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Community Opportunities - You can Answer the Call to Action!

Community involvement is so important to the health and well-being of our City. Particularly in difficult economic times, it's even more important for everyone to help one another.

This is Redwood City's Call to Action - find your passion, your interest, and join others in volunteering to do something that you love. You'll be helping to change people's lives, and you'll be helping to build a great community together.

Redwood CIty Mayor Jeff Ira says, "My call to action to our community is for everyone to find some organization they can volunteer with – whether it’s a non-profit, a sports activity, a library, a school, or another group. Everyone can and should do their part to help their community during this tough economy."

Here is a partial listing of opportunities to help build a great community through volunteerism. Visit the Peninsula Library System's Community Information Program for an extensive listing of other opportunities.

Redwood City Project READ
Volunteer tutors with Redwood City's Project READ work one-on-one, or with a small group, for just a few hours a week, helping learners attain their personal educational goals. Tutors work with learners in a relaxed and supportive environment, providing a source of inspiration and hope, and instill a lifelong love of learning. Tutoring sessions are individualized, and designed to meet the needs of learners to improve their skills, learn and achieve their goals. For more information call Project READ at (650) 780-7077 or go to www.projectread-redwoodcty.org.

America Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
Did you know that over 1,600 kids participate in Redwood City's AYSO program?  Providing a positive and organized environment for all these players requires hundreds of volunteers each doing their part.  Every year we have many open positions - for coaches, assistant coaches, referees, board members, etc... If you want to contribute even just a little bit of your time, we need you!  There is nothing so fulfilling as watching kids learn and grow and your kids will remember your involvement for years to come. Your help WILL make a difference! Call 364-AYSO to volunteer or visit us online!

Redwood City Public Library
The Redwood City Public Library has four branches - Downtown, Schaberg, Fair Oaks, and Redwood Shores. There are many opportunities to volunteer your time. Just a little or a whole lot are both appreciated! Just go online to find your place at the Library. It could be the Redwood City Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, reading to kids, the Traveling Storytime, teen volunteer opportunities...there's something for every volunteer. And wherever you volunteer, you'll be helping the Library and helping the community.

Redwood City PAL
Redwood City's Police Activities League (PAL) is a nonprofit community-based organization providing intervention, prevention, and alternative programs to at-risk and economically challenged youth in Redwood City. Redwood City PAL is regularly serving over 4,000 children and teens every year, thanks to the great volunteers who give of their time and energy. You can be one of those PAL heroes and help change a young person's life for the better. More information about Redwood City PAL is available at www.redwoodcitypal.com or by calling 650-556-1650.

City Trees
City Trees is a volunteer organization improving the quality of life in Redwood City through a coordinated program of tree planting and maintenance. Through education and advocacy, City Trees is preserving and extending the urban forest. Call Jack Stephens at (650) 556-9380, extension 4, and see their website at www.citytrees.org

Redwood City Cool Cities Team
The Redwood City Cool Cities Team is an organized team of residents working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions city-wide. In 2010, the Team is focusing on educating the public on environmental issues as well as actively participating in the Downtown Precise Plan and General Plan public processes. With important Council meetings each month, we need your help to make this year our most successful yet! Go to http://connect.sierraclub.org/Team/Redwood_City_Cool_Cities__Team or contact the Cool Cities Team Co- Leaders:
Sue Chow: sue2042@gmail.com, (650) 454-0259 or
Claire Felong: claire@redwoodhouse.com, (650) 364-3735

Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
The Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) is a volunteer-based organization committed to offering high-quality conflict resolution services to residents of San Mateo County. PCRC recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to provide an array of services. PCRC is dedicated to working with volunteers to assist them to develop valuable personal skills and to experience membership in an organization that practices teamwork and collaboration. Call (650) 513-0330 and see their website at www.pcrcweb.org

Friends for Youth
Do you like to go to the beach, the movies, or the park? Do you like to swim, play cards, hike or play mini golf? Then do them with a young person who needs YOU as a mentor! Mentoring is a rewarding and fun way to make a positive impact in the life of a young person simply by sharing your time and having fun. Come to an orientation session and learn more about Friends for Youth.  Call 650-482-2867, visit the website, or email volunteer@friendsforyouth.org.

