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Volunteer with the Skyline Community Market

The Community Market relaunched on Wednesdays in support of SparkPoint clients, students, and the community. The weekly event is held at Skyline College every Wednesday, 11:00am-1:00pm (volunteers start at 10am). SparkPoint, public safety, and facilities staff will work along side volunteers from Skyline College, SMCCCD and our local community to distribute pre-boxed groceries while adhering to all COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols. Skyline College Drive-Thru Community Market is looking for volunteers to help with food distribution. This volunteer opportunity is a hands-on activity that may include: assisting with set up unloading and moving food from pallets to the distribution center; sorting and distributing food; and clean up. This is a great opportunity for volunteers to interface with our clients. This volunteer activity does require some heavy lifting (a minimum of 25lbs.) and regular movement. The volunteer must be willing and able to work with people of different backgrounds and nationalities, exhibit compassion and sensitivity, maintain strict confidentiality of all member and volunteer information. Please bring/wear your own masks and be mindful of social distancing at all times. Wear comfortable shoes, comfortable clothes, and layers (weather may fluctuate throughout the day). Consider bringing your own water, snacks, sunscreen and sunglasses. Looking to sign-up for a shift within the next two weeks? Sign up here. Want to express interest beyond 2 weeks, sign-up below or to bring a group contact Chad Thompson at skylinesparkpoint@smccd.edu.

San Bruno, CA

4/14/21 10:00 AM + more

Make Brown Bag Lunches for Families

United Way Bay Area is partnering with various Emergency Food Shelters Program and Emergency Assistance Network agencies to provide sandwiches. We're looking for volunteers with the ability to make 50-100 sandwiches for individuals who are suffering from homelessness. Each brown bag should include: a sandwich, side/snack, bag of chips, fruit (apple, organge, banana), beverage (juice box, water, etc). Sandwiches are typically made from items that will not perish quickly i.e. PBJ, hard boiled egg, turkey or other meats. We ask for all bags to include a note on the front of the bag what kind of sandwich it is, in case we have folks have other preferences. We encourage you to have fun with it. Some groups have decorate the bags or put little notes that read "have a nice day" or "hope you enjoy" on the front. It makes it a little more personal, and I know the people receiving them appreciate it. Please express interest and our partner will follow-up with you to confirm your date. Thank you for your interest.

Virtual Opportunity (Virtual)

4/16/21 10:00 AM + more

2021 VITA @ Arriba Juntos

Help us as a tax volunteer for the upcoming tax season! If you have already attended a volunteer orientation, go ahead and click on "Express Interest" below if our site works with your schedule. If not, please attend an orientation first before signing up for this site to learn what the tax volunteer program is all about! Site details: - Dates of operation: January 4 - April 15 - Days/hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5pm - Site will be offering drop-off and virtual tax services - We are looking for volunteers to help with on-site tax preparation. Let me know what day of the week / time works best for you to help us! - Address: 1850 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco, CA

Through 4/15/21

2021: VITA @ Sacred Heart Community Service

Help us as a tax volunteer for the upcoming tax season! If you have already attended a volunteer orientation, go ahead and click on "Express Interest" below if our site works with your schedule. If not, please attend an orientation first before signing up for this site to learn what the tax volunteer program is all about! Site details: - Volunteering begins Jan 19th and ends April 15th. - Site will be offering limited drop-off services in-person for tax clients. Most clients will be dropping documents off in-person. - Volunteers will be needed for in-person help, as well as virtual /remote. - Let me know what day of the week / time works best for you to help us! - Especially need volunteers that can speak Spanish! - Our new address: 1381 South First Street, San Jose, 95110.

San Jose, CA

Through 4/15/21

2021: VITA @ Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center

Help us as a tax volunteer for the upcoming tax season! If you have already attended a volunteer orientation, go ahead and click on "Express Interest" below if our site works with your schedule. If not, please attend an orientation first before signing up for this site to learn what the tax volunteer program is all about! Site details: - Volunteering begins in February and ends in April (final dates To-Be-Announced). - Site will be offering limited drop-off services in-person for tax clients. Most clients will be dropping documents off virtually. - Let me know what day of the week / time works best for you to help us! - Especially need volunteers that can speak Spanish! - Our new address: 952 Napa Street, Napa, CA 94559

Napa, CA

Through 4/15/21

2021 VITA @ Eden Self Sufficiency Center

2021: VITA @ Alameda County Social Service Agencey Eden Self Suffiency Center Help us as a tax volunteer for the upcoming tax season! If you have already attended a volunteer orientation, go ahead and click on "Express Interest" below if our site works with your schedule. If not, please attend an orientation first before signing up for this site to learn what the tax volunteer program is all about! Site details: - -Volunteering runs from 2/1/2021 - 4/15/2021 - Site will be offering in person services to tax clients, on Monday & Weds: 5:30pm – 8:30pm -Site will be offering drop off/pickup only service on Saturdays 10am-2pm - Tax preperation however will be in-person / on-site, (without the taxpayer present) Monday through Friday during office hours. -Let me know what day of the week / time works best for you! - Site is located at 24100 Amador, Hayward 94544

