Community Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on December 3, 2010 by  
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Every year, around this time, Carol & I are asked about available volunteer activities around town.  As far back as we can remember, we’ve always been a part of one coordinated effort or another. Annually, we donate an average of 600 hours of volunteer time towards building a stronger community.

Not surprisingly, most residents in Los Altos volunteer.  Whether it be in their children’s school, at their place of worship, or even with one of the local service clubs.  There is something for everyone.

For those looking for a new volunteer opportunity, there are many organizations who would love to speak with you.  Below, you will find a few of these organizations …

Los Altos History Museum: Learn about the history of the Los Altos area and help others enjoy the museum. Training provided. Flexible hours or a regularly scheduled shift. 948-9427, ext. 91;

English-in-Action: Seeks people to converse in English one hour a week with Stanford’s international students, scholars or spouses. 327-7412; 498-5252;

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop: Downtown Los Altos. Proceeds go to cancer awareness, education and improving the comfort of cancer patients. 949-0505.

Assistance League Costume Bank: New volunteers sought for Los Altos shop. 941-2610.

Community Services Agency: Help a few hours a week to drive frail seniors to medical appointments or take home-bound seniors grocery shopping. 964-4630.

Deer Hollow Farm: Lead small groups of elementary school children as they visit farm animals, explore the wilderness preserve or discover local history and culture in a replica Ohlone village at Rancho San Antonio County Park. 903-6430;

Pathways Hospice: Seeks caring volunteers to help patients and their caregivers manage care at home. Volunteers provide companionship, practical help and emotional support at a crucial time. Training schedule: (408) 773-4219.

City of Los Altos: Needs handy people to work in the Senior In-Home Repair Program performing minor home repairs. Telephone greeters at City Hall are also needed. Flexible hours and basic training provided. 948-1491, ext. 229.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District: Outdoor educational leaders needed during the week to share nature with children at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. 691-1200.

Visit elderly Los Altos residents: People needed for weekly one-hour visits with local seniors. 329-0888.



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