Planning group elections. The two planning groups in Scripps Ranch (SRPG and MRNPC) have their annual elections in March. These groups are responsible for advising the City on all land-use decisions in and around Scripps Ranch. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Peggy Shirey at 530-3833 or Bob Ilko at 586-1235.

Will you help us help Scripps Ranch? The Scripps Ranch Civic Association has an office there, and a computer, and information about Scripps Ranch. But we need you! We need volunteers to work in the 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 Gloria Tran at 547-3955 to volunteer to make a difference in Scripps Ranch.

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.

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 and available at the Information Center. We need help setting this up. Call Wes at 695-6835 for more information.

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.

Who planned that anyway? Help ensure our community continues to be a great place to live. Many proposed changes could significantly change the ambiance of living in Scripps Ranch: 1,000 homes in Sycamore Canyon, 300 homes in the Kmart Center, 1,600 homes for Marine housing. Call Bob Ilko at 586-1235 or Peggy Shirey at 547-3595 if you would like to help to preserve our community.

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.

Looking for something worthwhile to do? Help homeless families by helping fix up apartments offered by the North County Interfaith Council. I am working on my Girl Scout Gold Award. My project is to move homeless families off the streets into apartments. Volunteers are needed to collect clothing and household goods; also to clean, paint, and make the apartments ready for the families. I can use 1 hour of your time or 100 hours. Please call Marni at 695-3628.

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.

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 Dave Windish at 530-1844.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.