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Make a difference in your community; volunteer

Whether you’re interested in using your current skills or learning a new one, RSVP has over a hundred volunteer opportunities that span education, public service, working with seniors and children, and many more. Over 75 local nonprofit and government agencies need your help. View more opportunities at: or call 530-271-0255.

Represent 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 Information & General Services is looking for volunteers to assist as Lobby Greeters at the Rood Center in Nevada City. Volunteer Greeters act as a principal point of reference and assistance to citizens/general public by providing patrons with information, directions and a friendly face as they enter the Rood Center County building. Volunteer Greeters should have a sincere desire to communicate effectively and provide assistance as needed. Volunteer Greeters should always act as ambassadors of Nevada County and are expected to speak positively. Days needed: 5 days per week (split between several people).Time of day: approximately 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shift length: One to four hours per day.

Make a real difference in the life of a senior or person with a disability

Visit seniors and people with disabilities in the community who are isolated and would like social interaction and weekly visits. 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. Consideration is given to matching you with a person of similar interests. Talk, play cards or games and share common hobbies together. There are many people on the waiting list that would love to be matched with a Friendly Visitor volunteer! Mileage reimbursement is available. Days and times are flexible and mutually arranged, however a commitment of one or two hours per week is desired.

Be a “Fix-It” volunteer!

Nevada County has a growing need for volunteers with handy person and home repair skills. FREED Center for Independent Living helps people live safely and independently in their homes and volunteers help make that happen. Volunteers provide labor for minor home modifications and health and safety related repairs in the homes of seniors and people with disabilities. The project coordinator matches volunteers to projects of their interest, ranging from grab bar installations, ramp construction, and minor plumbing or electrical repairs. Cost of materials for projects is provided. Skills Required: All types of skills, especially in the areas of carpentry, construction plumbing, and basic home repair. Minimum commitment of three hours a month.

Act as the eyes and ears of the community

Become an important part of our community by helping provide effective and courteous policing services. The Grass Valley Police Department needs your help with various tasks for the department. Whether its car and foot patrol or traffic and crowd control for special events, act as “eyes and ears” to help keep our community safe. Volunteers will be trained in various tasks such as patrol procedures, radio communications, traffic and crowd control, etc. Various shift lengths: four hour shifts at various times of day; minimum of 16 hours per month. Skills Needed: Must be 18 years old, possess valid driver’s license, have no felony convictions, no warrants, and be ready to serve our community. Volunteers must complete a department background check.

Delivery drivers needed at Women of Worth

Women of Worth is in need of experienced drivers for their panel delivery truck. Volunteers would work with a delivery person as a team to load and unload furniture and merchandise. Drivers must have a clean DMV record, experience driving a panel truck and be in good physical condition. Women of Worth is also in need of Team Members to assist the delivery drivers in loading and unloading furniture and merchandise. Volunteers for this position should be strong, dependable and in good physical condition. Shift length: four hours.

Meals on Wheels needs drivers

Do you have three hours to give? To a homebound senior waiting to receive Meals on Wheels, those three hours are priceless. Call today to find out how you can join more than 50 other volunteers who deliver meals one day per week. These volunteers help to ensure that our elderly neighbors receive the nutritional support they need to remain living in their own homes for as long as they can. Skills Required: Able to pass GCCS background check and volunteer one day per week for two to three hours. Must possess a reliable vehicle, a current CDL, auto insurance, and a clean DMV record. Ability to read maps/ GPS. A cell phone is also helpful. Days needed: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Shift length: Three hours a week. Training is provided and mileage reimbursement is available.

Looking to volunteer with the library?

Currently both the Foley Library and the Royce Library are in need of a book sale volunteer to sort, price and shelve books to prepare for the monthly sales that are held the first Saturday of the month. Foley Library volunteers meet each Wednesday and work together from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition, they work the day of the sale. Sales last usually between four and seven hours. The Royce Library volunteer is needed for approximately one hour a week, during library hours. Book Sale volunteers should be able to lift up to 25 pounds and be able to bend and stretch frequently.

In addition, the library needs a delivery driver to pick up boxes of books from the Royce Branch and deliver them to the Doris Foley Library. This would take approximately one to two hours a week with a flexible schedule. The delivery person must be able to lift up to 40 pounds and have a vehicle to transport the books.

What’s happening on

The Curious Forge is a maker space … it’s a place for creativity to come out and to play, to learn new skills, and to make the things you’ve dreamed of making. Located in Grass Valley, The Curious Forge has a 3,000 square foot physical space that houses equipment and tools for everything from metal and woodworking to sewing and textiles. They host workshops to make projects and learn about the tools. The Forge is a members-based, nonprofit organization, and every member helps make it happen. Currently, The Curious Forge is seeking a well-organized and proactive Shop Steward with the knowledge of tools or shops. As Shop Steward, you would assist in maintaining the work space by keeping it uncluttered, helping to organize materials, maintain equipment and managing other volunteers as needed. Shift length and days are TBD.

This is an opportunity through This site is open to volunteers of all ages. However, interested RSVP volunteers should call Cori Azbill at 530-271-0255.

If you are interested in any of the positions, e-mail us at or call between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays at 530-271-0255. RSVP is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and sponsored locally by the Agency on Aging Area 4.

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