Opportunities to serve locally:
Collins School Kids Club: Kids Club is a free, after school program designed to teach positive life skills to children through games, music, and Bible discussions. The Club meets for a hour and a half on Monday afternoons starting in October and ending in May. If you are interested in participating in (or finding more information about) this ministry, please contact George Stoyko.
Community Emergency Response Team – Most cities have a C.E.R.T. program to train citizens how to respond to local emergencies, such as fire, earthquake, flooding, etc. The training they give includes much more in the way of First Aid, CPR, and just knowing who, in your immediate neighborhood, would need special attention during an emergency. To learn more or volunteer in Cupertino, call 480-777-3120 or to to their website at www.cupertino.org/emergency.
Cupertino: Volunteer opportunities in the Cupertino community can be found by visiting the City of Cupertino Volunteer Site. The website allows volunteers to review and sign up for a wide-variety opportunities in Cupertino, keep track of their volunteer commitments and download their schedules. Volunteers are given the opportunity to express their availability on certain days and times of the week and language proficiency.
In Silicon Valley
Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition serves as the connective tissue helping individuals, churches and anti-trafficking organizations work effectively together to build a unified San Francisco Bay Area response to human trafficking. Visit the website.
Capernaum Project: helping kids who have disabilities in club meetings
(408) 286-3207 Visit the website.
CityTeam Ministries in San Jose (408) 232-5600
– Family & Youth Outreach, Heritage Home, House of Grace, Recovery Center, Rescue Mission, etc.
Real Options Pregnancy Medical Clinics: They are licensed by the California Department of Public Health as a pregnancy medical clinic. There are three locations in the valley. They are always in need of volunteers.
12 N. White Road #1
San Jose, CA 95127
Call (408) 272-5577
Freedom House brings hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare. Freedom House website
Habitat for Humanity website (408) 942-6444 Ext. 302
All Local Hospitals are always in need of volunteers for many tasks, which include manning the information desk, being a wheelchair assistant, taking blood pressure, and so much more. Most places would like volunteers to serve a four hour shift once a week. For more information call your local hospital and ask for the Volunteer Office.
The JW House is a place of welcome and support for families of patients, away from home, being treated for illness similar to the Ronald McDonald houses. There are numerous ways to volunteer and make donations. Training is provided. Contact April, the volunteer manager, or Siobhan, the house manager, at 408-246-2224, or go to www.jwhouse.org. Tours are given almost any time during business hours.
Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen in San Jose (408) 293-4505
Love Never Fails rescues and rehabilitates victims of domestic sex trafficking and raises youth awareness to prevent future trafficking. Love Never Fails Us website
Our Daily Bread (St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sunnyvale) serves lunch on M,W,F (408) 736-4108
Ravenswood Youth Athletic Association – “RYAA”: RYAA is a faith-based, non-denominational organization which began with a very successful recreational and competitive soccer program, and continues to expand its sports and enrichment offerings. However, RYAA does not see sports as the end-result, but rather a means to create relationships that will mentor, teach and encourage the participants in its programs. Critical to RYAA’s success is the participation of local church partners. RYAA is a positive, uplifting place for church members to put their gifts and talents to work. Local churches have benefited from the relationships that form between volunteers, children and parents. To find out more, please visit RYAA online.
Sacred Heart Community Service is dedicated to bringing our community together to address poverty in Silicon Valley. Through a comprehensive array of resources, services, and community involvement initiatives, SHCS is making a real impact in the lives of working poor families. Their vision is a community united to ensure that every child and adult is free from poverty. Volunteers are essential to prepare and distribute grocery boxes; sort and hang donated clothing; and to serve with dignity, compassion and respect the more than 2,000 customers who come to Sacred Heart each day. Opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer can be found on their website.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara County – Go to their website for more information.
West Valley Community Services, Inc.
WVCS provides a continuum of basic needs, family support services and housing services including, food pantry, clothing, transitional housing that allow for a variety of volunteer opportunities. WVCS serves the west valley communities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, West San Jose and the surrounding mountain regions.
Volunteers are always needed for the food pantry, front desk, organic gardeners, gleaners and drivers. Download a list of the Volunteer Opportunities or go to their website for more information.
FirstResort.org: A Pregnancy Consulting Women’s Health Clinic that provides ounseling and medical care to women who are making decisions about unintended pregnancies. They have a Godparent Program where you are invited to provide a gift from the Target registry and participate in one of their baby shower celebrations.
Mount Hermon Christian Camps and Conference Center: Groups and individuals are invited to volunteer and help with their “to do list” involving the maintenance, construction and repair of facilities. Call Maribel Boyd at 831-430-1201 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Youth With a Mission in San Francisco (415) 885-6543
Helping your neighbors with landscaping, painting, home repair, etc.
Take a look at your local newspaper, community website, school newsletter, senior center, local library, etc.
Visiting and bringing food to the elderly, infirm, those celebrating a birthday, etc.