September 2020 Updates from HandsOn Sacramento

Dear Volunteers – We hope everybody is safe and well. More then ever, our community needs us to help face the challenges we’re currently facing. The COVID-19 pandemic, the wildfires across our state and everyday issues dampened our spirits, but your help as a volunteer will serve as a ray of light. Aside from food pantry and food bank needs, we are adding more ways to volunteer in our community. Please be sure to register at HandsOn Sacramento first before you volunteer. While we appreciate you for sharing our volunteer opportunities on social media, our partner volunteer agencies would like to know who their volunteers are and when they are coming.  Also, please know, that when you support a COVID-19 volunteer response effort, you are providing an essential service to our community. We will continue to send you updates as the situation on evolves. The need is urgent. Please continue to check back here for additional opportunities and the situation is always changing.

Northern California Wildfire Response

Northern California Grantmakers is monitoring various fire updates, complied vetted funds, resources and events on their page by working with key state and local partners. The widespread wildfires in Northern California has caused damage to homes and structures, displacements, smoke and other impacts, which is added by the current extreme heat weather and COVID-19 pandemic.


For more information, visit Northern California Grantmakers’ Website.

Please do not self-deploy and donate material goods at this time. See the think above for how to make a monetary donation.

Volunteer Opportunities

URGENT!

Sacramento City Unified Meal Distribution Volunteer


SCUSD is currently looking for volunteers who would like to help distribute meals. Please note that we are looking for volunteers that are healthy and under the age of 65 (e.g. no underlying health conditions and no symptoms for cold or flu including cough and fever under 100 degrees). Volunteers must also be comfortable and able to interact with students and families.
​Volunteer duties include bagging shelf-stable breakfast and lunches into bags and hand to families with children ages 0-18 at home. This is a fairly big work load and thus many hands are needed to make this successful.

Help Distribute Supplies to Essential Workers at the Sacramento County Warehouse
Volunteers are needed until October to help organize, pack and distribute medical supplies at the Sacramento County Warehouse! Volunteers will be supporting the effort to get supplies to our essentials workers during COVID-19. Volunteering happens on a weekly basis on Wednesdays through Fridays.
Minimum age to volunteer is 16 years old. For more information, please email Ben Merin at merinb@saccounty.net.

Midtown HART Respite Center
Midtown HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Team) is one of nine HARTs in the sacramento area. They aim to give relief and support to the homeless in Midtown while they are on the road to find housing. Volunteers are needed help Midtown HART provide a safe space for the homeless to come in and relax, charge their phones, use the restroom, eat snacks, drink cold water, and soak in the air conditioned environment. This service is three hours a week, every Tuesday from 2pm-5pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Midtown, Sacramento. 

Food Distribution & Drive Thru Prep for South Sacramento Christian Center
Volunteers are needed on Thursdays and Fridays at South Sacramento Christian Center. Duties include assembling bags (or boxes) of groceries, light lifting, cleanup, recycling.
Volunteers are also needed on Saturday mornings to assist with traffic flow, loading food boxes on in cars, making more grocery bags (or boxes) and resupplying inventory.
Strict social distancing rules and other CDC safety protocols are in place. Minimum age is 18. For more information, please contact Cynthia Parker at (916) 502-1219 or email ssccfooddistribution@yahoo.com.

Great Plates Delivered Volunteers
Help deliver restaurant prepared food to home-bound seniors. Volunteers will ride with a driver from Paratransit, United Cerebral Palsy or RT and will disembark from the bus to carry meals to the door of seniors’ residences. The volunteer will knock and drop the meals and return to the bus to ride to the next location. Scheduled deliveries will be done 5 days a week (Monday – Friday) during the daytime. Volunteers need to be between 18-64, in good health, willing to follow safety instructions, and willing to wear personal protective masks and gloves. Schedules will be daily from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
For more information, contact Emily McGuire at emcguire@cityofsacramento.org.

