Volunteering is a great way to learn skills, gain experience, and make a difference or your immediate or global community. Below find a few of the volunteering opportunities available for North State youth & teens. Also search Volunteer Nor Cal at http://www.volunteernorcal.org, Volunteer Match at volunteermatch.org, or check out Voluntoodle at voluntoodle.org to find opportunities.
NATIONAL/MULTIPLE UPPER CA COUNTIES
Animal Shelters & Rescues. If you love animals, there are lots of ways you can help animals have a better life. Opportunities include helping with wildlife rehabilitation, helping to socialize potential pets, creating a fundraiser, being a docent … or help muck out stalls & take care of tack! Some rescues hold volunteer work days, others offer programs especially for youth volunteers. You can foster young animals or those with special needs. See the Animals section for information about shelters and rescues.
Binky Patrol. This all-volunteer national organization makes & distributes homemade blankets called “binkies” to infants, children & youth ages 0-18 who have severe medical issues or have been abused or traumatized. School groups, Scout troops, services groups, families & individuals can all volunteer. Anyone who loves to sew, knit or crochet can create binkies – or just help gather materials needed to make them. http://www.binkypatrol.org. Contact email@example.com or (503) 214-8346.
Guide Dogs for the Blind. Their community volunteer program offers individuals the opportunity to represent the Guide Dogs organization locally. Raise a puppy, or travel to volunteer at the main campus in San Rafael. Take a campus tour to learn more about the organization. http://www.guidedogs.com. (800) 295-4050.
Libraries. Teen advisors are welcome to join advisory committees at the Redding & Red Bluff libraries. Teens meet regularly to discuss & make decisions about teen programs & book selections at their libraries. Many libraries offer volunteer programs for youth & teens. See the Literacy section for library contact information.
Museums. Volunteering at a museum gives you the opportunity to learn new things & to share information with museum visitors. From history to science, many museums offer volunteer opportunities for youth & teens. See section Museums & Historical Sites to find local museums that can likely use your help!
Pay It Forward Foundation. Youth can help change the world. Students can work with teachers at their local schools to develop Pay It Forward assignments. Established by Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of the novel, Pay It Forward, the foundation can provide supportive education materials & seed money to those who qualify. Pay it Forward Day happens annually each April. http://www.payitforwardfoundation.org.
Project Linus. The gifts of new, handmade blankets & afghans created by volunteer “blanketeers” provides love, security, warmth & comfort to children ages 0-18 who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. A rewarding & fun service opportunity for individuals & community groups.
http://www.projectlinus.org. (309) 585-0686.
Purses for Primates. Would you like to help save orangutans? Purses for Primate is dedicated to doing just that, and teen founder Allison Boyer of Chico is available to help you start a Purses for Primates club at your school, church or private organization. Allie can teach or lead your group to starting a successful club that can generate thousands of dollars to help save the great red ape. You can also help by collecting purses to donate. Find out more atpursesforprimates.com & http://www.facebook.com/Purses4Primates.
We Day. Empowers young global citizens through an inspirational annual We Day event where more than 200,000 young people come together in stadium gatherings across the US, Canada & the UK to take part in an unprecedented educational initiative. Participants earn tickets to We Day by engaging in service activities through a year-long educational initiative called We Act, through their group or school as part of the We Schools program. Learn more at http://www.weday.org.
COUNTY-SPECIFIC VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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BUTTE & GLENN COUNTIES
Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley. Offers volunteer opportunities to youth & teens with a motivating, youth-focused organization, serving the communities of Chico, Hamilton City, Paradise, Magalia, and Oroville. Volunteers learn leadership & work skills while helping make a difference in the community. http://www.bgcnv.org.
Operates at 10 sites, including elementary schools and at Clubhouses at four locations:
- Chico ClubHouse (grades 1-6): 601 Wall St. (530) 899-0335.
- Chico Teen Center “The Club”: 628 Wall St. (530) 899-0335.
- Paradise Teen Center: 6241 Skyway. (530) 872-3662.
- Oroville Teen Center: 2959 Lower Wyandotte Rd. (530) 533-3067.
