Showtime! The Community Information Center is now open. 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.

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.