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Volunteer Opportunities in Huntington Beach

Volunteer Huntington Beach Opportunities - Surf City Volunteers
Huntington Beach is filled with volunteer opportunities that are as limitless as the needs that abound in a city of around 200,000. We'd like to wish that life is perfect at the beaches of Huntington Beach but unfortunately, like other places, there are people getting old, dear seniors who cannot drive, there are moms with mouths to feed and they barely meet the rent, there are people who cannot read or don't speak English that are trying to make a go of it and there are parks, public places, open spaces, kids and adults all needing help.

If you'd like to volunteer, the opportunities are no further than a phone call away. Some of the things are one-time events and fundraisers and others offer volunteer opportunities ongoing. Whatever you can do to donate an hour of time, a few dollars or some kind act, your service will be appreciated by the many, many groups and other volunteers who need your help. Have fun volunteering in Surf City!

Meet new friends, activities and monthly luncheons. Newcomers Club of Huntington Beach is a women’s group welcoming those new to the area who would like to meet new friends, join in on our activities. Group is known for monthly luncheons locally. Phone (714) 377-1400 for this year’s Publicity Chair, Dee Dee Brooks.

NEW: Huntington Beach Community Garden (HBCG) located at the end of Atlanta along the Santa Ana River. We’re a non-profit organization. The purpose of the HBCG is to educate children and adults about organic gardens and to provide an area where individuals and families can grow fruit, vegetables, flowers, and herbs for their own use and for the use of local food banks. We could really use volunteer help for a variety of projects, including having local residents serve on our board of directors. CALL: 714-351-3075

Adopt-A-Beach Program. Beach Maintenance Operations along with a corporate sponsor conduct two beach cleanups a year: Earth Day every April, and Coastal Cleanup Day every September. Help clean up the environment, recycle and learn how litter affects fish and wildlife. (536-5614).

Huntington Beach Art Center. Assist with mailings and support work for Huntington Beach Art Center and other cultural affairs programs, plus Art Center Fundraising. Assist in raising private donations for the Art Center, including corporate, business, and individual sponsors, as well as fundraising events. Call: (714) 374-1650.

Friday Nite Funtime Dances. Developmentally disabled teens and adults participate in dances on the third Friday of each month at Edison Community Center. Adult chaperones are needed. Youth group service projects/ hours welcome (960-8870).

Historical Society/Newland House Museum. Conduct docent tours of the historic Newland House; serve as greeter or assistant at special events; assist with membership program (962-

Council on Aging (COA). The COA volunteers enhance the dignity and quality of life of seniors through comprehensive support, education and advocacy. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month Contact Diane Swarts, Volunteer Services Coordinator - Email: Telephone: 714.374.1544

Huntington Beach Tree Society needs cash donations
and volunteers to grow and prune the garden.
Call: 714- 564-1396.

Huntington Dog Beach. The area designated for dogs on the city beach is between Goldenwest and Seapoint Streets. This is a very popular spot for visitors to enjoy the beach with their dogs. Help educate and maintain this beach. Call Friends of Dog Beach (841-8644).Historical Society/Newland House Museum. Conduct docent tours of the historic Newland House; serve as greeter or assistant at special events; assist with membership program (962- 5777).

MOMS Club of Huntington Beach North Coast This newly founded local chapter of the International MOMS Club represents ZIP Code 92649. MOMS Club is a non-profit, community service based support group designed specifically for stay-at-home moms and their children. We meet during the day, when at-home mothers need support the most! Our MOMS Club Chapter offers a wide variety of activities for you and your children to enjoy, including age based playgroups, field trips, moms night out, scrapbooking group, stroller walkers, and more. Children age birth to 5 years are welcome, in addition to expectant mothers. To contact them, send an email to, call 714-840-4603.

