Holy Cross Service Program
This list is intended to aid students in pursuing opportunities for service. Please note - some organizations require a long-term commitment from the volunteer.
These projects include a wide variety of opportunities that will fit into the core project area, as well as the additional service requirements. Often a listing will be under one heading, but may provide additional opportunities (i.e. Emergency Housing Consortium is listed under "economically poor,” but opportunities to work with "children" are also available.)
Students are required to call to arrange an appointment. Students are recommended to contact the agencies in the summer or early in the school year to arrange service. Often there is an interview and an orientation to the facility. Students must be on time and work at the convenience of the agency. Agencies are not obligated to facilitate last minute calls.
When working with any program where there is ongoing contact with the same clients (i.e. children's programs, elderly), it is imperative that the students realize the obligation to be reliable about attendance. Relationships are formed and the clients are often very disappointed when the student does not "show up.”
By suggesting these agencies, we in no way guarantee any results. It is solely up to the student to investigate possibilities and ask questions. Student is responsible to make sure they get involved with a project that puts them in direct contact with clients.
Agencies that Work with Children
Flag Football Coaches and Referees for the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teams. One Game and One Practice per week mid Sep thru 1st week of Nov. 3:30 to 5:00 PM at one of the 6 elementary schools. Must commit to entire season. No football experience necessary. Coaching clinic will teach you the rules and how to Coach.
Contact 1: Vince at (408) 892-9193 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact 2: Jerry at (650) 906-0491 email@example.com
Teach elementary students Math through games and play! A wonderful volunteering opportunity for high school students to work closely with elementary students on improving and building math fluency. If you like math and would like to make a difference in a child's life, come join us as we build confidence and interest in math. Volunteer hours count towards community service.
WHERE: Castro Elementary School, Mountain View.
WHAT: Math to 4th & 5th graders
DATES: Thursdays September 26, Oct (3,10. 17 & 24) Nov (7, 14 & 21) Dec 5
TIME: 4:30 p.m.- 5:45 p.m.
CONTACT: Neel Guha, firstname.lastname@example.org
TO VOLUNTEER:, sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/sfhs.com/forms/d/1Ue29sU0rkmghBLoI7SDSc63rmHEcSiFaAt7X_bvS8KQ/viewform?edit_requested=true
CATHOLIC WORKER HOUSE
Language Program Need tutors for small children learning English. Must commit to one semester; one day a week.
Contact: Sister Mary Jane Floyd
Location: 822 Heller St., Redwood City, CA Phone: (650) 366-8315
CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUM-SAN JOSE
Lead groups of grammar school children in field observations on Guadalupe Creek in San Jose. Program called BioSITE (Students Investigating Their Environment). Volunteers need to be available Monday afternoons for training from 3:30-5:30 and either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons for teaching. Half year to full year commitment required.
Contact: Beerat Aiden
CREATIVE LEARNING CENTER
*Working in the classroom with staff and with autistic children *Open M-F 8:30-2:30 so volunteer opportunities are only for days in which SFHS does not have school but Creative Learning Center does *Please call or email ahead to schedule.
Contact: Shannon Vitalie
Green pastures is a Group Home for children with physical and developmental disabilities. There are volunteer opportunities in the home, after school and weekends, along with community outings on weekends. Please e-mail for an appointment, interview,home tour and detailed instructions.
Location: 730 Cornelia Court, Mountain View, CA
Contact: Claudia Lopez
Phone: (650) 965-2333
HELP ONE CHILD
Babysitting opportunities available with foster children while the foster parents are in parenting classes as well as some tutoring opportunities. There is also a need for helping at special events for families. (Have some summer needs).
Contact: Judy Holmes
Phone: (650) 917-1210
CHILDREN'S HOUSE OF LOS ALTOS
Located on Berry Avenue, between Springer & Miramonte, Los Altos Working with school-aged children, ages 6-12
Contact: Beth Burton
Phone: (650) 968-9052
Contact your own church or parish and ask about Sunday school or CCD classes.
