Looking for a job? Why not help yourself by filling in the gaps in your resume with new experiences while helping others! Or if you are just looking to give back to the local community, there are hundreds of opportunities to volunteer throughout Ventura County. Here's where to find volunteer opportunities:
Since 1998, VolunteerMatch.org has helped volunteers find over 4 million volunteer matches at over 60,000 non-profits across the country. You type in your zip code and in my case today it identified over 250 volunteer opportunities within a 20 mile radius of Newbury Park.
Or visit the Local Charities section of Conejo Valley Guide and you'll find over 100 Ventura County area non-profit organizations, most of which could use your help. I clicked a few and found plenty of volunteer needs publicized on each entity's website, like MANNA Food Bank, L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue in Agoura, Hospice of the Conejo, Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library, and CareGivers - Volunteers Assisting the Elderly.
You could also join one of over 80 service organizations in the Service Clubs section of CVG. The Rotary, Kiwanis, Optimist, Assistance League, Lions Club and other organizations provide needed services to others in need.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary seeks volunteers ages 17 and up to join its local Channel Islands flotilla. Bring the USCG AUX your skills or join to develop your leadership skills through numerous free classes and workshops offered. The USCG AUX was established by Congress in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. Volunteers assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security, vessel safety checks, public safe boating classes and watchstanding. Visit www.d11s.org for more information.
Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County seeks volunteers for its ReStores, with shifts available Tuesday through Saturday. Visit www.habitatventura.org/habitat-restore-merchandising to learn more and sign up.
Volunteer opportunities in Thousand Oaks: toaks.org/departments/human-resources/volunteer
Volunteer opportunities in Simi Valley: www.simivalley.org/index.aspx?page=355
Volunteer opportunities in Ventura: www.cityofventura.net/volunteeropportunities
Volunteer opportunities in Camarillo: www.cityofcamarillo.org/departments/city_clerk/volunteer_citizen_appointment.php
Volunteer opportunities in Moorpark: moorparkca.gov/389/Volunteering-in-Moorpark
Volunteering in the City of Westlake Village: www.wlv.org/index.aspx?nid=320
Volunteering in the City of Agoura Hills: ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/Home/ShowDocument?id=11090
Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center: www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/government/departments/community-services-parks-recreation/parks-facilities/agoura-hills-recreation-center
Volunteer opportunities in Calabasas: www.cityofcalabasas.com/volunteer.html
Volunteering for the County of Ventura: www.ventura.org/employment/volunteering-for-the-county-of-ventura
Also check out the volunteer opportunities with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.
There are shelters and meal providers throughout Ventura County that could use your help too.
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