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.

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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.

Check out the Newsletter Here

More Chances to Beat the Heat!

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HandsOn Sacramento suggests volunteering as a great way to spend the last days of summer. No matter how fun activities are outside, remember to hydrate and stay in the shade!
This month, new partner agencies just joined the HandsOn Sacramento family. We have exciting new opportunities this month such as WEAVE, Inc.’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Annual California Brewer’s Festival. Some volunteer opportunities from September will be included in this month’s newsletter.
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!

Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation

Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation assists with life-saving diagnostic testing, patient advocacy, prevention education, and compassionate support to local individuals facing or fighting breast cancer.

California State Library and Talking Book Library

The California State Library and Talking Book Library strives to produce quality talking books for their patrons. They are currently looking for Audio Book Producer/Monitor Volunteers who can produce a clear, artistic and technically sound audio book for use by blind or otherwise print-disabled library patrons statewide and nationally.

This Month’s Volunteer Opportunities

Museum Volunteer

Placer County Museums
First Thursdays of the Month | 10:30am – 4:00pm
Minimum Age: 4 (with adult), 18
Museum volunteers are needed at Placer County Museums! New Volunteer Training is required and volunteers will commit to a minimum of 10 hours per month where they greet guests, give tours and generally assist visitors in their enjoyment of the exhibits. Some volunteers will also assist with community and education programs, including Living History and Gold Rush Programs, Walking Tours of Old Town Auburn, Cemetery Tours and Heritage Trail.

School Supply Drive

The Salvation Army Sacramento County
Saturday, August 3rd | 8:30am – 1:00pm
Minimum Age: 10 (with adult), 18
The Salvation Army Sacramento County is looking for volunteers who can help with their school supply drive in 10 Walmart stores in the Sacramento Area.

Yolo Food Bank – Eat Well Yolo

Yolo Food Bank
Thursdays and Fridays | 11:00am – 1:00pm (Davis); 7:00 am – 11:00 am (Woodland)
Minimum Age: Davis – 14 (with adult), 18 | Woodland – 8 (with adult), 16
Yolo Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help out at their West Sacramento food distribution on Thursdays and help distribute food on Friday mornings.

Land Park Volunteer Corps Work Day

City of Sacramento
Saturday, August 3rd | 8:00am – 11:00am
Minimum Age: 14 (with or without adult)
Come out to help trim, clean, weed, mulch and otherwise spiff up Land Park. Grab a pair of gloves and pitch in. You’ll even get a breakfast boost from Espresso Metro at the beginning of the day and a free lunch after you finish at 12 noon. The group meets directly behind Fairytale Town (3901 Land Park Drive). Groups and individuals are welcome.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the “Shoe-Over”

WEAVE, Inc.
Sunday, August 18th | 8:30am – 3:30pm
Minimum Age: 15 (with adult), 18
WEAVE, Inc. will doe a “shoe-over” event and will need volunteers to help with set up, assist walkers along the route and clean-up. This block party will help raise funds to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking in our community.

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.

News from HandsOn Sacramento

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Delegates from Indonesia and members of the Sacramento Region VOAD get together to discuss Disaster Recovery and Preparedness.

Sacramento Region VOAD presents to delegates from Indonesia

Last July 30th, Sacramento Region VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) was honored to present on Disaster Preparedness and Emergency management at the NorCal World Trade Center before a delegation of Disaster Management professionals from University of Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia. Thank you to fellow VOAD members Dawn Dwyer with CA Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries CSB Disaster Relief Ministries, Mary Lynn Perry from the City of Sacramento, Patricia Davis with the American Red Cross Gold County Region and Amy Mefford from The Salvation Army for sharing the good work that you do!

See the rest of the newsletter here.

The Freedom to Serve the Community

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HandsOn Sacramento celebrates Independence Day! What better way to celebrate our freedom than by volunteering?

This month, our partner agencies have a lot in store for you! Two new agency partners just joined the HandsOn Sacramento family. We have exciting new opportunities this month such as The Salvation Army’s Shopping for Operation Backpack and a celebrity fashion show fundraiser, so sign-up and be part of these event’s success.

There are so many opportunities to choose from! Check out our Volunteer Calendar for more ways to volunteer.

View Opportunity Calendar

See the Latest Newsletter Here

New HandsOn Sacramento Agency Partners

Mended Little Hearts of Sacramento

Mended Little Hearts is a support program for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease, and is dedicated to inspiring hope in those who care for the littlest heart patients of all. Mended Little Hearts offers resources and a caring support network as families find answers and move forward to find healing and hope.

NorCal Poodle Rescue, Inc.

Since 1985, NorCal Poodle Rescue is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming poodles and poodle mixes while enriching the lives of people who adopt them.

