteers who can speak Spanish, Russian or Farsi are needed to help with translating services for clients and dentists, doing intake forms for the clients and clean-up. Call time is at 8:00 am and volunteers will be given a quick volunteer orientation. Volunteers are highly encouraged to volunteer the whole day, but two 4-hour shifts are also available: 8:00 am-12:00 noon and 12:00 noon-4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.
Volunteers are also needed to set-up the event at Westmore Oaks Elementary School (1100 Clarendon Street, West Sacramento) on Saturday, October 28th from 1:00-5:00 pm.
To sign up or for more information, contact Jeneba at (530) 902-6350 or email at Jeneba.Lahai@yolocounty.org.

Volunteer Opportunities This Month

Helping Handbags Luncheon

Saturday, October 14th – The 13th Annual Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s Helping Handbags Luncheon and Auction is a wonderful event designed to raise funds to help women and children in our community. The event is held at McClellan Conference Center.
Volunteer duties may include:
1. Assist staff with registration and check out
2. Assist staff with silent auction
3. Assist staff with live auction
There will be a 9:15 am orientation
*Lunch will be provided
For more information CLICK HERE. To sign up: click here.

Fairytale Town’s Community Days

2nd Saturday of October-November – Volunteers are needed to help with monthly Sacramento Adventure Playground activities. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothing and shoes that can get dirty. It will be a fun day of building, playing, and making a mess! While the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s regular operating hours are designed for ages 7-15, the Playground opens up for children of all ages to come and play on Community Days. Advance registration is not required. Community Days are held on the second Saturday of the month (except December and January) from 11 AM to 3 PM. Volunteer shifts are from 10:30am-4pm. Community days are the 2nd Saturday of each month October-November. Adventure Playground is located at the Maple Neighborhood Center (formerly Maple Elementary School), 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824.
To sign up: click here.

Glenn Hall Adopt-a-Park Day

On Saturday, October 28th, join with Councilmember Jeff Harris, neighbors and friends for a clean-up day at Glenn Hall Park, 5415 Sandburg Drive, Sacramento. Volunteers will work from 9 am to noon to rake, prune, pick up trash and tidy up the park. Please bring work gloves if you have them, wear closed-toed shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
To sign up: click here.

Fall Family Festival

Monday October 30th – Lend a helping hand at Hagginwood Community Center for the Fall Family Festival on Monday, October 30th! Volunteers are needed from ages 15 and up to help from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Volunteer tasks include: carnival activities, serving food, handing out candy, checking in attendees and crowd control. Hagginwood Community Center is located at 3271 Marysville Blvd Sac 95815.
To sign up: click here.

7th Annual Veterans Day Parade

Saturday, November 11th – Come show your support by volunteering to serve those who protect and serve our country domestically and globally. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Volunteers will be expected to serve in various capacities. Some roles and responsibilities require heavy lifting, standing and walking. Register to volunteer and staff will contact you directly to complete additional volunteer forms. Should you have any questions about the parade, please contact Neighborhood Services at (916) 808-6789 or by email: snvang@cityofsacramento.org.
To sign up: click here.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed for food preparation, cashier, dishwasher, and marketing

My Sister’s Café is a volunteer-based support program for My Sister’s House which helps domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, survivors “get back on their feet” financially. Volunteers are needed for food preparation, cashier, dishwasher, server, and marketing.
To sign up: click here.

Join the movement to end hunger in Sacramento

Want to help Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services make an impact?Volunteers are always needed to help sort donations, package food and bag produce. Come and help put food on the table for families and individuals in our community!
Monday-Friday 9am-1pm and Saturday 8am-1pm.
SFBFS offers volunteer orientation 1-2 times per week. You must first attend a volunteer orientation before you can volunteer for an available shift.
To sign up: click here.

Salvation Army’s Sorting & Packing Food: Tues Wed & Thurs (Ongoing)

Help get fresh produce and groceries to people in need!
Volunteers will help sort and bag donations of fresh produce and perishable food items to be handed out to the clients in the morning.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Volunteers MUST wear closed-toed rubber-soled shoes. No sandals or flip flops.
To Volunteer sign up online: click here.

Food Box Packin’ Tuesdays

This is a GREAT group activity for people from businesses, service organizations, churches, and youth groups.
Food boxes are packed using an assembly line to place cans and other non-perishables in boxes weighing 25-30 pounds. Most lifting is limited to a single food item.
Duties include: sorting, taping boxes, filling, some heavy lifting at the end of line, and breaking down boxes for re-cycling.
These food boxes are given out year-round to families and individuals in need.
We invite our volunteers to stay for a lunch.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Volunteers MUST wear closed toed rubber soled shoes. No sandals or flip flops.
To sign up: click here.

Help Wind Youth Services Feed Homeless Youth

Help Wind Youth Services feed Homeless Youth! Volunteers are needed to help donate and deliver lunches for about 25-30 youth every day at the Wind Youth Drop-in Center.
Please arrive between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m with your donation. Donated lunches can be delivered in a ziplock bag or paper lunch sack. The following are suggested items to include in each lunch:
  • Sandwich bread
  • Sandwich meat & cheese
  • Mayo & mustard packets
  • Fruit cups
  • Cliff bars or granola bars
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Small bags of chips or cookies
  • Juice
  • Bottled water
  • ‘Fun Size’ candy bars
For a link to our full wish list of what we need click here. To sign up: click here.

