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Marin County Directory of Volunteer Opportunities for Homeschooling Families

Volunteer in Marin County

Homeschooling — California Style

The organizations listed in this resource guide welcome kids and/or families as volunteers.

While there are well over 100 organizations listed we have undoubtedly missed some great opportunities. If you know of any organizations that should be added to this list or if you find broken links or incorrect information please E-mail Diane Flynn Keith.

Special thanks to Melissa Grush of Dry Creek Roots and Shoots, for compiling this wonderful list of volunteer resources.

Marin County Directory
of Volunteer Opportunities for Homeschooling Families

The Marine Mammal Center

Brief description of Organization: We are the largest Marine Mammal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release facility in the world. We recognize human interdependence with marine mammals and their importance as sentinels of the ocean environment, the health of which is essential for all life. It is our responsibility to use our awareness, compassion and intelligence to foster marine mammal survival and the conservation of their habitat. The Marine Mammal Center works toward this end:

  • Through rescue and humane treatment of ill, injured or orphaned marine mammals, to return healthy animals to the wild
  • Through scientific inquiry, to increase knowledge of marine mammals, their health and their environment and assure their long-term survival
  • Through education and communication, to increase appreciation of marine mammals, foster informed decision-making affecting them, and inspire action to protect the marine environment.

Brief description of volunteer need: Animal Care — Gain a deeper understanding of the marine mammals cared for at the hospital, why they are here, and what it is like to care for them. Animal care volunteers provide the daily care of the animals, which includes general cleaning, laundry, dishes, equipment maintenance, weighing, charting records, and preparing food for feeding. Youth volunteers (under 18) are not allowed to have contact with the animals or go in the pens with the animals but learn through observation. Requires a commitment of one 4 to 8 hour shift per week for a minimum of 8 contiguous weeks. We will also be accepting education and docent youth volunteers when we open the new facility.

General area volunteer opportunity is located: North Bay and San Francisco

City where volunteer opportunity is located: Sausalito — Marin Headlands or Pier 39 in San Francisco

Fees required: none

Age requirements: 15 - 18 year of age

Contact Person: Molly Russell, Youth Programs Coordinator

Phone Number: 415-289-0216

Category: Environment

Save The Bay

Brief description of Organization: Save The Bay is the oldest and largest organization working exclusively to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As the Bay's leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay is committed to making the Bay cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife.

Brief description of volunteer need: Save The Bay gives your family the opportunity to help restore wetlands of San Francisco Bay! Our restoration programs utilize community volunteers to plant native plants along the shoreline, remove non-native weeds, collect native plant seeds, grow plants in our nurseries, and help cleanup trash along the shoreline. These restoration activities improve habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife, and enhance our region's quality of life. Our restoration programs can be a great learning experience for the whole family. We welcome your children as long as you maintain control and responsibility for them and their actions.

General area volunteer opportunity is located: East Bay, North Bay, Peninsula/South Bay

City where volunteer opportunity is located: Oakland, Hayward, Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Mill Valley.

Fees required: No fee for land-based programs. For the Bair Island canoe restoration program the price is $25 per person for Save The Bay members, $35 for non-members.

Age requirements: None for land-based programs. For Bair Island canoe restoration program the minimum age is 10 years old.

Contact Person: Sarah Lyons

Phone Number: 510-452-9261 ext. 119

Category: Environment

Slide Ranch

Brief description of Organization: A small working farm & hands-on agricultural and environmental education center nestled in 134-acres of national park land on the coast, 45-minutes north of San Francisco. One third of the programs we run serve underserved communities.

Brief description of volunteer need: Please come volunteer with us at the Spring Fling or Harvest Festival, fun family celebrations that support our scholarship programs for underserved schools and families. We ask for help with arts & crafts, the food booth, parking, registration, etc. for part of the day. The rest of the time, enjoy the live music and ranch activities. We are also looking for volunteer musicians to perform on our garden stage. Once in the Spring and once in the fall.

Our Garden Manager also works with volunteers aged 14 to adults throughout the year. The range of activities includes organic gardening, native plant restoration and ranch maintenance projects. You can come for a one-time visit or include Slide Ranch volunteering as part of your regular schedule. We accept volunteers on many Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All visits must be scheduled in advance with our Garden Manager. Please email or call our office with any questions or to schedule yourself or your group.

General area volunteer opportunity is located: Marin

City where volunteer opportunity is located: Muir Beach

Fees required: None

Age requirements: Volunteers should be age 14 and up.

Contact Person: Joe Papendick

Phone Number: 415-381-6155

Category: Human Community

Trips for Kids

Brief description of Organization: The seventy Trips For Kids chapters we support combine lessons in confidence building, achievement and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills, and the simple act of having fun. Trips for Kids welcomes families with older kids to volunteer at our training center in the Marin County Canal District.

Brief description of volunteer need: Families can team up to provide practical and fun environmental education information (preservation, recycling, etc..) at our after school Earn-A-Bike workshop in the Canal District of San Rafael. Local youth from this low income community drop in every Tuesday through Saturday to learn bike mechanic skills and to seek tutoring with homework projects.

This is a great location to offer some fun information and practical tips about how these youth can become pro-active earth stewards. We also welcome families that would like to offer some arts project activities to the youth at this program...most types would be suitable.

Families that would like to offer any other support at the after school workshop would be most welcome — let us know what you have in mind!

General area volunteer opportunity is located: Marin County Canal District

City where volunteer opportunity is located: San Rafael

Fees required: none

Age requirements: 13+

Contact Person: Joseph McCarthy

Phone Number: 415-455-8876

Category: Environment

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