California State Library and Talking Book Library

Established in 1850, the California State Library is the oldest continuously operated public library in the American West and is the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature. The library collection includes more than 4 million titles, 6,000 maps, and 250,000 photographs. It has an extensive collection of documents from and about the state’s rich history and is one of the major genealogical reference libraries on the West Coast. It also holds significant collections from Mexico, the United Kingdom and Europe, with manuscripts dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. The State Library is both a State and Federal Depository Library, providing free and open access to government information, and is a U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center. It is home to the Bernard E. Witkin State Law Library and the Braille and Talking Book Library. It also directs state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs and services.

This Month’s Volunteer Opportunities

Talking Book Library Producer/Monitor and Book Reviewer
California State Library and Talking Book Library
Monday, July 1st | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Minimum Age: 18
Volunteers are needed to help operate audio recording software and monitor volunteer narrator to produce a clear, artistic, and technically sound audio book for use by blind or print-disabled library patrons.  Volunteer time commitment is 2-4 hours per week or 4-8 hours per month minimum through completion of at least one Talking Book.  Volunteer shifts occur during business hours, Monday-Friday.

 

Go Shopping for Operation Backpack
The Salvation Army Sacramento County
Wednesday, July 10th | 9:00am – 3:30pm
Minimum Age: 1 (with adult), 18
Almost 3.3 million people of all ages volunteered their time, talents, and resources to assist The Salvation Army’s work. Our volunteers are critical partners in helping us fulfill our promise to America of “Doing the Most Good.”  Here is a quick way to make a child very happy. Grab your friends and family and go shopping for local kids who don’t have backpack supplies!

 

Museum Volunteer
Placer County Museums
First Thursdays of the Month | 10:30am – 4:00pm
Minimum Age: 4 (with adult), 18
Museum volunteers are needed at Placer County Museums! New Volunteer Training is required and volunteers will commit to a minimum of 10 hours per month where they greet guests, give tours and generally assist visitors in their enjoyment of the exhibits. Some volunteers will also assist with community and education programs, including Living History and Gold Rush Programs, Walking Tours of Old Town Auburn, Cemetery Tours and Heritage Trail.
Yolo Food Bank – Eat Well Yolo (Davis)
Yolo Food Bank
Thursdays | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Minimum Age: 14 (with adult), 18
Yolo Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help out at their West Sacramento food distribution. Volunteers are asked to sort through food and pass out food to people facing hunger in our community.
Land Park Volunteer Corps Work Day
City of Sacramento
Saturday, July 13th | 8:00am – 11:00am
Minimum Age: 14
Come out to help trim, clean, weed, mulch and otherwise spiff up Land Park. Grab a pair of gloves and pitch in. You’ll even get a breakfast boost from Espresso Metro at the beginning of the day and a free lunch after you finish at 12 noon. The group meets directly behind Fairytale Town (3901 Land Park Drive). Groups and individuals are welcome.
Celebrity Fashion Show – FUNdraiser 2019
Achieving Positive Thinking Worldwide
Saturday, July 13th | 2:00pm – 11:00pm
Minimum Age: 1 (with adult), 18
Achieving Positive Thinking Worldwide is looking for volunteers for their fundraiser. They are looking for volunteers in the following positions:
1. Registration Table
2. Event set-up and break down as well as cleaning after the event.
3. Silent and live auction help
4. Sit at vendor table/silent auction table
5. Helping our celebrities and/or professional speakers before, during and after the Celebrity Chef Cook Off charity FUNdraiser.
6. Other Miscellaneous volunteer duties and needed or suggested.
7. Greeting and directing guests, celebrities, vendors, etc.

News from HandsOn Sacramento

Sacramento Region VOAD is now on Social Media!

On June 5th, Sacramento Region VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) launched their online presence in Facebook and Twitter. These social media handles will help promote our platform on disaster preparedness, donating responsibly, long-term recovery and more helpful information about how VOAD can serve the community by responding to their needs in times of disaster.

Follow Sacramento Region VOAD on Facebook
Follow Sacramento Region VOAD on Twitter

It’s Gonna be May! May 2019 Volunteer Opportunities

HandsOn Sacramento is here to celebrate Spring! Let’s take advantage of the opportunity to serve as we indulge in the warmth of the sun and the cool breeze.

This month, our partner agencies have a lot in store for you! Volunteers are needed for fundraising events like Walk a Mile in her Shoes, Chipping Away at Childhood Cancer, Stamp Out Hunger, Polo for Change and Annual Front Street Brewfest. New ongoing volunteers are added as well such as UC Davis’ Aggie Guest Services Team, Basketball Scorekeeper for The Salvation Army and food bank opportunities from Mercy Housing California.

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!

View Our Calendar

See Ongoing Opportunities

To see this month’s newsletter, click here.

 


 

New HandsOn Sacramento Agency Partner

Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance

Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance supports children with cancer and their families by providing emotional, educational and financial support while increasing awareness and funding research toward a cure.

