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Los Altos Patch Readers: Tell Me Where To Volunteer

More suggestions, please! Patch's 'Give 5' program means Los Altos Patch's editor gets time to volunteer at local organizations. Tell me where I should volunteer and why. I could be yours for a day!

What would the world do without volunteers? Nowhere is that more true than in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, which seems to run on volunteers in order to offer the wealth of activities and resources we have. 

Volunteering is also the bedrock of Patch's mission. Patch's "Give 5" program gives employees five days a year to volunteer in community organizations. 

In Los Altos or Los Altos Hills, it's not a question of whether there is a place to volunteer, it's a question of how to choose among many places. 

Patch editors have two more "Give 5" days left in the year: Sept. 15 and Nov 17.

So, I think readers should tell me. 

Write in the comments below, or send an email to lachung@patch.com (either is fine, unless you write long, then the comment box may hold you back).

I've volunteered at , pulling weeds and thinning beets from the organic farm. It's the volunteerism that makes community here.

What next? ? 4-H Riding for the Handicapped? The Pet Parade preparation? The Holiday Parade, or ? There are a myriad of organizations, so speak up for yours.  

Vicki Reeder August 30, 2011 at 03:47 PM
L.A., you can volunteer to usher at Bus Barn Stage Company and catch the hot new show, Shout! The Mod Musical. Ushers meet, greet and seat the guests on our brand-new re-cushioned theater chairs. On September 15, you could come early and get the scoop on the Follies fund raiser in rehearsal at 4:30 PM; you could be my prop wrangler and LYAO as we practice for the shows set for October 6, 7, 8! Photo opps too!
Mary Gospe August 30, 2011 at 03:57 PM
How about GreenTown Los Altos? We have several upcoming events you can participate in. Sept. 13 - help take a baseline inventory of bikes at local schools for our Walk or Wheel (WoW!) program; Sept. 17 - help clean up our adopted section of Permanente Creek; Sept. 18 - assist at our wine and cheese event at a beautiful sustainable home in Los Altos Hills; or Sept. 24 - assist with our Moving Planet event - biking or walking from Hillview to four sustainable sites in Los Altos: the Packard Foundation building, Almond School’s Living Classroom Garden, Los Altos High School’s solar panels, and to the Riveropolis at the History Museum. For more information, email marketing@greentownlosaltos.org.
K.Gabrielle Tiemann August 30, 2011 at 05:14 PM
The Los Altos Senior Center, located at 97 Hillview Ave., is always looking for Volunteers of all ages. At the present we are looking for a Drop-in Technology Guru, a Chefs Assistant and a Gardner. email us at: SeniorCenter@losaltosca.gov or call us at 650-947-2797.......Gabrielle
Joanne Jacobs August 30, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Avenidas needs reading tutors to help K-3 students at schools in Los Altos, Mountain View and elsewhere. Last school year, I worked with two first graders for 30 minutes apiece twice a week. Contact Michael Kass (mkass@avenidas.org).
L.A. Chung (Editor) August 31, 2011 at 05:20 AM
Wow, there are a lot of opportunities here, and quite varied. Keep 'em coming, folks! I will be able to fill out the rest of my calendar this way -- and perhaps give others some ideas as well!
Ann Krueger Spivack August 31, 2011 at 09:17 PM
You could make sock monkeys for hospitalized children and have a few laughs with the lovely Monkey Toy Ladies who meet every Monday at 9:30 am at the Los Altos Senior Center.
Erin September 01, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Hidden Villa needs volunteer farm and wilderness guides! If you enjoy working with children and being outdoors, this is a great opportunity. New Volunteer Orientation on September 10 from 10am - 3 pm. Check out this video for more info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJnp-timhYc
Nicole Baldocchi September 01, 2011 at 04:02 AM
You could also volunteer in a classroom for a day at your alma mater -- Montclaire Elementary School.
L.A. Chung (Editor) September 01, 2011 at 04:09 AM
I could volunteer in a Montclaire classroom for a day, but it is not at my alma mater. Montclaire, indeed, serves my old neighborhood. My alma mater, however, is now called Grant Park, once known as Grant School.
Nicole Baldocchi September 01, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Oh, that's right! That's totally my fault, not sure why I thought that. My apologies! Another idea would be to volunteer with a local boy or girl scout troop. Or, when I was a kid in my girl scout troop, we used to pick a spot in our favorite park, get permission, and start planting a pretty garden and cleaning up.
Rick Lanman September 01, 2011 at 05:06 AM
L.A., you should help out at Redwood Grove where Acterra steward Junko Bryant organizes volunteers to restore Adobe Creek's riparian native plants - 2nd and last Saturday of most months. Check Acterra's website for times/dates.

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