Hometown Holidays
In cooperation with the Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club and the Redwood City Downtown Business Group, the Hometown Holidays committee coordinates the greatest holiday parade and fireworks event ever! Volunteers are welcome, and can get more information by calling (650) 361-0538 or visiting www.hometownholidays.org

Redwood City Education Foundation
The mission of the Redwood City Education Foundation is to enrich the education of students in the Redwood City School District, believing that a quality education prepares children for a successful future. The Foundation has numerous volunteer opportunities, such as help with Jukebox Friday Night, their annual fundraising event, or to work to rejuvenate the instrument donation program. The Foundation also seeks potential board members. Call (650) 568-0233 or see their website at www.rcef.org

Redwood City Neighborhood Associations
Redwood City has several neighborhood associations that serve as a liaison with the City government and that particular neighborhood. A roster of each neighborhood association, along with the name of the co-chairs and meeting schedule, is available on the Redwood City website at or by contacting the City Manager’s Office at (650) 780-7300. This is wonderful opportunity to not only get involved with the local government, but also to get to know your neighbors and make a difference right in your own backyard.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula / Redwood City Clubhouse
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula Mervin Morris branch at 1109 Hilton Street in Redwood City provides programs for youth ages 6-18 in academics, arts, athletics, technology, leadership, and more. The Redwood City Computer Clubhouse offers graphic arts and music studio production training. The Academic Program provides computer-aided instruction and a wide range of classes in arts and sciences. The Music Program offers group and individual music lessons. The Athletics Program provides league and informal sports activities. Many other programs available in after school and summer sessions. Volunteer sought for most programs, including individual tutors. Please contact Volunteer Director Sohi Sohn Chien at (650) 322-8065 x 114, or Redwood City Club Unit Director Michael Jones at (650) 364-0176 x101. For more info see our web site at www.bgcp.org.

First Resort
First Resort is a non-profit Pregnancy Consulting Women’s Health Clinic that provides counseling and medical care to women who are making decisions about unintended pregnancies. Thanks to volunteerism and financial donations, we are able to provide quality care to our clients at no charge. Visit us at www.firstresort.org for more information or call 650-261-9115  to make an appointment. Location in Redwood City at 801 Brewster Avenue, Suite 210.

International Institute
The purpose of the International Institute is to enable immigrants, refugees, and their families to become effective, responsible participants in community life. The Institute is accepting applications for volunteers for their Citizenship Program. Volunteers will help Spanish-speaking clients to fill out their citizenship application forms, in English, at monthly workshops. Ability to write in English and basic Spanish communication skills are required. Call Cheryl Bergman at (650) 780-7537 or visit the International Institute website.

Chamber of Commerce – Redwood City/San Carlos/Belmont Leadership Program
Are you interested in learning more about your community, seeking public office, a position on a board, or applying to a key volunteer position? If you answered yes to any or all of the above, you may want to take advantage of the practical learning experience of the Leadership Program. The program includes eight full day classes, held once a month, and a two-day retreat. Call Larry Buckmaster at (650) 364-1722 and see their website at www.redwoodcitychamber.com

Citizen Schools
Citizen Schools, an after-school program in Redwood City, seeks volunteers to teach 10-week apprenticeships on any subject you want: law, engineering, scrapbooking, carpentry, public speaking, calligraphy, robotics, and dog training to name a few apprenticeships offered last year. Citizen Schools staff will help you develop your passion or expertise into a 10-week curriculum and be there to help in every lesson. Teaching an apprenticeship is a unique way to work closely with kids and give back to your community.

Two locations in Redwood City: Kennedy Middle School and McKinley Institute of Technology. For more infomration and to volunteer, please go to www.citizenschools.org or www.citizenschools.org/volunteer.

For more information, please visit our website www.citizenschools.org or contact Vince Gay at 650-363-2726 or vincegay@citizenschools.org.