Eat Well Yolo + Empower Yolo: Food Giveaway in Davis!
Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and break down of the food giveaway. Volunteers are also needed to assist with sorting and inspecting all food products before distribution begins.
Volunteers must also review, sign and submit the Volunteer Handbook to the Volunteer Coordinator (natalie@yolofoodbank.org) in order to participate in Yolo Food Bank events.
Qualifications:

  • Bring Your Own Mask/Face Covering
  • Ages: 17 must receive parental permission
  • Ages: 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult 
  • Able to stand, bend, reach, intermittently*
  • Able to lift 1-5 pounds routinely and 5-45 pounds occasionally often with another person
  • Responsible and Organized
  • Wear closed toed shoes

Drive Through Food Distribution at Yolo County Fairgrounds (Woodland)
Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and break down of the food giveaway. Volunteers are also needed to assist with sorting and inspecting all food products before distribution begins.
Volunteers must also review, sign and submit the Volunteer Handbook to the Volunteer Coordinator (natalie@yolofoodbank.org) in order to participate in Yolo Food Bank events.
Qualifications:

  • Bring Your Own Mask/Face Covering
  • Ages: 17 must receive parental permission
  • Ages: 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult 
  • Able to stand, bend, reach, intermittently*
  • Able to lift 1-5 pounds routinely and 5-45 pounds occasionally often with another person
  • Responsible and Organized
  • Wear closed toed shoes

Sacramento Samoa Food Pantry Volunteer Traffic Coordinators
Come help the Sacramento Samoa Food Pantry. Wear sun protection, hat, light-weight clothing and bring an umbrella if you have one. We supply safety vest and training with an opportunity for you to keep the food distribution operating safely.Volunteer must be 18 years + 
For more information, contact James Letoa at (916) 241-5769 or email jletoapa@gmail.com.

Help Distribute Food Boxes with G7 Thy Presence’s School of Faith Ministries
Volunteers are needed to help with assembling food boxes, loading food boxes in vehicles, directing vehicle traffic and implementing social distancing during food distribution. Volunteers must be 18 years old, have a friendly personality and must be able to lift at least 20 lbs. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their masks and gloves.
For more information, contact email G7 Thy Presence’s School of Faith Ministries at tpsfministry@yahoo.com.

Sunrise Christian Food Ministry Seeks Food Distribution Volunteers
Sunrise Christian Food Ministry is seeking volunteers to help with our food distribution.
They have operated as a food closet for 38 years in the northeastern Sacramento County area, and are supporting our community during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Duties include boxing food, stocking shelves, unloading trucks, loading food boxes into clients’ vehicles, sorting food, directing traffic and checking in clients.
For more information, please email Vera at scfm-office@comcast.net.

Food Sorting/Bagging
Volunteers are still needed at The Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. Volunteer orientation is temporarily waived and CDC-recommended health and safety protocols are in place including implementing social distancing, giving no-touch temperature check upon arrival, providing hand-washing station, providing protective gear and deep cleaning of all volunteer locations.
Volunteers are needed with food sorting/bagging at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Food Bank Campus. Minimum age is 10-15 years old with an accompanying adult volunteer.

Donate Food and Water for Families and High Risk Kids
The Neighborhood Wellness Foundation’s mission is to disrupt intergenerational poverty and trauma in Del Paso Heights (DPH) and surrounding neighborhoods. They use an interdisciplinary team approach to build self-efficacy, promote mental health wellness, improve educational/vocational attainment, and re-establish social structure.
They are currently in need of donations to support seniors, people who are at high risk of getting an illness, and kids.

Sorting and Packing Food at The Salvation Army
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. Volunteers must wear protective face covers and closed-toe rubber soled shoes. No sandals or flip-flops.

Pantry Volunteers for The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers that can help doing check-in for our drive-thru pantry. 3 volunteers needed a day with a minimum of 2-hour commitment.
Volunteers are required to wear protective gear such as masks and gloves.

