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Volunteer Opportunities

Advocate for People Who Are Homeless

The Advocacy Training and Support program operates on the principle of meeting the homeless community “where they are and how they are.” The program trains and supports people to be advocates of chronically homeless individuals who indicate they are ready and willing to accept assistance. This may mean helping them get their legal commitments taken care of, finding a primary physician, getting a legal ID, renewing their license, and many other tasks on an as-needed basis. Advocates enter into a training a program and are guided in their relationship with a homeless individual. Advocates also meet to share experiences and learn from each other. Trainings are offered twice each year, in Spring and Fall, and run once a week for 6 weeks. Next training TBA. EXPRESS INTEREST and we'll get in touch with more info.

Through12/31/25

Board Member - Sierra Roots

Sierra Roots is seeking new Board members As a Board member, you would prepare for and attend our monthly Board meetings. You would become familiar with our programs, our dedicated community of volunteers, and with the chronically homeless participants in our programs. You would show your committment to our mission by engaging in Sierra Roots events. You would weigh in on the organization’s financial decisions and participate in planning fundraising activities. We seek individuals who are team players, who have leadership experience and could not be content to be passive members. Prior experience on other Board of Directors is not a requirement. Will you join us as we endeavor to fufill the vision and mission of Sierra Roots?

Through12/31/25

Monitors & Community Liaisons for the Sierra Roots Shelter

Sierra Roots has provided an emergency weather shelter in Nevada City for nine years. This is a life-saving program that is urgently needed during extreme weather events for one of the most vulnerable populations, the chronically homeless people in our community. Each time a weather event triggers the need to open, the Sierra Roots Shelter Coordinator must seek the commitment of 18 volunteers for the three shifts per day. This year the shelter will operate as the joint effort of the Sierra Roots Shelter Collaboration (SIerra Roots, Nevada County, Nevada City, and the VFW Post of NC). This relationship allows the County to pay stipends for overnight volunteer monitors and community liaisons. The shelter also must have other urgently needed volunteers that do not include stipends, such as evening monitors, meal makers, and food servers. The main shelter venue is the NC Veterans Hall at 415 N. Pine St, Nevada City. On nights the Vet’s Hall is not available, Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park is used.

Through12/31/25

Pet Food Bagger

We are looking for volunteers for 1 to 2 Saturdays a month that can re-bag pet food into 1 gallon ziploc bags. Each bagger will have a bin with a scoop where they will fill the ziploc bag with approximately 4lbs of dog food, then reseal the bag which will be stacked on shelves or in bins by the coordinating volunteers. Bagging starts at 10am and lasts for 2 to 3 hours on varying Saturdays. We usually know about two weeks in advance which Saturdays it will be and give those dates to volunteers. Bagging takes place at our office at 470 S. Auburn St, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Lifting of 20 pounds is helpful but not required. We like people to show up at 10 and work until we are finished, but totally appreciate that life is busy and are happy for people to donate whatever amount of time works for them.

Through12/31/19

Pet Food Giveaway Assistant

Pet Food Giveaways happen at 470 S. Auburn St, Grass Valley, CA 95945 on Mondays 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (except federal holidays) and the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. On giveaway days, assistants help clients with getting pet food as well as services they might need which include bagging pet food, selling flea and tick medications, issuing license and spay/neuter vouchers, handing out plastic numbers to waiting clients. This is a wonderful way to meet those who benefit directly from our programs. If you’d like more information, email the Opportunity Leader or Express Interest and we will be in touch with you. Responsibilities and Duties: Ability to bag up cans and bags of food and treats per established standards Qualifications: Completion of high school or age 18 Ability to lift up to 25 lbs Other Considerations: Volunteers will be directed in how to put together the specific bags of food based on the needs of the individual Working the giveaway is prohibited to existing clients or those wanting food in exchange for working

Through12/31/19

Preparers and Servers of Thursday Lunches, and Clothing Distribution

Since 2010, Sierra Roots has provided nutritious hot meals every week on Thursdays in Nevada City. Typically, an average of 35 homeless participants attend. Volunteers bring a dish of their choice once a month. We serve a meat protein, vegetarian protein, vegetable, salad and dessert. Five volunteers are at each lunch with their dishes and they stay and serve. In addition, we take down what our homeless participants’ needs are. For instance, boots and shoes are a common need, because they walk around so much—miles every day, wearing out their shoes. We distribute shoes, boots, new socks, and other clothes at all our lunches. Lunches and clothing distribution take place at two locations, depending on time of year. At Pioneer Park in Nevada City, at picnic area near horseshoe pit, from approximately June-September. At the First Baptist Church, 300 Main St, Nevada City, from approximately October-May.

12/19/19 11:30 AM + more

Processor for Thrift Store Donations

At NCPIN Dollar Thrift, inspect donated clothing for stains, rips, etc. Hang clothing. Distribute hung clothing onto categorized racks. Sort linens, and other donated items as needed. Stock store racks and shelves as needed. Wednesday-Saturday 9-3. Shifts, days and number of hours are flexible.

Through12/28/19

Thrift Store Cashier - Friday mornings or afternoons

Operate basic cash register at NCPIN Dollar Thrift. Keep racks and shelves tidy. Restock racks and shelves. Bag purchased items. Must be comfortable with a busy, active work environment. Fridays, 9:45 am to 1:20 pm or 12:45 pm to 4:20 pm. We want people to firmly commit to specific days and shifts. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and trained.

12/20/19 9:30 AM + more

Thrift Store Cashier - Saturday mornings or afternoons

Operate basic cash register at NCPIN Dollar Thrift. Keep racks and shelves tidy. Restock racks and shelves. Bag purchased items. Must be comfortable with a busy, active work environment. Saturdays, 9:45 am to 1:20 pm or 12:45 pm to 4:20 pm. We want people to firmly commit to specific days and shifts. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and trained.

12/14/19 9:30 AM + more

Thrift Store Cashier - Thursday mornings or afternoons

Operate basic cash register at NCPIN Dollar Thrift. Keep racks and shelves tidy. Restock racks and shelves. Bag purchased items. Must be comfortable with a busy, active work environment. Thursdays, 9:45 am to 1:20 pm or 12:45 pm to 4:20 pm. We want people to firmly commit to specific days and shifts. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and trained.

12/19/19 9:30 AM + more

Thrift Store Cashier - Wednesday mornings or afternoons

Operate basic cash register at NCPIN Dollar Thrift. Keep racks and shelves tidy. Restock racks and shelves. Bag purchased items. Must be comfortable with a busy, active work environment. Wednesdays, 9:45 am to 1:20 pm or 12:45 pm to 4:20 pm. We want people to firmly commit to specific days and shifts. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and trained.

12/18/19 9:30 AM + more