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Individual Service Opportunities

This is a general information page for those who are looking to volunteer on an
individual basis. However, AΓΣ members are encouraged to participate in group community service activities.

CONTACT
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding individual community service or this page,
please contact:

Tyler Warner
ΑΓΣ (Alpha Gamma Sigma) | College of Marin Kentfield ΑΣ
ntylerwarner@gmail.com

or

Julia McLane
ΑΓΣ (Alpha Gamma Sigma) | College of Marin Kentfield ΑΣ
agsjmclane@yahoo.com

Individual service opportunities are separated into three categories: Human Community, Environment, and Animals.

HUMAN COMMUNITY

AMMA'S KITCHEN

About AMMA: http://amma.org/about/how-she-began

Amma’s Kitchen is an entirely volunteer – run organization. Amma (meaning mother) is a spiritual leader from India who travels around the world serving those in need. Their organization hosts a large event in November at their headquarters in Castro Valley, and they need your help preparing for it (weed whacking, cleaning the property, basic landscaping etc.).  More information can be found at their website: http://bayarea.amma.org/

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BRIDGE THE GAP COLLEGE PREP
MISSION STATEMENT (FROM THEIR WEBSITE)

Below is an email from Jennifer Nichols describing the programs at Bridge the Gap College Prep:

“Our after school program meets at 105 Drake Ave in Marin City. We are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 . Four teachers in three classrooms provide academic and homework support to students grouped by grades:  1-3, 4-6 and 7-8.  Each teacher uses small group instruction and project based learning to help our students catch up and ultimately excel, sending the students to school the next day prepared and eager to learn more.  Volunteers support the teachers and work with the children in small groups, helping with homework and group activities. For the after school program, we request that volunteers commit to one afternoon a week.

The evening program is a one-on-one tutoring program working with students in grades K-12, meeting on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Marin City Church of God at 629 Drake Avenue (the corner of Drake Avenue and Buckelew Street) for our K-4th graders and at 105 Drake Ave from 630-745 for our 5th-12th graders.  We ask for a weekly commitment of one evening for the school year.  Our students and tutors are matched in pairs, based on skill level and desired grade group, and stay together for that year. The tutor commitment is twofold:  being there for the student every week, nurturing trust and developing a relationship, as well as supporting them academically; helping them with their homework, strengthening their math, reading, and writing skills. Credentialed teachers circulate and support the tutor/student pairs.

Let me know if either sounds like a good fit for you.

If you are interested in volunteering for the entire school semester, please contact Jennifer Nichols or Denni Brusseau. They would love your support.


Jennifer Nichols at 415- 531-2278
or Denni Brusseau at 415-221-3592
or email volunteers@btgcollegeprep.org

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COMMUNITY ACTION MARIN
Community Action Marin is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) social service agency
serving and assisting low-income Marin residents in achieving a life of quality based
on self-sufficiency. Serving Marin County since 1966, the agency currently operates
15 programs covering a variety of needs from childcare and AIDS services to energy
assistance, family needs and mental health issues.


Community Action Marin needs individual volunteers for day care programs - Must be able to produce proof of a negative TB test in the last 12 months. Volunteers would work in the Child
Development and HeadStart programs. Programs are located in Marin City, San
Rafael, & Novato. Community Action Marin would need a once a week (for a couple
of hrs) commitment for the entire semester - the reason being we don’t want to always
have strangers around the children - it takes a lot of their attention - we want the
children to get to know the volunteers well/get used to them. The children age groups
are infant, pre school, and school age. The school age children need tutors etc.

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GLIDE MEMORIAL
https://www.glide.org/sslpage.aspx

NEEDS
Glide Memorial needs plenty of staff for their soup kitchen. Unlike many other soup
kitchens, Glide serves three meals a day. Volunteering is easy: individuals can sign up
for a meal shift online and there is lots of variety time wise.

