Interested in helping to get an database up and going? Volunteers are needed to update and expand the database, which is used for membership, mailings, CCR information, and to better communicate with members. Minimal to moderate computer experience is necessary. Contact Rob at 578-4134.

Do you like the idea of an Information Center? The Scripps Ranch Civic Association is looking to establish a community information center. We need volunteers to come up with ideas; to design the layout of desks, filing cabinets, computers, and artwork; and to staff the Center. Please call Dave at 547-9798.

Would you like to make a difference on the Ranch? SRCA’s goal is to increase our membership from 2,100 to over 2,500 this year. You can help. Please call Rob at 578-4134 if you are interested.

Do you have specific areas of computer expertise and at least 5 minutes to share? In trying to implement Jerabek Elementary School’s new technology plan, we often have questions that we cannot afford to hire someone to answer. If you would be willing to put your name on a resource list that we can call, or if you have a lot of time on your hands and just love tearing computers apart and fixing hardware configurations, please call Carol Achille, the Computer Resource Consultant at Jerabek, at 536-7768.

Do you have a way with words and a flair for organization? Come sit in as an understudy to our Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library Publicity Chair, Dan Maher, who plans to move within the next few months. If you would like to fill this key role on the Board, please contact President Jennifer Lentz at 566-8249.

How about a new challenge that’s exciting and interesting, in a place where your help will be very much appreciated? Volunteers are needed for short 2.5-hour shifts working in Book Nook at the Scripps Ranch Library. Duties involve selling used books, T-shirts, and other items during one of three shifts each day. Please call Grace Roos at 566-8887 for information about becoming a volunteer.

Profoundly enrich the lives of students through art exploration. Art Corps, a hands-on, volunteer-based fine arts program, began at Jerabek Elementary School. Eight one-hour art lessons, which emphasize the key elements of art, are taught throughout the school year. No previous art or teaching experience is required. To become part of this exciting program, please call Nancy at 566-8133 or Susie at 586-1242.

Do you want to help improve traffic safety throughout Scripps Ranch? SRCA is looking for individuals who are interested in helping solve a variety of traffic problems to improve safety on our streets. Call Luis at 553-9472 if you are interested in helping out.

Grandparents and other good readers, Jerabek needs you! Read with a student, 1-3 hrs per week. Watch your student grow! Call me personally, Vice Principal Ron Marcus at 578-5330 to sign up. I need you each week, Tues. and Thurs., 8-9 am, or Thurs. 12:15-1 pm.

Do you have an interest and expertise in geographical information systems (GIS)? SRCA is interested in expanding our database to include an electronic mapping of the Ranch, probably based on the SanGIS system that is already in place. We need help setting this up. Call Wes at 695-6835 for more information.

Are you concerned about the quality of life north of Miramar Lake. The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee helps plan for schools, parks, and open space. You can make a difference in your neighborhood. If you are interested, call Pat Bonaguidi at 695-0848. No previous planning experience is necessary.

Want a spring party at the new community park? Call Wes at 695-6835. SRCA is willing to help fund a community-wide event to celebrate spring and our new park and rec center. We just need the personnel to organize it and make it happen.

Are you a senior citizen in search of a mission? The SRCA Events Committee needs volunteers to help coordinate the larger community-wide meetings. We need help setting up meeting rooms, providing refreshments, and making sure traffic is directed. Senior citizens, who are available during the day, would be ideal. If you are interested, call Ralph McCort at 586-7538.

Represent your area of Scripps Ranch on the SRCA Executive Board. Become an SRCA District Representative and ensure your area’s needs are taken care of by SRCA. You will make a difference! Openings are now available in several districts, and elections for all even-numbered districts will be held in March. If you think you might be interested, contact Gordon Boerner at 689-2411.

Mother’s milk bank in San Jose, California, is looking for mother’s with a good heart. They are in desperate need of breast milk to give to very sick and premature infants. By donating, you would be helping those babies in need. To donate, please call the mother’s milk bank at 408-998-4550.

Hospice needs you more than ever! Caring, compassionate volunteers sought to help with terminally ill patients. For further information on our next 44-hour training course, call the Volunteer Coordinator at Grossmont Hospice at 667-1900.