St. Paul COGIC Needs Volunteers to Organize Food Items
St. Paul COGIC, in partnership with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, are helping their community by opening their sanctuary as a food distribution center.
Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays from 8:00am to 12:00noon. Duties include:1) bag up canned and sorted food items2) store and organize food by category in tables and in designated areas
Volunteers are expected to:1) strictly enforce social distancing2) wear protective gear to volunteer3) must have an accompanying adult if volunteer is 12 to 17 years old.
For more information, please contact Belinda at 916-956-2135.

Volunteer to Help the Homeless and At-Risk Veterans at the Yuba-Sutter Stand Down
Volunteers are needed in providing essential dental and vision services to homeless and at-risk veterans and their families at the Yuba-Sutter Veteran Stand Down, September 11-12 at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City.
Healing California will offer dental cleanings, fillings, and extractions, eye exams, and prescription glasses made and dispensed on site.
Equipment, supplies, logistical, and any other support volunteers will need are provided so all you need to do is show up and use your skills, qualifications, and experience to take care of patients. The process is quick, simple, and free for both patients and volunteers. Morning, afternoon, or full-day shifts are available.
Healing California is in constant contact with health officials and other experts, so they have updated our safety procedures and equipment to deal with this new reality. These include:

  • Enhanced social distancing measures in non-clinical areas and a reduction in individuals present within the clinic.
  • A shift in the layout of our dental floor to account for greater distancing and less congregation areas.
  • Improvements to our suction system, air purification, and other equipment to minimize aerosolization.
  • More advanced PPE available to all volunteers including N95 masks
  • Increased patient, staff, and volunteer screening.

Thank you Volunteers!

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Sacramento County Warehouse volunteers posing for the camera. Volunteers are still needed to help until end of October

Huge Donations of Hand Sanitizers and Face Masks
This past month, we received a huge shipment of hand sanitizers from SK Pharmteco. This contains 648 boxes with 20 500mL bottles each box, amounting to 12,960 bottles of hand sanitizers! These will be distributed for use by volunteers, staff members and individuals being served by our partner agencies.
Because of this, we say “Thank You!”

HandsOn Sacramento Believes in Social Change

We are listening, and we hear you.

HandsOn Sacramento was founded on creating social change through volunteerism and education, believing that each person’s involvement will make a real difference in our community.  We uphold our commitment to innovative social change by standing with you in solidarity.  We advocate against racial and institutional injustice, all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless acts of violence.

Together, we can make a difference and make this world a better place for all by empowering and serving those who are underserved.

Be the change.

Sacramento County Public Health Order and Volunteering

Dear Volunteers –

These are unprecedented times and even though communities are being asked to shelter in place at home, there are still many needs to be met to serve those who are food insecure, elderly, disabled and/or going through very hard times. Some of these needs can be met by agencies and the volunteers who serve them.

Please know, that if you are supporting any of the COVID-19 volunteer response efforts you are a volunteer who is supporting an essential service (non-profit/business). This means that if you are well and not of a high-risk category, you may continue to perform and provide services to those who are in need.

Below is the Sacramento County Public Health Order as of 11am 3/19/20. You will also find FAQs about this order here.

Thank you for caring!

HandsOn Sacramento’s Response to COVID-19

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The Regional Center for Volunteerism – HandsOn Sacramento, a program of Community Link Capital Region and part of Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada Family of Nonprofits, is closely monitoring the information provided on COVID-19 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento County Public Health, Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services, and Points of Light Foundation and its affiliates. The continuing health and safety of our community is our top priority.