Annual Holiday Giving Program

 

The holidays are just around the corner. Let HandsOn Sacramento help connect you to holiday volunteer opportunities and donation drives at local non-profits that help those in need over the coming months. Check our website at the beginning of November for the on-going list of holiday opportunities. Also, If you are an organization in need of volunteers or donations (toys, meals, canned food, coats, blankets, etc.) over the holidays, please contact Mika Guevarra at mguevarra@communitylinkcr.org and we will add you to the list!

September Volunteer Opportunities

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We are turning a new leaf this fall as HandsOn Sacramento gathered new volunteer opportunities and new partner agencies.  Watch this space for more updates on volunteer opportunities around the Sacramento Region!

Help Staff a Weather Refuge (Cooling Center)

Thursday, August 31 to Monday, September 4, 2017
Hart Senior Center (915 27th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816)
Shifts: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm, 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
To volunteer: http://bit.ly/WeatherRefuge

The City of Sacramento, together with HandsOn Sacramento, will be opening a Cooling Center this week.  Volunteers will sign-in guests, provide water and snacks and make their air-conditioned respite from the heat a comfortable one.

Alhambra Blvd Community Clean-Up

Saturday, September 9, 2017
McDonald’s at 3006 K Street
Shifts: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
To volunteer: http://bit.ly/MA-Alhambra2017

Join the Midtown Association, Councilmember Jeff Harris, Republic Services, and McDonald’s as we host an Alhambra Blvd Community Clean-Up, September 10, from 9:00 am – 11:30 am! Please RSVP via email to info@exploremidtown.org

Please meet at McDonald’s at 3006 K Street by 9:00 am!

Community Days

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Adventure Playground – Maple Neighborhood Center
(3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824)
Shifts: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
To volunteer: http://bit.ly/FT-CommunityDays

Greetings from Fairytale Town! Volunteers are needed to help with the monthly Sacramento Adventure Playground activities. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothing and shoes that can get dirty. It will be a fun day of building, playing, and making a mess!  While the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s regular operating hours are designed for ages 7-15, the Playground opens up for children of all ages to come and play on Community Days. Advance registration is not required. Community Days are held on the second Saturday of the month (except December and January) from 11 AM to 3 PM. Dates volunteers needed: September 9, October 14, November 11.  Volunteer shifts are from 10:30am-4pm. Community days are the 2nd Saturday of each month February-November.

Rio Linda Elverta County Faire

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Rio Linda Elverta County Faire Grounds
Shifts: 6:00 am – 11:00 am, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
To volunteer: http://bit.ly/RLECF2017

This is a community event for the Rio Linda/Elverta area. Bounce Houses, Animals, Games, Prizes, Entertainment, and music are provided and free for everyone. There will be vendors, food, and raffle tickets to purchase. Volunteers are needed in all areas.

The Great American River Clean Up

Saturday, September 16, 2017
American River Parkway
Shifts: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
To volunteer: http://bit.ly/ARPF-CleanUp2017

Join The American River Parkway Foundation and volunteers from around the Sacramento area as we clean up the American River Parkway. Volunteers will clean up at one of 20+ locations along 23 miles of the Parkway.

Are you a Kayaker? Diver? “Aquatic” volunteers are encouraged to sign up as well!

Bags, Gloves, Snacks, Water and Volunteer Parking Passes will be provided.

Sacramento Clinic

Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017
Cal Expo
Shifts: 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
To volunteer:
http://bit.ly/CCF-MV2017 – Dental Volunteers
http://bit.ly/CCF-VV2017 – Vision Volunteers
http://bit.ly/CCF-MV2017 – Medical Volunteers

Since 2011, California Careforce has provided free medical, dental and vision care through the delivery of mobile clinics throughout the state. At each clinic, around 500 medical volunteers serve over 1,500 patients and provide vital services to those in need.

On the 22-24th September 2017, they will be holding a three-day clinic at Cal Expo serving the greater Sacramento area. Patients with inadequate access to healthcare will be able to receive medical, dental and vision services at no cost and with no questions asked. They are in need of medical, dental and vision professionals to volunteer their time and professional expertise to help those desperately in need of medical care.

Tower Bridge Dinner

Saturday, September 24, 2017
Tower Bridge
Shifts: 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm
To volunteer: http://bit.ly/TowerBridgeDinner2017

Visit Sacramento will again host a one-of-a-kind dining experience on the Tower Bridge that highlights the farmers and chefs that help to define our region on Sunday, September 24th. Volunteers are needed from 4:30-11 pm. The dinner continues to serve as a crucial fundraiser for the free Farm-to-Fork Festival. Volunteer positions include: Volunteer Coordinator Assistant, Swag Bag Stuffer, Dessert Crew, Tableware Set-Up, and Beverage Help.

Tips During Disasters

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The Corporation for National and Community Service has shared some reminders about what to do in times of disaster:

 

  • Do not self-deploy as a volunteer to a disaster area. During a disaster, food, water, shelter and transportation are at a premium and the first priority is making sure that first responders and local residents can get what they need.
  • Sign up before you show up. If you are able to volunteer, make sure to find an organization and sign up.  Capacity is stretched during disasters and you need to make sure that you can be utilized.
  • Donate cash.What most communities needs is cash, not things. Find a reputable local organization that is raising money for disaster response and recovery and contribute. They can buy what they need and not have to worry about sorting and storing donations, especially when storage facilities may be damaged or being used to shelter people.  Find a list of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster here.

 

Other helpful links:

National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster

Volunteer Louisiana

The Texas Service Commission