2 different programs, same contact information 1.KIP (Kids in Partnership) Tutoring at Fair Oaks School (Redwood City) Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm 2.FLIC (Family Literacy Center) Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:30-7:30 *Need to attend 1 training and commit to at least 1 hour per week*
Contact: Gill Gaeta
Phone: (650) 780-7077
To sign up: call, email, go to website, or stop by
GEORGE MAYNE SCHOOL, ALVISO
Tutor children after school - some Spanish-speaking children
Contact: Theresa Hernandez, Vice Principal
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL
Homework Companion program - be a buddy to a 4th, 5th or 6th grade student. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3:15-4:15 *This is only available to alumni of Holy Family School
Contact: Jennifer Lozzio Jennifer.email@example.com
Phone: (408) 978-1355
I HAVE A DREAM FOUNDATION
Need homework buddies for 4th graders. One semester commitment one afternoon each week required. Location: Costano Elementary School, East Palo Alto
Contact: Emma James, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (650) 329-2830 ext. 143
INDEPENDENT PEER SOCIALIZATION TRAINING PROGRAM
Offers after school program which meets every day from 2:30-5 pm. Disabled students who get together to play games, do sports etc. students act as peer models. Please note that students must call to make appointment - messages left by parents on behalf of the student will not be returned. Also, students MUST have an appointment in order to volunteer. Drop-in volunteers will be turned away. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.
Contact: Jim Spelman
Location: 2280 Kenwood Avenue, San José, CA
Phone: (408) 247-0037
Volunteer as a reading tutor for a kindergartner who will benefit from your one-on-one attention. Meet at the Mountain View Library in the Community Room on Sundays from 3:30-4:30.To ensure that we have the same number of tutors as kids, it is VERY important that you contact Robyn Shalinsky if you plan to volunteer.
Contact: Robyn Shalinsky
Phone: (650) 938-9045.
LANDELS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Need tutors for 1st -5th graders. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Friday from 3:00-5:45 Location: 115 West Dana Street, Mountain View
Contact: Mrs. Carmen Mizell
Phone: (650) 526-3520 ext. 3441
LUCILLE PACKARD CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Minimum age for volunteers is 16. Work with sick children.
Location: Palo Alto
Contact: Fouzel Abbas
Phone: (650) 497-8549
Tutoring for 2nd and 3rd Graders As a "Money Math" program volunteer, you will help kids who are below grade level with their money identification, value recognition, and counting skills Students are welcome to volunteer one day, all days or any number.
Location: Castro Elementary School, 505 Escuela Ave, Mountain View and Mountain View Library
Time: 3:15 pm to 5 pm (Mon, Tues, Wed)
Contact: Amy Madsen
Teach kids to play tennis during this 6 week program. (even if you don’t know how, you will be taught so that you can help the kids). Must commit to at least day per week. Group meets rain or shine. Must get Livescan fingerprinting and a TB test. When: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm between Oct. 28-Dec. 11, 2013
Location: 200 S. Rengstorff Road, Mountain View, CA
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org -email to get a volunteer application package.
ORGANIZATION OF SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILIES Mon-Fri 2pm-6pm (may work any time during these sessions) Saturday 12:30pm-4:00pm (must attend entire session) Work with children who are autistic. A two-hour training session required prior to volunteering. Training sessions are offered the second Saturday of each month.
Location: 20920 McClellan Road, Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone: 408-996-0850 Fax: 408-996-0850
Contact: Arpita Singhal email@example.com
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL CHURCH
Daycare Location: Redwood City, Ca
Contact: Sandy Meisendach
Phone: (650) 366-6587
The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement provides student the resources and opportunity for the joy of self-enhancement. The Riekes Center works with people from various economical backgrounds as well with students of various ages. Volunteers are needed to work with many of their programs. Please contact the Riekes Center if you are interested in finding out more about potential volunteer opportunities.
Location: 3455 Edison Way, Menlo Park 94025
Phone: (650) 364-2509
Opportunities for after school tutoring during the school year and Academic Summer Day Camp, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs., tutoring for disadvantaged children. Commit one morning per week for five weeks or Mon through Thurs for one week Location: 1381 S.1st St., San Jose, CA Contact: Rebecca Cole, Early Childhood Education Coordinator Phone: (408) 278-2160
SACRED HEART GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Tutor children after school Location: Saratoga, CA
Contact: Cynthia Walker
Phone: (408) 867-9241 ext. 147
SACRED HEART NATIVITY SCHOOL
Sacred Heart Nativity School is looking for student volunteers to tutor 6th - 8th grade students and to play with them during activity time. Please contact the school for days and times of opportunities.
