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 send it to: SRCA Volunteer Opportunities, 10755-F Scripps Poway Parkway, #613, San Diego, CA 92131; call 397-5747; or, send an email to [[email protected]]. Know a great volunteer and want to honor them, let the SRCA know at 397-5747.

The SRCA Board needs a resident to represent one of our community’s 20 neighborhood districts. We need a representative for District 19, the Cypress Canyon Park area. This is a good way to give back to your community. To find your district, check the map on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org]. For more information, please contact Mary Drummond at [[email protected]].

The 4th of July Parade and Fesitivies is a Scripps Ranch tradition for the entire family. You can enjoy the parade, followed by food, fun, activities, music, and more in Hoyt Park. Volunteers are needed to make it happen. To help with this event, please contact Ruben Suzara at 205-2045 or [[email protected]]. If you own a convertible and can drive one of our dignitaries during the parade, please contact Brian Allman at [[email protected]] or 695-6916.

Help keep your neighborhood safe! The SRCA Neighborhood Watch (NW) encourages you to set up a NW group on your block. You help your community fight crime by being the eyes and ears for the police. Just set up a time to meet with your neighbors. The SRCANW provides the guest speaker and all materials. It’s easy! If you would like more information, please contact SRCANW chair Cheryl Shaw at [[email protected]].

Another way to help fight crime in our community is to join the RSVP. The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) keeps an eye on our neighborhoods, checks on the elderly and vacation homes, and alerts police to problems. You must be 50+ years, retired or semi-retired, and have a California driver’s license. For more, contact John Sunde at 538-8156 or [[email protected]]. Also, to see what RSVP volunteers do, check out the “Day in the Life” article on page 49.

Help plan Scripps Ranch! The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee needs members. This group is one of two in Scripps Ranch that advises the city on land-use decisions in and around our area. For more information, call MRNPC chair Dustin Steiner at 869-9701.

Do you enjoy the performing arts? Now you have the opportunity to get involved! The Scripps Ranch Theatre would like to hear from residents who might like to become active volunteer associates or even board members. Marketing and production management are areas where board-level help is needed. If you’re interested, please email David McClure at [[email protected]]. Other volunteer positions help with set construction, ushering, and hospitality. For more on those positions, please email Jerry Neimark at [[email protected]].

In just a few months, we will mark 10 years since the Cedar Fire. October 26, 2003, is a date that is difficult to forget for many Scripps Ranch residents. While the fire devastated our community with the loss of more than 300 homes, it also brought out the best in our friends and neighbors. The SRCA plans to mark the anniversary with various events. If you would like to help celebrate the Scripps Ranch spirit, please contact SRCA president Bob Ilko at [[email protected]].

In a major catastrophe, emergency services may not be available for days. Be prepared to help your family and community during a disaster. Join the Scripps Ranch Community Emergency Response Team (SRCERT). For information, please contact Jim Treglio at [[email protected]] and visit the SRCERT website at [www.scrippsranchcert.org]. Don’t miss the article on page 63 that takes A Closer Look at what the SRCERT is all about.

Do you have only a small amount of time but would still like to help your community? Or are you looking for a longterm volunteer opportuinty? Either way, consider helping the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)! You can help with our children’s programs, concert series, Grace’s Book Nook, creating posters and flyers, display case decorating, and so much more! We’ll match your interests, skills, and availability to a volunteer opportunity, and you’ll feel great giving back to your community. Please contact us at 484-6231 or [[email protected]].

Is your passion helping children? Every child deserves an advocate to fight for their health and well being. Voices for Children’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are trained to assist the thousands of children in San Diego’s foster care system. Volunteers support children in court and give recommendations to the judge. For more information, please contact Susan Smith at 598-2235 or visit [www.voices4children.com].

If you love animals, a volunteer position at Project Wildlife may be perfect for you! Whether it is working with animals, educating the public, or helping with events, there are many ways to give of your time. The mission of this nonprofit group is to “care for injured, orphaned, and sick native wildlife of San Diego County.” If you would like more information, please visit [www.projectwildlife.org/volunteer.php].

Become a foster family for orphaned dogs or cats. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s foster families provide care for orphaned pets that have special needs. There also are other ways to help. To find out more, visit [www.animalcenter.org/volunteer]. A volunteer orientation session will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 9 am. To sign up, please email Megan McCarty at [[email protected]].

The only museum in the world dedicated to perserving the achievements of those who flew and maintained U.S. Marine Corps aircraft is in our backyard. The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation (FLHF) is located at MCAS Miramar. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Richard Toucher at 877-359-8762 or [[email protected]] or visit [www.flyingleathernecks.org].

????A Rotary Club is looking for members from Scripps Ranch who want to help others. Work side by side with fellow Rotarians in hands-on projects in our community. Partner with Rotarians around the world to provide clean water, alleviate hunger, and encourage literacy. This club meets at the MCAS Miramar Golf Course Palm Room on Thursdays at 11 am. For details, please visit [www.miramarsemperfidelisrotary.org].

Bring hope, inspiration, and a smile to residents of area nursing homes. Join the Scripps Ranch Gospel Choir. Attend four rehearsals on Wednesday nights, followed by two Sunday performances. Call Debbie Gordon at 693-3346.

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, contact Lori at 538-4745.

Help cancer patients. The American Cancer Society is seeking patient service volunteers to provide information and support to the public and patients. Patient service volunteer positions are available in our Mission Valley office or from one’s own home. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. For information, contact Kay Clark at 619-682-7415. For more about American Cancer Society programs, visit [www.cancer.org].

Innovations Academy is a public charter school in Scripps Ranch. We have a need for volunteers who are willing to work in K–8 classrooms, volunteer in the front office, and work one on one with specific students in reading and mathematics. Interested volunteers can contact us at [[email protected]].

Enjoy learning about different cultures? AFS, the 57-year-old exchange program for high school students, seeks volunteers to serve as student/host liaisons, hosts for foreign students, event coordinators, and more. To find out more, please contact Nick Felfe, AFS volunteer coordinator, at 619-284-5195 or [[email protected]]. Please visit [www.afssd.org] for more details.

Help a student become a great reader! Volunteer to be a K–3 tutor with Everyone A Reader (EAR) at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School! No experience needed…just enthusiasm! If you can commit to 1½ hours a week and a three-hour training class, you can be an EAR tutor! If you’re interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Cindy Thomas at 693-1818 or [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers! You do not need to be the parent of a girl scout! We love grandparents, aunts, uncles, former scouts…anyone who wants to help! This is your opportunity to inspire and empower girls, meet new people, and have fun! To volunteer, please contact Scripps Ranch service unit co-manager Jacqueline Yang at [[email protected]]. There also is a need for troop leaders. For more, visit [http://srgirlscouts.clubspaces.com/Default_css.aspx].

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Grace’s Book Nook needs volunteers to help sort and price used books to sell in our used bookstore at the library. The shifts are only 2½ hours. Please email [[email protected]] or call Joan Reese at 695-9364. To explore other volunteer opportunities with the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, please email [[email protected]].