Are you struggling to find ways to connect with your community during the pandemic? Here's an opportunity to build your network, find volunteer opportunities, & learn about social issues that interest you.

The Center for Community Engagement at CSUCI will be hosting a Virtual Volunteer Fair on Nov 17-18 for students to connect with over 25 nonprofit organizations in the surrounding area! From 2-4 pm, representatives will be on Zoom to connect with you and help you find out which opportunities are the right fit for you! The event is free and open to all community members.

  • AlmaVia of Camarillo

    Elder Care Alliance has been a trusted name in senior living and memory care in California for more than 20 years.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Assist with Zoom Activities
    • Offer a discussion group between students and seniors via Zoom

    Contact

    Carol Ricklin, cricklin@eldercarealliance.org,
    (805) 388-5277

    Elder Care Alliance

  • Alzheimer's Association, CA Central Coast Chapter

    We offer Support Groups and education programs for those facing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Virtual Community Educator
    • Virtual Program Support
    • Virtual Community Representative

    Contact

    Leila Thayer Malone, lmthayer@alz.org,
    (805) 261-2186

    YouTube Link

    Alzheimer's Association on YouTube

    Alzheimer's Association Volunteer Opportunities

  • American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Blood Donor Ambassador
    • Wildfire Shelter Team Member
    • Communications
    • Disaster Preparedness Presenter

    Youtube

    Volunteer with the Red Cross

    Contact

    Jennifer Samaritan, Jennifer.samaritan@redcross.org,
    (805) 350-8364

    American Red Cross website

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County

    We are the county’s only one to one mentoring program of its kind and the goal is to find a mentor for every child in the community who needs or wants one.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Become a mentor. Include a youth in your everyday lifestyle. Only 2-4 hours or more a month for one year.

    Contact

    Catherine Hoefflin, choefflin@bbsvc.org,
    (805) 444-3247

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County website

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    California Coastal Commission

    The California Coastal Commission's Public Education Program works to increase public knowledge of coastal and marine resources and to engage the public in coastal protection and restoration activities.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Protecting the coast and ocean starts outside our doors. Help prevent plastic pollution, and create a healthier neighborhood, by cleaning up streets, parks, waterways, and other local areas. The California King Tides Project helps us visualize future sea level by observing the highest high tides of today.

     

    Contact

    Bekkah Scharf, rebekkah.scharf@coastal.ca.gov,
    (408) 202-7453

    YouTube Link

    California Coastal Commission on YouTube

    California Coastal Commission website

  • CAREGIVERS: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly

    CAREGIVERS provides non-medical, in-home support services and transportation for homebound, frail elders, preventing their premature placement into board and care facilities and making it possible for them to continue to live in the comfort and security of their own homes.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Building Bridges Intergenerational Program Adult team leaders and student volunteers needed. Assist seniors in light household chores, yard work, and home organization. Volunteer to drive seniors to essential medical appointments. Become a phone friend and call homebound seniors. Pick up and deliver groceries to local seniors.

    Contact

    Stephanie Lopez, stephanie@vccaregivers.org,
    (805) 658-8530

    VC Caregivers website

  • Community Action of Ventura County

    We help our community establish pathways out of poverty through advocacy, partnerships, and services that promote dignity and self-sufficiency.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Assist in our Community Market, homeless services, marketing

    Contact

    Claudia Lozano, clozano@ca-vc.org,
    (805) 436-4000

    Community Action of Ventura County website

  • Community Advocacy Coalition

    Community Advocacy Coalition (CAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social justice advocacy organization. In addition to our social justice advocacy work in the African American and other communities of color, we own one of three (3) African American owned, community-based radio stations in California to enhance communication in the communities we serve.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    CAC has opportunities for volunteers in many roles including community advocacy and outreach in working on economic, education, health and wellness, legal, and with young people, as well as, various roles in business, communications, media, and technology with the radio project.

    Contact

    Byron Ward, bward@the-cac.org,
    (805) 890-8998

    YouTube Link

    Community Advocacy Coalition on YouTube

    Community Advocacy Coalition website

  • CSUCI Sustainability – Facility Services

    The sustainability office within Facilities Services at CSUCI manages the university's utility usage and sustainability initiatives. The office is focused on finding opportunities to prevent waste, improve energy efficiency, and conserve water on campus.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • CSUCI is drafting a Climate Action Plan. We need help organizing and summarizing survey results.
    • Trash surveys: If you are living on or have classes on campus, we have opportunities for students to do waste surveys. Walk a designated area of campus and map any litter you find.
    • Enjoy spreadsheets and data management? We have some data entry/duplication needs you can help us with.
    • If you have your own ideas of sustainability initiatives you'd like to see on campus, we can work with you to create a custom volunteer opportunity!

