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Volunteer Opportunities

Advocate for People Who Are Homeless - Training starts October 1st

Sierra Roots begins our next Advocacy Training Sessions on Thursday, October 1, 2020. The sessions will continue every Thursday for six weeks by videoconference. Time to be determined. This Program operates on the principle of meeting the homeless community “where they are and how they are.” Our program trains and supports people to be advocates of chronically homeless individuals who indicate they are ready and willing to accept assistance. Training features an informational curriculum to introduce you to the tools you’ll need to work one-on-one with a homeless person in our advocacy program. We will cover how to approach a homeless person with the objective of assisting them to make a plan for themselves, such as getting their legal commitments taken care of, finding a primary physician, getting a legal ID, or many other tasks. We will also look at the tools you'll need for follow-through, in order to help the homeless person achieve what they have set out to do to help themselves. EXPRESS INTEREST and we'll get in touch!

Through 12/31/25

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?

Through 12/31/25

Consider Becoming a CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate

CASA VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained community volunteers appointed by Juvenile Court judges to speak for the best interests of children who are brought before the court for reasons of abuse or neglect. After an initial training, each CASA is supervised and supported by CASA staff and is provided with resources and guidance to aid in effective advocacy. The next training begins in March 2020. Attend Intro to CASA to learn more about both the program and the training. Monday, February 10, 2020 from 5:30-7pm at Child Advocates of Nevada County, 200 Providence Mine Rd, Suite 210, Nevada City, CA 95959. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is an official part of judicial proceedings, working alongside attorneys and social workers. By handling only one or two cases at a time, the CASA is able to thoroughly explore the history of each assigned case. The CASA talks with the child, parents, family members, neighbors, school officials, doctors and others involved in the child’s life who might have facts about the case. The CASA reviews all court facts and documents pertaining to the case. At scheduled hearings, he or she is expected to submit formal reports to the judge with recommendations for the safety, well-being, and permanent placement of the child. Until the case is dismissed, the CASA continues to monitor the situation to assure that the judicial and child welfare systems are moving ahead to secure a safe, permanent home for the child, and that court-ordered services are being provided. The CASA can be an invaluable resource for the judge, the child’s attorney, the social worker, and other professionals who are working together to reach the goal of a safe, loving, and permanent home for the child. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Complete an extensive, independent review of each case: Meet face-to-face with the child a minimum of twice a month, preferably once a week for an hour or two. Speak with the child and relevant adults (parents, foster parents, family members, school officials, doctors, social workers, and others involved in the child’s life) who might have facts about the case. Review appropriate records and reports. Observe the child and significant others. Report findings to the court by submitting formal reports to the judge at every scheduled hearing/review. Monitor the case following a court hearing or decision: Ensure that the judicial and child welfare systems are moving ahead to secure a safe, permanent home for the child. Ensure that court-ordered services are provided to the child. Training and Support System: CASAs are required to attend approximately 30-35 hours of pre-service training initially and 12 hours of continuing education training annually. CASAs meet with supervisors for case reviews and can call anytime with questions or concerns. CASAs follow guidelines established by the National CASA Association. Time Commitment: Volunteers are required to make a twelve-month commitment to the program. Volunteers are required to attend court hearings on their cases-approximately every six months. CASA volunteers, on average, spend 10-15 hours a month on each case. Necessary Knowledge and Skills: Ability to keep all client and court information confidential. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Will need to write court reports on a computer. Ability to communicate using email and Microsoft Word. Ability to respect and relate to people from various backgrounds. Ability to relate to families from a strength-based model, even in an apparently chaotic family environment. Ability to maintain objectivity. Must be 21 years of age. Interested persons are invited to apply to the program. Applicants will be interviewed and must submit to a thorough background check. For more info, EXPRESS INTEREST and we'll get in touch, or visit www.considercasa.com, or email Melinda@caofnc.org.

