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 397-5747. Know a great volunteer and want to honor them, let the SRCA know at 397-5747 or www.scrippsranch.org/events/recognition-night.

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: District 19, Cypress Canyon Park area; District 20, Village Ridge; and District 22, StoneBridge East. To find your district, visit www.scrippsranch.org/community/maps. For details, contact Mary Drummond at [email protected]

Alzheimer’s volunteers are urgently needed. Companion Volunteers provide in-home breaks to caregivers. Volunteers do not help with physical or personal care, but spend time with individuals who have dementia to provide: companionship; engaging activities such as games or gardening; and supervision. There is a minimum six-month commitment of about four hours per week. Weekday volunteers are especially needed. Please contact Adrianna McCollum of the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter at 966-3296 or [email protected]

Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) needs a student, adult, or couple to help coordinate speakers and activities. Please [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

Love the theater? Have marketing experience? The Scripps Ranch Theatre is looking for a volunteer with some or all of this background: print advertising and marketing; direct-mail marketing; eblast marketing; social media; and web presence. We look forward to meeting someone excited about helping us continue to grow our presence. Please call 578-7728.

Help our amazing library! Explore the many opportunities the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library has to offer—including helping in Grace’s Book Nook, the used bookstore. Please email [email protected] or call Liz Erickson at 271-4239.

Become part of the most incredible volunteer network, and it only requires one hour of your time each month! The SRCA Newsletter needs you! A volunteer distributor is needed to deliver 12 boxes of Newsletters to an area north of the lake. The boxes are delivered to you at the end of the month. Any large car, minivan, SUV, or truck can handle it. To help, please contact the SRCA at [email protected] or 397-5747.

HelHHelp Keep crime out of your area. You know your street—who belongs and who doesn’t. The SRCA Neighborhood Watch encourages you to set up a group on your block. Contact SRCANW chair Cheryl Shaw at [email protected]

Want to help plan our community? The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee has openings. If you own property or a business in the Miramar Ranch North boundaries, please email Lorayne Burley at [email protected]

Get to know our local business owners and support the SRCA Newsletter at the same time. We are looking for a volunteer to encourage our businesses to advertise in the Newsletter. This is great for a retired resident or a high school student who needs community service hours. Please email [email protected]

Keep an eye on your community and volunteer at the same time. Join the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP)! Members patrol our neighborhoods and schools, check on the elderly, visit your home when you are on vacation, and alert police to problems. For details, call Jim Schulte, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156.

If you love animals, here’s a great opportunity for you—volunteer at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Teens as young as 14 can help. For more information, please visit www.animalcenter.org/volunteer or call the volunteer coordinator at 756-4117, ext. 370.

Be a voice for children. 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 an upcoming session: Wednesday, July 8; Monday, July 13; or Saturday, July 25. To register, please call 598-2230, email [email protected], or visit www.voices4children.com.