They are currently looking for Golf Tournament Volunteers for their Chipping Away at Childhood Cancer event. This is an important fundraiser for them as it gives them the ability to help families fight cancer. Volunteer duties include set-up, passing out food and drinks, driving golf carts, cleaning up, and other duties as assigned. They are hoping to get your support this Friday, May 3rd.

Sign up here

UC Davis

If you are passionate about the Aggies and are interested in creating a world-class experience for guests at our athletic facilities, join UC Davis Athletics’ Aggie Guest Services Team!

Aggie Guest Services takes pride in providing a safe and exciting environment for all guests at UC Davis athletic events. We are dedicated to enhancing each guest’s experience and committed to the respect and integrity of game day.

This volunteer opportunity is open to all!

Sign up here

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News from HandsOn Sacramento

DOVIA’s Volunteer Management for One Day Events

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On Thursday, April 11th, HandsOn Sacramento was invited to be the speakers for an event organized by DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) titled “Volunteer Management for One Day Events.” We shared tips, tricks and other best practices on how to recruit and manage volunteers for one-day events. We enjoyed the company of fellow volunteer coordinators and their presentation was well-received.

Learn more about DOVIA Sacramento

Sacramento Region VOAD Presents to Hope Bridge Relief Association

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13 delegates from Hope Bridge (희망브리지 전국재해구호협회) came to our office last Tuesday, April 23rd. Hope Bridge is a Disaster Relief Association in Korea and has been serving their community since 1961. They reached out to HandsOn Sacramento last month because of their interest in what we do for disaster recovery and relief. HandsOn Sacramento, together with representatives from American Red Cross Gold Country Region and City of Sacramento, introduced the importance of having a VOAD in our community. Also included in the presentations are Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries and Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps. We are grateful to have this exchange of ideas and knowledge on disaster relief and recovery happen.

Learn more about Hope Bridge – Korea Disaster Relief Association

 

Fresh Start! April Volunteer Opportunities

Fresh Start!

HandsOn Sacramento is turning on a new leaf with a freshly-revamped newsletter! We will be adding some updates from our team and our agency partners.
This month, we conclude the Tax Season. If you want to have the opportunity to help out during United Way’s Free Tax Prep program, this is your last chance! We also have Easter volunteer opportunities from the City of Sacramento and some more updates from our agency partners.
There are so many opportunities to choose from! Check out our Volunteer Calendar for more ways to volunteer.

 

To see this month’s newsletter, click here.


New HandsOn Sacramento Agency Partner

Center for Restorative Justice Works

Founded in October 2007, The Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) aims to innovate a broad, grass-roots, response to those impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. They advocate, educate and demonstrate the critical need to mend, re-weave and re-connect the primary relationship between child-parent, families-loved ones, and the community in and out of prison. They believe these relationships are being torn apart by crime and the criminal justice system and this contributes to an unsuccessful rehabilitation and has an effect on recidivism.
They believe this is a factor in unsuccessful rehabilitation. CRJW promotes systemic change and promotes a restorative justice agenda. They work to advance principles of healing, right relationship(s) for the common good.

CRJW is looking for volunteers to assist in their weekly transportation program. Volunteer Bus Leaders provide hospitality service and to make sure everyone has a safe and pleasant trip.

Sign up here


News from HandsOn Sacramento

Sacramento Region VOAD Presents on Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

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On March 12th, Sacramento Region Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster was honored to present on Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management at the NorCal World Trade Center before a delegation of Disaster Management professionals from the Middle East! Thank you to fellow VOAD members Dawn Dwyer with CA Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries CSB Disaster Relief Ministries and Patricia Davis with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region for sharing the good work that you do!

DOVIA Awards 2019

HandsOn Sacramento was well-represented during Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) Awards on Thursday, March 14th. Mika Guevarra, our Program Coordinator, has just assumed her position in the board as Marketing Chair for DOVIA and Valeri Mihanovich, our Director, was one of the judges for this awarding ceremony. Congratulations to the nominees and winners!

Check out photos here

City Year Networking Event

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On March 15th, HandsOn Sacramento participated in City Year’s Networking Session at University of the Pacific. We shared our insights and lessons we learned as we fulfill our daily work in the nonprofit industry. Best of luck to City Year and congratulations on this successful event!

To see the rest of this month’s newsletter, click here.

Share Your Time This Fall! October 2018 Volunteer Opportunities

HandsOn Sacramento is here to give you more reasons to fall for fall season! Our latest opportunities await you!

Featured Volunteer Opportunities

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Sacramento Crisis Nursery Century Bike Ride Volunteers

Sacramento Children’s Home
Saturday, October 6th | 6:00am – 8:00pm
Minimum (with Adult):16+, Minimum Age:16+

Help support the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery and volunteer at the Sacramento Century Bike Ride sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sacramento.  They will need volunteers to support this big one-day event throughout the day. Volunteers are needed to staff 3 to 4-hour shifts on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Volunteer duties will include: check-in and registration, handing out food and water to riders,  parking monitors, set-up and take down, bike valets just to name a few. This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for youth and other service groups.

