Volunteer Opportunities lists ways to help out in our community. Only have a half-hour to give? No problem! Shelve a few books or take a walk with a plastic bag and pick up some trash. Newly retired and feeling bored or left out? Just check out this list and you will probably find something of interest. If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like to list, please email it to [email protected]; send it to: SRCA Volunteer Opportunities, 10755-F Scripps Poway Parkway, #613, San Diego, CA 92131; or call 858-397-5747. Know a great volunteer and want to honor them? Let the SRCA know at 858-397-5747 or [email protected]

Looking for a way to help the community in which you live? The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) is similar to a town council. The SRCA Board needs residents to represent some of our community’s 22 areas. Check the Directory on page 57 for our open positions. To find your district, visit www.scrippsranch.org/community/maps, and for more information, please email Bob Ilko at [email protected]

It might only be May, but the SRCA 4th of July Committee has been planning this community’s largest and most popular event—the 4th of July Parade—for months. Now you can help! There are so many fun ways to get involved: be a parade marshal; drive your convertible as you escort a dignitary; volunteer to help with last-minute planning; and more. Please email [email protected]

Lose yourself for hours while browsing through thousands of books, all while giving back to the community! The Scripps Ranch Library Grace’s Book Nook needs your help. To volunteer in the popular used bookstore, please email [email protected]

As you can read in this month’s News section, we had a number of home burglaries in a short amount of time. If you’re worried about crime in your area, start a Neighborhood Watch group. Be a block captain and organize your neighbors. It doesn’t take much time and brings huge results—a safer block! Visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch or contact SRCANW chair Cheryl Shaw at [email protected] for more information.

If you want your child to learn about the gift of giving through volunteerism, here’s a wonderful opportunity for kids as young as 11. The San Diego Food Bank helps feed San Diego families. You and your child can help once or on a regular basis. Please visit http://sandiegofoodbank.org/volunteer for details.

The San Diego Police Department welcomes volunteers. Teens as young as 16 can sign up to help! Join the Cadet program, help with sports training, or join Volunteers in Policing. Those are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities. Visit www.sandiego.gov/police/recruiting/volunteer to get started.

Here’s another opportunity for kids to get involved. Those 14 and older can volunteer at the Helen Woodward Animal Center and help animals. For more information, please visit https://animalcenter.org/get-involved.

Retired and looking for a way to give back? Join the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP)! You’ve seen our cars drive around Scripps Ranch, helping keep our neighborhoods safe. You get special training and become an extra set of eyes and ears for police. For more details, please call Jim Schulte, RSVP administrator, at 858-538-8156.

Sadly, there are thousands of kids in San Diego’s foster care system. Be a voice for them. Voices for Children’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) support children in court. To find out more, attend an upcoming information session: Wednesday, Feb. 7 or Feb. 22, both from 6 to 7:30 pm. To register, please go to www.speakupnow.org/volunteer-2/information-sessions or call 858-598-2243.

If you love the theater, here’s an opportunity you can’t miss! Get involved in the Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) and experience a touch of Broadway in your own community. SRT is a nonprofit that brings entertainment to Scripps Ranch. Interested? Email [email protected] or leave a message at 858-578-7728 and visit http://www.scrippsranchtheatre.org/volunteers.

Alzheimer’s San Diego needs you. Many families are touched by this disease, and this organization not only supports those affected but advances research to help find a cure. More than 300 volunteers help in a variety of ways. Visit www.alzsd.org/get-involved/volunteer-or-intern or contact volunteer manager Adrianna McCollum at 858-966-3296 or [email protected]

The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties responds to an emergency nearly every 24 hours. The group provides food and shelter during an emergency, helps military members and their families, teaches safety skills—such as first aid, swimming, and babysitting—and more. Be part of the team! Visit www.redcross.org/local/california/san-diego/volunteer/become-volunteer.

The San Diego Humane Society relies on more than 5,000 volunteers to help our furry friends. The nonprofit organization shelters and adopts animals, provides training classes, looks into reports of animal cruelty and neglect, holds education programs for youth and adults, and more. To get involved, please visit https://sdhumane.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/applications-and-opportunities.