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March 10, 2014
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Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteer Nevada County

Everyone is invited to share their time and talents with Nevada County nonprofits, public agencies, and schools. Over 75 local agencies need your help. View more volunteer opportunities at Here is a sampling of what is available:

English language learners need your help

It’s not too late! Sign up to take the two-day training workshop on Saturday March 15 and March 22. Help English Language Learners thrive in our community by volunteering as a one-to-one tutor with an adult English Language Learner (ELL). It is not necessary to know another language or to have a teaching background. Special ongoing training is also provided.

Short term citizen review teams

Citizen Review Teams (CRT) assist in the assessment of non-profit agencies that apply for partnership and funding from the United Way of Nevada County. After the initial training, members will visit 4 to 5 nonprofit agencies between March 31 and April 15. This is a wonderful way to learn about the Health and Human Services non-profit agencies in Nevada County. Initial training takes place March 24th at 5:30 p.m.

Healthy eating, healthy futures

Encourage teens healthy eating. Help teach pre-teen and teenage girls the importance of good nutrition by preparing 20-25 healthy snacks for the Friendship Club. Snack helpers are needed for Tuesdays, early afternoon. Come join the fun.

Mentors needed

Help little ones bloom in a positive way by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister for at-risk youth. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. A few Spanish speaking mentors are needed too.

They’re pedaling as fast as they can ...

And still need your help! Assistants are needed to work with middle school students (ages 10 to 13) as they learn, practice and perform bicycle maintenance and rebuilding skills. Interest in bicycles as well as some maintenance experience is a plus, but a mechanical aptitude will suffice. Shift length can be any part of the school day.

Let’s book it

Morning volunteers are needed to sort, price, and shelve books to prepare for Friends of the Nevada County Library monthly book sales. Get the inside scoop on the best books while you stretch and lift for a good cause.

Reading, writing, arithmetic

If you have some teaching experience and are comfortable helping students with reading, spelling, or math, there is a waiting list of students, 3rd through 8th graders, who need your skills and knowledge. After school tutors needed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Man of the day

The Cancer Aid Thrift store in downtown Grass Valley is looking for a person to fill the “Man of the Day” volunteer position. The responsibilities of the position include accepting store donations, lifting, organizing and testing appliances, tools and other miscellaneous items.

Be the friendly face of Nevada County

This is a wonderful opportunity to be of assistance to citizens and the general public visiting our government center. Nevada County is looking for volunteers to assist as Lobby Greeters at the Rood Center in Nevada City. As a volunteer greeter, you will be an ambassador to our county. Promptness, courteousness, and a sincere desire to promote local information are key.

Bring your facility management skills

Interfaith Food Ministry is expanding their services to the community. Can you help by volunteering as a Facilities Director? This job would include overseeing all aspects of the building and maintenance of their new location in Grass Valley. The director organizes and delegates duties such as landscaping, janitorial, and anything involving structure inside and out. Organization, leadership, and a general understanding of construction is necessary.

HelpLine senior information and assistance and telephone reassurance

Use your community knowledge and communication skills to connect people to health and social services by answering phones, socializing with seniors or making appointments. Volunteers are needed for Fridays 9:00-12:30.

For persons 55 and over, accident, liability, and excess auto insurance are provided and limited mileage reimbursement is available. If you are interested in any of the positions, e-mail us at, visit our office at 471 Sutton Way, Suite #202, in Grass Valley, or call weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 530-271-0255.

RSVP is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and sponsored locally by the Area 4 Agency on Aging.

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