    Contact

    Roxane Beigel-Coryell, roxane.bc@csuci.edu,
    (805) 377-2733

    YouTube Link

    CSUCI Sustainability – Facility Services on YouTube

    CSUCI Sustainability website

  • Food Forward

    Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • General volunteer to pick fruit in backyards. (Currently unavailable. Please continue to check the website for availability).
    • Trained Solo Harvester to pick back yards. 2-hour training required.
    • Fruit donor. Do you have fruit growing at home? Pick it and donate!

    Contact

    Andrea Howry, andrea@foodforward.org,
    (805) 630-2728

    YouTube Link

    Food Forward on YouTube

    Food Forward website

  • Food Share, Inc.

    Food Share distributes millions of pounds of healthy food every year both through our own programs such as the drive-thru food box distributions, Senior Kits (CSFP), and Kids’ Farmers’ Market, as well as through distribution via our partner agencies.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Disaster Box Packing, Bread Sorters, Produce Packing, Pop-up Food Distribution College Park – Oxnard

    Contact

    Christina Forino, volunteer@foodshare.com,
    (805) 983-7100

    YouTube Link

    Food Share on YouTube

    Food Share website

  • Girls Inc. of Carpinteria

    Inspiring all girls to be strong smart and bold through direct service programs

    Volunteer Opportunities

    In person program support, virtual guest speakers.

    Contact

    Jessica Wetzel, jessica@girlsinc-carp.org,
    (805) 684-6364

    YouTube Link

    Girls Inc. of Carpinteria on YouTube

    Girls Inc. of Carpenteria website

  • HealthCorps, Inc.

    HealthCorps was founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2003 to educate young people about mental and physical wellness. Our programs equip youth with the tools and knowledge to become resilient in mind and body for their long-term success and that of their community.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • HealthCorps Program Volunteer (3 individuals): Implement HealthCorps programming at 3 schools within the Oxnard Union High School District ~ both in-person and virtual opportunities.
    • HealthCorps Gift and Activity Volunteer (no limit): Prepare kits/gifts for students and faculty who work within the Oxnard Union High School District ~ primarily in-person, socially-distant distributions.
    • HealthCorps Program Development Intern (x2): Unpaid internship that will extend to 12 weeks, ~10 hours per week, that will start in January 2021. You must be working towards a degree, either Bachelors or Masters, in either a Health- or Education-related field ~ remote internship.
    • HealthCorps Media Intern (2-3 individuals): Unpaid internship that will extend 12 weeks, ~10 hours per week, starting in January 2021. You must be active, or proficient, on social media platforms and have working knowledge on photo, video, and graphic creation ~ remote internship.

    Contact

    Samantha Cade-Mnisi, Samantha.cade@healthcorps.org,
    (916) 693-5091

    HealthCorps, Inc. website

  • Many Mansions

    Many Mansions provides affordable housing and life-enriching services to homeless individuals and low-income families in Ventura and LA county.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Virtually showcase a special skill, perform, or teach our residents. Write encouraging letters. Assist food distributions or holiday drop-off events.

    Contact

    Jessica Lawson, Jessica@manymansions.org,
    (805) 496-4948 ext 259

    YouTube Link

    Many Mansions on YouTube

    Many Mansions

  • Oxnard Performing Arts Center Corporation

    Our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Oxnard Performing Arts Center Corporation (OPAC), was established in 1998 as the administrative, programming, operations/management, and fundraising arm of the Center. We provide cultural and community programming by supporting, producing and presenting theater, dance, music, media/visual arts, residencies, and outside-the-box programs that are of, by and for Oxnard.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We're looking for event planning/hosting, marketing/social media assistance both virtually and in-person for our events, classes and programs. This year we are addressing teen Latina Mental Health through our Esperanza Project, undertaking a 2-year program addressing homelessness, kickstarting "OPAC Studios" which will present concerts, shows, and other content on YouTube, and our in-person events which range from small courtyard classes to drive-in events in our parking lot.

    Contact

    Carolyn Mullin, director@oxnardperformingarts.com,
    (805) 385-8147

    YouTube Link

    Oxnard Performing Arts Center on YouTube

    OPAC website

  • Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship

    We provide horseback riding opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Leading, side-walking, barn chores.