Citizen Monitoring Program; Shasta County. The Western Shasta Resource Conservation District offers fun & educational volunteer opportunities for all ages in four components, including aquatic bioassessment sampling in which volunteers, from children to career scientists, spend a day learning about stream health while collecting benthic macroinvertebrates (creek bugs) & performing other tasks that help gauge watershed health. Sign up by contacting Phil Cramer at (530) 365-7332 x203 or email@example.com. http://www.westernshastarcd.org/ citizen_monitoring.html.
Genocide No More-Save Darfur; Redding. This advocacy group sponsors programs that raise awareness about genocide & raises funds for humanitarian organizations that provide relief for displaced families & individuals. Youth & teen volunteers are welcome, including school & youth groups. http://www.reddingumc.org/ index.php/darfur. (530) 229-3661.
Shasta Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation; Anderson. Nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation & release of sick, orphaned & injured wildlife in Northern California; they help over 1000 lives each year. Volunteers are needed in varying roles for ages 15 & up, primarily April–Aug. To find out how you can help contact Kim Baxter at Volunteer@ShastaWildlifeRescue.com or call (530) 999-8413.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park Teen Volunteer Program; Redding. Turtle Bay offers teens ages 13 & up opportunities to develop skills & knowledge through interacting with visitors & varied hands-on experiences. Volunteers learn within various disciplines, including art, science, history, forestry, horticulture & animal care. http://www.turtlebay.org. (530) 242-3143.
Wild Horse Sanctuary; Shingletown. The Sanctuary needs reliable volunteers for a variety of roles. Both individual & group (Scouts, homeschoolers, 4-H, etc.) opportunities are available. You can help by being a docent at the Visitor’s Center, where you’ll learn about the sanctuary to be able to greet visitors & answer their common questions. Volunteers are also needed to help with brush & trail clearing, grounds maintenance, & painting. Help is needed Wednesdays & Saturdays. Apply online at http://www.wildhorsesanctuary.org/help-volunteer.htm; contact Jill for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 474-5770.
Youth/Peer Court; Redding. Shasta County youth ages 14-18 may volunteer as peer jurors & attorneys in Youth/Peer Court where offenders’ cases are heard & sentenced. For the offender, after his/her sentence is successfully completed without reoffending while in the program, the offense record is cleared. More than 100 students volunteer in the program annually. Contact the Youth Violence Prevention Council to learn more. http://www.yvpc.org. (530) 244-7194.
Save the Rain. Save the Rain’s goal is to stop needless deaths by educating people in water-starved areas to use rain as a sustainable water supply. Find out ways you can volunteer with the organization. http://www.savetherain.org. Mt. Shasta office: (530) 926-9999.
Shasta Disabled Sports USA; Mt. Shasta. You can help individuals of all ages & disabilities enjoy outdoor activities by proving assistance to participants and the SDS team. In summer, assist during rafting & camping trips. In winter, become a “ski buddy” to help individuals participate in snow sports. Training provided; an enthusiastic crew makes volunteering with SDS a fun & rewarding experience for any age. http://www.shastadsusa.org. (530) 925-1531.
Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Offers volunteer opportunities for mature teens ages 13 & up during the winter season. Rink Guards assist skaters on the ice (skating experience required). Rental Office Assistants help customers with rental skates. Teens can help with pre-season ice-making, & can lend a hand at special events. Artistic teens can help with decorating. Elves are needed on the ice when Santa & the Mrs. visit; teens with a knack for sewing can help elf create costumes year-round. The season typically begins with ice-making mid-November & runs thru last weekend of Feb. For info email email@example.com or call the rink office starting in Nov. at (530) 926-1715. http://www.siskiyourink.org.
Restore Program. Volunteers ages 18 & up receive training to work one-on-one to mentor youth enrolled in an 18-week intervention program. The Restore program aims to reduce recidivism of juvenile offenders ages 10-17 as the youth learn tools & strategies that lead to transformative life changes. Trainings held in Corning; mentors meet with youth in various Tehama County locations. http://www.restoreprogram.org. (530) 213-3667.