Volunteer Opportunities

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The Huntington Beach Fire Department charges for emergency medical services and ambulance transportation.  However, residents can join the FireMed Program and protect their out-of-pocket costs!  Read more about the FireMed Program.


Volunteers are an integral part of the city programs offered to local citizens. Without the donation of dedicated volunteer service, many activities now provided would not be available. Volunteer today. You must be 16 or older.

Administration

  • There are many advisory boards, commissions, and committees which provide specific input and expertise to City Council on various aspects of the city such as recreation and parks, finance, historic resources, mobile home parks, arts, etc. Application available online or call (714-536- 5553).

Community Services

Huntington Beach Community Services Volunteers make life better for Huntington Beach residents through a wide variety of activities, teaching classes, transporting seniors, delivering and serving meals, crafting, office support and more.  In 2014 over 500 volunteers served over 56,300 volunteer hours, an in kind contribution to the City of  The City of Huntington Beach of 1.5 million dollars! View our Volunteers Make Life Better video.

  • Adopt-A-Beach Program - Beach Maintenance Operations, along with a corporate sponsor, conduct two beach cleanups a year: Earth Day every April, and Coastal Cleanup Day every September. Help clean up the environment, recycle and learn how litter affects fish and wildlife (714-536-5281).
  • Art Center - Assist with mailings and support work for Art Center and other cultural affairs programs (714-536- 5258).
  • Art Center Fundraising - Assist in raising private donations for the Art Center, including corporate, business, and individual sponsors, as well as fundraising events (714-536-5258).
  • Friday Nite Funtime Dances - Developmentally disabled teens and adults participate in dances on the third Friday of each month at Edison Community Center. Adult chaperones are needed. Youth group service projects/ hours welcome (714-960-8870).
  • Historical Society/Newland House Museum - Conduct docent tours of the historic Newland House; serve as greeter or assistant at special events; assist with membership program (714-642-6839).
  • Human Relations Cultural Diversity - Assist in fundraising and special event activities to promote and celebrate diversity in the community (714-536-5486).
  • Huntington Dog Beach - The area designated for dogs on the city beach is between Goldenwest and Seapoint Streets. This is a very popular spot for visitors to enjoy the beach with their dogs. Help educate and maintain this beach. Call Friends of Dog Beach (714-841- 8644). www.dogbeach.org
  • Project Self-Sufficiency - A community program to assist Huntington Beach, low-income, single-parent families achieve economic self sufficiency through education and training. PSS uses community volunteers to arrange food drives for the food pantry, volunteer for events such as The Beach Derby (http://www.beachderby.com), and participate in the Annual Adopt-A-Family Program for Thanksgiving and Christmas (714-536-5263) or email bbeisner@surfcity-hb.org.
  • Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation - Through various community fundraising opportunities The PS-S Foundation Board raises funds to support Project Self Sufficiency participants. PSS participants access basic resources such as scholarships, child care reimbursement, transportation assistance and the food pantry. For more information on how to donate or to volunteer for Foundation Events please visit the Foundation website www.projectselfsufficiency.com.

Senior Services

Huntington Beach Community Services Volunteers make life better for Huntington Beach residents through a wide variety of activities, teaching classes, transporting seniors, delivering and serving meals, crafting, office support and more.  In 2014 over 500 volunteers served over 56,300 volunteer hours, an in kind contribution to the City of  The City of Huntington Beach of 1.5 million dollars! To volunteer and make positive change in the community, contact Teri Simonis (714-374-1544) or tsimonis@surfcity-hb.org  View our Volunteers Make Life Better Video.

  • Huntington Beach Council on Aging (HBCOA) - The HBCOA volunteers enhance the dignity and quality of life of seniors through comprehensive support, education and advocacy. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month
  • Outlook on Active Aging - Meet monthly to prepare seniors' newsletter.
  • Holiday Meals - Deliver meals to homebound seniors.
  • HandyCrafters - Meet each Friday to create items for sale at boutiques.
  • Seniors' Meals-to-the-Home - Three meals delivered to in-need seniors Monday through Friday.
  • Seniors' Miscellaneous Activities - Help with dances
  • Senior Services Transportation - Morning and afternoon shifts, driving seniors to appointments. Training, vehicle, and radio phone provided.
  • Seniors' Singing Goodtimers - Group performs at convalescent hospitals, retirement homes, etc.
  • Senior Services Office Support - Answer phones and provide information and referrals to seniors in the community.

Shipley Nature Center

  • Participate in Restoration Day activities including weeding, planting, and other tasks. Restoration Days are held the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (www.shipleynature.org)

Sister City Association

  • Become involved in cultural exchange with Huntington Beach sister cities - Anjo, Japan and Manly, NSW, Australia. Assist with youth exchange program, special events for visiting delegations, and fundraising events.

