Volunteer Opportunites

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Join us in making a better community through volunteerism! We invite you to explore the variety of opportunities in our many programs. If you are interested in volunteering, here is the place to start. Scroll down and follow the links to read about current opportunities to partner with us in your area of interest.

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Adopt a Park
Take ownership in the care of one of your favorite Washoe County parks!
Organizations, families and individuals are needed to "adopt" County parks. Adopting requires a commitment of at least four cleanups or projects per calendar year planned according to what works best with your schedule. Parks staff will be involved in planning the projects, and duties may include picking up litter, raking leaves, removing graffiti, reporting park hazards, planting, pulling weeds, and general beautification.
Membership Requirements
Open to everyone! Children under the age of 14 must have a parent attend with them.
Time Commitment
The time commitment varies depending on the size and need of the park. Cleanups can be scheduled on weekends or weekdays. We ask for a commitment of at least four cleanups or projects per year.
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We're looking for volunteers! Contact Information Denise Evans 775-823-6525 APPLY ONLINE


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Community Emergency Response Team
Get involved during disasters and emergencies
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteer. Emergencies and disasters happen everywhere. If you are tired of watching events unfold on the TV and saying "I wish I could help." We have a volunteer opportunity for you. CERT volunteers are trained citizens who assist first responders during community disasters and emergencies. CERTs complete a 21 hour academy (usually taught in two weekends) and learn about disaster preparedness, emergency medical, fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, documentation and incident command. During emergencies volunteers may help citizens, assist with shelters and evacuations, act as scribes or public call takers, or assist professional responders in a variety of ways. We support the mission of our responders be freeing the highly trained people to do the specialized tasks they have been trained to do. Between emergencies CERTs help with community outreach, disaster training and exercises, and public education. CERT volunteers range in age from 18 to 89. No special skills are required. In a disaster there is a job for everyone.
Membership Requirements
CERT members must be 18 years or older, pass a standard background check, and complete CERT academy training. NOTE: Background checks require additional paperwork.
Time Commitment
CERT members must complete a 21-hour academy (usually taught over two weekends), and put in at least 2 hours per month of volunteer time.
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We're looking for volunteers!

After applying, interested persons WILL NEED TO FILL OUT ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK in order to authorize us to perform a background check.

Contact Information Betsy Hambleton and Shirlee Rhodes 775-325-6927 or 775-325-6928 APPLY ONLINE

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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer
Every child deserves a voice! Become a CASA volunteer and make a difference in a child`s life.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer. In Washoe County, there are more than 900 children each year who are thrust into the family court system as a result of abuse or neglect at home. Many of these children will live temporarily with foster parents while their own parents struggle to overcome addiction to alcohol or drugs, illness, financial hardship or other problems that placed the children at risk. CASA's are volunteer citizens who step into children's lives and offer trust, consistency and stability for the duration of legal proceedings. CASA's are appointed by a judge to provide detailed information about a child and their unique needs. CASA volunteers typically handle one case at a time ---and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. By thoroughly investigating the child's circumstances and reporting back to the court, a CASA volunteer helps shape the important decisions being made about a child's future. The vision of the CASA Program is to provide an advocate for every abused child within the Washoe County Family Court system. This will give each child a better chance of returning to, or being placed in a safe and secure home as quickly as possible.
Membership Requirements
CASA volunteers must be 21 years or older, pass a background check, participate in a personal interview and complete a 40 hour training program. Note: Screening of volunteers requires additional paperwork.
Time Commitment
Volunteers must complete a 40 hour pre-service training program which is offered four times a year. Once assigned a case, CASA volunteers typically spend 10-15 hours a month on their case work.
Authority
NRS 432B.500 states the Court shall appoint a guardian ad litem after a petition is filed that a child is in need of protection. CASA's serve as volunteer guardians ad litem.
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We're looking for volunteers! Contact Information Mary Herzik 328-3299 APPLY ONLINE


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Engineer
Gain valuable work experience in Public Works
Volunteers are needed to assist engineers in the design of varied and numerous Public Works projects including but not limited to sidewalks, pavement restoration, asset inventory and storm drainage.
Membership Requirements
Volunteers must be college students with an interest in the engineering field.
Time Commitment
Minimum 3 hrs per week.
Authority
Work under the supervision of a professional engineer.
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find out more about this opportunity!
We're looking for volunteers! Contact Information Dwayne Smith 775-328-2043 APPLY ONLINE