 

Below are our response and continuity plan. We will provide updates as the situation on COVID-19 evolves. We will also do our best efforts in preventing the spread of disease by doing the following:

Click here to find COVID-19 related Volunteer Opportunities

  • We are deferring judgment for all volunteer needs and projects listed on our website to our Agency Partners and their ability to stay open and support the community and their volunteers
  • We will continue to support projects led by our Agency Partners that rely on volunteers during this time. We are opening the conversation to our Agency Partners and highlighting their urgent needs in response to COVID-19 on our calendar and on our social media outlets
  • Coordinate with Points of Light Global Network and Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada on additional resources, including planning and implementation of necessary actions for our staff and the community we support
  • Postpone scheduled Project Birthday parties until further notice. However, scheduled Party Sponsors are still able to help with the scheduled parties through our Birthday in a Box Program. Party Sponsors, Party Leaders, and Agency Partners for this month have been notified.
  • Reinforce a strict policy and implementation on preventive health measures in our offices to minimize the spread of any disease such as washing hands frequently, implement social distancing, staying at home if sick and mandatory quarantine in the event of possible COVID-19 exposure.

 

We recognize and value community-based volunteer response through mobilization and providing both organizations and the community they serve as long as they are advised and guided properly in helping to minimize the spread of any illness. Our Agency Partners continue to serve their community during this pandemic.

 

If you know an organization who wish to find volunteers in response to COVID-19, please contact Mika Guevarra, Program Coordinator, through email (mguevarra@communitylinkcr.org.) or by phone (916) 447-7063 ext. 105.

 

If you are interested in volunteering and taking part in the volunteer opportunities listed on our website, we ask that you observe the guidelines and precautions as recommended by our Partner Agencies. It is also important to remind you of the following guidelines:

  • Please make sure that you are well enough to volunteer. Do not volunteer if you are sick or do not feel well.
  • Do not volunteer if you have close contact with a sick person.
  • Do not volunteer if you have traveled abroad or to any impacted area in the United States.
  • Do not volunteer if you are at a higher risk for serious illness.
  • Avoid shaking hands and other physical contacts with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project.
  • Please notify staff and leave the volunteer project immediately if you show any signs of illness.

 

Should you continue to volunteer and well enough to do so, we recommend to go to our website, www.handsonsacto.org and register as a volunteer. Our Partner Agencies have listed COVID-19 related volunteer opportunities in our calendar. These organizations are reliant on volunteers to deliver services and needs to the communities they serve. We will continue to highlight and promote these volunteer opportunities on our website and social media.

Click here to find COVID-19 related Volunteer Opportunities

Other Ways to Help

Think and act locally! Being a good neighbor is another way to volunteer in your community. There are many ways to help informally such as checking on your neighbors, especially anyone who may live alone, anyone elderly or potentially vulnerable. Contact them safely (example, through a phone call, online messaging or drop a note into their door) to let them know that you are available and can assist with their basic needs.  Have the initiative to get in touch and offer help as some people may be very anxious about making face-to-face contact, especially if they have an underlying medical condition and self-isolating or if they live alone.

Here are some practical ways to help your community:

  • Do basic grocery shopping
  • Take their trash out on scheduled trash day
  • Offer to walk their pets if they have one.

Offering to connect to a neighbor or to someone who needs help and company is a phone call, an online message or a note away to prevent the feeling of isolation and loneliness.  These little acts of kindness can go a long way and have long-lasting impact in a positive way. Reaching out can make a difference. It shows that someone cares for them.

Should the situation change, HandsOn Sacramento will respond accordingly and communicate any changes to our Partner Agencies and volunteers. We recommend that our partners and volunteers follow the health guidelines mandated by the California Department of Public Health such as:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve and then throw the tissue in your trash.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects regularly.
  • It is not currently recommended that people who are in good health should wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Only wear a facemask if you have a respiratory health problem to help prevent the spread of the illness.

 

Lastly, please see the resources below to stay informed:

World Health Organization’s rolling updates on coronavirus disease for COVID-19

CDC: Center for Disease Control

California Department of Public Health

Sac County Public Health

CDC Resources for Households

Live numbers of global infections

A Guide: How To Prepare Your Home For Coronavirus

COVID-19 and CDC fact sheets

 

Click here to find COVID-19 related Volunteer Opportunities

MLK Day of Service 2020: 9 Sites, 450 volunteers, 1 day

On Monday, January 20, 2020, HandsOn Sacramento, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, celebrated the 25th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service that celebrates the life and legacy of the Civil Rights leader. Staying true to the adage of the day as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service.
We started the decade with the biggest MLK Day of Service in our 22-year history as an organization. With our continuing partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the support of our sister organization, HandsOn Bay Area, we mobilized 450 volunteers in 9 locations around Sacramento, Roseville and South Sacramento, all in the spirit of volunteering and giving back to the community.

