Volunteer Opportunities

By Friends & Neighbors January 1, 2015 12:37

The following “Volunteers Needed” listing appeared in the Autumn 2017 issue of Friends and Neighbors.

AARP Foundation Tax Aide Prepare and review federal and state tax returns for those with low to moderate incomes or ages 60 and older in Sonora, 8am-noon Wednesdays, Feb. 7-April 11, training provided in January. Robin, (209) 652-5269.

Adventist Health Sonora Many jobs available, from visiting patients to administrative support. Apply online (adventisthealthsonora.org/about-us/be-a-volunteer) or call (209) 536-5031.

Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency Help at food distribution sites four hours monthly or with paperwork two to four hours weekly in Tuolumne County, or deliver food two to three hours monthly, DMV printout required. Joi, (209) 984-3960, ext. 101.

Calaveras County Health and Human Services Agency Provide in-person or phone support to older adults dealing with emotional challenges or isolation, one hour per week plus two-hour monthly meeting, free training and background check, mileage reimbursed. Linda, (209) 754-6642.

Calaveras County Office of Education Offer friendship and support to youth ages 6 to 18 through the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program, two hours weekly, minimum one-year commitment, four-hour training; Katie, (209) 736-6078. Help youth ages 16 to 21 acquire life skills through Students with a Goal Young Adult Mentoring, flexible hours, minimum one-year commitment, four-hour training; Kristina, (209) 736-6091.

Calaveras Volunteer Center Drive Calaveras County residents to in- or out-of-county destinations, flexible hours, mileage reimbursed. Judy, (209) 754-1699.

Call-A-Day Program Check on the well-being of  Tuolumne County senior or disabled women, 8-8:30am one day per month. Cathie, (209) 586-4802.

Columbia State Historic Park Lead tours, present historic reenactments or research, 10 hours monthly, train for six Saturday mornings starting in January; or work in museum, 10 hours monthly, two-hour training. Kelly, (209) 532-2023.

Community Christmas Eve Day Dinner Prepare food, set up or decorate at Sonora’s Mother Lode Fairgrounds, flexible hours 9am-5pm Dec. 22-23. Serve food, take tickets or clean up in two-hour shifts, noon-6pm Dec. 24, must sign up to work that day. Cathie, (209) 586-4802.

Hospice of Amador and Calaveras Help at Angels Camp thrift store four hours weekly; Dave, (209) 223-4762. Offer grief support to schoolchildren, provide companionship for patients or respite for caregivers. Also need veterans to visit hospice patients in “Vet-to-Vet” program, music therapists and hair stylists, training provided; Renee, (209) 223-5500.

Humane Society of Tuolumne County Answer phones and greet visitors at Jamestown shelter, three hours weekly. Linda, (209) 984-5489.

Interfaith Community Social Services Help with client intake, administrative projects, office work or childcare, or distribute food, clothes or housewares in East Sonora, three hours weekly. Cathie, (209) 532-0905.

Sierra Repertory Theatre Help at Columbia theater as an usher or at East Sonora theater as a bartender or usher, flexible hours, training provided; Bonnie, (209) 532-0502, ext. 204. House an actor in your Sonora-area home for six to eight weeks or provide transportation to and from airports; Gracen, 532-0502, ext. 112.

Tuolumne County Health Fair Review patient results (medical personnel only) or direct and assist attendees Oct. 17-18, flexible hours. Sandy, (209) 533-7428.

Tuolumne County Library’s Adult Literacy Program Tutor adults in reading, writing and life skills, 90 minutes weekly, four-hour training. Lynn, (209) 694-2727.

Tuolumne County Sherriff’s Community Service Unit Help with office work at one of five CSU offices, or help with event parking, crime scenes and more, 16 hours monthly, one-week training. Dave, (209) 743-7631.


Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) seeks volunteers for Sat., Nov. 4 project:

We did a couple miles of trail work on the Westside Trail in October of this year, but there is plenty of work still to do! We’ll be clearing vegetation, removing rock debris, and possibly installing more signs. This will be close to a full day project. (Caution! – This particular project site has areas with poison oak. So, we encourage you to avoid volunteering for this project if you are sensitive to poison oak.)

If you are interested in participating please email Meg (megl@cserc.org) or call the CSERC office at 209-586-7440 and we’ll give you specifics on meet time and location.


Other volunteer needs and information

Guide to Volunteer Opportunities in Amador County, published by the Amador County Commission on Aging, is available at the Amador Senior Center, (209) 223-0442.

Sierra NonProfit Services in Sonora helps connect individuals with available volunteer jobs in Tuolumne County, (209) 533-1093, sierranonprofit.org.

Volunteer Center of Calaveras coordinates Calaveras County volunteer opportunities, (209) 754-1699, calaverasvolunteer.com.


Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities  seeks volunteers for the following:

  • CAFÉ  (Connections & Awareness for Elders Progam): Offer support, encouragement, resources and socialization for those who are isolated and lonely.
  • SPARROW (Senior Peer Alliance for Rural Research on Wellness): Provide support, encouragement and resources for those who feel lonely or sad, or who have trouble solving problems.
  • Legal Advocacy for Seniors Program:  Welcome and assist clients with completing intake forms.

Sierra Senior Providers, Inc. seeks interested service clubs, businesses or community organizations to sponsor a lunch at the Senior Center in Sonora. Sponsoring group chooses a day (Mon., Tues., Thurs. or Fri.) to provide three to four volunteers to serve lunch and to contribute the current average cost of a lunch ($350). For more information, contact Leon Casas, Jr., (209) 533-2622, sierraseniorproviders.org.

Updated Sept. 20, 2017

By Friends & Neighbors January 1, 2015 12:37
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