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Foster and Adoption Assistance
There are many ways to help our Foster and Adoptive Families
Some of the ways you can serve our efforts to find safe, stable foster and adoptive homes are: • Distribute foster care posters, brochures, and materials to locations throughout the community. • Learn about the process to become a licensed foster home and assist as part of the recruitment team, volunteering at local recruitment events. • Assist in translating materials into Spanish to assist in recruitment of foster homes from the Latino community. • Provide professional photography services for adoption recruitment photos for children and for photographs at the quarterly adoption days when adoptions are finalized. • Assist in envelope stuffing for mailings to foster parents and for recruitment events. • Join our faith based recruitment efforts as we develop the One Church One Child program led by a board of local ministers to recruit for foster and adoptive homes in local churches. • Provide skill training for foster children and teens in special areas of knowledge such as art, drama, car repair, nutrition, etc. to assist them in self-development. • Hosting a recruitment event at your home or business and inviting your friends, neighbors, or customers to learn about foster care and adoption.
Time Commitment
Various
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We're looking for volunteers! Contact Information Foster Care and Recruitment Staff 775/337-4470 APPLY ONLINE


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Legal Defense Volunteer
Fun, challenging and informative
The Alternate Public Defender`s office represents adults and juveniles charged with crimes, and assists parents in reunification efforts with their children. The 15-person office is a tight-knit team, dedicated to providing zealous advocacy for our clients. Volunteers would be welcome to help with filing, answering phones, breaking down and organizing files, helping the support staff, the investigators and the lawyers. We also work with college and law students who are interested in interning in the office.
Time Commitment
The minimum time requirement would be two hours a week.
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find out more about this opportunity!
We're looking for volunteers! Contact Information Jennifer Lunt (775) 328-3969 APPLY ONLINE

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Library
Do you have a heart for life-long learning?
WE WANT YOU...Do you have a heart for people and life-long learning? Welcome to the Washoe County Library System and thank you for your interest in volunteering. We provide a wide range of public service opportunities. The Washoe County Library believes that volunteer participation is an essential part of community development. We recognize the value of volunteerism and encourage citizen participation in all of the services we provide to the community. Thank you! VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Washoe County volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to: General Library Operations: Caring for plants, Shelving books, magazines and other materials, Pulling books to fill requests, etc... Computer and Technical Assistance: Help at the Internet desk, Help patrons with catalog searches, Clear paper jams, Clean computer keyboards, etc... Materials Preparation and Repair: Mending, Repair video, cassettes, CDs, etc... Program Assistance: Program preparation, prepare outreach materials, setup/breakdown, assist in presenting some programs, etc... Special Projects: Interlibrary loan (ILL) cancellation letters, data entry, etc... If you see activities you like, please fill out an application. A member of our Volunteer support team will get in contact with you.
Membership Requirements
Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parental permission.
Time Commitment
Varies
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We're looking for volunteers! Contact Information Kathy Atkinson 775-327-8342 APPLY ONLINE


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Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is headquartered in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and currently includes over 750 units and approximately 175 thousand volunteers nationwide. The mission of the MRC is to improve the health and safety of communities by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and non-medical volunteers. The purpose of the MRC is to recruit, train, check backgrounds and credentials/licenses of individuals in order to be able to quickly respond to local public health emergencies. If you are a licensed medical practitioner, someone with clinical training and experience, or someone with no medical background but the desire to help our community prepare for and respond to a public health emergency, the Washoe County Medical Reserve Corps needs you! In exchange for volunteering your time you will receive public health preparedness and emergency response training, required vaccinations, and annual flu shot, free of charge. Be informed. Be prepared. Be a Washoe County Medical Reserve Corps volunteer.
Membership Requirements
To become a member of the Washoe County Medical Reserve Corps, an individual must: Be at least 18 years of age Consent to a background check Have no felony convictions or any conviction related to moral turpitude Attend orientation Have current vaccinations for, or immunity to: measles, mumps and rubella; varicella (chickenpox); tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; and influenza (Required vaccinations will be provided to the volunteer free of charge.)
Time Commitment
The expected first-year time commitment is 18 hours; for basic orientation, training and participation in one full-scale exercise. Additional classroom trainings and community events will be offered to those volunteers who wish to participate; however, this is not required to remain a member. If an emergency occurs requiring activation of our unit, volunteers can expect to be called-up for one 8-12 hour shift per day, for three consecutive days.
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We're looking for volunteers!

MRC members include medical practitioners, such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses, veterinarians, and mental health professionals; and public health professionals, such as administrators, health educators, and communicable disease and environmental health specialists. Non medical/clinical personnel are needed to fill other key roles, such as managers, clerical support, interpreters, and drivers.

Contact Information David Gamble 775-328-6111 APPLY ONLINE


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Transitional Housing Volunteers
Help support the Transitional Housing Project!
Transitional Housing Volunteers will assist the Adult Social Services Staff in supporting the residents in activities at the Washoe County Transitional Housing Project.
Time Commitment
flexible
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find out more about this opportunity!
We're looking for volunteers! Contact Information Ken Retterath 775.328.2778 APPLY ONLINE