Our efforts are well received by our Partner Agencies and Schools. The clients served by Seniors First Maidu and Manzanita campuses enjoyed interacting with our volunteers by playing bingo and sharing lunch and stories. They also beautified the campuses by cleaning, gardening and decorating.

62 rooms were painted at Volunteers of America in Mather. Volunteers painted 120 walls. 5 gallons of paint, countless paint rollers and brushes and lots of fun were splashed on to these activities.

We will never get tired of serving our partners from The Gathering Inn. Our second year on their Mid-Placer and Roseville sites was a success due to the extra TLC (tender loving care) provided by the volunteers. Some of their projects include painting murals, cleaning, disinfecting, weeding and gardening plants, assembling furniture and organizing materials.

Our second year at Saint John’s Program for Real Change also did not disappoint. The volunteers not only create a better atmosphere for the women and children of Saint John’s, they also provided entertainment for the kids.
Last but not the least, our South Sacramento sites are a big success.  Special thanks to the school administrators and City Year members from Father Keith B. Kenny School and Fern Bacon Middle School. In our third MLK Day of Service with Fern Bacon, we help revive their teacher’s lounge, painted garden boxes and garden sheds, painted a pavement mural and general cleaning and gardening around the campus.

Our first year serving at Father Keith B. Kenny School was amazing. We feel the spirit of MLK not only through our projects but also because the school is in the epicenter of MLK Day events.  Volunteers painted a mural, revitalize the playground, assembled buddy benches for the students, and beautified the school front by repainting the fire lane and gardening by the flagpole area.
This day is truly a “day on” for our volunteers and participants.  As the biggest day of volunteering nationwide, MLK Day of Service provides an avenue for everyone to serve.  We congratulate everyone who participated and thank them for a job well done!

End the Year Strong!

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We’re at the finish line for 2019, but our mission to create social change through volunteerism continues here at HandsOn Sacramento.
We would like to thank all of you who made a difference by volunteering this year and also a shout-out to the volunteers who made last Saturday’s Family Volunteer Day possible. More than 50 volunteers made a difference in the Oak Park community painting, gardening and decorating at the City of Refuge Sacramento family shelter.
Our Annual Holiday Giving List continues to be the “go to” resource for holiday volunteering and donation opportuntiies. This mini-site contains opportunities from different organizations in our community. Help fulfill a wish list through “adopt-a-family” programs or volunteer your time at a winter sanctuary. There are lots of ways to give back to the community this holiday season, and we want you to get the latest scoop.
This year, we are participating in Giving Tuesday! But don’t wait for December 3rd to come by. You can support HandsOn Sacramento’s mission all-year-round by  clicking here .
We also added a new page for our ongoing volunteer opportunities that you might have missed on our Calendar. Check out our Volunteer Calendar for more ways to volunteer. Click the links below to learn more!

HandsOn Sacramento’s Annual Holiday Giving Program is Back!

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The Regional Center for Volunteerism – HandsOn Sacramento brings you more ways to celebrate the holidays! Give out donations for Thanksgiving Baskets and Meals, donate your time by volunteering during different holiday events and spread the love and the gift of sharing to those in need. These holiday volunteer and donation opportunities are here to get you going!
HandsOn Sacramento is also looking for agencies who are looking for volunteers and donations for the upcoming holiday season. Agencies will be featured in our annual Holiday Giving Program mini-site that will contain details of their featured holiday volunteer opportunities and donation drives. Agencies do not have to be an Agency Partner with us to be included in the list.
If you are interested in adding your program to HandsOn Sacramento’s Holiday Giving Program, please email Mika Guevarra at mguevarra@communitylinkcr.org or call (916) 447-7063 ext. 105.

