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March 24, 2014
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Retired & 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:

Participants needed for ‘Stay Well at Home’

If you are 75 years of age or older (younger if at risk for falls), and are concerned about falls or have a history of falling, we NEED you! Become part of an innovative program brought to you after years of professional research and experience in fall prevention by the California Wellness Foundation. Specially trained volunteers will help you lower your risk for injuries in your home.

Short-term citizen review teams

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

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 on Tuesday afternoons. Be part of an amazing program that helps young women stay healthy, stay on track, and succeed in life.

Plan now for summer fun

Although spring is just beginning, Sierra Harvest needs your commitment now to help with their fair booth and demonstration garden at the Nevada County Fair. Days needed are August 6th thru August 10th. Include this fun activity in your summer plans by reserving your time now.

They’re pedaling as fast as they can …

And still need your help! Assistants are needed to work with middle school students (ages 10-13) 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

Check this out: 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.

Calling Penn Valley volunteers

Assistance is needed in tutoring elementary school students at PARTNERS Family Resource Center which is located on the Ready Springs School campus in Penn Valley. Students will bring their weekly homework packets to problem solve with the volunteer. This position is once a week on Tuesdays between 3:00-4:30.

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.

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

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

It’s OK to fall for this …

The Falls Prevention Coalition (FPC) is recruiting volunteers over 40 years old to help seniors lower their risk for falling and “Stay Well At Home” (SWAH). After attending a one-day workshop, you will be matched with one or more programs recipients and conduct 12 in-home visits.

SWAH was developed by experts in falls prevention at CSU, Fullerton and is funded by The California Wellness Foundation. Nevada County is the first rural community chosen to be part of the program!

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.

A sincere desire to help people find local information is key.

Love to knit, crochet or quilt?

Volunteer from home creating handcrafted blankets for new moms and their babies leaving the hospital.

Please contact RSVP directly for drop-off locations and more information.

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 9 a.m. to 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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