Sign up here

WEAVE’s 40th Anniversary Disco

WEAVE, Inc.
Friday, October 12th until Sunday, October 14th

Minimum (with Adult): 12

For 40 years, WEAVE has been committed to building a community that does not tolerate sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking and provides survivors with the support they need to be safe and thrive. On October 13, they will be celebrating 40 years of serving the Sacramento Community by throwing a disco! They need 200 volunteers to help us over 3 days to make this event happen.

Sign up here

Free Tax Prep

Help Get It Back

United Way California Capital Region – Free Tax Prep
Wednesday, October 24th | Saturday, October 27th

At the beginning of this year our local Free Tax Prep programs helped working people in your community get back over $10 million in tax refunds. United Way California Capital Region is looking for volunteers to help make an even greater impact next year. They have opportunities for everyone. Volunteer roles include greeters, tax preparers, translators, and more. No experience necessary. All volunteers receive expert training. With over forty locations and various hours, schedules are flexible. Information sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th and Saturday, October 27th. Register and find more information at YourLocalUnitedWay.org/freetaxprep-volunteer or contact Debi Linderholm at United Way California Capital Region Debi.Linderholm@uwccr.org (916) 856-3978.

Click here to register for information sessions

Click here to Express Interest

 

Ghost Tour Volunteers

City of Sacramento
Friday, October 12th until Saturday, October 27th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Minimum (with Adult): 18

Old Sacramento Living History is looking for volunteers for Ghost Tours this October! Ghost Tour performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, the last three weeks of October (October 12-27). They are looking for a few more volunteer actors. Costumes and make-up will be provided. No experience necessary, just a desire to perform in front of a crowd.

Sign up here

 

October Volunteer Opportunities

 

Lettuce Harvest

Yolo Food Bank
Wednesday, October 3rd | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Minimum (with Adult):1+, Minimum Age:18+

Did you know 1 in 7 Yolo County residents are facing hunger! Let’s Take Action!

Yolo Food Bank relies heavily on volunteers to pick the produce that we distribute out to the community. 25% of all food given out by Yolo Food Bank is fresh produce. Volunteers are needed to bridge the gap between the many food insecure people and Yolo County’s abundant agricultural landscape.

Sign up here

Seymour/Wenzel Park Spruce-Up

City of Sacramento
Saturday, October 6th | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Minimum (with Adult):14+, Minimum Age:14+

Volunteer for the Seymour/Wenzel Park Spruce-Up on Saturday, October 6th, from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help repaint, clean and weed. All equipment will be provided. Commissioner Lavelle will also provide snacks. All we need is you! Please wear sunscreen, closed-toe shoes and clothes you can get dirty.

Sign up here

Mesa Grande/Willie Caston Park Spruce-Up

City of Sacramento
Saturday, October 6th | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Minimum (with Adult):14+, Minimum Age:14+

Join Councilmember Rick Jennings, District 7 Parks Commissioner Devin Lavelle for the Mesa Grande/Willie Caston Park Spruce-Up on Saturday, October 20th from 1 pm to 4 pm. The park is located at 4325 Valley Hi Drive, Sacramento. Volunteers are needed to help repaint, clean and weed. All equipment will be provided. Commissioner Lavelle will also provide snacks. All we need is you! Please wear sunscreen, closed-toe shoes and clothes you can get dirty.

Sign up here

Christmas Assistance Interviewers

Salvation Army Sacramento County
Ongoing until October 12th | 9:00am – 12:00pm; 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Minimum Age: 18

This Holiday season, The Salvation Army needs your help with the process of interviewing families for their Angel Tree Program. They are helping over 4500 families during the Christmas Season and your help is crucial to providing this service and giving families the joy of Christmas.

Volunteer duties may include:

Helping families complete a one-page application to qualify to receive food, clothing and toys.
Asking them about their children’s toy wishes and clothing sizes.
Checking for verification of income, address. etc.
Knowledge of Spanish, Russian or Ukrainian can be helpful.
Good printing/handwriting and attention to detail are important.

Sign up here

Christmas Assistance Data Entry

Salvation Army Sacramento County
Ongoing until October 12th | 9:00am – 12:00pm; 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Minimum Age: 18

This Holiday season, The Salvation Army needs your help with the process of interviewing families for their Angel Tree Program. They are helping over 4500 families during the Christmas Season and your help is crucial to providing this service and giving families the joy of Christmas.

Volunteer duties may include:

Input information from prospective client’s applications into a database.
Applications will include info about their children’s toy wishes and clothing sizes, as well personal info related to verification of income, address. etc.
Knowledge of Spanish, Russian or Ukrainian can be helpful.