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Family Volunteer Day is a Success!

SACRAMENTO – HandsOn Sacramento celebrated Family Volunteer Day last Saturday, November 23rd, 2019. Family Volunteer Day is a global day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods. Powered by generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, Family Volunteer Day is a great way for families to make a mark on the communities they support.

Over 50 volunteers participated in this event. This includes families, high school youth groups, individuals, and nonprofit partners. Our volunteers, from toddlers to seniors, made a difference at three of City of Refuge Sacramento’s locations in Oak Park. City of Refuge Sacramento is a nonprofit organization that supports people living in marginalized communities in Sacramento and empowers their ability to create a personal transformation that will lead to a healthy and thriving community.

Our Goodwill Family also participated in this event. We’re glad to see team members from the stores, including supporters from the corporate office, Next Move Family Services, and Francis House.

Volunteers helped create City of Refuge’s locations a safe haven and ready for the holidays.  They assembled bunk beds, painted bedrooms, the hallway, and the bathroom, decorated the house with Christmas decors and adding their own creations for a personal touch, created rocks of encouragement for the backyard, planted winter vegetables, cleaned windows, removed cobwebs, decluttered old toys and installed new locks on bedroom doors.

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We’re grateful for our volunteers for making Family Volunteer Day a success! We also thank City of Refuge Sacramento for partnering with us and for giving us the opportunity to make a mark in Oak Park’s community.

Give Thanks and Give Service

The Holidays are here! We at HandsOn Sacramento are happy to present a new set of volunteer opportunities for you to enjoy and celebrate this season.
This month, new partner agencies just joined the HandsOn Sacramento family such as Sierra 2 Center and The Laurel Foundation. Don’t forget to check out what volunteer opportunities they offer.
We are also inviting everyone to our 2nd Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 23rd. This is a great opportunity for families to spend time together and to make a difference in our community.
We are also bringing back the Annual Holiday Giving List, a mini-site that contains volunteer and donation opportunities from different organizations in our community. With the Thanksgiving and Holiday season around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to get into the spirit of giving?
We also added a new page for our ongoing volunteer opportunities that you might have missed on our Calendar. Check out our Volunteer Calendar for more ways to volunteer. Click the links below to learn more!

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HandsOn Sacramento’s Annual Holiday Giving Program is Back!

The Regional Center for Volunteerism – HandsOn Sacramento brings you more ways to celebrate the holidays! Give out donations for Thanksgiving Baskets and Meals, donate your time by volunteering during different holiday events and spread the love and the gift of sharing to those in need. These holiday volunteer and donation opportunities are here to get you going!
HandsOn Sacramento is also looking for agencies who are looking for volunteers and donations for the upcoming holiday season. Agencies will be featured in our annual Holiday Giving Program mini-site that will contain details of their featured holiday volunteer opportunities and donation drives. Agencies do not have to be an Agency Partner with us to be included in the list.
If you are interested in adding your program to HandsOn Sacramento’s Holiday Giving Program, please email Mika Guevarra at mguevarra@communitylinkcr.org or call (916) 447-7063 ext. 105.

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Family Volunteer Day at City of Refuge

The Regional Center for Volunteerism – HandsOn Sacramento
Saturday, November 23rd | 8:30am – 12:30pm
Minimum Age: 6 (with adult), 16 (without adult)
Join us on Saturday, Nov. 23 and spend time with your family! Family Volunteer Day is a global day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods.
This project will benefit City of Refuge Sacramento, a nonprofit organization based in Oak Park. Its mission is to support people living in marginalized communities of Sacramento, and to empower their ability to create a personal transformation that will lead to a healthy, thriving community.
Powered by generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, it’s a great way to be inspired by the power of helping others. It’s an amazing day to bring your family together to make your mark on the world. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Helping Those Affected by the Northern California Wildfires

On the night of Wednesday, October 23rd, the Kincade Fire broke out in Sonoma County, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and prompted Governer Newsom to declare a statewide emergency.
There are many ways to help during the fire season. One of the many things we highly recommend is to do your research before volunteering or donating. This will ensure that your actions will not hinder the normal relief operations in place. As much as possible, PLEASE DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY.
Here are some useful links so you can determine which efforts will you want to do to help with the wildfire relief:

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Let the Opportunities Fall!