Youth Sports

  • Coaches are needed for boys and girls baseball, basketball, volleyball, and football teams on weekday afternoons and Saturdays. Volunteers will be LiveScan fingerprinted. Contact Erin Burke (714-960-8884) or erin.burke@surfcity-hb.org. Youth sports volunteer coaches must have a child or sibling on the team.

Fire Department

  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) - Disaster preparedness for yourself, family and neighborhood. Free classes in First Aid, Search & Rescue, Sheltering, etc. (714- 536-5974).
  • CERT Volunteer Positions - FCC-licensed radio operators, certified disaster service workers, and speakers are needed to assist CERT (714-536-5974).
  • Project SHIP (Senior Housing Inspection Program) - Take training to become safety inspectors at seniors' homes (714-536-5419).

Library

  • Adult Literacy Tutors - Help an adult with reading, writing and speaking. Tutor training workshops April, July, October and January (714-375-5102).
  • Adult Literacy Services - Volunteers help adults improve their basic reading, writing, and speaking skills. Literacy offers tutor training workshops at Central Library. After participants successfully complete the workshop, they are matched with adult learners for weekly two-hour tutoring sessions on a schedule to be determined by them (714-375-5114).
  • Branches - Assist staff with shelving books, assisting patrons to find materials and checking materials in and out. Assist students with homework.
    • Banning Branch (714-375-5005)
    • Murphy Branch (714 375-5006)
    • Main Street Branch (714-375-5071)
    • Oak View Branch (714-375-5068)
  • Children's Library -Teen volunteers work year round. The library needs teens to clean, straighten and shelve books. Teens are also welcome to read aloud to children one-on-one or in small groups (714-375-5114).

    Additionally, through the Grandparents and Books program, volunteers read to children and assist at regular children's events.

    In the summer, the library has additional teen volunteer opportunities during the Summer Reading Program. Applications for summer volunteers are available each year at the Children's Desk or online beginning May 1.

    An orientation is held for prospective volunteers on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in the Tabby Theater.

  • Circulation and Media Services (714-375-5114)
    • Shelving: Help organize, shelve and straighten books and Media materials, and perform routine shelf checks to ensure materials have been processed correctly. Knowledge of basic alphabetical and numerical filing is required.
    • Book Holds: Process books to be placed on the hold shelf for pick-up, and when needed, call patrons to remind them that their book is available to checkout. Volunteers will pull cancelled books, file hold slips and perform other duties that support the Circulation Services Desk. An orientation is held for prospective volunteers on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm in the Tabby Theater.
  • Friends of the Children's Library - Joining the Friends of the Children's Library (FOTCL) provides a variety of ways to participate. This support group is dedicated to promoting children's interest in literature, reading and use of the library. They sponsor fun, educational and literary events for children that include: the Festival of Folktales, which kicks off the Summer Reading Program; an Annual Authors Festival; the Grandparents and Books program; and a special event, such as a magic or puppet show, each month. The FOTCL is instrumental in organizing the annual Taste of Huntington Beach, which is a major fundraiser for the Children's Library. The FOTCL holds an open meeting the first Friday of each month at 9:15 am at the Central Library (714-375-5114).
  • Friends of the Library - This volunteer group coordinates and manages fundraising projects that are essential to the library's book collection and programming. Please join them in supporting your library through:

    • General Membership - Become a member for a nominal fee.
    • The Friends Gift Shop - Staff or assist in the general operations of the store.
    • Used Books Sales - Prepare, sort and price books at the Friends Workplace or staff the Used Books Sale desk. (714-375-5114)
  • Homework Club - With the supervision of the Homework Club Coordinator, volunteers will help elementary and junior high students complete homework assignments and improve their study skills. Homework Club is offered at various library locations and times during the week (714-375-5114).
  • Family Literacy Program - This program is based at Oak View Branch Library and needs volunteers to help parents learn to understand, speak, read and write English. Volunteers help parents reach many goals like reading with children, communicating with teachers or improving job skills. After attending a 15-hour tutor training workshop, volunteer tutors meet 1.5 - 2 hours weekly either one-on-one or with a small group of adults (714-375-5114).
  • Genealogy - Help O.C. California Genealogical Society with family research (714- 842-4481, ext. 2227).

