With summer here, what’s a better way to spend some free time than volunteering? Whether you’re a high schooler in need of service hours or an adult who just wants to help, volunteering is a great way to contribute to your community! Here are some local opportunities to get you started.
Chino Hills State Park
Have an interest and passion for nature? Have a desire to learn more about a state park? The Chino Hills State Park Volunteer Program focuses on interpreting the cultural and environmental concepts of the park and restoring the habitat. In addition, they also assist the public by providing general information and enforcing the park’s rules and regulations.
Volunteers must fulfill these requirements:
• Be a minimum of 18 years old
• Commit to at least eight hours of service per month
• Complete volunteer paperwork
• Clear a criminal history background check
• Have a valid driver’s license
If you love animals, this is certainly the place for you! Pets Are Worth Saving (“PAWS”), is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help all adoptable animals find safe, permanent homes. Volunteers must be over the age of 18, or at least 16 years old with parental consent. Responsibilities include feeding and cleaning the animals, walking the dogs, and assisting with activism projects.
Diamond Bar Library
Volunteering is vital to the health of a library by providing much needed support to the community that relies on library services. Anyone who has an interest in libraries and books can be a volunteer. There is no age requirement, and as long as you can accomplish the assigned activities, you’ll be welcomed. Tasks include restocking books, helping children with homework, and holding events such as book sales.
Cat Socializer at Rancho Cucamonga’s Animal Services
Another animal lover’s opportunity is available at Rancho Cucamonga’s animal shelter, which is looking for individuals to care and love their feline inhabitants. As a volunteer, you’ll be responsible for cleaning the free-roaming cat rooms and grooming, feeding, and of course, socializing and playing with the cats. Volunteers must be age 18 or older and attend a mandatory orientation before they begin.
Chino Summer Nights
Volunteer while watching a movie! Chino needs volunteers for their annual summer movie nights, every Friday throughout June and July from 4:00-8:30 PM. Help manage booths, set up tables, and enjoy an evening in the park with your community! You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer.
Whether it’s an academic requirement or you just want to do your part, there are numerous great reasons to volunteer. Those that benefit from your help will still be happy you did, no matter what your reason is!
For an additional list of nonprofits that could use a helping hand, visit www.wcmagazines.com for local fundraising events that would welcome your community involvement.
Katherine Truong is an editorial intern