Projects tagged with "Volunteers"

Volunteer at Parents’ Place Family Resource and Empowerment Center

Parents’ Place provides information and education to improve knowledge so parents, caregivers, and professionals can become empowered, allowing them to advocate for their children more effectively. Volunteers are the key component that allows Parents' Place to fulfill their mission. Currently they have 500 valued volunteers that assist through out the year with events and activities. Volunteers are valued and welcome to utilize their skills and talents year around. if you have time, consider volunteer at Parents' Place! Visit:
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Volunteer with Pasadena Educational Foundation

Make a real difference. You can help provide essential resources and enrichment opportunities to public school students in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre. Pasadena Educational Foundation's volunteers donate time and expertise to support PEF and the initiatives of the Pasadena Unified School District… because they know great education lifts everyone up. PEF volunteers are community members, PUSD parents, college students, high school students, realtors, business teams and associations who make a positive impact by doing good work right here in the neighborhoods. Together, they are building a stronger community and you can, too. Join them for a volunteer event and see for yourself! Visit:
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Volunteer at Project Angel Food

Volunteers help to accomplish Project Angel Food’s mission in a variety of ways. Even one day, or a few hours, of volunteering can make a world of difference to the community's most vulnerable neighbors. Since 1989, Project Angel Food has delivered over 13 million meals to more than 22,000 critically ill people. Their volunteers not only help with preparing meals and delivering them, and also folding and stuffing letters, beading bracelets, and calling clients to see how they’re doing. Volunteers can sign up on their own, with a group of friends, family or co-workers. They can spend one day, or many years, in service to our community. We have some volunteers who started in high school or college and have now been with us for 10, 15 and even 20 years, and are bringing their children with them now. To schedule a volunteering session, visit:
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Volunteer to be an Onshore Volunteer for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Onshore Volunteers are an essential part of ensuring funding for Sea Shepherd campaigns and carrying Sea Shepherd’s mission to the general public. Their campaign leaders, directors and other staff cannot be everywhere at once, so their OSVs help bring Sea Shepherd’s important message to as many corners of North America as they can. The OSVs arrange participation in events, help to manage and transport merchandise and informational materials, and interact with the public. Without funding and public awareness, Sea Shepherd cannot do the work that they do. They are wholly funded by donations, not corporate sponsors or political interest groups. Their vested interest is in the welfare and preservation of ocean wildlife. There is no other group or movement like Sea Shepherd, and their OSVs must reflect that uniqueness in the effort that they put into their Onshore Volunteer program. Visit:
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Volunteer to be a Crew Member on One of Sea Shepherd’s Vessels

They are looking for navigators, sailors, engineers, electricians, carpenters, welders, cooks, medics or nurses, small boat operators, photographers, videographers, electronics technicians, radio and antenna technicians, and even a few unskilled but dedicated Ocean Defenders. Visit:
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Volunteer as a Bird Bander with the Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Dedicated birders who would like banding experience are invited to apply to become volunteer banders for a MAPS (Mapping Avian Productivity and Survivorship) station at the Starr Ranch Bird Observatory. MAPS is a growing network of hundreds of songbird banding stations in North America run by the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP). Long term banding data from MAPS stations help track changes in populations and migration patterns. In 2005, they became part of an international monitoring network that tracks birds in their wintering grounds, MoSI (Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal) with stations from Mexico to Columbia (and Starr Ranch!). Visit:
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Volunteer for Songbird Monitoring with the Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Besides bird banding, Starr Ranch manages other songbird monitoring projects that utilize volunteer citizen scientists who are trained by ornithologists. Monitoring usually targets rare species and habitats such as coastal sage scrub but they also use songbirds as indicators of restoration success and climate change. New monitoring projects help them make decisions on which invasive plant species they will work to control. Below are some current songbird monitoring projects that utilize citizen science volunteers: Songbirds of Starr Ranch Coastal Sage Scrub, Effects of Coastal Sage Scrub Restoration on Songbirds, Effects of the Streambank Weed, Periwinkle, on Songbirds, and Songbird Phenology in Coastal Sage Scrub and Riparian Woodlands. If you would like to volunteer or would like to learn more about Starr Ranch songbird monitoring projects, please contact Sandy DeSimone ( at 949-858-0309. Visit:
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Help the Starr Ranch Sanctuary Monitor Other Wildlife with the Starr Ranch Sanctuary