Hayward, CA

Through 4/15/21

Mask Makers (Virtual Opportunity)

UWBA is looking for generous volunteers to help with the shortage of masks in the Bay Area. If you have access to fabric and a sewing machine, your donation of cloth face masks can be very helpful as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) weighs its recommendation on use. Masks will be given to the homeless, families, and on-site volunteers to minimize the spread of COVID-19. (These will NOT be used by medical professionals and are not considered medical grade.) Please express interest to let us know that you will be sending masks and to get the next steps. We will set-up various drop off for you to deliver them. If you are unable to sew, but want to donate new 100% material please let us know. Thank you in advance for helping United Way to fight Covid-19. UWBA team United Way Bay Area is a nonprofit organization in the Bay Area poverty. We’re harnessing the collective power of nonprofits, government, corporations, labor and thousands of individuals to create change through giving, advocating, and volunteering.  Every year, our programs – SparkPoint, Earn It! Keep It! Save It!, 211,  Census, EFSP/EAN, and youth programs – help more than 250,000 Bay Area residents. We connect people to food and shelter, put people back to work, bring tax dollars back to our community, help youth succeed in school and in the workplace, and move people toward financial stability. Founded in 1922, United Way Bay Area serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano Counties. For more information, visit uwba.org. 

Through 7/8/21

Help Provide 100+ BIPOC youth with Summer Reading Kits

Help us provide over 100 underserved BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color) youth from our SparkPoint centers with Summer Reading Kits: a book bag of self-affirming books to read while sheltering in place! We have compiled dynamic book bags that feature books by authors of color whose work provides self-affirming messages for BIPOC youth. Books highlight important issues of colorism, hair texture, immigration, gender, and more so that BIPOC youth feel seen, understood, and valued. Also included in the book bags are tips for adults on how to read books to children and young adults, a link to make the reading pledge, and a literacy workbook. HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? Purchase book(s) you would like to donate directly on our virtual book drive site: https://yougivegoods.com/uwbabookdrive2021. Create a virtual book drive for your group or company here. Help us buy books not listed on the site by making a monetary donation: TBD Volunteer Virtually by recording a 1-3 minute encouragement video for youth and their families. The video can include reading an excerpt to a youth, sharing a personal story connected to the book, and/or sharing a piece of encouragement. Sign up here. United Way has a long history of providing families with basic need items during disasters and tough times. Through this virtual drive, parents will have the opportunity to start a library or diversity their existing book collections for their children. That’s why we need you to help encourage literacy and bring necessary resources to the most vulnerable families. Thank you for your contribution!

Through 5/7/21

Be an Ambassador and Comfort Seniors in the South Bay

Volunteer as an Ambassador and bring Joy to a Senior's Life The National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created by Congress in 1983 to help social service agencies provide emergency relief to those in need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chairs the National Board, and United Way Worldwide is the fiscal agent and staff for the program. Below, we've listed one UWBA's grantees, Soucewise, who could use additional volunteer help. Sourcewise Ambassador's Program: Human connection, fellowship and friendship is good for the mind and soul. Volunteers bring a little joy and companionship to homebound seniors in our community. Are you a natural nurturer who loves good conversation? The Sourcewise Ambassador Program is a perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Whether it’s a few minutes or an hour, a wellness call helps our elders feel connected during these uncertain times. By joining our Ambassador’s Program, you will positively impact our fellow community members’ lives by helping to prevent social isolation and loneliness-two of the most prevalent issues affecting seniors today due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteer Duties: Conduct calls to a short list of seniors on a weekly basis. The calls may range from a few minutes to longer, depending if the senior is open to friendly conversation with you or prefers to keep the wellness calls brief as just a check-in call. Log in time spent on calls onto timesheet (digital) and send to the Volunteer Coordinator via email every week. Provide updates to Volunteer Coordinator via email on a weekly basis. Onboarding Steps: Complete a volunteering application (Link to application) Complete a background check. The cost will be reimbursed by Sourcewise. Alternatively, if a volunteer has completed a background check through their employer, they may provide a letter from their supervisor or company stating they have completed and passed your company’s DOJ and FBI background check. Watch a 30-minute training video from the California Department of Aging on Data Privacy (at this link) Complete a 45-minute virtual orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator who will coordinate a date and time with applicants. Thank you for your interest in Sourcewise's volunteer opportunity. Their volunteer coordinator will follow-up with you once you complete their application.

Through 5/19/21