Volunteer Center: December 20-26 | Union.com

The Connecting Point Volunteer Center connects Nevada County residents of all ages with volunteer opportunities in the community.

This week, we’re highlighting just a small sample of what’s to be found on the Volunteer Hub. There is something for all interests, tastes or levels of commitment. Come see what the fun and rewarding world of volunteering has in store for you. For more information on any of the following opportunities, please visit connectionpoint.org or dial 2-1-1 (or 1-833-342-5211).


Wild & Scenic Film Festival volunteers

The Southern Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) unites the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed. SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires environmental activism and love of nature through cinema. The South Yuba River Citizens League and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival are recruiting volunteers to join us for the 2022 festival. From January 13-17, join hundreds of volunteers as we host one of the world’s largest film festivals on the environment in the country. Choose one or more opportunities from five festival days and the time of day you prefer: Thursday January 13 to Monday January 17. 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Opportunities Choose from many fun opportunities including usher, ticket takers, dealerships, tech crew, shuttle drivers, installation and troubleshooting crew, hospitality and more.


Mentor for young people

Bright Futures for Youth is a non-profit organization created in 2020 by the merger of the Friendship Club and the NEO Youth Center. A Bright Futures for Youth mentor is an adult who offers friendship, advice, encouragement and support to tweens and teens. As a mentor, you join a circle of volunteers and adult employees who are dedicated to our mission and vision. Our success rate at Bright Futures for Youth is the result of a comprehensive, year-round program aimed at helping young people thrive into adulthood. Bright Futures for Youth mentors are trained in COVID-19 protocols that guide one-on-one in-person meetings, usually outdoors. For mentors who choose to drive their youth, COVID-19 driving protocols are followed to ensure the safety of the mentor and youth. Of course, a mentor and their youngsters also have the option of maintaining their relationship in a virtual format. The Bright Futures for Youth mentorship program is currently open year round. All mentors are interviewed, selected and trained under the direction of Community Engagement Manager Cindy Hintz. The screening process includes a criminal background check, a social security number check, a current driver’s license, proof of auto insurance in the form of a copy of the current statements page, a report check motor vehicle and signing a nondisclosure agreement. Potential volunteers should enjoy working with tweens and / or adolescents, be flexible, tolerant and patient. Must be willing to work collaboratively with Bright Futures for Youth staff. Mentors and youth spend approximately 18-24 hours one-on-one over a four month period. Mentors and youth set their own mutually agreed meeting schedule, based on each party’s availability and how they choose to spend their time. You can spend more time together, if you want. After four months, the mentor and youth are asked about the quality of the program and the experience, and it is then determined whether the two parties choose to enter into a longer term mentoring relationship. This opportunity is part of Nevada County‘s Better Together campaign. If you’re ready to lend a helping hand to our community, visit the Connecting Point Volunteer Hub to research specific volunteer opportunities to tackle homelessness.


Community monitors and liaison officers

Sierra Roots has provided emergency weather shelter in Nevada City for nine years. This is a vital program that is urgently needed during extreme weather events for one of the most vulnerable populations, the chronically homeless in our community. Whenever a weather event triggers the need to open, the Sierra Roots Refuge Coordinator should seek the engagement of 18 volunteers for three shifts per day. This year, the shelter will operate as part of the joint efforts of the Sierra Roots Shelter Collaboration (Sierra Roots, Nevada County, Nevada City and the VFW Post). The shelter is in dire need of volunteers to work as evening monitors, meal preparers and food servers. The primary accommodation is the Nevada City Veterans Hall at 415 N. Pine St., Nevada City. On nights the veterans room is not available, Seaman’s Lodge at Pioneer Park is used. This opportunity is part of Nevada County’s Better Together campaign. If you’re ready to lend a helping hand to our community, visit the Connecting Point Volunteer Hub to research specific volunteer opportunities to tackle homelessness.

To find more volunteer opportunities, please call 211 or 1-833-DIAL-211 or visit us at ConnectingPoint.org.

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