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Ways To Serve In A Coronavirus World

With a global pandemic, many aspects of our daily lives have changed. One of the most prominent issues students are facing is how to serve others. Whether you’re in need of service hours through opportunities provided and vetted by CB Christian Service or you just want to give back to other organizations during this difficult […]

With a global pandemic, many aspects of our daily lives have changed. One of the most prominent issues students are facing is how to serve others. Whether you’re in need of service hours through opportunities provided and vetted by CB Christian Service or you just want to give back to other organizations during this difficult time, check out this list of various opportunities and ways to get involved in service.

S.A.L.T.

The Social Action Leadership Team, more commonly known as S.A.L.T. among the Christian Brothers community, is a service club with many opportunities to get involved in. Last year, their main focus was raising money for our sister school in Ethiopia through the weekly coffee shop, but now that school is virtual, the club has gotten creative with how they will serve this year.

There are many opportunities offered under S.A.L.T. For those that would like to gain service hours and participate in several weeks long projects, their workshops might be for you! Each week they will be hosting a workshop for one hour to teach or work on a certain skill. After three weeks pass by, you will be invited to participate in the Falcon Drop off Drives to drop off the items you have worked on to donate. The first drop off drive will be held October 3rd from 9 AM to 12 PM. Seasonal Falcon Drop off Drives include the Canned Food Drive in November and the Toy Drive in December, so be on the lookout for those dates on Schoology.

Through the Falcon Grape Vine is another opportunity under S.A.L.T.’s umbrella. Join in on discussions about stewardship and creative ways students are getting involved in service.

For more information contact cbhs.salt@gmail.com or Ms. Grapé through Schoology.

Haven for Birth

Haven for Birth is a Birth Justice project with the goal of improving the outcomes of maternal death especially for Black, Indigenous, and women of color that have a significantly higher rate of maternal deaths. This project focuses on helping the Oak Park and Meadowview communities.

Some options for anyone interested in getting involved in this project include painting murals, working the daycare while parents are in classes, and organizing the clothes closet.

For virtual opportunities, you can also attend classes online to learn to macrame teethers and then drop them off at Haven for Birth.

If you don’t have the time to volunteer, Haven for Birth is accepting donations of diapers, wipes, sanitizing stuff, nursing, feminine hygiene products, onesies, and clothing.

For more information contact info@havenforbirth.org

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services

The Sacramento Food Bank has many options for service ranging from organizing donations for the clothes closet to bagging food and distributing it to families and individuals in need of produce and take-home groceries. Anyone who wants to volunteer for the Food Bank must either be at least 15 years of age or be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

It should be noted that this is an in-person volunteering opportunity and you will need to wear a mask and follow CDC guidelines in order to participate in this opportunity.

For more information visit https://www.sacramentofoodbank.org/become-a-volunteer or contact volunteer@sacramentofoodbank.org

Wellspring Women’s Center

Although CB’s Wellspring Breakfast club is unable to meet on campus this semester, that doesn’t mean you can’t still volunteer at the Wellspring Women’s Center in Oak Park! Wellspring is collecting donations such as new clothing items, grocery gift cards, bus passes, and more. You can also sign up to prepare and deliver food or work in the center passing out grab and go meals.

For more information visit https://www.wellspringwomen.org/ or contact volunteer@wellspringwomen.org

Venaver LIVE

For those that have the time to spend serving for a full week, make sure to apply for a virtual Venaver with in-person service opportunities in the Sacramento area. There will be several Venaver LIVEs this year starting with the Los Angeles Venaver in January, El PasoVenaver in February, Yakima Venaver in March, and Blackfeet Venaver in April. Each Venaver that would normally take place in these locations has a different focus for service. El Paso, for example, focuses on the Southern Border from a humanitarian perspective.

For more details surrounding each of the Venavers and to fill out the application, see Schoology and contact Ms. Grapé.

Smithsonian Digital Volunteer

Looking for a fully digital opportunity for service? This opportunity is for you! Sign up to be a Smithsonian digital volunteer to help the Smithsonian Museums in transcribing historical documents in an effort to make resources more accessible in an online format.

Being a digital volunteer means you will be responsible for typing out letters and other historical documents from a picture. You can also check over another volunteer’s work or translate the document to a different language. And all you history buffs will be excited to hear that you can also choose from a wide assortment of documents based on your interest in the particular area of history!

For more information visit https://transcription.si.edu/

The Giving Sun

The Giving Sun is a local nonprofit organization started by Christian Brothers senior Mariana Garcia (’21). The Giving Sun’s focus is on spreading awareness about the housing crisis and providing necessities to the unhoused.

Volunteer opportunities include writing articles for their website and social media, donating supplies to be distributed to the unhoused population in the Sacramento area, or participating in outreach opportunities.

For more information visit www.thegivingsun.org or contact thegivingsunproject@gmail.com

Election Poll Worker

Yet another great way to serve is through becoming an election poll worker! This is a great way to fulfill your civic duty and get involved in serving our community. Just because you are a high school student does not mean you cannot make a difference! Anyone 16 years or older who is a resident of California and has a 2.5 GPA or higher can apply to be a poll worker.

Although the specifics of a poll worker’s duties vary by location, most poll workers set up and prepare the polling location, welcoming voters, verifying voter registrations, and issuing ballots.

For more information visit https://www.eac.gov/help-america-vote and make sure to fill out an application here: https://elections.saccounty.net/Documents/Student-Poll-Worker-Application.pdf

Donate or Volunteer at your local animal shelter

Many animal shelters are in need of donations right now. One way you can help out is by collecting old newspapers to be used in kennels. During the holiday season, you can also make dog biscuits or catnip toys, wrap them up in seasonal decor and donate to a shelter near you. Additionally, some shelters are seeking volunteers so check out their websites for ways to sign up for in-person volunteer opportunities.

Sacramento SPCA: https://www.sspca.org/volunteer

Front Street Animal Shelter: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Community-Development/Animal-Care/Volunteer

Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary: http://www.happytails.org/

Placer SPCA: https://placerspca.org/

Other Opportunities

Feel like getting in the holiday spirit with October just around the corner? Enjoy volunteering from the comfort of your home by painting faces on pumpkins! Once you’ve completed this fun and easy task, donate your little friends to a local nursing home, hospital, or other charity to help bring the spooky spirit alive. Still feeling festive? Write thank-you notes to essential workers to show off that Thanksgiving spirit! More of a Christmas fan? Make holiday cards and deliver them to a local nursing home to help spread that holiday cheer!

Here are several additional resources to find alternate opportunities where you can thrive. Below are websites for a few organizations dedicated to helping you find the right fit for all of your service needs.

Californians for All https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/signup/

Volunteer Match https://www.volunteermatch.org/

Hands on Sacramento https://www.handsonsacto.org/

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