Read Across America

February 27 - March 6

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child, in every community to celebrate reading in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Join MiraCosta College faculty, staff, and students, as we go to local elementary schools to read to children!

Reading Opportunities include:

This opportunity is hosted by the Service Learning & Volunteer Center. For more information or to sign up, contact Amanda Cordova at 760-795-6616 or acordova@miracosta.edu.

Calendar of Volunteer Events

Operation Hope is a cold-weather homeless shelter for single women and families with children. Volunteers are needed to help with reception desk, homework tutoring, make a craft, hang out with kids (playing indoors and outdoors, reading or just listening to them.) Various shifts are available--weekdays and weekends. For more information contact Rose at 760-583-0678 or email volunteer@operationhopeshelter.org. The shelter is located at 859 Vista Way, Vista, CA.

Ivey Ranch Elementary School needs classroom math support in 4th grade. The volunteers would be in the classroom with the teacher offering student support. Help is needed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:25-2:00. Contact Dieter Swank at dieter.swank@oside.us.

Angel’s Depot needs volunteers to help sort and pack food. For exact dates and times, contact Rick Cunningham at 760-599-7093 or volunteer4us@theangelsdepot.org.

The Glenner Guardian Angels of San Diego County needs volunteers to partner with senior(s) for a minimum of 3 hours per month. Tasks with the seniors would include mind games, music, bingo, walking outside with the residents, arts and crafts, puzzles, and more. Volunteers must be dependable, flexible, sensitive, capable of handling emergencies, and at least 18 years old. Volunteers also must pass a background check, paid for by the organization. To get started, fill out the volunteer application at www.guardianangelvolunteers.org.

Saturday, February 28, 12:00pm - 10:00pm: ON CAMPUS OPPORTUNITY! MiraCosta College needs volunteers for the Soul Fusion Concert: Jazz, Gospel, and R&B Fundraiser. Volunteer duties will be broken up into shifts in order to provide breaks in between with refreshments and snacks provided. Volunteer duties include setting up tables, seating guests (regular and VIP), registering guests, assisting with raffle/silent auction, taking down tables, and clean up. Volunteer dress code is white top (preferably button-up) and black pants. Contact Jennifer Hays at jhays95@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 5, 5:00pm - 8:00pm: Kelly Elementary School needs volunteers for their Science Night. Help is needed in monitoring exhibits, exhibitor activities, and helping Kelly Cougars perform hands-on Science Explorer experiments provided by the Kelly Elementary Science Night Experiment Committee. Contact Suzi at suzi@biologyclassroom.com.

Sunday, March 8, 11:00am - 2:00pm: Temple Solel is holding its annual Purim Carnival at 3575 Manchester Avenue in Cardiff. Volunteers are needed to work carnival booths (bowling, can smash, duck pond) - taking tickets and assisting children while they are playing that game. Lots of fun and you will be helping raise money for the school! Contact Ellen Fox at 760-334-1465 or efox@templesolel.net.

Friday, March 13, 3:00pm - 6:00pm: Project REACH Libby Lake, Oceanside Police Department, and the City of Oceanside are partnering together to host the 2nd Annual Celebration of Life Event at Libby Lake Park. Volunteers are needed to help with the event as far as face painting, making balloon animals, serving food, working a popcorn machine, supervising a party jumper, and cleaning up. Contact Jimmy Figueroa at 760-631-5000 x7137 or jfigueroa@vistacommunityclinic.org.

Saturday, March 14, 8:00am - 1:00pm: MAAC Project Head Start-Parent Involvement needs volunteers for a big Kite Flying event at the Oceanside Harbor. Contact Rebecca Kirkpatrick at 760-471-4210 or rkirkpatrick@maacproject.org.

Saturday, March 14, 8:00am - 1:00pm: Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation will be having their annual Tip Top Run featuring the World Water Day Festival. Run starts at 8:30 and the festival begins at 9 at the Discovery Center. This celebrates the health of the lagoon and promotes sustainable water practices. Details found at www.aguahedionda.org. Contact Samantha at samantha@aguahedionda.org.