Through 12/31/25

Food Access Saturday – Second Saturday of the Month

Food Access Saturday is a program for Nevada County residents who can’t make it to food distributions during the work week. Volunteers are needed every second Saturday to assist with the Food Access Saturday distribution at Interfaith Food Ministry (a Food Access Saturday partner) at 440 Henderson Street in Grass Valley, from 10am-noon. Tasks include helping to bag food and helping take food to peoples’ cars. COVID-19 safety protocols are carefully observed. UPCOMING DATES 12/12/2020 1/9/2021 2/13/2021 3/13/2021 4/10/2021 For more information contact United Way at 530-274-8111 or admin@uwnc.org. Or EXPRESS INTEREST in this opportunity and we’ll get in touch!

Through 12/31/25

Guest Advocate - Hospitality House

The mission of Hospitality House is to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing. Volunteering as a Guest Advocate is a wonderful way to help us meet the needs of those transitioning from homelessness to housing. Guest Advocates greet and engage our guests in conversation, building positive relationships that support the work of our shelter staff. While it is important that guests follow the rules of the shelter, the Guest Advocate position is more focused on socializing than regulating. It is important Guest Advocates maintain an upbeat, encouraging, and compassionate attitude. The duties of this opportunity generally include: Sharing a meal with our guests Spending quality time with guests throughout their shift Monitoring living spaces including dormitories, the community room, hallways, the laundry room, and patios Distributing towels/hygiene products Supervising smoke breaks and daily chores Program Orientation and Training: Guest Advocate volunteers receive on-the-job training and a shelter tour on their first day. For more information, please speak with your trainer or contact our shelter staff at 530- 277-1759. Location: 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, California 95945 Days/Hours: 7 days a week; varying shifts. 4-8pm Experience: No experience necessary, although this is the perfect opportunity for someone with a social services background or someone who has experience working with vulnerable populations. Special Requirements: Ability to talk to new people in both one-on-one and group settings a comfortable interacting with a diverse population is essential. Guest Advocates must also be able to work cooperatively with other volunteers, members of the homeless community, agency staff, and other community members. EXPRESS INTEREST and we'll get in touch!

Through 6/30/21

High School Food Pantry Volunteers - United Way

The United Way High School Food Pantry provides food for students in need. More than 100 teenagers who attend local high schools are homeless. Across the local high school population, 43% of students qualify for free and reduced breakfast/lunch programs. 6 Volunteers needed on TUESDAYS WHAT: Packing food WHEN: Every Tuesday from 2-4pm WHERE: 422 Henderson St, Grass Valley (in the Beam Easy Living Center building) 4 Volunteers needed on WEDNESDAYS (2 at each venue) WHAT: Distribute food at drive-thru WHEN: Every Wednesday from 11:15am-1:00pm WHERE: Parking lot at Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945 or Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949 This program runs for the 2020/2021 school year at Nevada Union, Bear River, and Silver Springs High Schools and is done in cooperation with Interfaith Food Ministry and Nevada Joint Union High School District. High School staff does the distribution at Silver Springs so no volunteers are needed there. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place for food packers, and the food distribution is a COVID-safe drive-thru. Please EXPRESS INTEREST and we’ll get in touch about details!

Through 6/30/25

Hospitality House - Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Hospitality House! Learn more about us at hhshelter.org. Contact us at (530) 615-0805 or EXPRESS INTEREST and we’ll get in touch. We look forward to connecting with you!

Through 12/31/25

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.

Through 12/31/25

Pet Food Bagger

We are looking for volunteers for 1 to 2 Saturdays a month that can re-bag pet food into 1-gallon freezer bags. Each bagger will have a bin with a scoop where they will fill the freezer 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 9 am and lasts for 2 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 139 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Lifting of 20 pounds is helpful but not required. We like people to show up at 9 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.

Through 12/31/25

Processor for Thrift Store Donations

Process donations to the Nevada County Pets In Need Dollar Thrift Store, located at 434 Colfax Ave, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Phone: 530-205-9301. WHAT 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 WHEN Wednesday-Saturday 9-3. Shifts, days and number of hours are flexible. EXPRESS INTEREST and we'll be in touch!

