Plan Scripps Ranch! There are two planning groups in Scripps Ranch (SRPG and MRNPC). These groups are responsible for advising the City on all land-use decisions in and around Scripps Ranch: new homes and businesses, school sites, changes to roads, upkeep of open space, etc. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Peggy Shirey at 530-3833 or Bob Ilko at 586-1235.

Will you help SRCA help Scripps Ranch? The Scripps Ranch Civic Association has an office, a computer, and information about Scripps Ranch. But we need you! We need volunteers to work in the Information Center a couple of hours a week. Pass out brochures; talk with people who come in; direct people to our website. We have many of the answers to give people, but we need your help. Please call Kathy Allman at 547-3955 to volunteer to make a difference in Scripps Ranch.

Treasurer Needed! The Scripps Ranch Theatre is looking for a volunteer to serve as Treasurer of the Board. Duties include paying bills, tracking income and expenses, preparing a monthly report, and attending monthly Board meetings. Bookkeeping experience is desirable; experience with Quicken helpful. For more information, contact Rick Parke at 549-6941 or Sharon Hays at 586-7564.

Landscape your neighborhood! The Scripps Ranch Landscape Maintenance District (SRLMD) is looking for residents who have an eye for improving their area. You raise the issue and help define the desired result. The SRLMD committee can make it happen. Call Bob Dingeman at 566-6083 if you want to improve your neighborhood.

Volunteer for Lunch. We are seeking volunteers to staff the Information Center during the hours it is closed for lunch, from 1:00-2:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. Volunteers will answer phones and assist any walk-in traffic by providing tours of the Center, general information on the operations of the Center and City resources, history of the community and Center, and information on other community resources such as the SRCA. Interested individuals should contact Clay Bingham, Center Manager, at 538-8210.

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 578-0430.

How about a new challenge that’s exciting and interesting, 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.

Do you love theatre? Scripps Ranch Theatre is seeking dedicated volunteers to help with lighting design, set construction, backstage help, and more. If you have a few or several hours to spend, we guarantee you’ll work hard and have fun. Call 578-7728 to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

Join a special class of volunteers and become a Jerabek Art Corps Teacher! Art Corps teaches fundamentals of art to children in grades K-5. Volunteers attend hands-on workshops where they create their own beautiful work and learn how to present and teach each lesson in the classroom. No experience is necessary. To sign-up or for more information, please call Mary Baker at 689-1716.

Do you like to get out in the community? Like to talk to people? Have a few hours to fill? If the answer is yes, the I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce needs you to visit and welcome local businesses to the chamber. This is a great way to become part of our growing community. Please call 484-2800.

Join the Global Family! Welcome an exchange student into your family. Each year more than 3,000 Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange Students from over 50 countries arrive in the USA to experience life with an American host family. It’s a wonderful educational opportunity for the entire family. To learn more call us today at 1-800-TEENAGE or contact or Tyler at 578-4943.

The San Diego Police Department is 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. Volunteers will be trained in report writing and criminal investigations. This innovative program is called Volunteers in Policing (VIP) and is open to individuals 18 years of age or older. VIP’s work an average of four hours each week, inside the station. You will find the activities rewarding and will help stretch taxpayer dollars by giving detectives and officers more time in the field. For more information, call Annie at 538-8051.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Call 232-3821, extension 203, to volunteer, or visit our website at [].

Would you like to make a difference in a child’s life? You can, by opening your heart and home to a child that needs your unconditional love. Olive Crest Foster and Adoption Agency will equip you with excellent training, support you with professional staff, and provide you with monthly financial reimbursement. Working couples, singles, and retirees qualify. If you would like a no-obligation information packet mailed to you, please call Tina at 1-800-74-FOSTER.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 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.

Caring, loving, homes are needed for children growing up in long-term foster care. Do you believe every child should have a family? If so, then there may be a foster child who needs you. Excellent training, on-going support, respite services, and monthly reimbursements are provided. For further information, call Lisa or Pamela at the Casey Family Program at 619-543-0774.

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.

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 Scripps Ranch resident Carol at 271-1313 or Cobb at the Voices office at 569-2019.

If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can still help by joining SRCA. Annual membership is only $20 and funds are distributed to organizations throughout Scripps Ranch. Make a difference in your community. Send your membership to SRCA Membership, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 9213., San Diego, CA 92131.