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Fall Season is here! We at HandsOn Sacramento are happy to present a new set of volunteer opportunities for you to enjoy and celebrate this season.
This m onth, new partner agencies just joined the HandsOn Sacramento family such as Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, Rebuilding Together Sacramento and Crime Victims Assistance Network (I-CAN) Foundation. Don’t forget to check out what volunteer opportunities they offer.
There are so many opportunities to choose from! We just added more Ongoing Opportunities this month. Also, check out our Volunteer Calendar for more ways to volunteer.
We also added a new page for our ongoing volunteer opportunities that you might have missed on our Calendar. Click the links below to learn more!

New HandsOn Sacramento Agency Partners

Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates
Sacramento Area Bicycles Advocates seek to improve the quality of life in the Sacramento region by enabling more residents to make more and safer trips by bicycle. They are in need of volunteers who can help expand their reach by helping provide valet bike parking at public events, count bike-riders at key intersections, organize and assist with SABA events and rides and more.

Rebuilding Together Sacramento
Rebuilding Together Sacramento provides home repairs and accessibility modifications to preserve homes and help seniors, disabled individuals, and families live independently in comfort and safety.

Crime Victims Assistance Network (I-CAN) Foundation
I-CAN Foundation’s mission is to support, educate and empower those impacted by crime. They provide services, free of charge, to victims of crime in Sacramento, throughout the state of California and across the country that include information, advocacy, accompaniment to parole hearings and resources and referrals.

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HandsOn Sacramento’s Annual Holiday Giving Program is Back!

Once again, HandsOn Sacramento is looking for agencies who are looking for volunteers and donations for the upcoming holiday season. Agencies will be featured in our annual Holiday Giving Program mini-site that will contain details of their featured holiday volunteer opportunities and donation drives. Agencies do not have to be an Agency Partner with us to be included in the list.

If you are interested in adding your program to HandsOn Sacramento’s Holiday Giving Program, please email Mika Guevarra at mguevarra@communitylinkcr.org or call (916) 447-7063 ext. 105.

 

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Start the Season Right!

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HandsOn Sacramento welcomes a new schoolyear and a new season!
This month, new partner agencies just joined the HandsOn Sacramento family such as Make-a Wish Foundation, Midtown Parks and Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District. We have exciting new opportunities this month and next month. September is going to be big on volunteering, and we want YOU to join the fun!
There are so many opportunities to choose from! Check out our Volunteer Calendar for more ways to volunteer.
We also added a new page for our ongoing volunteer opportunities that you might have missed on our Calendar. Click the links below to learn more!

New HandsOn Sacramento Agency Partners

Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada

Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada’s mission is to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions and to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District

Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District’s mission is to maximize all available resources to deliver well maintained parks, high quality recreation facilities, programs and events. They do this through effective partnerships with other service providers thus helping meet the quality of life expectations, building community pride, and supporting the economic goals of the community. They measure success by providing adequate access and connections to trails, parks, sports and recreation facilities that meet the needs of our citizens and visitors to our community.
Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District is inviting volunteers to help out at their Annual Chicken Festival on Saturday, September 21st. Volunteer opportunities are available in their different booths such as Kids’ Park Carnival Games, Info Booth, T-Shirt Sales and so much more! Click the link below to learn more.

Midtown Parks

Midtown Parks’ goal is to increase health and community engagement. They support the well-being of the community by creating centrally-located public space designed to provide opportunities for recreation, leisure, and to build relationships with neighbors. This means parks and open spaces are open to everyone who would like to pursue an active lifestyle and promote social interaction.
Midtown Parks is looking for volunteers for their first-ever fundraiser, the Midtown Mini Golf Tournament, happening on September 21st 2019 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Volunteers will receive free food and refreshments, as well as a volunteer badge and lanyard.

