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 Board needs residents to represent some of our community’s 20 neighborhood districts. We need representatives for: District 17, the St. Gregory area; District 18, Angelique Street; District 19, the Cypress Canyon Park area; and District 20, Village Ridge. To find your district, check out the map on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org/community/maps]. For more information, please contact Mary Drummond at [[email protected]].

You can help your elderly neighbors. Scripps Ranch 50 Plus is now coordinating with ElderHelp of San Diego. Volunteers will 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. If you’re interested, please email [[email protected]] or call 397-5747 and leave a message.

Keep crime out of your neighborhood! The SRCA Neighborhood Watch (NW) encourages you to set up a NW group on your block. You help 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 the materials. It’s easy! If you would like more details or have any questions, please contact SRCANW chair Cheryl Shaw at [[email protected]].

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 most months at 7 pm in the SRCA Community Center on Cypress Canyon Road.

Love your library? How about giving back to your community by volunteering at the Scripps Ranch 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. Please email [[email protected]] or call 271-4239 today!

Help a child become a great reader! Everyone A Reader is looking for volunteers to read with 1st–3rd graders at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary during school. A 1½-hour per week commitment can make the difference in a child’s future! A two-hour training will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 9 am at EBS. Please contact Cindy Thomas at [[email protected]] or 693-1818 for details.

Enjoy the outdoors while helping your community. Join the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP)! Members keep an eye on our neighborhoods, patrol our schools, check on the elderly, visit your home when you are on vacation, and alert 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 you!

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). To learn more, please contact Jim Treglio at [[email protected]] and visit the SRCERT website at [www.scrippsranchcert.org].

Many children need your help. 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 help the thousands of children in San Diego’s foster care system. Volunteers support children in court and give recommendations to the judge. Attend one of the upcoming sessions: Wednesday, July 9; Monday, July 21; or Saturday, July 26. To register, please call 598-2230, email [[email protected]], or visit [www.voices4children.com].

Innovations Academy’s Intergenerational Garden Project connects students with adults in our community. Volunteers are needed to help with this unique endeavor. To find out more, please contact Beth Foster at [[email protected]] or 271-1414.

Join the fight against cancer. There are many ways you can volunteer at the American Cancer Society: give a patient a ride to a chemotherapy session, share information about cancer screening, and more. For details, please visit the ACS website at [www.cancer.org].

All the world’s a stage. Now you can be part of the theater world! The Scripps Ranch Theatre, a part of our community for 36 years, welcomes 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]] or call 578-7728 and leave a message.

Here’s a great opportunity for people who love animals—volunteer at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Teens as young as 14 can help. The next orientation session is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16. For more information, please visit [www.animalcenter.org/volunteer].

Project Wildlife may be the perfect fit for you! The mission of this nonprofit group is to “care for injured, orphaned, and sick native wildlife of San Diego County.” Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. If you would like more information or to volunteer, visit [www.projectwildlife.org/volunteer.php].

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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]].

The only museum in the world dedicated to preserving 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.

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].