Be prepared to help others during a catastrophe. In a major disaster, professional emergency services will not be available to help for 72 hours or more. Would you know what to do? Join the Scripps Ranch Community Emergency Response Team (SRCERT) and learn skills to help family, friends, and the community. For details, contact us at [[email protected]], 863-0364, or [www.scrippsranchcert.org].

RSVP really needs you! The San Diego Police Department is seeking applicants for the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP). You must be 50 years of age or older and have a driver's license. Members are given classroom instruction and field training. Members patrol about three times a month in our area with another member. For more information, please call Les Brandon at 538-8120.

Lights, camera, action! The Scripps Ranch Theatre seeks dedicated volunteers to help with lighting, design, set construction, and more. There are other positions that need your help. To find out more about helping the Scripps Ranch Theatre, please call 578-7728.

Plan Scripps Ranch! The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) needs members. This group is one of two in Scripps Ranch that are responsible for advising the city on all land-use decisions in and around our community. To become a member, contact Bill Crooks at 653-3753.

The Scripps Ranch Landscape Maintenance Assessment District (SRMAD) Committee needs volunteers. If you're interested, please call chair Marc Sorensen at 578-4766.

Help local military families by volunteering at the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Thrift Shop at MCAS Miramar. This is a perfect opportunity for retirees or stay-at-home parents looking to help others and meet new people. Transportation and child care costs are reimbursed. To volunteer, please contact Roberta at 549-1885 or [[email protected]].

Volunteers are urgently needed to help sort and price used books for Grace's Book Nook, the used bookstore at the Scripps Ranch Library. Please contact Kathi Busch at 271-4479.

The Scripps Ranch Library needs volunteers to assist staff with processing of new DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes, and videocassettes. Contact our branch librarian, Nancy Assaf, at 538-8158.

Volunteer! Become a child advocate today. San Diego's abused and neglected children need you. Volunteer to serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. These volunteers lend support to the children, research a case, and make recommendations to the court. All training is provided. Men and bilingual speakers are especially needed. Our next information session is on Wednesday, July 9, from 5:30 to 7 pm. For more details, call Voices for Children at 569-2019, ext. 227, or visit [www.speakupnow.org].

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is seeking patient service volunteers to provide information and support to the public and patients. All volunteers must commit to a minimum of four hours per week for a six-month period. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. For more information, contact Kay Clark at [[email protected]] or 619-682-7415. For more about ACS programs, visit [www.cancer.org].

Volunteer at Project Wildlife and help orphaned and injured animals. Project Wildlife's mission is to "care for injured, orphaned, and sick native wildlife of San Diego County, and release rehabilitated animals back into their natural habitats." Project Wildlife is a nonprofit organization, supported entirely by donations. If you would like volunteer information, please call 866-0557 or visit our website at [www.projectwildlife.org].

The Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) needs a volunteer marketing director to design and implement a comprehensive marketing plan and budget. Can you help? The SRT is an award winning theatre staffed totally by volunteers. We take great pride in improving our theatre in Scripps Ranch, and we are looking for a volunteer to direct our marketing efforts. If you have experience in this area and would like to help, please contact Joe Casali at 619-884-0570.

The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation (FLHF) provides volunteers to support the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the historic achievements of those who flew and maintained U.S. Marine Corps aircraft. The museum is located at MCAS Miramar. To volunteer, please visit [www.flyingleathernecks.org] or call the museum at 693-1723.

Volunteers welcome and needed at the San Diego Division of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Interested in promoting women's health and raising awareness for early ovarian cancer detection? For details, please contact Lyla Altevers at 259-0650 or [[email protected]].

Use your voice to bring joy to others! Let your talent bring hope, inspiration, and a smile to residents of area nursing homes. Join the Scripps Ranch Gospel Choir. For more information, please call Debbie Gordon at 693-3346 or visit [www.scrippsranchgospelchoir.org].

Be a part of the San Diego Police Department. The program is called Volunteers in Policing (VIP) and is open to individuals 18 years or older. For more information about the program, call Deanna Navarro at 619-531-1503.