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August 19, 2013
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Current volunteer opportunities


Behind the ideas and efforts toward building a better world, volunteers fuel a movement of compassion and connection. You can make a difference by volunteering right here in your community. By sharing your time and talents to help others, you can help bring a sense of hope to our hearts, homes, neighborhoods, and ultimately our nation.

Everyone is invited to share their time and talents with Nevada County non-profits, public agencies, and schools. 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 following positions, e-mail us at rsvp3@nccn.net, visit our office at 471 Sutton Way, Suite No. 202, in Grass Valley, or call weekdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 530-271-0255.

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

Find additional opportunities at: http:// .volunteernevadacounty.org.

Be a part of the Volunteer Nevada County team!

Volunteer Nevada County is looking for volunteers interested in promoting volunteerism through our new website that connects non profits with volunteers of all ages: http:// .volunteernevadacounty.org. We are looking for those with skills in some or all of these areas: marketing, social media, writing, communication, volunteer coordination and Wordpress websites. If you have a creative mind set and would enjoy working with an enthusiastic team of volunteers on this new project, contact us at 530-271-0255.

Grass Valley Museum

The Grass Valley Museum depicts the rich history of the Gold Rush days to 1930 with displays of furniture, art, objects d’art, clothing, musical instruments and artifacts of the Victorian era. Volunteer docents are urgently needed. Many consider the Museum Grass Valley’s undiscovered jewel. The Museum summer hours are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Be a two-bit toll-taker

On the final Sunday of September, locals and visitors from around the area come to Rough and Ready to enjoy our annual Chili Cook-off. This year, the event takes place Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shifts are two to three hours, and volunteers are needed in a variety of areas, including cooks and servers for the bakery and burger booth, “Two-Bit Toll-Takers” wearing miner-era and saloon worker clothing, stopping cars for a quarter (two bits), and clean up help to break down the event. Citizens of the Great Republic of Rough and Ready like to celebrate the past and enjoy the present. Join them!

Health and Wellness Volunteers

Are you interested in innovative approaches to health? Do you believe exercise is an important factor in staying healthy and safe? The “Stay Well At Home” program is looking for 10 facilitators willing to assist in this innovative four- to six-month program in association with the Falls Prevention Coalition. Get involved by helping seniors improve their overall health by lowering their risk for falls through exercise and other risk reduction strategies.

Friendly Visitor volunteers

As a volunteer with the Friendly Visitor program you can make a profound and personal difference in the life of a senior or person with a disability. You need no special expertise; you will be asked to make a weekly visit of one or two hours; you will receive ongoing training and guidance; mileage is reimbursed; consideration is given to matching you with a person of similar interests.

Healthy Harvest garden helpers

Help plant, weed and harvest for the Nevada County Food Bank’s many distribution points. All produce is delivered to the Food Bank. Some “construction”-type projects needed such as setting up berry patches or making steps, moving wood chips — a variety of tasks for all capabilities. Help is needed year-round but less in winter … at least once per week if you can make it in the summer; locations in both Grass Valley and Penn Valley.

Workplace mentor

Assist and coach previously unemployed individuals to arrive on time to their job and develop a successful work ethic. This is a supported employment program through CoLiving Network whose mission includes a multi-faceted approach to ending homelessness by combining coaching with safe housing and work opportunity. This is an opportunity to help those who are committed to working their way into a successful and stable life.

Masterful minute-takers

The Elder Care Provider’s Coalition meets the second Wednesday of every month from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Nevada City. A secretary is needed to record the minutes of the meeting. If you have good grammatical and writing skills, consider helping this nonprofit by sharing your time and skills.

Receptionist volunteers in Grass Valley

Two local nonprofits are in need of assistance with answering phones, handling correspondence and other light office work. People skills and a pleasant manner are required.

Help make history come to life

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is looking for volunteers to help at its wonderful museum in Nevada City. It is happily growing, and with more volunteers it will be able to keep the museum open more days per week. There are a number of ways to help: Gift Shop volunteer, museum docent, special events coordinator and more. This is a great group of dedicated volunteers wjp help others learn of our rich history and cultural heritage in Nevada County. Come be a part of it!

Hospice helpers

Do you have skills and time to share with patients and families? There are many ways to get involved: office and clerical, gift and thrift volunteer, musician, massage therapy, compassionate care home hospitality and more. Training dates are Sept 16, 18, 23 and 25.

Partners in English Language Learning

PIELL has a two-day tutor training scheduled for Sept. 21 and 28. It is not necessary to have teaching or bilingual skills. Volunteer tutors meet with a learner one to two hours per week and should plan to commit to at least a year of tutoring once matched with an adult learner. Board members with skills in grant writing and fundraising are also needed.

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate

Child Advocates of Nevada County is hosting an orientation Aug. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for those interested in learning about the CASA program. The training classes will be Sept. 17 through Oct. 17 Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Find out what it takes to be an advocate for a child in the court system: how much time it takes, how the training works and what to expect.


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