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Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Whether you’re interested in using your current skills or learning a new one, RSVP has over 100 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.

Consider becoming a CASA

A Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, is a trained and supported volunteer who gets to know a foster child appointed to them by a judge. They provide independent, objective information to the court about what they see that the child needs. CASAs work with social workers, attorneys, and other professionals, as well as the child, and spend 10-15 hours a month. Children range in age from newborn to 18. Program orientation is on Sept. 14. Training will run from Oct. 5 to Nov. 4.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Be a Big Brother or Big Sister to one of the waiting “Littles”. Currently Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County have five boys and two girls waiting to be matched with a friend. Only a few hours a month can turn a life around.

How does the garden grow?

Hospice of the Foothills needs volunteers who love to garden and spend time outdoors. Duties include pruning the roses, pulling weeds, and trimming. You can set your own schedule.

County office assistant

Nevada County Collections is looking for a flexible office assistant to help with opening accounts, posting payments and opening mail one to two days a week. Basic computer skills and good reading skills are all that are required.

Tutoring English

Help English language learners become thriving members of the community by helping out as a one-on-one tutor. No prior teaching experience is necessary as ongoing training and mentoring by experienced tutors is provided. Volunteers meet with a learner 1-2 hours per week. Willingness to commit to at least a one-year assignment needed. Tutor training is scheduled three times per year. The next training is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 19. Volunteers must attend both days.

Become a member of 211’s Disaster Response Team

In the event of a disaster, the 211 Disaster Response Team will provide up-to-date information to Nevada County residents about evacuations, shelter locations, road closures and more.

Disaster Response Team members will answer calls from their own homes using state-of-the-art VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) technology. This is an on-call position. During a local disaster, regular 211 operations will be suspended and the Response Team will be activated to provide the latest information from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services. Email for more information.

Help keep books circulating

The Madelyn Helling Library has multiple openings for volunteers. If you are physically capable to lift books and move book carts, shelving is waiting for you. Detail-oriented volunteers are needed to date stamp, label, and cover collection materials. Contact RSVP for days and times.

Be the friendly face of Nevada County

This is an opportunity to be of assistance to citizens and the general public visiting the local government center. Nevada County is looking for volunteers to assist as lobby greeters at the Rood Center in Nevada City. A desire to help people find local information is key.

Home-delivered meals

Drivers are needed to fill-in for vacations and also permanent positions due to retirement from regular routes. There is an immediate need for someone to cover the Tuesday Nevada City route. This route is mainly rural. Be ready to make a six-month commitment (one year preferred) to this route. Substitute drivers will be called on an ‘as needed’ basis. Driver’s license and good driving record required.

Love history and research?

Check out the Foley Library. Volunteers at the library help patrons with family histories, local and mining history and more. Volunteers work at least 4-8 hours a month at the historic Carnegie Building in Nevada City.

For persons 55 and over, accident, liability and excess auto insurance are provided. Limited mileage reimbursement is available.

If you are interested in any of the positions, email 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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