* 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.
The nonprofit organization is looking for volunteers 18 and older
to provide companionship for adults with developmental disabilities.
As a "Citizen Buddy," volunteers will visit with a buddy twice a
month and call or e-mail them once a week. The organization also has
an e-Buddies program that forms friendships entirely over the
Internet. Volunteers for that program must be at least 12 years old.
Information: (714) 546-1826 or http://www.bestbuddies.org.
BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS
The local chapter is looking for men and women older than 18 who
have lived in Orange County for at least one month and have been
employed for at least one month to serve as big brothers or big
sisters for children ages 6 to 16 from single-parent homes.
Information: (714) 544-7773, http://www.bigbrooc.org.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA INC.
Volunteer opportunities for the Orange County Council include
fundraising, program development and training to existing troops and
packs. Information: (714) 546-4990.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NEWPORT-MESA
The three area clubs need volunteer coaches and arts-and-crafts
workshop teachers. Call for locations. Information: (949) 642-2245.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS
The organization is running car campaigns to support its programs.
If you would like to donate your automobile, call (800) 246-0493.
ORANGE COUNTY CENTER
The nonprofit organization is looking for volunteers to assist
blind and visually impaired students in a variety of areas.
Information: Mary Johnson, (714) 821-5000, Ext. 2113.
CAMP LAUREL FOUNDATION
Camp Laurel is seeking volunteer counselors and medical staff for
Summer Camp and Teen Adventure Camp. The organization is dedicated to
providing educational camping programs free of charge to children
living with HIV and AIDS. Information: (323) 653-5005.
Casa Teresa, a temporary home for single, pregnant, homeless women
18 and older, needs volunteers for these positions: office
assistant/greeter, computer assistant, program developer assistant,
and resale-boutique salesperson. Information: (714) 538-4860.
Volunteers are needed to serve on a Centennial Event Committee to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of Corona del Mar in 2004. Community
input on the final form of that committee is also sought.
Information: (949) 675-0501.
The hospice is now recruiting volunteers to become a friend for
someone who needs that extra special caring at the end of life.
Become a member of a team whose goal is to promote quality of life
and comfort measures. Each applicant will receive 16 hours of
orientation and training. Information: (714) 560-8177 or
COMMUNITY ANIMAL NETWORK
The network needs volunteers to help control the rising population
of wild cats in local neighborhoods. Volunteers would trap and
deliver cats to local veterinarians for spaying or neutering, and
then release them back to the property where they were found. The
goal of the program is to save the lives of stray cats. Information:
COSTA MESA CIVIC PLAYHOUSE
The playhouse needs volunteers for ushering, backstage work,
mailings, typing, controlling lights and many other duties.
Information: (949) 650-5269.
COSTA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The society preserves and promotes the history of Costa Mesa and
the harbor area. Volunteers are needed for the archives, library,
museum, docent and public-outreach programs. Information: (949)
The Costa Mesa Literacy Center needs volunteer tutors to teach
English as a second language. People who want to learn English as a
second language are also encouraged to call. Call to register.
Information: (714) 435-3310 or (714) 545-3445.
The program is always in need of volunteer tutors. No professional
teaching experience is required. To attain certification, a series of
training classes must be completed. For more information, contact
Literary Services at the Newport Beach Library, (949) 717-3874.
MS SELF-HELP GROUP
The Orange County chapter of the national Multiple Sclerosis
Society has started a new self-help group in Costa Mesa for people
newly diagnosed or with minimal symptoms of multiple sclerosis, or
both. The group meets at 11 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month.
Information: (949) 650-7659.
COSTA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT
Seniors 55 and older are invited to help staff the Westside
substation. Volunteers are asked to work two, four-hour, daytime
shifts per week. They would be responsible for answering phones,
bicycle registration, fingerprinting, data entry and assisting with
other citywide projects. Seniors who can speak Spanish and English
are also needed. Call for an application. Fred Gaeckler, (714)
COSTA MESA SENIOR CENTER
The multipurpose senior services facility at the corner of 19th
Street and Pomona Avenue seeks volunteers who can greet members and
the public at the front desk and volunteers for the Resource
Department with Excel computer experience and sharp telephone skills.
The Senior Meals program also needs people to deliver meals to homes.
Information: (949) 645-2356.
COSTA MESA SENIOR CORP.
The nonprofit organization at the Costa Mesa Senior Center is
looking for new board members. The fundraising and policymaking board
needs volunteers who will participate in monthly meetings, occasional
committee meetings and special projects. Candidates should have
connections in Costa Mesa and surrounding communities and an interest
in serving the community by helping seniors. Information: (949)
645-2356, Ext. 16.
COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES
Volunteers are needed to serve as advocates for abused, neglected
and abandoned children. Volunteers work one on one with a child for
three hours a week. Information: (714) 619-5155.
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.