Volunteer Opportunities

Lynbrook High School does not require volunteer hours for graduation. Students are encouraged to keep track of service hours for college applications. Here is a chart (print using landscape mode) that you can use to track your service hours.

Why volunteer? Here is a great article about the benefits of volunteering. Here are some websites that list volunteer opportunities:

Teach a Child to Read

Reading Partners is a non-profit organization that helps elementary school children in under-resourced communities with their reading skills. Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.

We have an extremely high need for tutors at our Sunnyvale schools: Vargas Elementary School, Bishop Elementary School, San Miguel Elementary School, Lakewood Elementary School, and Ellis Elementary School. This is an excellent opportunity for students to make a lifelong impact on a child from a low-income family by volunteering as a Reading Partners tutor. Our sessions run from Monday through Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm, so we will be able find sessions that will align with the students' schedules.

Sign up here. Or for questions, please contact sudeepto.chakraborty@readingpartners.org

Youth Advisory Group

Are you interested in applying for an innovative and exciting youth advisory group focused on bringing an integrated mental health care center for youth in your community?

We are looking to select a group of youth who represent the diversity of Santa Clara County across race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, lived experience, ability, and socio-economic status.

If you would like to become an active community advocate for youth mental health with the goal of raising awareness, reducing stigma, encouraging young people to seek help early and educating the broader community about youth mental health, applications are due by February 15, 2019.

To learn more about headspace please click here: https://med.stanford.edu/psychiatry/special-initiatives/headspace.html

SJ Engage is San José Public Library's program powered by LRNG to inspire social action and local civic engagement of young people ages 13-24 within their communities and to unlock a multitude of real-world opportunities. Benefits of Participating in SJ Engage include:

  • Internships with local and state leaders.
  • Opportunities to shadow local non-profit organizations focused on immigration, housing, mental health and gun reform.
  • Learning new skills to boost your resume.
  • Earn volunteer hours when you complete SJ Engage.
  • Accessible on all mobile devices.
  • Flexible hours so you can participate while waiting in line at Starbucks or taking a YouTube break.
  • Hone your public speaking skills by speaking at a City Council meeting.
  • FREE!

SVCE Youth Ambassador

Silicon Valley Clean Energy, the renewable energy provider for 13 Bay Area communities, is building a network of youth ambassadors to spread information about climate change and being more environmentally friendly. SVCE Youth Ambassadors are leaders of environmental stewardship in their local communities.

The general responsibilities of Youth Ambassadors include, but are not limited to:

    • Being role models of environmental stewardship in their local communities
    • Creating articulate content about climate change, global warming, and methods to reduce carbon footprint
    • Organizing presentations at their own schools, as well as at middle and elementary schools in the area
    • Presenting at local community events
    • Collecting feedback and information about audience habits with regards to environmentalism

If you are interested in being an SVCE Youth Ambassador, please email Kaushik.tota@svcleanenergy.org. For more information about SVCE, please visit svcleanenergy.org.”

Santa Clara County Democratic Party

The Santa Clara County Democratic Party has exciting volunteer and internship opportunities available for students who are interested in learning more about civic engagement, public policy, and political campaigns or who are seeking to fulfill community service hours requirements. Sign up to volunteer by visiting bit.ly/dems2018 or apply for an internship by visiting bit.ly/dems2018intern.

Interested in becoming a volunteer or an intern at CreaTV San Jose? We offer a variety of volunteer and internship opportunities that provide hands-on training and experience in digital media production, programming and marketing.

Production volunteers and interns learn how to produce digital media in our HD production studio, hone their skills on our Your TV practice show, participate in field shoots at local community events, and more! Marketing volunteers and interns assist the Marketing Director in social media site management, event promotion and public relations. Programming interns support our cable and online content, manage various types of media, create content promoting CreaTV and bolster the variety of programming airing on the channels we manage.

Sunday Friends - Volunteer

Sunday Friends has been offering day-long programs on Sundays that bring together very low-income families to work together, learn together, earn together, make spending decisions together and share in the healthy, warm, productive, mutually-supportive community.

Family members engage in hands-on learning activities, create gifts for children in hospitals and for nursing home residents, and prepare and serve healthy meals. They attend classes on financial literacy, parenting effectiveness, English literacy, health, nutrition, violence prevention, computer skills, and STEM education. Through their participation, family members earn “tickets”, the currency of Sunday Friends, redeemable for essential goods from the Treasure Chest.

Age 16+. (Mature 15 year olds are welcome). Volunteer to help with mentally, physically, and/or developmentally disabled children and adults.