Contact: Kevin Eagleson, Principal
Phone: (408) 993-1293
SAN BRUNO SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Contact: Emily Chandler
Phone: (650) 345-3033
SAN JOSE FAMILY SHELTER
After school tutoring
Contact: Cristie Moyer
Phone: (408) 926-8885
SAINT ELIZABETH SETON
Tutor 3rd & 4th grade children after school from 3 - 4:30pm Mondays, Tuesday or Thursdays.
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Contact: Patty Kenney McGraw
ST JOSEPH SCHOOL
During the school year contact Campus Ministry in September about after school tutoring. Commitment is at Saint Joseph's from 3-4pm one afternoon each week for a full semester. Summer opportunities available.
Location: on Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, CA
Contact: Renate Sanchez, Director, Extended Care Program
Phone: (650) 691-1531
Under Saint Joseph School
AFTER SCHOOL “STEM’ ENRICHMET PROGRAMS
A great and local opportunity for students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Help mentor and coach middle school Science Bowl students in preparation for the regional completion in March. Also Mentor students for the annual Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Engineeering Fair.
Training Dates: Mondays 3-4pm from September-March (at Saint Joseph science classroom)
Address: 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, CA
Contact: Anjini Karthik at firstname.lastname@example.org
*NOTE: A commitment of 1 volunteer day per week is preferred but not required.
Contact your neighborhood grade school. Ask about after school day care, coaching or tutoring programs.
SAINT SIMON NURSURY/CO-OP
Assist sitter for children (6 mos-4yrs) during mass. Maximum of two students for each Sunday. Time: Sundays, 8:45-10:15AM
Location:St. Simon Church-1860 Grant Road, Los Altos, CA 94024
Email: is preferred Nursery@stsimon.org (preferred method of contact)
Contact 1: Courtney Leik (703-402-2833)
Contact 2: Stephanie Brennan (206-390-3857)
Help homeless children and children from low-income families with art projects on Sunday afternoons. Meets on second and fourth Sunday afternoon each month. Fill out online volunteer application on website
TAFT COMMUNITY SCHOOL-HOMEWORK CENTER
P.A.L. Community Center Taft Community School is looking for tutors Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m., beginning September 16, 2008. Choose the day and hours to volunteer your time. Be a tutor for first through fifth grade students. Help provide a much needed service to the local community. English and Spanish-speaking tutors needed. Tutors will be required to complete a one-time training before tutoring.
Location: Tenth Ave. and Bay Rd., Redwood City, CA
Contact: Carlin Johnson Politzer, LCSW
Phone: (650) 569-3868 ext. 304
Help players with mental or physical disabilities learn to play soccer. They are in need of buddies for the Fall 2014 season. Soccer experience a plus but not required. The season will begin on Saturday, Sept. 6th and end with the last game on Saturday, Nov. 8th. The fields should be numbered for the first couple of weeks, so you can identify them. There is parking at the school as well as on Peak Ave. (which is next to the fields). The hour of play will include warm up, drills, and an abbreviated game under the guidance of the coaches.
Dates: Saturdays only, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1 and 8
Volunteer time: 1 hour- 12:15pm to 1:15pm each game (10 hrs. total for the season)
Place: P.A. Walsh Elementary School, 353 W. Main St., Morgan Hill; Fields 1 & 2
Contact: Teri Larice
Tutor 2nd-5th grade students in math. Monday and Tuesday 2:30pm-3:30pm
Location: 525 Hans Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040
Contact: Kinjal Email: email@example.com
Housing program for formerly battered women and their children with needs for summertime swim buddies and help with the summer program for the children.
Location: Milpitas, CA
Contact: Jen Bolcoa Phone: (408) 942-0209
Organization that provides one on one tutoring in reading to students - Tutors are needed to assist in a structured reading program between 9:30am and 5pm Monday - Thursday.
Location: Bell Haven School, Menlo Park, CA
Contact: Donna Largent
Phone: (650) 326-0996
YMCA "KID'S PLACE"
Contact any YMCA in any city and ask about volunteering with their children's programs. YMCA. October & November -first & third Sunday; December- first & second Sunday
Contact: Anisha Sekar