Through 5/31/25

SAFE Navigator

SAFE (Stability, Access, Foundation, Empowerment) Program will provide academic, social and emotional support and life skills training to youth experiencing homelessness in Nevada County as they transition into adulthood. A SAFE Navigator is a well-trained adult who can connect program participants to community resources. The Navigator’s one-on-one connection fosters the development of trust and relationship with SAFE participants. Long term, the Navigator plays a crucial role as a caring adult guiding SAFE participants into the community and offering them the support they need to stay in school and mature into a healthy adult life. Duties and Responsibilities Serve as a long-term Mentor/Coach Manage a case load of 3-4 SAFE participants at a time Act as point person for a variety of needs Provide transportation for appointments, errands, shopping, etc. Provide 1:1 support for college and financial aid applications Attend SAFE group activities, workshops and trainings as necessary Time Commitment Navigators should plan to serve from 1-3 years in the SAFE Program Estimated weekly 5-10 hours Qualifications Enjoy working with teenage youth Maintain a spirit of openness to meet the SAFE participant where they are Flexible—able to cope with last minute changes in plans or difficulties in reaching a SAFE participant Tolerant—able to accept a difficult life situation that a SAFE participant may be experiencing Patience and perseverance Willingness to work collaboratively with The Friendship Club staff Willingness to use a cell phone, social media and social network as primary forms of communication with SAFE participants Lines of Communication Report to The Friendship Club Youth Empowerment Coordinator Interact with various Friendship Club staff members from time to time Requirements for SAFE Volunteer Screening Copy of your valid driver’s license DMV driving record Proof of auto insurance (a copy of declarations page) Live Scan for criminal background check by State of California Department of Justice Clear a check of the sex offender registry Sign Non-disclosure (Confidentiality) Agreement Training and Support The Friendship Club Mentor Training Positive Youth Development Training Trauma Informed Training Opportunity to attend Mentor Support Group meetings at The Friendship Club Grounds for Termination Failure to follow policies or carry out responsibilities Misrepresentation of The Friendship Club, the SAFE Program or its policies Breach of confidentiality Unsafe driving Frustrations Some SAFE Participants are difficult to reach to make a date for a visit Some SAFE Participants may tend to remain shy and be unwilling to open up Relationships may ebb & flow. It isn’t uncommon as a SAFE Participant ages to get quite busy with school, work and extracurricular activities, perhaps making it difficult to schedule time together Witnessing a SAFE Participant in a troubled family situation that cannot be fixed from the outside Benefits Opportunity to develop a satisfying relationship with a young person Opportunity to be an important person in a young person’s life and provide them with a caring adult to listen and support them Opportunity to contribute to the growth of a young person who is moving toward fulfilling their potential Be a part of an effective organization that is making the community a better place to live This is a volunteer job that provides the volunteer an opportunity to grow and learn about himself/herself EXPRESS INTEREST in this opportunity and we'll be in touch!

Through 12/31/25

Thrift Store Cashier - Nevada County Pets In Need

Thrift Store Cashiers are needed at Nevada County Pets In Need’s Dollar Thrift Store, located at 434 Colfax Ave, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Phone: 530-205-9301. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and trained. All volunteers and customers are required to wear masks and physically distance. WHAT Operate basic cash register Keep racks and shelves tidy Restock racks and shelves Bag purchased items Must be comfortable with a busy, active work environment WHEN At this time, Volunteers are especially needed Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:45am-1pm and Saturday afternoons from 1-4:30pm. Monday-Friday Morning – 9:45am to 1:20pm Afternoon – 1pm to 4:20pm Saturday 1-4:30pm We want people to firmly commit to specific days and shifts. EXPRESS INTEREST and we’ll get in touch to discuss details.

Through 5/31/25

Volunteer Department Assistant - Hospitality House

The mission of Hospitality House is to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing. Our Volunteer Department Assistants work at the epicenter of our agency helping to recruit, train, and onboard our growing volunteer base. They devote their service time to supporting the volunteer department. Volunteer Department Assistants perform administrative functions including but not limited to: Calling/emailing current and potential volunteers Answering Phones Data entry Document review Assisting with Onboarding and Training Volunteers Program Orientation and Training: Volunteer Department volunteers will receive on-the-job training on their first day and throughout their service term. They report to the Volunteer Manager. Location: 466 Brunswick Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945 Days/Hours: 1-2 days per week. 3-4 hours per day. Experience: No previous experience necessary although the ability to work in a professional office environment is required. Special Requirements: Basic computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, email, and data entry are required. We ask that our volunteer department assistants work cooperatively with other volunteers, members of the homeless community, agency staff, and other community members. EXPRESS INTEREST and we'll get in touch!

