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. There are openings in these neighborhoods: District 15, Spring Canyon Park; District 16, Community Park; District 18, Angelique; District 20, Village Ridge; and District 22, StoneBridge East. To find your district, visit www.scrippsranch.org/community/maps. For more information, contact Todd Philips at [email protected]

Volunteer at our wonderful library! Grace’s Book Nook, the library’s extremely popular used book store, needs your help. If you can spare some time, please email [email protected]

Love the spotlight? Experience a bit of Broadway in our own backyard! The Scripps Ranch Theatre could use volunteers. Join this nonprofit that brings entertainment to our community. Interested? Email [email protected] or leave a message at 578-7728.

Volunteer close to home! The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) puts on activities and events that benefit the entire community. We need your help to make every event a huge success. Only have a few hours to give? No problem. We can find a task for you. Please contact SRCA president Bob Ilko at [email protected] and let him know your interests so he can match you with one of the many SRCA committees.

Do you have a Neighborhood Watch group in your area? If not, volunteer to be a block captain and start one—it’s easy to do. Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective means to fight crime in your community. Contact SRCANW chair Cheryl Shaw at [email protected] for all the information you need.

You’ve seen our cars drive around Scripps Ranch. Now you could be part of the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP)! You get special training and become an extra set of eyes and ears for police. For details, please call Jim Schulte, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156.

Give a voice to children who don’t have one. There are thousands of kids in San Diego’s foster care system. Voices for Children’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) support these children in court. To find out more, attend an upcoming information session: Wednesday, July 12, 6–7:30 pm; Friday, July 21, noon–1:30 pm; or Saturday, July 29, 10–11:30 am. To register, please go to www.speakupnow.org/volunteer-2/information-sessions or call 598-2230.

Alzheimer’s San Diego supports families touched by this disease, while advancing research to help find a cure. You can help. Visit www.alzsd.org/get-involved/volunteer-or-intern or contact Adrianna McCollum, volunteer manager, at 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.

Here’s another opportunity to help animals. Volunteer at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Teens as young as 14 can get involved in some areas. For more information, please visit https://animalcenter.org/get-involved.

Help feed San Diego families. Volunteer at the San Diego Food Bank. Kids as young as 11 can lend a hand. Help once or on a regular basis. Go to http://sandiegofoodbank.org/volunteer.