March 16 - 20: TERI Inc. needs help for several garden projects during spring break. Volunteer tasks will include light weed removal, planting of landscape plants, moving existing soil to flatten our a slight slope, planting citrus trees, prepping soil with mulch and compost, planting and fertilizing trees, light construction work, and much more. Contact Carrie LeCompte at 760-277-4998 or carriel@teriinc.org.

Tuesday, March 17, 8:15am - 3:30pm: A team of MiraCosta College students are doing a build with Habitat for Humanity. All volunteer must be at least 16 years old and MiraCosta College students. Space is very limited. Contact Amanda Cordova at 760-795-6616 or acordova@miracosta.edu.

Saturday, March 21, 9:00am - 1:00pm: San Elijo Lagoon Platoon needs help with their upcoming habitat restoration project. Volunteers can sign up to receive details at http://sanelijo.org/restoration-events-signup. Contact Nick Regoli at 760-436-3944 x 709 or nick@sanelijo.org.

Saturday, March 28, 8:00am - 12:00pm: Noah's Ark Learning Center needs volunteers for their "FIRST Work Day." Light cleaning of facility, tools provided. Lunch will be provided to volunteers. Contact Peg Hughes at least 5 days before the event at 760-724-5445 or peg@noahsarkvista.com.

Monday, April 13: Glenner Memory Care Centers needs volunteers for their fundraiser Golf Tournament at the La Jolla Country Club. There will be auction prizes, putting contest, and so much more. Contact Mark Maxwell at 619-543-4700 or mmaxwell@glenner.org.

Saturday, April 18: ON CAMPUS OPPORTUNITY! MiraCosta College's Service Learning and Volunteer Center is hosting the 10th Annual Community Science Fair. This community event offers free hands-on learning activities, attracting approximately 500 kids and their families. We're looking for instructors and students to plan and facilitate educational activities. With your help this event will offer a fun-filled afternoon of interactive science activities for children grades K-8. More information about this event can be found here. Contact Amanda Cordova at 760-795-6616 or acordova@miracosta.edu.

Sunday, April 19, 2:00pm - 8:00pm: Temple Solel needs volunteers for the Shir Energy Music festival. They are looking for 10 volunteers to help with set-up, check in, and tear down. 3-hour shifts are available throughout the day. Training provided the day of the event. Free admission provided to volunteers. Contact Judy Bricker at jbricker@templesolel.net.

Friday, April 24: MAAC Project Head Start-Parent Involvement needs volunteers for the Home Base Spring Festival. Contact Rebecca Kirkpatrick at 760-471-4210 or rkirkpatrick@maacproject.org.

Saturday, April 25, 9:00am - 12:00pm: San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy needs help with their Creek to Bay Cleanup. Volunteers can sign up to receive details at http://sanelijo.org/restoration-events-signup. Contact Nick Regoli at 760-436-3944 x 709 or nick@sanelijo.org.

Saturday, May 16: MAAC Project Head Start-Parent Involvement needs volunteers for the Families Train and Boat Ride. This event starts at the Oceanside Train Station, going to Coronado and coming back to Oceanside. Contact Rebecca Kirkpatrick at 760-471-4210 or rkirkpatrick@maacproject.org.

Saturday, May 23: The San Dieguito Heritage Museum will host its 27th Annual Deep-Pit BBQ on the museum grounds at 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. Volunteers are needed to help set up tables & chairs, help serve food, teardown and clean-up. This is the first of two big fundraisers of the year. They can use all kinds of help. You can contact the museum office at 760-632-9711 or email barb@sdheritage.org.

Sunday, May 24, 6:00am - 6:00pm: North County Lifeline needs volunteers to help sell strawberry lemonade at the Strawberry Festival in Vista. Various shifts are available throughout the day, prepping and selling strawberry lemonade. Contact Melissa Alcazar at 760-842-6254 or malcazar@nclifeline.org.

Saturday, May 30, 9:00am - 12:00pm: Noah's Ark Learning Center needs volunteers for their "Helping Hands Day." Painting and light cleaning of preschool facility, side-by-side parents and children. Snacks/drinks will be provided to volunteers. Contact Peg Hughes at least 5 days before the event at 760-724-5445 or peg@noahsarkvista.com.