Police Department

Call 714-536-5933 for any of the following programs:

  • Neighborhood Watch Board - Meet monthly to discuss programs or events they can assist with or organize. Serve as speakers at Block Meetings, and distribute crime prevention information at various events.
  • Neighborhood Watch Assembly - Assemble newsletters, prepare for mailing and distribution. Meets the 2nd Thursday at HBPD training room 8:00 to 11:30 am
  • Neighborhood Watch Speaker's Bureau - Speakers are needed to educate the community regarding crime prevention and conduct Neighborhood
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) - Retired members of the community must be 55 or older, and complete an RSVP Academy. RSVP's must donate 24 hours monthly. This is a uniformed assignment where volunteers provide a variety of services. They conduct vacation residence checks; remove illegal signs; staff front desk and substations; conduct station tours; visit schools; fingerprinting of children; distribute crime prevention pamphlets; assist with clerical assignments; etc. and represent the Police Dept. at various events.
  • Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) - Apply for this program upon successful completion of the Citizen's Academy. Requirements include donating at least 60 hours of service annually by assisting at special community events and Police Substations; distribute Neighborhood Watch newsletters; clerical assignments; etc.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

Monthly Restoration Events:

  • Monthly Restoration Day - Last Saturday of each month, from 9am - 12pm
  • Come join us in restoring Bolsa Chica: Our habitat restoration efforts include: removing trash and non-native plant species, planting native plant species, and raising public awareness and understanding about Bolsa Chica Wetlands and its importance to our community!  
  • What you need: close-toed shoes, water, sunscreen/hat. We provide tools and work gloves!  Questions about restoration events can be sent to Eric Paquette at eric@bolsachica.org.

Volunteer Training Days:

  • Gain experience, build your resume, make new friends, and help your community by volunteering with the Bolsa Chica Conservancy! Our volunteers are involved in many aspects of the organization, including leading educational tours and community-based habitat restoration projects, interpretive center hosting, and administrative work. To begin volunteering simply RSVP for a training event to Rebecca Fent at rebecca@bolsachica.org.
  • All sessions are from 1pm to 4pm.  Training sessions for 2015:
  • February 14th, March 14th, April 14th, May 2nd, June 13th, July 11th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, and December 5th. 

None of these events cost any money to attend, they are all free.  Both events take place at Bolsa Chica Conservancy:

3842 Warner Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Email rebecca@bolsachica.org with questions, or call our interpretive center (714) 846-1114

Amigos De Bolsa Chica

Amigos de Bolsa Chica volunteers understand that we have a stake in the environmental health of our community. We come from all walks of life including retirees, teachers, engineers, scientists, photographers, artists and business owners. We work together to lift the concept of volunteerism to the level of true inspiration and celebration. Without the Amigos de Bolsa Chica, the wetlands and beach would have become an exclusive marina surrounded by waterfront homes. Since 1976 our volunteers have accomplished many things for Bolsa Chica.

In the area of activism and advocacy:

  • We have attended and often spoke before all hearings of Coastal Commission that involved the Bolsa Chica.
  • We have spoken before city and county planning commissions and city council and county board of supervisors on matters that affect the Bolsa Chica.
  • We testified at legislative committee hearings in Sacramento regarding coastal protection, wetland and wildlife legislation.
  • We have monitored plans for nearby development that would impact on the Bolsa Chica wetlands and providing written and oral comments to permitting agencies.
  • We sponsored a major letter writing campaign in support of the State Lands Commission's acquisition of 880 acres of Bolsa Chica wetlands in 1997.
  • We have provided written and oral comments to state and federal agencies regarding the design and implementation of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands restoration plans.

For our efforts to inform the community:

  • We have sponsored many general information meetings to keep the public up to date on acquisitions and restoration in the Bolsa Chica.
  • We have sponsored technical workshops for Federal, State and local officials on the value of wetlands.
  • We published a 700 page oral history, Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.
  • We held "The Conference on Bolsa Chica: The Work Isn't Finished" on March 24, 2007.
  • We joined the California State Parks Cooperating Association in partnership with Bolsa Chica State Beach to bring attention to the relationship between the ocean and wetlands.
  • We are actively monitoring Bolsa Chica restoration projects.

For our ongoing education efforts:

  • We have provided private and public docent-led walking tours of the wetlands and off-site programs for schools, clubs, tourists and other organizations for over 30 years.
  • We have provided annual docent training in unique Bolsa Chica specific coursework.
  • We created the Coastal Wetlander Activity Book and won a bronze medal from the Independent Book Publishers Association in the Children’s Interactivity category for it.
  • We created the FLOW (Follow and Learn about the Ocean and Wetlands) program to monitor water quality in the wetland and ocean.
  • We published Bolsa Chica, Its History from Prehistoric Times to the Present written by Dr. David Carlberg.

Angelique Crest
Education Program Assistant
Amigos De Bolsa Chica
www.amigosdebolsachica.org

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