Showtime! The Community Information Center opens this month. 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 Bob Cavanagh at 689-8588 to volunteer to make a difference in Scripps Ranch.

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.

Join a special class of volunteers and become a Jerabek Art Corps Teacher! Art Corps is a developmental curriculum that 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. If you like children, teaching, and art, this is the opportunity for you. No experience is necessary. To sign-up or for more information, please call Mary Baker, Art Corps Coordinator, at 689-1716.

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.

Looking for something worthwhile to do? Help homeless families by helping to 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 generally make the apartments ready for the families. I will need lots of help to do this. I can use 1 hour of your time or 100 hours. Please call Marni at 695-3628.

Handy people are needed at Scripps Ranch Theatre for set construction, which will begin on weekends in July and August. People who are handy with a hammer, drill and (or) saw are needed for a few or several hours. Come be creative and have fun at the same time! Call 578-7728.

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.

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.

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.

Want to help preserve Scripps Ranch? 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: 1000 homes in Sycamore Canyon, 700 multi-family homes in our business park, 300 homes in the Kmart Center, 1600 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 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.

Caring, loving, homes are needed for children growing up in long-term foster care. Can you give love freely and easily? Are you secure in yourself and your parenting abilities? Can you be happy with slow and small successes? Can you love a child who, because of overwhelming fear of rejection, is slow to love you back? Do you believe every child should have a family? If you answered “yes”, “probably”, or “I think so” to these questions, 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.

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.

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 at 271-1313 or 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 [www.sdnhm.org].

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.

Do you have a love of nature and a desire to share it with children? Consider being a Docent at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Call 232-3821, extension 203, to volunteer.

If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can still help by joining SRCA. Annual membership is only $15 and funds are distributed to organizations throughout Scripps Ranch. Make a difference in your community. Send your membership to SRCA Membership, PMB 317, 9974 Scripps Ranch Blvd., San Diego, CA 92131.