Through 6/30/21

Fix-It Program - Skilled Carpenters, Plumbers, and Handypersons

FREED's Fix-It Program is volunteer-driven and focuses on addressing the health and safety needs of Nevada and Sierra County residents so they may remain independently in their own home. As a Fix-It volunteer you will be serving seniors and people with disabilities addressing minor home repairs or modifications that fit your skill set. You will be offered the opportunity to work on a variety of services such as: installing grab bars, railing, or transfer poles repairing steps placing portable ramps building new ramps making minor plumbing repairs We are recruiting people with appropriate skills willing to contribute a minimum of three hours per month, and possibly larger amounts of time (less frequently) to co-work on more involved projects or to fulfill an urgent request. If you are interested in volunteering for the Fix-It Program, we require you to fill out an application that includes two professional and two personal references. We also ask volunteers to sign a Confidentiality Statement, an agreement that we are a Drug & Alcohol-free workplace, and an authorization to complete a background check. Fix-It volunteers provide an invaluable service to our community - your skills allow seniors and people with disabilities to remain safely in their homes. FREED volunteers have the opportunity to be highlighted at the top of our free Referral List, which we provide to over 600 people each year. The list includes handypeople, contractors, and various types of in-home care and service providers. Community members can hire directly from this list for jobs outside our Fix-It scope, knowing FREED has vetted the professionals on the list.

Through 6/30/21

Food Bank of Nevada County Overview of Volunteer Opportunities

FOOD BANK OF NEVADA COUNTY WELCOMES VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH... Food packing and sorting Office and administrative support Summer lunch program Food distribution sites Warehouse assistance Driving and deliveries Annual food drives, fundraising, and special events FOOD PACKING AND SORTING: A very important task of volunteer duties at the Food Bank is the packing and sorting of donated bulk food. This includes inspecting, cleaning, sorting, and preparation of special food boxes. This is all part of preparing donations for distribution. FOOD PACKING--Volunteer Days & Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 am to noon. FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS: Our organization has five Food Distribution Outreach sites in Nevada County where our volunteers come to help allocate food to families and individuals in need. Volunteers also help get food to cars, clean up distribution sites, and assist with giving food away. Those interested in Volunteering—may fill out the Volunteer Application. We can then assist you in finding a distribution location and time to volunteer. You can view the times and locations on our Monthly Distribution Page. SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM: From time to time, the Food Bank looks for help from reliable drivers, during the summer, for the Children’s Summer Lunch Program. There is also a need for extra help preparing and packing of the summer lunches and then delivering them to our local children in need. This is a valuable and great opportunity for local students to fulfill volunteer hours and get more involved in their community. SUMMER LUNCH--Volunteer Days & Hours: Monday-Friday 11:45-12:45. VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES & INFORMATION Volunteers need to have a current Volunteer Application on file. The minimum age to volunteer is 12 years old. Volunteers between the ages of 12-15 must volunteer with an adult, and volunteers 16-17 years of age must volunteer with parental permission. The Food Bank expects individuals to report and work as scheduled. Volunteer hours will be recorded on a project log-sheet located in our warehouse. It is mandatory and important that all volunteers sign in. The Food Bank helps our volunteers select a task or duty that matches their interests as well as fulfilling the needs of the Food Bank. Our goal is to work with volunteers to make their experiences positive and rewarding.The Food Bank makes every effort to provide safe working conditions. If you want to join the Food Bank team, please download and fill out the Volunteer Application and fax to: 530-272-7085 or mail to: Food Bank of Nevada County, 310 Railroad Ave #100, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Or EXPRESS INTEREST and we'll get in touch!

Through 12/31/21