Belmont-Redwood Shores School District Foundation - School Force
School-Force is the Belmont-Redwood Shores educational foundation known for innovative fundraising programs such as corporate sponsorships. Its mission is to support the best possible public education for the children of the community. Call Colleen Devlin at (650) 592-5903 and see their website at www.school-force.org

Miss Redwood City Scholarship Association
Your volunteer efforts will help provide opportunities for young women through educational scholarships, through the Miss Redwood City Scholarship Association. The goal of this non-profit organization is to create and maintain a system of competition that will enhance career goals and produce positive rolemodels in our community. Last year the Miss Redwood City Scholarship Association awarded over $5,000 in scholarships. The competition is also an official preliminary to the Miss California and Miss America Competitions. To learn about volunteer opportunities or to get more information on our program and eligibility requirements, visit us on the web.

Redwood City Citizen’s Police Academy
The Redwood City Citizen's Police Academy offers an in-depth, "real life" look at the day-to-day experience of police work. It’s an 11-week program modeled after curriculum for actual police academies and includes interesting 'classroom' work with expert instructors and a variety of genuine police topics and issues, as well as "field" work with hands-on training and experience with live firearms, defensive tactics, pursuit driving, and more. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and live or work within San Mateo County. Contact the Redwood City Police Department at 780-7100 or visit www.redwoodcity.org/police.

Rotary Club of Redwood City
Through its many projects and activities, Rotary of Redwood City supports local service organizations, provides college scholarships and international relief.  As our motto says, we are: “Fun People Doing Great Things for Redwood City and the World.”  If you are interested in joining, please call: President Paul Piccione at 650 367-1948.

San Mateo County History Museum
The San Mateo County History Museum is dedicated to the collection and preservation of historical data, artifacts, and information about San Mateo County. The Museum is looking for volunteers to serve as docents, work in the book store, or work on other museum projects. Contact Carmen Blair at 299-0104 ext. 33 or visit the History Museum website.

Senior Focus Volunteer Services
Senior Focus Volunteer Services is recruiting energetic individuals to serve on the Advisory Council for three national programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Advisory Council works with the project directors as ambassadors of the three programs throughout the county. The Council meets monthly and asks that members serve on at least two sub-committees. Please contact Deborah Owdom at (650) 696-4407 or owdomd@sutterhealth.org.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of San Mateo County
The mission of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition is to provide educational programs to youth and adults/parents on teen pregnancy prevention. It is committed to helping improve positive and honest communication between youth and adults, encouraging youth to make healthy choices, and to reducing teen pregnancy and HIV/STI’s in the community. The Coalition is seeking Board Members with knowledge or expertise in the areas of finance, fundraising, marketing, health promotion, education, or youth issues. For more information about the TPPCSMC visit our web site at (teenpregnancycoalition.org) or contact Cheri Livingston, Executive Director (650) 367-1937 or (mabee@pacbell.net)

Volunteer Center of San Mateo County
The Center provides placement for men, women, and teenagers who wish to volunteer their services; matches the person and agency to meet the needs of both. See their website at http://thevolunteercenter.net/ or call 650-342-0801.

YMCA Board of Directors
Sequoia YMCA seeks volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors or committees of the board. The Sequoia YMCA is located at 1445 Hudson Street in Redwood City and provides programs for all ages. Our Mission is to improve the spiritual, mental, and physical conditions for all people. We do this through programs like swimming, sports, fitness, child care, camping, teen leadership, and volunteer opportunities. Board members help create bridges with other agencies and give different perspectives. They raise funds and provide leadership to our support campaign that helps to ensure that programs are accessible to all. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Julie Wesolek, Executive Director at 650.562.0955 or David Schricker, Board Chair 2002-2003 at schrickerlaw@aol.com.

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County
At Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, we investigate complaints in long-term care facilities on behalf of the residents, and by acting as advocates for today’s frail and vulnerable in our society, we charter the course of care for tomorrow’s elder Americans. Volunteers are needed to to provide the level of services needed in our community. Our volunteers are trained to be professionals in the field and are held to the same high standards to which we hold our staff. Together we have built a cohesive, highly motivated, and committed team of volunteers who give generously of time and effort to improve the lives of those they serve. We can be reached by phone at (650) 780-5707 and oOur website is http://www.ossmc.org/html/ossmchome.htm

 

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