Project Self-Sufficiency. A community program to assist low-income, single-parent families achieve economic stability. Assist with child care, fundraising, food drives and special events (536-5263). Project Self-Sufficiency Foundation. Group raises funds to support Project Self- Sufficiency single parents with child care, bus passes, etc. (536-4056). Seniors’ Bright Outlook. Meet monthly to prepare seniors’ newsletter (374-1544). Seniors’ Holiday Meals. Deliver meals to homebound seniors (374-1544). Seniors’ Meals-to-the-Home or Seniors Outlook is low cost meal delivery to in-need seniors Monday through Friday (374-1544). Dear Huntington Beach events -- we saw your volunteer list and would like to invite you and the community to join in helping use deliver meals. Volunteers are not deterred in Seniors' Outreach from delivering Meals to the the homes in Huntington Beach. For example, a delivery truck just quit near the Central Park Equestrian Center on Golden West Street and the meals to Outreach seniors were going to be quite late. We usually have volunteers pack and deliver about 140 meals to Huntington Beach Seniors by 11:00 a.m. every week day. One Friday, however, the seniors' breakfast, lunch, and dinner sat on the side of the road. Our fantastic women volunteers found a working bus, got the food from one bus to the next and got the meals delivered less than hour later. Not all our volunteer efforts are quite as exciting but they are definitely fulfilling. Please sign up and help us if you can. You make a lot of people happy to receive a meal by doing so.

Senior Services Transportation. Morning and afternoon shifts, driving seniors to appointments. Training, vehicle, and radio/ phone provided (374-1544), Seniors’ Singing Goodtimers. Group performs at convalescent hospitals, retirement homes, etc. (536-9387). Seniors’ Visitations. Visit seniors who have limited social contact. Training provided (374- 1544).

Shipley Nature Center. Participate in Restoration Day activities including weeding, planting, and other tasks. Restoration Days are held the first Saturday of the month from 9 AM to 12 PM (847-4772).

Sister City Association. Become involved in cultural exchange with Huntington Beach sister cities – Anjo, Japan and Waitekere, New Zealand. Assist with youth exchange program, special events for visiting delegations, and fundraising events (960-5397). Soroptimist International Huntington Beach is a women's organization advancing the status of women. Projects include Home for the Holidays Dinner.

Youth Sports. Coaches are needed for boys and girls baseball, basketball and football teams on weekday afternoons and Saturdays. Volunteers will be fingerprinted. Murdy Community Center (960-8895) or Edison Community Center

Huntington Beach Public Library volunteer opportunities:
Library Branches
Just one library employee staffs each of the Library branches. Therefore, an ongoing need exists for volunteers at these special neighborhood libraries to help find materials for patrons, check books in and out, and reshelve materials. Homework assistance and "grandparent" readers are also needed. To volunteer, please contact the branch directly:

Main Street Branch
525 Main Street, (714) 375-5071
Contact by E-mail

Banning Branch
9281 Banning Avenue, (714) 375-5005
Contact by E-mail

Helen Murphy Branch
15882 Graham Street, (714) 375-5006
Contact by E-mail

Oak View Branch
17251 Oak Lane, (714) 375-5068
Contact by E-mail
Building Maintenance
Volunteers are needed to dust and polish furniture, clean windows, spot clean carpets and provide other general cleaning as needed. Call (714) 375-5033 to volunteer your services.

Children's Department
Volunteers are needed to clean, straighten and shelve books. Additionally, volunteers provide assistance at weekly storytimes and annual children's programs. Call (714) 375-5107.

Circulation Department
Positions are available to remove date due stickers, and to clean and shelve returned materials. During the school year, tutors are needed for the after school Homework Club. For further information, call (714) 375-5033.

Adult Literacy
Literacy Volunteers - Huntington Beach Library helps adults improve their reading, writing and speaking skills. The Library has a teaching collection, a computer lab, and a tutoring area. For more information, call (714) 375-5102.

Family Literacy
The Family Literacy Program needs volunteers to help parents learn to read, write and speak English to assist their children in these same efforts. After 15-hours of training, tutors meet once or twice weekly one-on-one or with a small group of adults. For more information on how you can become a tutor call (714) 375-5104.

Reference Department Volunteers are needed to assist Reference personnel with special projects in addition to helping in the magazine area. Call (714) 842-4481 and ask for the Reference supervisor for further information.

Other volunteer opportunities involve working with one or more Library support groups at the right.

Literacy Volunteers Needed at Huntington Beach's Central Library where Tutor Training Workshops are offered. Call: (714) 375-5102. Ask for Anna or Rose.

Join the HB 32 Marines Foundation Support Group. For $31 donation you get a window decal and updates. Call: (714) 375-3131.

Military Explorer Post meets Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Ages 14 to 20 years. Call: (714) 841-3009.

Mobile Home Advisory Board working to ensure the quality in your mobile home park. Meetings every 4th Monday of the month. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: City Hall, Room B-7. Location may vary. Call: (714) 960-8831.

MOMS Club HB North Coast seeks new members. Moms with kids ages newborn to 5 years. Play dates, field trips, community service and more. Call: (714) 594-5779.

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