* GETTING INVOLVED runs periodically in the Daily Pilot on a rotating
basis. For information about adding your organization to this list,
call (949) 574-4298.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION SERVICES
Volunteer mediators, case specialists and outreach assistants are
needed to help in a variety of mediation cases. Bilingual language
skills are needed for office volunteers and for mediators.
Information: (949) 250-0488.
Easter Seals needs volunteers for ongoing clerical work, programs
for children with disabilities and special events. Information: (714)
ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE CENTER
The Environmental Nature Center provides quality education through
hands-on experience with nature in a 3.5-acre outdoor classroom.
Adult volunteer trail guides are needed in the afternoon during the
week to lead children's tours in the Center. Several other volunteer
opportunities are also available. Information: (949) 645-8489.
FAMILIES -- COSTA MESA
This team of community-based organizations, which works to provide
youth and families with counseling, family support, health education,
mentoring, tutoring, after-school activities and kinship services,
needs volunteers in all areas. Information: (949) 574-3976.
FISH -- MOBILE MEALS
Call (949) 642-6060 to help Friends in Service to Humanity with
the Mobile Meals program and provide ongoing emergency assistance to
those in need. Both always seek volunteer assistance in a variety of
areas. Information: (949) 645-8050.
FRIENDS OF THE BALLET MONTMARTRE
The Friends need volunteers who want to help talented local
dancers perform in professional theaters. For 30 years, the
organization has provided the community with quality Russian ballet
training, helping youth develop strong discipline skills, build high
self-esteem and achieve dreams of being a professional dancer.
Information: (714) 241-7424.
FRIENDS OF THE COSTA MESA LIBRARIES
The Friends is a support group for the three libraries in Costa
Mesa. Help with fundraising events and help promote library programs
and services in our community. Information: (714) 556-4396.
FRIENDS OF THE NEWPORT BEACH LIBRARY
The bookstore needs donations for book sales. Good quality
children's and nonfiction books are especially needed. They may be
left at any of the branch libraries -- Balboa, Mariners or Corona del
Mar -- or in the special book closet next to the Friends Book Store,
at 1000 Avocado Ave. Volunteers are needed to staff the used book
store, which is inside the entrance of the Central Library.
Volunteers must be members of the Friends of the Library and are
asked to work one three-hour shift per month. Information: (949)
FRIENDS OF ORANGE COAST INTERFAITH SHELTER
The Friends of the Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter meet the first
Thursday of each month to plan projects and events that benefit
homeless families. FOCIS is the shelter's only fundraising arm.
Information: (949) 640-8828.
Girl Scouts of Orange County needs volunteers who will be trained
as troop leaders, serve on special committees and give lectures,
demonstrations or classes. Information: (714) 979-7900.
GIRLS INC. OF ORANGE COUNTY
Volunteers are needed to offer educational and enrichment
opportunities for girls and boys. Information: (949) 646-7181.
HOSPICE PREFERRED CHOICE
Volunteers are needed to help make a difference in the lives of
terminally ill persons and their families. Volunteers would assist
them with nonmedical needs such as providing respite for the primary
caregiver, running errands, reading to the patients and weekly social
visits. The organization is also looking for clerical and bereavement
volunteers to assist with office duties. Training is provided.
Information: (714) 980-0900.
The organization shelters, counsels and educates abused women and
children. It is looking for volunteers. Information: (949) 737-5242,
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF ORANGE COUNTY
Volunteers are needed for Project Caring, which provides
socialization and cultural experiences to the Jewish residents and
others at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa. Volunteers
adopt a facility to provide programming of Jewish content to the
residents on a monthly basis. They must take a TB test and undergo a
fingerprinting background check. Volunteers are also needed to
provide comfort and support to the Jewish terminally ill and their
families. The group sponsors an ongoing Jewish healing support group
for people with chronic illness at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Jewish
Family Service, 250 E. Baker St., Suite G, Costa Mesa. Free.
Preregistration required. Information: (714) 445-4950.
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ORANGE COUNTY
The organization of women, committed to promoting volunteerism,
developing the potential of women and improving communities through
the work and leadership of trained volunteers, is seeking new
members. Information: (949) 261-0823.
KAISER PERMANENTE HOSPICE SERVICES
Volunteers are needed to spend four hours per week visiting
patients or doing errands for them or their caregivers in communities
near volunteers' homes. Information: (562) 622-3805.
LAGUNA GREENBELT INC.
Volunteers are needed to assist Laguna Coast Wilderness Park staff
and James Dilley Preserve staff and docents with hiker registration
and general public orientation. Information: (949) 488-0287.
Laguna Shanti, an organization that works with persons with HIV or
AIDS, is seeking caring volunteers to assist with running the front
office, delivering meals, providing transportation and providing
complimentary therapies such as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic
care. Information: Lisa Toghia, (949) 494-1446.
Volunteers who love to work with cats and kittens are needed at
the Luv-a-Pet Center at PetsMart in Costa Mesa. Information: (949)
YMCA Community Services needs mentors to make a lasting effect on
a young person's life. Students 10 to 18 years old are matched with
mentors to improve their school performance and self-esteem while
developing positive peer and adult relationships. Information: (714)
549-9622, Ext. 35.
Volunteer drivers are needed to help deliver nutritious meals to
homebound, frail or elderly clients incapable of shopping and cooking
for themselves. Information: (949) 645-8050.
MOZART CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA
Orange County's only nonprofit resident chamber orchestra needs
volunteers for ticketing, ushering, phones, mailing and help with
receptions. Nominees are also being sought for the board of
directors. Information: (949) 830-2950.
NEW DIRECTIONS FOR WOMEN INC.
The recovery center for women with alcohol or other chemical
dependencies seeks volunteers. Information: (949) 548-9927 or (949)
NEWPORT BEACH 1/1 ADOPT A MARINE BATTALION FUND
The 1/1 Adopt A Marine Battalion Fund was created to accept
donations and to provide financial support for ongoing programs and
events planned to show appreciation to the 1st Battalion 1st Marines,
based at Camp Pendleton. Information: (949) 644-3124.
NEWPORT BAY NATURALIST
The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve is looking for volunteers to
assist with naturalist-led tours and programs, special events and
habitat restoration projects. The interpretive center is at 2301
University Drive, Newport Beach. Information: (949) 923-2296.
NEWPORT BEACH CONFERENCE AND VISITORS BUREAU
The bureau is dedicated to the promotion of the city to potential
visitors. Volunteers with extensive knowledge of Newport Beach are
needed. Information: (949) 719-6100.
NEWPORT BEACH LIBRARY LITERACY PROGRAM
The program seeks volunteers to tutor adults who want to improve
their reading and writing skills. Volunteers will be certified during
training workshops in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central
Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Newport Beach. Information: (949) 717-3874
NEWPORT BEACH PREMIERE CINEMA GUILD
The Newport Beach Premiere Cinema Guild, which supports the
Newport Beach Film Festival, is looking for new members. Interested
candidates should want to help further an artistic and cultural
heritage in the community and should have a love of cinema and a
desire to raise awareness of the film festival. Information: (949)