Interested in Becoming an Agency Partner?

HandsOn Sacramento is here to connect you with volunteers throughout the region. Whether you have one-time opportunities or ongoing needs, you can post information in our online database. Your volunteer projects will be viewed by up to 4 million volunteers per month via additional volunteer matching sites.

This Month’s Volunteer Opportunities

Great Sierra River Cleanup

American River Conservancy
Saturday, September 21st| 8:30am – 12:00pm
Minimum Age: 1 (with adult), 16
Join the American River Conservancy for the 11th Annual Great Sierra River Cleanup! Cleanup sites include Hangtown Creek, South Fork American River, Travese Creek, Cosumnes River and Folsom Reservoir. This event is great for family volunteering!

United Way Day of Caring

Salvation Army Sacramento County
Saturday, September 21st | 9:00am – 2:00pm
Minimum Age: 16 (with adult), 18
The Salvation Army’s Transitional Living Center will be participating in United Way’s Day of Caring on Saturday, September 21st. Volunteer opportunities include touching up painting on playground murals, garden clean-up, raking, pulling weeds and adding bark to pathways.

25th Annual California Brewer’s Festival

WEAVE, Inc.
Saturday, September 21st | 10:30am – 5:00pm
Minimum Age: 21
The 25th Annual California Brewer’s Festival chose WEAVE, Inc. as their beneficiary for their event. Volunteers are needed to help check-in attendees, hand out programs and cups, check IDs, put on wristbands and greet attendees. Parking is $5. Water and snacks will be provided.

Hite Park Volunteer Day!

City of Sacramento
Saturday, September 28th | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Minimum Age: 23 (with adult), 14
Volunteers are needed to spruce up Hite Park (5375 Valley Hi Drive) on Saturday, September 28th. Equipment and snacks are provided. Wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing. RSVP is requested.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Association
Saturday, September 28th | 6:00am – 2:00pm
Minimum Age: 12 (with adult), 18
The Alzheimer’s Assocation is looking for volunteers who will help with the event set-up, registration and check-in, water stations, advocacy efforts, cheerleading and more! Over 3,500 volunteers are needed to help raise awareness and bring passion for the cause.

Outdoor Work – Beautify the Family Service Center

The Salvation Army Sacramento County
September 2019
Minimum Age: 18
Help beautify The Salvation Army’s Family Service Center. Trim shrubs and weeds. Sweep or blow the drive and sidewalk. Create a beautiful entrance to greet families who visits for assistance and food.

Sacramento Children’s Home Century Bike Ride

Sacramento Children’s Home
Saturday, October 5th
Minimum Age: 12 (with adult), 15
Help support the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery and volunteer at the Sacramento Century Bike Ride. Volunteers are needed to staff 2-4 hour shifts throughout Saturday, October 5th. Duties include check-in and registration, handing out food and water to riders, cheering riders at the finish line, set-up and take down, and bike valets. Groups and youth volunteers are highly encouraged to join. Volunteers will receive snacks/lunch and an event t-shirt.

Helping Handbag Luncheon and Auction

The Salvation Army Sacramento County
Saturday, October 12th | 9:15am-4:00pm
Minimum Age: 18
Volunteers are needed for the 14th Annual Women’s Auxiliary’s Helping Handbags Luncheon and Auction. Volunteer duties include assisting with registration and check out, and assisting with the silent and live auction. Call time for volunteers is at 9:15 am, when an orientation is required to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Empowering YOU to Empower YOU 2019

Achieving Positive Thinking Worldwide
Saturday, October 19th | various shifts available
Minimum Age: 18
Achieving Positive Thinking Worldwide is looking for volunteers for their community outreach events. Duties include registration, set-up and clean up, silent and live auction, greeters and many more.

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