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Volunteer with the Skyline Community Market (in-person)

The Community Market relaunched on Wednesday, September 2nd 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

11/4/20 10:00 AM + more

Welcome Back, Returning Tax Volunteers - Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS)

FOR: Returning or experienced VITA volunteers. Welcome back! We appreciate your continued Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteer service with the local tax coalition. Let's get you re-oriented to the program locally! We'll walk you through how to register for a tax site again on our website, provide details specifically about returning volunteer training, and will leave time for questions. Note: These are all ONLINE ONLY sessions, which means that you can simply join us from the comfort of your home or office! You will get a reminder email with the Zoom information as we get closer to the event date!

Online ONLY via Zoom (Virtual)

11/5/20 5:30 PM + more

Practice Interview and Resume Tips with Job Seekers!

Do you enjoy sharing your path to your career? Are you comfortable sharing your resume tips and tricks? Have you overcome your fear of interviewing? United Way Bay Area is partnering with the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) as well as SparkPoint Contra Costa to host 2 different workshops. (1) a Resume Writing and Interview Tips session; (2) Interview Practice and Resume Content Tips Figuring out a career path is hard for most people (especially youth of color) and systemic barriers make it even more difficult to expand their network to gain careers and important advice. Our UWBA team created this opportunity to engage young adults in a thoughtful experience with various professionals in all industries. This activity will enable youth to prepare for interviews and even great situation-based STAR examples to use in an interview during the Zoom break-out rooms. Objectives: Volunteers are matched one-to-one with attendees to offer advice on their (1) interview strengths and opportunities to grow (2) professional resumes and (3) ability to explore various industries. How: Volunteers will use the share screen feature and have a conversation on updating resumes and structure best practices. Volunteers will also share experiences with youth interested in their career field for a Q&A about interview best practices, discuss career path, industry insights, and other ATS tools. This opportunity is only for Chevron employees. Please express interest if you are looking to sponsor a workshop. Dates: Wednesday, November 11 from 3:30 - 5pm; Wednesday, September 18 from 11:30 - 1pm (this includes a 45 minute training on the front end) Volunteer Orientation: All volunteers will attend a 45 minute training where they will learn best practices of resume editing, the STAR method of interviewing, and other tips on interview practicing. # of volunteers: 10-15 per shift Qualifications: Non-traditional educational backgrounds and career roadmaps preferred. All career levels, ages, backgrounds, industries and demographics welcomed. Resources: Volunteers should have a job or business, computer access and reliable internet. If you have entry-level job opportunities please send them to volunteer@uwba.org to be shared with our participants 18+. Once you express interest below, we will send you an email with the next steps and Zoom/or Hopin info. Thank you for your interest and don't hesitate to reach out with questions on sponsoring a Career Exploration activity for your group.

Virtual Opportunity (Virtual)

11/11/20 11:30 AM + more

Orientation for New Tax Volunteers - Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS)

FOR: Completely new volunteers. Learn about volunteering with Earn It! Keep It! Save It! - a free VITA tax preparation service powered by United Way Bay Area. This orientation will give an overview of the Bay Area-wide program, walk you through how to register for a tax site on our website, provide details about training, and will leave time for questions. Orientation is highly recommended for new volunteers! Note: These are all ONLINE ONLY orientations, which means that you can simply join us from the comfort of your home or office! After you register for an orientation, click the link shown under the "Address" section of your confirmation email and follow the instructions for joining the webinar! More information about volunteering can be found at https://earnitkeepitsaveit.org/new-volunteer/.

Online ONLY via Zoom (Virtual)

11/18/20 5:30 PM + more

Offer Resume Advice with Job Seekers!

Are you comfortable sharing your resume tips and tricks? Do you enjoy helping people to brainstorm their highlights? United Way Bay Area is partnering with various Career Pathway programs to host a Resume Writing and Interview Tips session Figuring out a career path is hard for most people (especially youth of color) and systemic barriers make it even more difficult to expand their network to gain careers and important advice. Our UWBA team created this opportunity to engage young adults in a thoughtful experience with various professionals in all industries. This activity will enable youth to see various resume styles, improve their resume, learn format best practices, and ask questions in Zoom break-out rooms. Objectives: Volunteers are matched one-to-one with attendees to edit, revise, and offer advice on their (1) resume's strengths and opportunities for improvements (2) best practices on resumes for various industries and (3) ability to meet volunteers from different companies/departments. How: Volunteers will use the share screen feature and have a conversation on updating resumes and structure best practices. Clients without a resume, will use a resume builder to create their first resumes. Volunteers will also share experiences with youth interested in their career field for a Q&A about interview best practices, discuss career path, industry insights, and other applicant tracking systems. This opportunity is open for sponsorship. Please express interest if you are looking to sponsor a workshop. Dates: January (other dates TBD) Volunteer Orientation: All volunteers will attend a 45 minute training where they will learn best practices of resume editing, use of a template resume, and other tips proofreading # of volunteers: 10-15 per shift Qualifications: Non-traditional educational backgrounds and career roadmaps preferred. All career levels, ages, backgrounds, industries and demographics welcomed. Experience in recruiting, HR, or as a hiring manager is beneficial, but not required. Resources: Volunteers should have a job or business, computer access and reliable internet. If you have entry-level job opportunities please send them to volunteer@uwba.org to be shared with our participants 18+. Once you express interest below, we will send you an email with the next steps and Zoom/or Hopin info. Put your resume writing skills to good use...help those with barriers to employment write their first or fiftenth resume! Thank you for your interest and don't hesitate to reach out with questions on sponsoring a Career Exploration activity for your group.

