Kid DJ Day 2014 Volunteer Thank You
Volunteer Center South Bay
Operation Teddy Bear has been one of our most popular programs for years… 25 years to be exact! Our sponsors love supporting the program, because it means their employees and members get to participate in our heart-warming volunteer opportunities. Our friends at John Deere ISG in Torrance recently hosted their second Deere Can Build Competition benefiting Food For Kids. This project showed such creativity, team work, communication, and of course, kindness, resulting in a donation of 1,295 pounds of food for our food pantry! Each team worked together on the pre-design, and then they brought in the non-perishable food and other elements to build their structures.
We are grateful to the members of our community who continue to show generosity and compassion by making donations to our Food For Kids program! As part of their annual Scouting For Food drive to benefit Food For Kids, Torrance’s Boy Scout Troop 718 collected and donated 1,193 pounds of food, while Cub Scout Pack 718 collected and donated 1,631 pounds of food! Girl Scout Troop 1095 in Torrance collected and donated 225 pounds of food. The families from Girl Scout Troops 8825 and 70483, and Cub Scout Pack 955 in Rancho Palos Verdes collected and donated 537 pounds of food. The team at L3 Technologies in Torrance collected and donated 208 pounds of food.
Members of Las Vecinas collected and donated 232 pounds of food and more than $1,000 for Food For Kids! Only one included who donated, so a huge thank you to former Food For Kids coordinator Trisha Smith and all the other people who sent us donations! The group was originally founded in 2005 to help Operation Teddy Bear with both financial and volunteer contributions, and they have also embraced other Volunteer Center programs over the years with kindness and enthusiasm. Jason spoke about his passionate vision to end teen suicide by the year 2030, and his support for the Volunteer Center’s work and new programs.
Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
Running our weekly programs wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous commitment of our Playtime volunteers. Play Rangers interact firsthand with the children and youth we are fortunate to serve. They commit to two hours per week for at least three months in one of our play programs. This is a perfect opportunity if you’re looking to make a meaningful and sustained difference in your community and in the life of a child. Get started by signing up for our next Info Session: Part One.
Our sessions run from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, unless otherwise indicated. This one-hour session gives you the lowdown on Playtime, the population we serve, and how you can starting making a difference as a volunteer with us. To become a Play Ranger, you must attend both the Info Session and Play Ranger Orientation. Because of the need for consistency and relationship building in the lives of children in transition, Play Rangers are expected to make a two-hour weekly commitment for at least three months. We look for individuals who will take initiative in planning and leading arts and crafts projects, ball games, reading, games, and imaginary play activities for children of various ages.
Play Ranger volunteers should also be comfortable setting appropriate boundaries to maintain order, safety, structure, and respect for others and Playtime rules. Learn more about the sites where our volunteers serve.
Children’s Aid and Family Services
Recreational Volunteer Help a child in foster care learn and enjoy specific recreational activities; some recreational volunteers, such as fitness and pet therapy, require specific certifications… Recreational Volunteer for individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities Opportunities for volunteering include: Pet Therapy, Yoga/Exercise, Cooking/Baking, Martial Arts, and Pottery. Tutoring Help children in foster care realize their educational goals through one-on-one tutoring with subject-based lessons. Mentoring Be a positive and consistent role model for a child in foster care; requires an 18 month commitment and completion of Mentor Training. Baby Basics Assist with distribution of Baby Basics supplies to low-income families in Bergen County; distribution occurs once a month.
Office Assistant/Admin Act as a clerical volunteer doing tasks such as mailings, reference checks, and using Microsoft Offices; our administrative offices are located in Paramus, Ridgewood, and South Orange. Depot Sales Associate The Depot is the largest all women’s exchange in North America – volunteer to staff this gift/craft shop in Midland Park; requires one shift every two weeks. Special Events Volunteer Help staff during the agency’s major events, such as our annual Wine Tasting, Gala, and more. Other At times, we may have differing needs for volunteers.
Family Volunteering in PDX
Volunteering with your family is a great way to help others and model giving back to the community. Volunteering with kids can seem daunting, but f.ortunately, Portland is a great place to get involved. Children’s Book Bank: Help spruce-up donated books which are distributed to low-income preschool children in the Portland area. Look for special family volunteer events where kids four and older can participate. Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels encourages family delivery of meals.
Forest Park Conservancy: Help keep Portland’s biggest park beautiful with trail upkeep or habitat enhancement. Friends of Trees: Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to help greenify Portland by planting trees. Johnson Creek Watershed Council: Help remove invasive species, spread mulch or plant native trees and shrubs at a restoration event. Lower Columba Estuary Partnership: Help preserve the Columbia River by planting trees at a Saturday-morning tree planting party. Portland Parks & Recreation Stewardship Opportunities: Help keep your local park looking lovely by planting, mulching, removing invasive species, and just generally making things look nice.
Tryon Creek Park: Help beautify the park by pulling invasive ivy. PDX Parent also hosts events for family volunteering, which we share in our print magazine, on our website, in social media, and through our newsletter.