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 858-397-5747. Know a great volunteer and want to honor them? Let the SRCA know at 858-397-5747 or www.scrippsranch.org/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. Check the Directory on page 53 for our open positions. To find your district, visit www.scrippsranch.org/community/maps, and for more information, email Todd Philips at [email protected]


Love the Scripps Ranch “Quality of Life”? Help keep our community special by lending a hand. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association puts on activities and events that benefit all of us. We need your help to make every event a success. Only have a few hours to give? We can find a job for you! Please contact SRCA president Bob Ilko at [email protected] and let him know your interests so you can give back and have fun at the same time.

The Scripps Ranch Library turns 25 in March! It is a treasure in our community, and it needs your help. The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library supports our library in many ways. See how you can lend a hand. Please contact at Diane Rider at [email protected] or 858-530-2111. Also, to volunteer in the popular used bookstore—Grace’s Book Nook—email [email protected]

If you love the theater, here’s an opportunity you can’t miss! Get involved in the Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) and experience a touch of Broadway in your own community. SRT is a nonprofit that brings entertainment to Scripps Ranch. Interested? Email [email protected] or leave a message at 858-578-7728 and visit http://www.scrippsranchtheatre.org/volunteers.

If you’re worried about crime in your area, start a Neighborhood Watch group. Be a block captain and organize your neighbors—it’s easy! Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective ways to keep crime out of our community. Contact SRCANW chair Cheryl Shaw at [email protected] for more information.

Volunteers as young as 16 can help the San Diego Police Department. Join the Cadet program, help with sports training, or join Volunteers in Policing. Those are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities. Visit www.sandiego.gov/police/recruiting/volunteer to get started.

Retired and looking for a way to give back? Join the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP)! You’ve seen our cars drive around Scripps Ranch, helping keep our neighborhoods safe. You get special training and become an extra set of eyes and ears for police. For more details, please call Jim Schulte, RSVP administrator, at 858-538-8156.

Sadly, there are thousands of kids in San Diego’s foster care system. Be a voice for them. Voices for Children’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) support children in court. To find out more, attend an upcoming information session: Wednesday, Feb. 7 or Feb. 22, both from 6 to 7:30 pm. To register, please go to www.speakupnow.org/volunteer-2/information-sessions or call 858-598-2243.

Alzheimer’s San Diego needs you. Many families are touched by this disease, and this organization not only supports those affected but advances research to help find a cure. More than 300 volunteers help in a variety of ways. Visit www.alzsd.org/get-involved/volunteer-or-intern or contact volunteer manager Adrianna McCollum at 858-966-3296 or [email protected]

The San Diego Food Bank helps feed San Diego families. Kids as young as 11 can volunteer. Help once or on a regular basis. Please visit http://sandiegofoodbank.org/volunteer for details.

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.