Virtual Opportunity (Virtual)

1/13/21 11:00 AM

Winter Wonderland Planning Volunteers

Do you love being involved with Adopt-a-Families? Were you involved with a past Winter Wonderland? This winter, United Way Bay Area will host our 5th annual Winter Wonderland. Due to Covid-19, it will be held virtually. We're looking for volunteers to be a part of the planning committee. The planning committe will help to recruit families, post the youth needs on our Roonga Adopt-a-Family platform, organize family distribution, and host small "wrapping parties" for groups who want to wrap their items as a team. Winter Wonderland is a great opportunity for volunteers will purchase $100 worth of gifts for 100 youth ages 4 – 18. Volunteers purchase new gifts from a variety of places and label with the age.Please contact me for more details or to be involved in the early stages.

San Francisco, CA

Through 11/25/20

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 12/31/20

Come volunteer for STEM!

After participating in this summer's Global Tech Slam UWBA is committed to finding volunteers to help with future workshops. This fall UWBA will provide youth and their families opportunities to learn more about personal finances and UWBA services. Given that schools are closed for in-person activities for the remainder of the school year, we thought it would be a great opportunity to leverage some creative platforms to deliver some educational opportunities to what might be a broader youth population. Organizing partners include The Hidden Genius Project, Opportunity Youth, SFUSD Career Pathways students, and others. We are offering the lessons via a webinar or "live" format, to allow young adult attendees to work directly with volunteers. Career Exploration Workshops is designed to allow young people to explore various industries through distance learning activities from a multitude of perspectives. The intent is for participants to leave the experience feeling not only as though there are a host of exciting opportunities for them in the tech space, but also that they themselves have much to offer. Presentation: Each session centers on a specific topic of more "holistic" relevance Content for each session is delivered by a subject matter expert with enthusiasm for sharing about what they do with young people Each session involves host or leader to facilitate Sessions last no longer than 35-45 minutes, maximum Themes may be repeated dependind Dates: September 25, October 22 11am - 1pm This opportunity is still in development. We are looking for companies to tell us more about what presentations or curriculum they have available or can provide. Thank you in advance for connecting with us!

Through 12/17/20

No Sew Blankets

A blanket is comfort and can bring warmth and joy to someone battling illness in the hospital, braving cold days, and working through tough situations. By taking your time to craft this blanket, the person who receives this will not only receive the comfort of warmth, but the comfort of knowing you and others are bringing care and kindness to our community. Help us to create 50-100 no sew blankets for partners who serve clients who are currently suffering from homelessness. With impacts of Covid and the fires, we have had requests from many populations who could use more comfort during these times. No-Sew Blanket Volunteer Project Instructions Supplies Needed: 2 pieces of equal length fleece fabric (suggested length: 1.5 yd) You will need 2 pieces of equal length fabric in 2 different designs (one for each side of your blanket!) Fabric scissors Ruler Pen or other writing utensil Check out this video for how it would go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTL6bEz8y5c. Steps to get you started: Determine your budget by figuring out the # of volunteers and the # of blanket's you'd like to make. Email Anton at atimms@uwba.org and let him know you'd like to do a DIY Blanket No Sew opportunity or if you'd like to sponsor the opportunity for your team. If you are looking for UWBA to coordinate the logistics, please request a sponsorship for a proposal. Work with UWBA to purchase desired fleece fabric at any craft store or online.Also, determine what other supplies are needed to mail individual kits to everyone on your team. Work independently or gather your team of volunteers (friends, family, coworkers—anyone!) in a workspace or virtually for the opportunity. Why We Need Your Help: United Way Bay Area aids the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) as well as the Emergency Assistance Network (EAN) of Santa Clara County. These programs are in place to give to individuals in need of basic food and shelter, financial assistance, or emergency services. The blankets will go toward supplying materials to these programs and brightening the day of those being cared for. This project is still developing and we're happy to hear more about how you can help us to make 50 blankets. We are looking for people or groups to sponsor this opportunity or those who can donate or purchase material for the blankets. If that sounds like you, please contact atimms@uwba.org for more details. Thank you for your supportive volunteer work!

Through 1/24/21