Sign up here

Deadheading 1,200 Roses at McKinley Park Rose Garden

City of Sacramento
Saturday, October 13th | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Minimum age (with or without Adult): 14

Located at the corner of 33rd and H Streets, and overseen by the nonprofit Friends of East Sacramento, City of Sacramento and Friends of East Sacramento welcome volunteers of all ages, all 12 months of the year. The 1.5-acre garden has 1,200 roses and eight perennial beds. In 2018, monthly volunteer events have opened to the public each second Saturday of the month. On Saturday, October 13th, 9 a.m. – noon, please join them to deadhead the roses. They will be pruning off anything that wouldn’t look gorgeous in a bouquet. They will be doing this for the rest of the year up through November. Trainers will be on hand to show you how it’s done. Some supplies will be loaned out on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you can bring your own garden gloves, buckets, hand trowel or bypass clippers, please do, and wearing a hat or visor, and closed-toed shoes are a must! Any minors attending the events will need to bring a signed volunteer waiver form. Please come out and help keep the Rose Garden beautiful, healthy and movie-worthy! There are also opportunities for individual volunteer orientations: Once trained, you can come volunteer on your own schedule.

Sign up here

14th Annual Helping Handbags Luncheon

Salvation Army Sacramento County
Saturday, October 13th | 9:00am – 2:30pm
Minimum Age: 18

The 14th annual Helping Handbag 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:

Assist staff with registration and check-out
Assist staff with silent auction
Assist staff with live auction
Help monitor sections where handbags are located
There will be a 9:15 am orientation

*Lunch will be provided

Sign up here

Community Days

City of Sacramento
Saturday, October 13th | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Minimum Age: 18

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. Volunteers are needed for these 2nd Saturday events. Volunteers must be 18 or older, or with an approved service club. Volunteer shifts are from 10:30am-4pm. Community days are the 2nd Saturday of each month February-November.

Sign up here

Family Fall Festival

City of Sacramento
Thursday, October 25th | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Minimum Age: 18

Lend a helping hand at the Oak Park Community Center’s Fall Family Festival on Thursday, October 25th! The City of Sacramento needs volunteers ages 18 and up to help from 4 pm to 8 pm. Volunteer tasks include: helping with set up and clean up, help with children’s games and crafts, direct lines or collect tickets and help with activities such as bounce house or trick or treating. The Oak Park Community Center is located at 3425 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817. This event is focused on families so a positive attitude and enthusiasm is required.

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Party for Change

Saint John’s Program for Real Change
Saturday, November 3rd | 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Minimum age (with Adult): 15, Minimum Age: 18

Saint John’s Program for Real Change invites you to volunteer at Party for Change! This elegant black tie/red sock soiree titled Party for Change provides critical support for homeless families in crisis to move from homelessness to self-sustainability while offering an unforgettable experience at the intersection of local farm-fresh food, art, wine, and music!

Sign up here

Sacramento County Public Health Exercise

Sacramento County Public Health
Thursday, November 8th | 9:00am – 2:00pm
Minimum Age: 18

Help Sacramento County Prepare for a Public Health Emergency and Participate in a Preparedness Drill!

Join us! Sacramento County Public Health is conducting an exercise as part of the 2018 Statewide Medical Health Exercise involving Sacramento County Public Health, California Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control.

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the county will be conducting a Medical Point of Dispensing (MPOD) exercise to test and validate medical countermeasure dispensing plans. The exercise is meant to address an “unusual” health event for which a medical countermeasure (treatment) response is deemed necessary. Volunteers do NOT need a medical background.

Volunteers may be asked to serve as part of the staffing for the MPOD or may be used as “simulated” public persons coming to go through the MPOD to receive the medical countermeasures (may go through several times to simulate a large crowd to test MPOD throughput). All volunteers will receive appropriate “Just-in-time” Training the morning of the exercise and will be asked to give feedback to help us improve procedures, information, forms, and messaging in the exercise scenario.

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October Volunteer Opportunities

 

I Feel Joy Wall

Yolo Hospice
Ongoing until December 2018
Minimum Age (with Adult): 1,
Minimum Age: 18

The “I feel joy when” wall is a public art chalkboard display located at Regal Davis Holiday 6 theaters at 101 F St, Davis, CA 95616. They are in need of wall monitoring for inappropriate language in Hindi, Persian, and Korean.

Sign up here

Hospice Volunteer

Bristol Hospice
Ongoing
Minimum Age: 18

Bristol Hospice is looking for the following volunteers:
• Patient volunteer – provides companionship to a patient and their family. This includes reading to the patient, singing, listening to their stories, praying with them or just holding their hand while they sleep, respite care, simple errands and do light housekeeping. Their most important role is to be a comforting and supportive presence.
• Office volunteer – file, produce computer documents, stuff envelopes or assist with data entry. They may help make phone calls to the bereaved families 3-12 month after experiencing their loss and may be asked to work a booth during outreach events.