Monday thru Friday:
7:00AM - 9:00AM ....................Serve Breakfast
11:30AM - 2:00PM ........................Serve Lunch
3:30PM - 5:30PM ........................Serve Dinner
Saturday and Sunday
7:00AM - 9:00AM ....................Serve Breakfast
9:00AM - 11:00AM ........................Serve Lunch
11:30AM - 2:00PM ........................Serve Dinner

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to build affordable homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have several ongoing projects that could all use your help: The list is here (copied from their website):

  • 7555 Mission Street, Daly City- A brand new 36 condominium development
    8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday
  • ReStore, San Carlos - Come paint, build shelves, move storage and get our store ready for the Grand Opening
  • 2261 Poplar Avenue, East Palo Alto - Single family home rehabilitation
    8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday
  • Hilltop Park, San Francisco - park beautification
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m
  • 3rd Street Youth Center, San Francisco - Health center repair
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More information here: http://www.habitatgsf.org/

Each person can volunteer here: Each build day can be schedule three to four weeks in advance. Build days are booked through August and September.
http://www.habitatgsf.org/volunteer/volunteer_other_comm.html

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LIGHTHOUSE SF

Lighthouse SF is an organization designed to aid those who suffer from blindness, whether they were born blind or became blind later in life. Lighthouse is a center where blind people are encouraged to enjoy life for all its wonders, without the need of sight. More info here: http://lighthouse-sf.org/about/history/

You may volunteer for upcoming events here: http://lighthouse-sf.org/calendar/

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READING PARTNERS

Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident
readers who are excited about learning by:

  • Focusing on children from low-income communities.
  • Giving one-on-one instruction at the student’s reading level.
  • Recruiting and training community volunteers to work with children.
  • Partnering with high-need elementary schools to offer an effective program on campus.
  • Providing a way for volunteers to give a small amount of their time to making a huge

           difference in a child’s life.


To sign up click here:
https://readingpartners.org/volunteer/san-francisco-bay-area-volunteer-form

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RITTER CENTER

Ritter Center is a nonprofit organization based on providing aid to the low income families of Marin. Ritter center provides social services for those in need all throughout Marin, and helps said people get back on their feet.

More information here: http://www.rittercenter.org/2008/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=171&Itemid=140

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Shaun Marshall at (415) 457 - 8182 x 109 http://www.rittercenter.org/2008/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=109&Itemid=111

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SAN FRANCISCO AND MARIN FOOD BANKS

There are two locations for the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. The SF warehouse is at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Marin warehouse is at 75 Digital Drive in Novato. We
do ask volunteers to arrive promptly and commit to the entire duration of the project
shift. Projects can be scheduled on a one-time or ongoing basis, and do not require a prior
orientation meeting—they’re all done-in-a-day.

San Francisco Food Bank: http://vol-sffb.org/welcome

Marin Food Bank: http://volmarinfb.org

Contact Tyler for log in information.

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY OF MARIN

St Vincent de Paul’s Offers compassionate aid to those in need in Marin County. Among other services,  St. Vincent de Paul’s offers nutritious meals, affordable housing, and employment. More details here: http://www.vinnies.org/aboutus/whoweare

All volunteers need to sign up at http://vinnies.org/ and need to attend an orientation, which are held every Wednesday at 2:00 pm in their dining room.

Every Wednesday and Saturday St. Vincent’s needs a few people to help stack the pantry.

Contact Terry Hennessy for details at thennessy@vinnies.org.

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SUNNY HILLS ORPHANAGE | SAUSALITO

Sunny Hills Started as an orphanage and a farm in Marin County in 1985, and has since evolved to a regional child welfare organization. Sunny Hills protects, serves, nurtures, and heals at – risk children and adolescents. More information here: http://www.sunnyhillsservices.org/aboutus.php

Sunny Hills needs your help with the following:

  • Putting together mailings
  •  Staffing fundraisers
  •  Stuffing parties (6 to 8 people max)