To become a volunteer you need to attend a training session with Via Services. To register for the training, go to their website. Questions? Contact Gray Davis at gdavis@viaservices.org or P: 408-243-7861

Volunteers needed to help with assembling packets for future donors, data entry, making phones call to follow up with physicians to send highly sensitive medical information, and many other tasks. Help needed for all hours during the week between 8 and 5, but there is some flexible work that could be brought home. To volunteer, please contact Lourdes Chicas at 408-638-2846. Or email lourdes.chicas@mothersmilk.org

Flexible assignments and locations depending on availability and where you live. Work with hospice patients at monthly events, including activities such as arts & crafts, music and games. Contact Cynthia.carlson@vitas.com for details.

Are you interested in the justice system? Participate in Peer Court as a mock attorney, bailiff, clerk, or juror. Attend either one and learn all about trials and juvenile justice. No registration required; just show up and participate. Must bring two signed permission slips, which are the last two pages of the pdf. Need the latest schedule or answers to questions? Call Mr. Hector Sanchez, Probation Community Worker at 408-771-9972 or Hector.Sanchez@pro.sccgov.org

Are you a friendly, energetic individual that enjoys working with children? To be part of Team Teal you need to be at least 16 years old, or entering your sophomore year in high school. You make a commitment to 50 hours of service over a calendar year, offering the opportunity be an integral part of our visitor services. You are required to attend a volunteer orientation.

Volunteer at on-going and Book Sale events. Ages 13+.

Korean Baptist Church of San Jose

Volunteers are needed possibly every Friday for 2 hours to provide homework assistance and help with math and reading for children in grades K-6. Volunteer tutors work with youngsters on a one-to-one or small group basis in the areas of reading, math and English as a second language.

When: Every Friday, 5pm-7pm Where: Korean Baptist Church of San Jose, 1056 Pinewood Dr. San Jose

Who: Anyone who is friendly and has a heart for children

Contact: Joy Hong (Director) 408.209.3264 or joyhong1@sbcglobal.net

Business Explorers Post

Are you interested in a career in business? Do you want to develop essential personal finance skills? Looking for an internship/job shadowing opportunity with finance professionals?

We will meet every month to explore a career in business, develop personal finance skills, meet guest speakers, and more.

For more information contact Susan Vinh at: susan.vinh@scouting.org

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Explorers Post 777

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month to learn about medicine through guest speakers, field trips, and more! Contact us at "Medical Explorers Post 777" on Facebook and medexp777@gmail.com for more info.

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Explorers Post 911

We are a group affiliated with Boy Scouts that aims to inspire young adults in the medical field by holding guest speaker events, volunteering events, medical tours, first-aid/CPR training, and other activities. Meetings on Tuesday evenings.

If interested, we would greatly appreciate it if you could come to the meeting with this application filled out to join our post: http://www.mac-bsa.org/Post/sections/134/Files/ExploringYouthApplication.pdf Please send any questions to: yashvshroff@gmail.com

Valley Medical Center - Medical Explorers Post 751

Group meets fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:00-7:30 PM at Valley Medical Center in the Valley Specialty Center Basement BQ160. For more information contact Jackie Lowther: Jackie.lowther@hhs.sccgov.org

Cadets gain field experience by assisting members of the San Jose Police Department. Cadet meetings are held every Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm. Cadets are required to put in 15 volunteer hours each month.

The Outdoor Science School is seeking energetic & responsible high school volunteers throughout the school year.

  • Receive up to 60 hours of community service for one week of volunteering!
  • Supervise & lead 5th & 6th grade students during their week of Science School.
  • Ensure the safety and well being of your group of ten students while on trail, during evening activities, & overnight in the cabin.
  • Serve as assistants to naturalists during daily field study hikes.
  • Application Instructions:
  • Find a week that works for you and your school
  • Print the Cabin Leader Application
  • Complete Applicant Information and Questions
  • Have your Parent/Guardian complete the Service Learning Permission Form
  • Have your teachers and school administrators sign the Service Learning Permission Form
  • Scan and email your application to cabinleaderinfo@santacruzcoe.org or take pictures with your phone and text them to (831) 291 – 3997


Come experience the week of a lifetime as a volunteer cabin leader at YMCA Camp Campbell’s Outdoor Science School! 5th and 6th graders from all over the Bay Area come to our beautiful camp in the redwoods each week, and they need leaders like you to ensure they have an amazing experience! Gain leadership experience through guiding a cabin of 5th and 6th grade students, along with support from the staff at YMCA Camp Campbell, who are onsite 24 hours a day.

Earn 87 hours of community service- and have a great time doing it!

Candidates must be at least 16 years old, a sophomore in high school, and in good academic standing. School permission required when applicable. Fingerprinting required for volunteers 18 and older. Contact:Eric Weiss; cabinleader@gmail.com or (831) 338-2128 ext. 1415. Online application form

Santa Clara County Office of Education, Walden West - Cabin Leader

Walden West is looking for enthusiastic, passionate positive role models to be cabin leaders for the 5th/6th grade outdoor school. Volunteers are needed all school year and must be available to spend an entire week at our program. Potential volunteers can apply online at www.waldenwest.org/volunteer anytime for any week during the school year.