Sign up here

Senior Congregate Meal Volunteers at the Hart Senior Center

City of Sacramento
Ongoing
Minimum Age: 18

Seeking outgoing individuals who can assist with our daily lunch program and help promote a friendly, efficient environment. Duties may include: Assisting with greeting guests, recording meals served, orienting and helping new guests complete intake forms, socializing with seniors, assisting with individual needs, such as serving food and beverages, condiments, etc., and other tasks to create a welcoming, supportive atmosphere. Volunteers work from approximately 10:15am-12:15pm, Monday through Friday (dependent on scheduling needs).

Desired qualifications: Positive, friendly attitude, willing to help with a variety of tasks, some detail-oriented in nature. May require some bending and lifting.

Length of commitment: Three months minimum, opportunity for long-term.

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Educate the Community on Brain Health!

Alzheimer’s Association
Ongoing
Minimum age: 18

Community Educators act as the face of the Alzheimer’s Association, presenting educational programs at community gatherings, such as corporate wellness events, public health fairs, service club meetings, and other events.
Presentations are based on volunteer’s experience and may include “Know the 10 Signs,” “Healthy Living for your Brain & Body,” “Getting Connected,” and “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” Community Educators are asked to observe education programs, co-present with staff, and then lead presentations on their own. Training and resource materials are provided.

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Museum Volunteers

Placer County Museums
Ongoing until August 2019
Minimum age (with Adult): 14,
Minimum Age: 18

Museum volunteers greet visitors to Placer County Museum’s 7 county museums during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week. New Volunteer Training helps prepare them for their responsibilities by introducing them to the area’s history as well as procedures specific to the individual museums and museum programs. Once they have completed training, volunteers commit to a minimum of 10 hours/month to the museum(s), where they greet guests, give tours and generally assist visitors in their enjoyment of the exhibits. Some also assist with community and education programs, including Living History and Gold Rush Programs for elementary school children, Walking Tours of Old Town Auburn, Cemetery Tours, and Heritage Trail, a summer-long, county-wide museum event.

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Conversation Practice with English Language Learners

Bach Viet Association
Ongoing
Minimum age (with Adult): 14, Minimum age: 18
(court-ordered allowed)

Bach Viet Association, Inc. is a Non-Profit Organization Employment and Social Service Provider for refugees. They provide Vocational English as Second Language classes that help our participants build up or strengthen their English reading, writing, and speaking ability. Volunteers will expect to encounter individuals with different levels of English abilities. They are looking for a wide variety of ages and backgrounds to expose the refugees to the full range and diversity that makes up our community. We especially encourage women to apply.

Requirements:

Native English Speaker

Flexible with scheduling whether you commit to once a week or multiple days.

Have a strong interest in assisting and getting to know the refugees arriving in our community.

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Step Forward into September! September 2018 Volunteer Opportunities

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Back to School Season is here! Youth and adult volunteers alike will love our fresh new batch of volunteer opportunities. Be sure to check out our calendar regularly for more updates!

New Agency Partners

We welcome our newest Agency Partners, Bristol Hospice and Yolo Hospice, to HandsOn Sacramento! Check out their volunteer opportunities here!

Advanced Care Health Planning Volunteers

Yolo Hospice
Thursday, September 6th | 10:30am – 2:30pm
Minimum (with Adult): 16+, Minimum Age: 18+

Yolo Hospice is hosting an event about Advanced Care Health Planning Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Winters Community Center at 201 Railroad Ave. in Winters, California. They need physical labor help moving 10 round tables into the room, set up chairs, and then break down at the end of the event. Set up is at 10:30am and would need at least two people then and again to break down at 2:00pm

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I Feel Joy Wall

Yolo Hospice
Ongoing until December 2018
Minimum (with Adult): 1+, Minimum Age: 18+

The “I feel joy when” wall is a public art chalk board display located at Regal Davis Holiday 6 theaters at 101 F St, Davis, CA 95616.  They are in need of wall monitoring for inappropriate language in Hindi, Persian, and Korean.

Sign up here

Hospice Volunteer

Bristol Hospice
Ongoing
Minimum Age (with adult): 18+, Minimum Age: 18+

Bristol Hospice is looking for the following volunteers:

  • Patient volunteer – provides companionship to a patient and their family. This include reading to the patient, singing, listening to their stories, praying with them or just holding their hand while they sleep, respite care, simple errands and do light housekeeping. Their most important role is to be a comforting and supportive presence.
  • Office volunteer – file, produce computer documents, stuff envelopes or assist with data entry. They may help make phone calls to the bereaved families 3-12 month after experiencing their loss, and may be asked to work a booth during outreach events.

Sign up here

Featured Opportunities

Food is a Human Right – Volunteer at a Partner Agency Conference!

