Community Volunteer Opportunities
Bilingual Make-A-Wish Volunteers Needed
We are in need of bilingual, Spanish-speaking wish granting volunteers. The wish children in our region that are Spanish-speaking will typically have a longer wait to be visited because of a shortage of Spanish-speaking volunteers. Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada is a charitable non-profit organization whose purpose is to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
LINKS Mentoring Program
The LINKS Mentoring Program is seeking adult 2011/12 school year volunteer mentors to become positive role models for students at Hickey and North Area Jr/Sr High Schools and Calvine and Kinney Continuation High Schools.
This mentoring program is unique because it offers ongoing support to mentor/protégé matches by providing staff-facilitated, structured mentoring sessions each week.
Mentors meet with their protégés for one hour each week. Meetings and activities focus on specific themes, including Career Exploration/Job Seeking Skills, Interpersonal/Life Skills, Financial Savvy and Money Management, Community Service/Service Learning projects, Health and Wellness, and Planning for the Future.
Participating students have expressed a desire to work with a mentor to help them prepare for life after high school and have completed an application and orientation process. For information, application, contact:
Lindsay Cathcart at (916) 228-2565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Miranda at (916) 228-2412 or email@example.com
Habla por un niño maltratado! Become a CASA volunteer and stand up for a child in foster care!
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is currently seeking volunteers from the Hispanic/Latino community. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in sending this information out to your contacts and any groups that might be interested in learning more about helping a foster child/youth from the Hispanic/Latino community. CASA empowers volunteers as the eyes and the ears of the juvenile court on behalf of children in foster care. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers are matched with one youth at a time and commit to supporting the child during a stay in foster care. Foster youth often experience a lack of stable living while moving through the foster care system. CASA volunteers provide the consistency children need in order to thrive. CASA volunteers support youth with a wide variety of life skills, including issues related to foster care, school, social issues, sports, and community activities. CASA volunteers serve as a liaison between the child, the juvenile court, and the county child welfare agency. Hispanic/Latino children/youth make up the second largest ethnic group in foster care and the numbers are increasing.
The time commitment is 10 to 15 hours a month, on average, for is a minimum of a year. Volunteer hours are flexible, as there is no set schedule. Training is provided and no prior legal or social work experience required. CASA volunteering is a great opportunity for active retirees, students and working professionals. Bilingual volunteers and male volunteers are especially encouraged to apply.
Training and background checks are required prior to being matched with a child. An application, interview, and background check are also required for prospective trainees.
Do you want to become a Puente Mentor?
Over the years, thousands of professionals judges, doctors, and civic leaders have taken time from their busy schedules to serve as volunteer mentors to Puente students. In addition, hundreds of local businesses and community-based organizations have supported Puente by donating scholarship fund, hosting field trips to work sites, or providing in-kind resources.