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San Mateo County Directory of Volunteer Opportunities for Homeschooling Families
Volunteer in San Mateo County
The organizations listed in this resource guide welcome kids and/or families as volunteers.
While there are well over 100 organizations listed we have undoubtedly missed some great opportunities. If you know of any organizations that should be added to this list or if you find broken links or incorrect information please E-mail Diane Flynn Keith.
San Mateo County Directory
Brief description of Organization: The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's purpose is to purchase, permanently protect, and restore lands forming a regional open space greenbelt, preserve unspoiled wilderness, wildlife habitat, watershed, viewshed, and fragile ecosystems, and provide opportunities for low-intensity recreation and environmental education.
The District works to form a continuous greenbelt of permanently preserved open space by linking its lands with other public parklands. The District also participates in cooperative efforts such as the Bay Trail, Ridge Trail, and Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, which are regional trail systems in the Bay Area that include District lands.
The District has permanently preserved over 57,000 acres of mountainous, foothill, and bayland open space, creating 26 open space preserves (24 of which are open to the public). The District covers an area of 550 square miles and includes 17 cities (Atherton, Cupertino, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Monte Sereno, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and Woodside).
Brief description of volunteer need: Each year, over 500 volunteers commit thousands of hours preserving and protecting open space lands by participating in a variety of ways such as educating and inspiring visitors, constructing and maintaining trails, and removing invasive, non-native vegetation.
General area volunteer opportunity is located: Peninsula & Santa Cruz Mountains
City where volunteer opportunity is located: All Cities in the greater San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties
Fees required: none
Age requirements: Age 14 and over for most projects; some allow younger children. Requirements exist regarding parents working with their children (i.e., no drop offs allowed)
Contact Person: Paul McKowan, Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Phone Number: 650-691-1200
Brief description of Organization: Guided by the humane ethic we build healthy relationships between people and animals. Each year thousands of animals pass through our doors. We provide a warm bed, nutritious food, veterinary care and a gentle touch for the lost, stray, unwanted and injured domestic and wild animals in our community.
Brief description of volunteer need: Various volunteer opportunities are available. [Click here for details]
General area volunteer opportunity is located: Peninsula
City where volunteer opportunity is located: San Mateo
Fees required: none
Age requirements: 13-17 per program guideline outlined on our website.
Contact Person: Brian Probst
Phone Number: 650-340-7022 ext. 328
Brief description of Organization: Save The Bay is the oldest and largest organization working exclusively to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As the Bay's leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay is committed to making the Bay cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife.
Brief description of volunteer need: Save The Bay gives your family the opportunity to help restore wetlands of San Francisco Bay! Our restoration programs utilize community volunteers to plant native plants along the shoreline, remove non-native weeds, collect native plant seeds, grow plants in our nurseries, and help cleanup trash along the shoreline. These restoration activities improve habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife, and enhance our region's quality of life. Our restoration programs can be a great learning experience for the whole family. We welcome your children as long as you maintain control and responsibility for them and their actions.
General area volunteer opportunity is located: East Bay, North Bay, Peninsula/South Bay
City where volunteer opportunity is located: Oakland, Hayward, Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Mill Valley.
Fees required: No fee for land-based programs. For the Bair Island canoe restoration program the price is $25 per person for Save The Bay members, $35 for non-members.
Age requirements: None for land-based programs. For Bair Island canoe restoration program the minimum age is 10 years old.
Contact Person: Sarah Lyons
Phone Number: 510-452-9261 ext. 119
Brief description of Organization: Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties has been providing services to the community for 35 years. We are the single largest nonprofit provider of food to low-income households in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and are the seventh largest food bank in the country. We provide food to an average of 163,000 individuals each month. Of those we serve, 67% are families with children and 12% are seniors.
Brief description of volunteer need: Help sort food at our warehouses. Volunteers inspect and categorize donated food products, label food packages and repackage food items donated by individuals and food companies. Training is provided at the beginning of each shift.
General area volunteer opportunity is located: Peninsula and South Bay
City where volunteer opportunity is located: San Jose, San Carlos
Fees required: none
Age requirements: none
Contact: Kristin Sulpizio
Phone Number: 408 694-0011 (direct); 408 266-8866 x 230 (main)
Category: Human Community
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