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Friday, September 7th | 6:30am – 3:30am
Minimum Age (with adult): 16+, Minimum Age: 16+

The Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services are looking for volunteers for their 3rd Annual Partner Agency Conference. There will be two shifts, each with a different task. You may help with the event set-up, direct vehicles to event parking and greet attendees or help with clean up, bussing tables at lunch and assisting in the raffle.

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Volunteers Needed for HUGE Free Medical, Dental & Vision Clinic

California CareForce
Friday, September 21st until Sunday, September 23rd | 6:00am – 4:00pm
Minimum (with Adult): 16+, Minimum Age: 18+

California CareForce is excited to return to Cal Expo to providee 100% FREE critical healthcare to 1,500-2,500 under-served individuals. Last year, over $750,000 worth of services were provided — and they hope to provide even more this year! They will be needing 600-1,000 volunteers to help with Medical, Dental and Vision services. Breakfast, lunch, snack and drinks will be provided in addition to a free volunteer t-shirt and Certificate of Service.

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September Volunteer Opportunities

Lewis/Didion Park Spruce-Up

City of Sacramento
Saturday, September 8th | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Minimum (with Adult): 14+, Minimum Age: 14+

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 8th from 1 pm to 4 pm! Join Council Member Rick Jennings, Trustee Darrel Woo and District 7 Parks Commissioner Devin Lavelle to help repaint, clean, and do some light weeding at Lewis/Didion Park, 6570 Park Riviera Way, Sacramento 95831. All equipment provided. Snacks provided by Commissioner Devin Lavelle. Wear sunscreen, closed-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty.

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Community Days

City of Sacramento
Saturday, September 8th | 10:30am – 4:00pm
Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age: 18+

Greetings from Fairytale Town! Volunteers are needed to help with the monthly Sacramento Adventure Playground activities. It will be a fun day of building, playing, and making a mess! Volunteers must be 18 or older, or with an approved service club. Volunteer shifts are from 10:30am-4pm. Community days are the 2nd Saturday of each month February-November.

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Land Park Volunteer Corps

City of Sacramento
Saturday, September 8th | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Minimum (with Adult): 14+, Minimum Age: 14+

Join members of the community for the next Land Park Volunteer Corps workday in William Land Park on Saturday, September 8th at 8 am. Come out to help trim, clean, weed, mulch and otherwise spiff up Land Park. So grab a pair of gloves and pitch in (you’ll even get a breakfast boost from Espresso Metro at the beginning of the day and a free lunch after you finish at 11 am). The group meets directly behind Fairytale Town (3901 Land Park Drive). Groups and individuals are welcome.

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The Great Sierra River Cleanup

American River Conservancy
Saturday, September 15th | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Minimum (with Adult): 8+, Minimum Age: 14+

Don’t miss this year’s annual Great Sierra River Cleanup Day Saturday, September 15th! 9am to Noon with volunteer appreciation lunch to follow at Wakamatsu Farm

Clean up will happen at various sites in the region including Hangtown Creek, South Fork American River, Traverse Creek, Cosumnes River and Folsom Reservoir.

The Great Sierra River CleanUp is a partner with California Coastal Cleanup Day. For 26 years, California Coastal Cleanup Day has been the state’s premier effort to involve the public in the stewardship of our coast, ocean, and rivers.

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Celebrity Chef Cook-Off

Achieving Positive Thinking Worldwide
Saturday, September 15th | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Minimum (with Adult): 10+, Minimum Age: 18+

Achieving Positive Thinking Worldwide is asking for volunteers who can help them with their community outreach event:

1.  Registration Table

2.  Event set-up and break down as well as cleaning after the event.

3.  Silent and live auction help

4.  Sit at vendor table/silent auction table

5.  Helping celebrities and/or professional speakers before, during and after the Celebrity Chef Cook-Off Charity FUNdraiser.

6.  Other miscellaneous volunteer duties and needed or suggested.

7.  Greeting and directing guests, celebrities, vendors, etc.

For example loading and unloading their items from their car to inside Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa. Ensuring that the professional speakers’ needs are met.

EXTRA POSITIVE DUTIES —

1.  Distribute flyers BEFORE the CHARITY event.

2.  Fold the free paper samples that are given away. Folding the FREE samples is also a great sit down job for someone who doesn’t want to stand or walk for a long time. This can be done at home!

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Sacramento Crisis Nursery Century Bike Ride Volunteers

Sacramento Children’s Home
Saturday, October 6th | 6:00am – 8:00pm
Minimum (with Adult):16+, Minimum Age:16+

Help support the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery and volunteer at the Sacramento Century Bike Ride sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sacramento.  They will need volunteers to support this big one-day event throughout the day. Volunteers are needed to staff 3 to 4-hour shifts on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Volunteer duties will include: check-in and registration, handing out food and water to riders,  parking monitors, set-up and take down, bike valets just to name a few. This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for youth and other service groups.