Rolling Readers, USA needs volunteers to read aloud to children at schools and community organizations. Becoming a Rolling Reader volunteer requires no intensive training or special education. All that is required is a love of kids and an hour a week. To find out more about this rewarding and worthwhile program, please call 800/390-READ or Sandy Cather at 536-1307.

Meals-on-Wheels needs drivers with autos and riders to deliver meals to home-bound elderly in Scripps Ranch. Time commitment is 2 hours, from approximately 11 am to 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, each week, biweekly, or monthly. For information, call 295-9501.

READ/San Diego offers training and opportunities for volunteers interested in tutoring adults in reading. To find out more about this important and rewarding volunteer opportunity, call 527-5475.

Voices for children needs volunteers for its child advocacy program. Volunteers are trained to be advocates for abused or neglected children in the juvenile court dependency system. Our volunteers develop relationships with children in need of a helping hand, attend court hearings, write court reports, and monitor case progress. If you would like more information about this rewarding program, please call SR resident Carol Johnson at 271-1313 or Shannon Cobb at the Voices office at 569-2019.

The San Diego Police Department is also seeking applicants for the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP). RSVP members must be 55 years of age or older. Members are given classroom instruction, field training, and are outfitted with a uniform. For more info, call Eldon Jacobs at 538-8120.

Be a part of the San Diego Police Department. The department is seeking volunteers to be trained in report writing and criminal investigations. The innovative program is called Volunteers in Policing (VIP) and is open to men and women 18 years of age or older. VIP’s work an average of four hours each week, inside the station. Not only do they help stretch taxpayer dollars by giving detectives and officers more time in the field, but they find the activities rewarding to themselves. For more information call Jan Herzog at 538-8051.

Kids on the Block of San Diego offers an opportunity to its volunteers to play, have fun, and travel as a puppeteer. You will receive 4-6 weeks of free training, be available two-four hours weekly during the school year, travel in San Diego County as you educate elementary school children. Bilingual encouraged. Men needed! Call 435-5349.

Do you have a love of nature and a desire to share it with children? Consider joining the Docent training class at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Docents are given six months of weekly classes and training in conducting tours of our museum. Docent graduates take students on museum tours. This is an exciting time to be associated with the museum as we are renovating this fall. Call 232-3821, ext. 203, to volunteer, or visit our website at [].

Are you looking for a rewarding experience? At Braille Institute, children and adults who are blind or visually impaired learn the skills necessary to live in a sighted world. You can help. By volunteering for as little as one hour a week, you can assist students in a wide variety of ways: teaching arts, crafts, exercise, music, theatre, gardening, or various kinds of enrichment classes, being a teacher’s aide, driver, greeter, or library assistant. To volunteer, call 452-1111.

I Love a Clean San Diego County (ILACSDC) is always in need of volunteers to assist with the recycling hotline. Basic phone skills, enthusiasm, and an interest in the environment are the only requirements needed. All times and days are available and ILACSDC is flexible with shifts. If you are interested, call 467-0103 to register for a Saturday volunteer orientation.

Brush up on your computer, editorial, accounting, and people skills. The Diamond Gateway Chamber could use your current expertise and help you learn new skills. We deal with visitors and members each day helping to answer their questions both by phone and in person. Call Vesna at 484-2800 for more information.

Are you a teenager looking for a way to make a difference? For information on the Learn and Serve Youth Advisory Council, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 636-4137

Want to spend your time with wonderful children? Be an integral part of a community? Make friends while having fun? Be a volunteer! Chabad would love to share the day with you. For more information how you can enjoy your time, please call Nancy Tuggle or Marg Stehly at 566-1996.

The Hemophilia Association of San Diego County is seeking volunteers for a variety of tasks. Volunteer time commitments can be for as few as 3 hours per year to as much time as you can spare. We need help in the office, distributing monthly food packages, players and helpers at our golf and bowling tournaments, finance committee members, youth leaders, etc. All ages are welcome. Please call our office at 560-8373 or resident Judy Faitek at 566-6971 for more information.

Give the Gift of Reading – OASIS (Older Adult Service and Information System) and the San Diego City School District needs adults to give one hour a week to work one-on-one with a child in a nationally acclaimed reading program. No teaching experience is necessary – just a caring attitude. Tutors receive free training and materials. For more information about this special volunteer opportunity call 531-1131.