In spring 2004 Starr Ranch Sanctuary trained volunteers to assist their biologists with a long-term study that examined the effects of artichoke thistle control and coastal sage scrub restoration on small mammals (and songbirds). The goal of this project was to produce estimates of small mammal species composition, richness, diversity, and abundance in their paired restoration and pristine coastal sage scrub monitoring sites as well as over a chronosequence of sites of increasing restoration age. Data collected through 2010 indicated a negative effect of artichoke thistle and a positive effect of restoration, so this small mammal study is currently inactive. Monitoring responses to actions or lack of actions remains the key strategy for resource management in a changing climate. Currently Starr Ranch biologists train citizen science volunteers to help them monitor wildlife that serve as good indicators of habitat quality and help them decide which invasive species they will work to control. These are long term projects that will also aid in detection of shifts in wildlife populations that may be associated with a changing climate. Current wildlife monitoring projects include: Aquatic Vertebrates of Bell Creek (fish, reptiles and amphibians), Perennial Pools of Bell Creek, Effects of the Streambank Weed, Periwinkle, on Small Mammals and Invertebrates, and Phenology of Butterflies (and Plants) of Coastal Sage Scrub and Riparian Woodland. If you would like to volunteer with our wildlife monitoring projects, please contact Sandy DeSimone ( at 949-858-0309. Visit:
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Join a Volunteer Fire Watch with the Starr Ranch Sanctuary

In partnership with the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), Starr Ranch runs a volunteer fire watch. Each year since 2008 volunteers are trained in late summer by the OCFA to deter arson and report behaviors that could lead to fires and to detect fires quickly if they start. Volunteers work in pairs during Red Flag Warnings, periods of high winds and dry conditions, usually in the fall. Lookout locations are at the edges of south Orange County preserved land from Starr Ranch south to the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. Visit:

Volunteer to Control Invasive Plants with the Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Starr Ranch “Weed Warriors” help them remove invasive plant species. Invasive species can alter habitats and can have negative effects on wildlife. All of their weed control is non-chemical, and done with hand tools. Currently volunteers help them with periwinkle, English ivy, and Smilo grass removal. If you would like to become a “weed warrior” at Starr Ranch, please contact Sandy DeSimone ( at 949-858-0309. Visit:

Gather Data on Stream Waters with the Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Since 2003, Starr Ranch biologists have trained volunteers to use a standardized protocol to gather data on stream water quality and the impacts of urban run-off on the physical, chemical, and biological components of water quality in the creeks of Starr Ranch. The results are sent to a statewide database. If you would like to volunteer with the annual stream bioassessment project, please contact Sandy DeSimone ( at 949-858-0309. Visit:

Volunteer at Union Station Homeless Services

Whether you volunteer in Union Station Homeless Services' kitchens to prepare meals, at their permanent supportive housing sites to provide a workshop, tutoring, or craft/ activity; or in theiroffices to help with administrative projects, you will be a valuable member of their family when you volunteer at Union Station Homeless Services. Volunteer opportunities are varied, and they do their best to match volunteers with a position that suits their interests and skills. Due to the concerns regarding Covid-19, Union Station Homeless Services have shifted some of their regular volunteer opportunities for the duration of this pandemic. Find out ways you can still be an essential part of Union Station Homeless Services' life-saving work! Visit:
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*Field Trip Friday* Join Big Sunday for a Harbor Cruise !

Big Sunday's annual Field Trip Friday's  are back and ready to hit you with a summer of fun! We invite lots of people of all ages, from all walks of life, for a 2-hour harbor cruise. Guests include individuals, families, corporate groups, faith groups. Plus nice folks from group homes, hospitals, shelters – some of whom have never been on a boat before!

All participants are asked just one thing: to meet at least one new person. Then, we all just enjoy each other’s company. Along the way we'll enjoy coffee, juice, and awesome snacks  while watching the sea lions take in some sun. 

Sign up below for the cruise leaving from Shoreline Village in Long Beach: Friday July 21st. This cruise leaves promptly at 10 am and returns at 12 pm. Please sure to be there before 10am! We would hate for you to miss the cruise! (And everyone’s welcome!)

Cruises are always free. To sign up, please fill out the form below.

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