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 Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) needs additional area coordinators in Areas A, C, D, F, and G. Check out the area map at [www.scrippsranch.org/images/stories/mapareacoordinatordistricts.jpg]. It’s not necessary to live in the area in which you volunteer. Area coordinators serve as liaisons with block captains. We have committee meetings only three to four times per year, so it is not a big time commitment. If you’d like to help your community, please contact Cheryl Shaw at [[email protected]].

Help a child become a great reader! Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School’s Everyone A Reader (EAR) program matches volunteer tutors with challenged readers in grades 1–3. All volunteers receive training. For information, contact Cindy Thomas at [[email protected]] or 693-1818, or go to [www.sdcoe.net/ITS/solutions/Pages/Everyone-a-Reader.aspx] for training dates.

Interested in community planning? The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) has openings for members. If you own property or a business within the Miramar Ranch North boundaries, you are eligible to join the MRNPC. Please contact Lorayne Burley, at [[email protected]] if you are interested. The MRNPC meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the SRCA Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Join us!

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, in anticipated coordination with Elderhelp of San Diego, is looking for potential volunteers to help Scripps Ranch seniors. Volunteers would provide services such as grocery shopping, companionship and conversation, help with pet care, assisting with finances, door-to-door transportation, and helping with chores around the home. Volunteers must be 18 or older and will undergo relevant background checks. For information, email [[email protected]] or call 397-5747 and leave a message.

The Scripps Ranch Library is a community treasure. How about giving back to your community by volunteering at the library? Whether you have a small amount of time or are looking for a long-term opportunity, consider helping the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)! We’ll match your skills and availability to a volunteer position. Contact us at 484-6231 or [[email protected]].

Join the RSVP. It’s a great way for you to get out and about and help your community at the same time! The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) keeps an eye on our neighborhoods, patrols our schools, 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 details, please contact Jim Schulte, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156.

We need your help to produce a fun, annual Scripps Ranch tradition! Join our team as we plan a Crystal Anniversary Celebration for the 15th Annual Community Fair on Sunday, May 18. If you would like more information about joining the committee or if you are interested in sponsorships or exhibitor booths, please contact Jan McGinn, committee chair, at [[email protected]].

Lights, action, volunteer! Scripps Ranch Theatre, a part of our community for 35 years, would particularly welcome Scripps Ranch residents to our organization, including being part of our “working” board of directors. Areas of opportunity include production management, marketing, I.T. coordination, ushering, and others. To get involved, please email us at [[email protected]] and tell us about your interests. We promise a response.

Innovations Academy has finished Phase 1 of our School Learning Garden Project. We are now seeking volunteers for garden maintenance and learning activities with our students. We also are beginning an Intergenerational Garden Project that will connect students with adults in our community. Please contact Beth Foster [[email protected]] or 271-1414 for more information or to volunteer.

Here’s a great opportunity for people who love animals—volunteer at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Teens as young as 14 can help. For details, visit [www.animalcenter.org/volunteer] or contact the volunteer coordinator at [[email protected]] or 756-4117.