Want to Volunteer in Santa Monica? Check Out These New Opportunities!

Busy volunteers are ubiquitous in Santa Monica, as anyone involved with the city will tell you. And with a new fall season right around the corner, now is a perfect time to get involved if you aren’t already.

If you don’t know where to begin, don’t worry: The City of Santa Monica has spotlighted six varied volunteer opportunities for the fall. With brand-new Santa Monica apartments for lease opening at [email protected],[email protected], [email protected] and [email protected], they provide a wonderful chance for new residents of the city to become involved with their community and acquainted with their neighbors.

Here is a rundown of the autumnal volunteer opportunities suggested by the City of Santa Monica:

– Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): If you work or live in Santa Monica (including at NMS’s Santa Monica apartments for rent), you are invited to enroll in the next batch of classes for CERT. Through the classes which will take place October 27, November 3 and November 10 you will learn basic disaster-response skills and ways to help assist first responders. For more information, call 310.458.2263 or email [email protected]

– Coastal Clean Up: On September 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, tens of thousands of volunteers will descend upon beaches and waterways throughout Southern California to remove trash and other pollution from the sand and water. There will be three sites along Santa Monica Beach, and all of them will be coordinated by local environmental nonprofit Heal the Bay. For more information, call 310.451.1500 or go to HealtheBay.org/CCD2012.

– Fairview Library Tutors: Help out elementary school students with their homework assignments on a weekly basis at the library, which is located close to NMS’s affordable Santa Monica apartments to lease at Olympic Studios. While a 20-hour minimum commitment is required, you can choose to volunteer at any time between 3:30 to 6 p.m. every day of the week (save Sundays). For more information, call 310.458.8637 or email [email protected]

– PAL-loween Carnival: Want to help out in a way that’s scary-good? Lend a hand at the massive annual Halloween festival staged by the Police Activities League (PAL) at Barker Hangar. You can help out during the event itself, which takes place October 31 from 5 to 9 p.m., or earlier in the day. Contact the PAL Youth office at 310.458.8988 or email [email protected] for more info.

– Virginia Avenue Park Tutoring and Kidz Zone Saturdays: Teach math, science and/or reading to elementary and middle school students from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays at Virginia Avenue Park, which is situated nearby NMS’s Santa Monica apartments to rent at Olympic Studio Lofts. Or, at the same venue, participate in arts and crafts activities as part of the Saturday Kidz Zone from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To find out more, contact Moira McCormack at 310.458.8688 or [email protected]

– Westside Special Olympics: Coaches and general helpers are needed on Thursdays and weekdays. New volunteers are required to attend an orientation session, while all volunteers must make a commitment of at least two hours per week. To participate, call 310.458.2201 ext. 2020 or email [email protected]

(Note that a fingerprint background check is required in order to participate in CERT, the tutoring programs, Kidz Zone Saturdays and the Westside Special Olympics activities.)

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