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Seymour/Wenzel Park Spruce-Up

City of Sacramento
Saturday, October 6th | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Minimum (with Adult):14+, Minimum Age:14+

Volunteer for the Seymour/Wenzel Park Spruce-Up on Saturday, October 6th, from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help repaint, clean and weed. All equipment will be provided. Commissioner Lavelle will also provide snacks. All we need is you! Please wear sunscreen, closed-toe shoes and clothes you can get dirty.

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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Meals on Wheels Driver/Runner – West Sacramento

Meals on Wheels Yolo County
Ongoing
Minimum (with Adult):18+, 18+
West Sacramento, Let’s Do Lunch!
Do you have two hours a week to make a difference in the life of homebound seniors? For many who can no longer cook for themselves, this is their only hot meal for the day AND the volunteer is the only person they see that day. Meals on Wheels Yolo County will provide the food – you help provide the friendship.

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Call for Host Families in Sacramento Area for Foreign Exchange Students

American Councils for International Education
Ongoing
Minimum (with Adult):18+, 18+
American Councils for International Education, an international nonprofit with 40 years of experience, is looking for American families interested in hosting an international high school exchange student for the 2018-2019 school year.
American Councils welcomes all types of families interested in hosting an exchange student. Their host families are as varied as the U.S. population itself, from single parents to couples without children, to military families, empty nesters, and retirees. The requirements are straightforward: host families must speak English as a primary language; provide students with a supportive environment, a bed to sleep in and a place to study along with three meals a day and snacks; and a window into American life.

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Educate the Community on Brain Health!

Alzheimer’s Association
Ongoing
Minimum age: 18+

Community Educators act as the face of the Alzheimer’s Association, presenting educational programs at community gatherings, such as corporate wellness events, public health fairs, service club meetings, and other events.

Presentations are based on volunteer’s experience and may include “Know the 10 Signs,” “Healthy Living for your Brain & Body,” “Getting Connected,” and “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” Community Educators are asked to observe education programs, co-present with staff, and then lead presentations on their own. Training and resource materials are provided.

Express Interest Here

Retail Production Volunteer

Goodwill Industries Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada
Ongoing until September 2018
Minimum age: 16+
The Retail Production Volunteer is responsible for assisting the Goodwill staff with store operations by providing customer service and donation processing assistance. You will be volunteering alongside potentially disabled and/or disadvantaged individuals who are gaining job skills and expertise.

Volunteer with your Group to Deliver Meals!

Meals on Wheels by ACC
Ongoing
Minimum age: 1 (with Adult), 18
Meals on Wheels by ACC will need volunteers to lend a caring hand to seniors who are isolated, alone, fragile and in need of a nutritious meal. Volunteers will deliver a bag of shelf-stable food to seniors during emergencies and check-in with the seniors to ensure safety in their homes. Background check information will be needed and a quick senior safety and California Department of Aging security training will be provided.

Come and Help the Youth!

Face2Face Youth Group, Inc.
Ongoing until December 2018
Minimum age: 12 (with Adult), 21
Volunteers are a tremendously valuable resource in helping get the word out about Face2Face Youth Group and what they do to help youth. Volunteer opportunities include the following: Ambassador, Class Facilitator, Group Discussion Facilitator and Referee.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Party for Change

Saint John’s Program for Real Change
Saturday, November 3rd | 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Minimum age (with Adult): 15, Minimum Age: 18
Saint John’s Program for Real Change invites you to volunteer at Party for Change! This elegant black tie/red sock soiree titled Party for Change provides critical support for homeless families in crisis to move from homelessness to self-sustainability while offering an unforgettable experience at the intersection of local farm-fresh food, art, wine and music!

Express Interest Here

Volunteer Bell Ringer

Salvation Army Sacramento County
Ongoing until December 24, 2018
Minimum age: 18
Making a difference is just one ring away. As you know, bell ringing in front of various locations has been a holiday tradition for The Salvation Army, but there is now a need for volunteers to help staff the different bell ringing sites this Christmas season. Money raised through the bell ringing efforts will help fund Salvation Army programs and services, supporting local families and individuals in need of assistance.

Help Get It Back

United Way California Capital Region – Free Tax Prep
Wednesday, October 24th | Saturday, October 27th

This year our local Free Tax Prep programs helped working people in your community get back over $10 million in tax refunds. United Way California Capital Region is looking for volunteers to help make an even greater impact next year. They have opportunities for everyone. Volunteer roles include greeters, tax preparers, translators, and more. No experience necessary. All volunteers receive expert training. With over forty locations and various hours, schedules are flexible. Information sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th and Saturday, October 27th. Register and find more information at YourLocalUnitedWay.org/freetaxprep-volunteer or contact Debi Linderholm at United Way California Capital Region Debi.Linderholm@uwccr.org (916) 856-3978.