    Contact

    Sara Jones, sara@rideon.org,
    (818) 512-8481

    YouTube Link

    Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship on YouTube

    Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship website

  • School on Wheels

    School on Wheels volunteers provide free tutoring and mentoring to children from kindergarten through twelfth grade living in shelters, motels, vehicles, group foster homes, and the streets of Southern California.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Becoming a volunteer can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. We are currently seeking online volunteer tutors to make a one-year commitment to tutoring one hour a week who are 18 and older, live in California, have stable high-speed internet access, have a computer with a webcam, and are comfortable tutoring in a digital environment, AND who possess one or more of the below skills: experience tutoring or mentoring children/youth; experience teaching life skills or social and emotional learning skills; a background in literacy; a background in teaching, psychology, child development, or social work; or fluency in both English and Spanish.

    Contact

    Chris Walsh, cwalsh@schoolonwheels.org,
    (805) 366-9846

    YouTube Link

    School on Wheels on YouTube

    School on Wheels website

  • Step Up Ventura

    We provide therapeutic support services to young children experiencing homelessness in childcare and preschool, helping them attain optimal development and be ready for kindergarten.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Fund Development, Operations, & Budgeting

    Contact

    Kate Curtin, volunteer@stepupventura.org

    YouTube Link

    Step Up Ventura on YouTube

    Step Up Ventura website

  • Studio Channel Islands Art Center

    Art Gallery, Education and Community Outreach programs. We are a fine art education organization with 40 artist studios.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Marketing and PR work to raise the profile of our upcoming exhibitions and events.
    • Education program support, working with online education team to deliver elementary and high school art classes.

    Contact

    Peter Tyas, ptyas@studiochannelislands.org,
    (805) 383-1368

    Studio CI website

  • Surfrider Foundation Ventura County chapter

    The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots environmental non-profit dedicated to protecting our oceans, waves and beaches through powerful volunteer activism. Our Ventura County chapter addresses important issues such as water quality, trash pollution, and sustainable landscape and restaurant business practices.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Create awareness within the restaurant industry for single use plastic reduction by passing out our Utensils Upon Request signs. Become an Ocean Friendly Gardens steward by weeding, watering and replanting where necessary. Maintain the Hold Onto Your Butt cans that are installed.

    Contact

    Laura Oergel, chair@ventura.surfrider.org,
    (805) 796-8558

    YouTube Link

    Surfrider Foundation on YouTube

    Surfrider Foundation Ventura County chapter website

  • The C.R.E.W. – Concerned Resource & Environmental Workers

    The C.R.E.W. offers paid employment, career development, and training through hands-on environmental work. Crew members are teens and young adults, and our projects take us throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Backcountry trails work (in-person);
    Habitat restoration (in-person);
    Program evaluation (virtual)

    Contact

    Jennifer Berry, jberry@thecrew.org,
    (805) 649-8847

    The C.R.E.W. – Concerned Resource & Environmental Workers website

  • United Way of Ventura County

    The United Way of Ventura County focuses on advancing the common good by creating opportunities for all through our three focus areas: Education, health, and income (financial stability).

    Volunteer Opportunities

    VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) - Opportunity with UWVC; Grant Writer - Opportunity with Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library

    Contact

    Francesca DeMatto, Francesca.dematto@vcunitedway.org,
    (805) 485-6288 ext 226

    United Way of Ventura County website

  • Ventura County Rescue Mission

    We provide refuge, recovery, and restoration to Ventura County residents who are experiencing homelessness and addiction through a faith-based, holistic, and seamless approach.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Meal Preparation and Service, Tutoring, Donor Relations Support, Donation Drives

    Contact

    Michael Lee, mlee@erescuemission.org,
    (805) 436-4592

    YouTube Link

    Ventura County Rescue Mission on YouTube

    Ventura County Rescue Mission website

  • Ventura Audubon Society

    The mission of the Ventura Audubon Society is to promote at the local level, by education and action, the protection and restoration of bird populations and wildlife habitat for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biodiversity.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Collecting Population Data on Western Snowy Plovers
    • Collecting Data on Beach Wrack
    • Documenting Snowy Plover Disturbances
    • Joining our Volunteer Naturalist Program

    Contact

    Kat O’Dea, volunteer@venturaaudubon.org,
    (818) 612-3115

    YouTube Link

    Ventura Audubon Society on YouTube

    Ventura Audubon Society website

  • Women of Substance & Men of Honor

    Supportive Services for foster youth and cross over foster youth into juvenile justice

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Office work, mentoring.

    Contact

    Melanie Barba, melanie@wosmoh.org,
    (805) 376-0472

    Women of Substance & Men of Honor website

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