Volunteer Here:  
http://www.sunnyhillsservices.org/volunteer.php

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TRIPS FOR KIDS

Trips for Kids gives underprivileged kids access to the wonderful world of cycling, as volunteers embark on bike rides with these kids across Marin County. Lessons in confidence building, achievement, and environmental awareness are provide to such kids, while having fun! More info here: http://www.tripsforkids.org/

Volunteers are required to have their own mountain bike, and to sign up here: http://www.tripsforkids.org/marin/volunteer.htm

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ENVIRONMENT

SAVE THE BAY

Save the Bay works to perfect and restore the beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area so that it will continue to be beautiful for many years in the future. Save the Bay stands against inappropriate shoreline development and pollution. More info here: http://www.savesfbay.org/history

Individuals may volunteer for any of the upcoming events here: www.savesfbay.org/volunteer

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ANIMALS

ALL CREATURES ANIMAL CARING SOCIETY

All Creatures Animal Caring Society finds homes whether they be temporary or permanent, for many homeless animals around Marin County.  Many adoption programs are available, including once a week dog – walking, adoption for short periods of time (1 month or less), or permanent adoption. Please visit http://www.allcreaturesmarin.org/ for more information.

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AUDUBON CALIFORNIA

Audubon California, through conservation, advocacy, and community involvement, fights to protect birds and their natural habitat. Audubon California focuses on conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, especially those involving birds. More information here: http://ca.audubon.org/about-us-5

Volunteer for the San Francisco Chapter here: http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/volunteer/san-francisco-conservation-committee/

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PARENT VOICES OF MARIN CHILD CARE COUNCIL
Are you worried about budget cuts affecting the education of children in your
community? Do you believe quality children’s services should be available for all
children in Marin County? Do you want to be a part of a movement that will enrich
the lives of children birth-18 years of age by helping children’s services that are
currently underfunded in Marin County?
If so, join Parent Voices of Marin Child Care Council as we begin a community
survey on our priorities for children in Marin. Materials and Spanish translation
provided.
If you are interested in helping, please contact:
Leah Benz at (415)491-5776 or leah@mc3.org


THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
The American Cancer Society is recruiting volunteers for the current campaign
supporting Proposition 29 (California Cancer Research Act) that will be on the June
5th CA ballot.
The primary goal of this initiative, which will impose an additional $1 tax on each
pack of cigarettes, is to significantly increase cancer research funding and tobacco
cessation programs in CA. The proposition is being sponsored by the American
Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association and several
other anti-smoking groups; but is being strongly opposed by the big tobacco
companies. These tobacco companies have spent millions of dollars in the past few
years blocking such an initiative in the CA legislature, and are now spending millions
to defeat Prop. 29.
However, now CA voters are being asked directly to approve this important, lifesaving
measure which will not only decrease the number of people smoking in CA
(especially younger smokers who then become addicted), but it will also save millions
of dollars in state health care expenses due to smoking. Most importantly, it is well
documented that the higher the cost of cigarettes, the lower the number of people of
smoking.
At the end of this month, the American Cancer Society in CA will begin a
10 week phone campaign to remind residents to vote on June 5th and to ask them to
support Prop. 29. The phone bank will be operating in the American Cancer Society
office in San Rafael between 5 and 8 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
evenings. We definitely need more volunteers to make these important calls and would
greatly appreciate having any College of Marin students (or faculty and staff) join us
in this effort.

Please contact Tyler Warner or Julia McLane if you are interested in volunteering.


GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR SOUP KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS
(These guidelines were copied from the St. Vincent de Paul website)
1. Health regulations require volunteers to wear closed toed shoes while volunteering
in the kitchen. We cannot make any exceptions to this rule at any time.
2. Long hair must be pulled back and secured or covered by a hairnet (hairnets will
be provided if needed).
3. We cannot allow tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts. Upon your arrival, you will
put on an apron.
4. Health regulations require everyone to wash their hands and wear latex gloves
while working in the kitchen and dining room.

ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
For additional information on volunteer opportunities in Marin County and San
Francisco, please visit College of Marin’s Job Placement office.

 

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