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Community Patrol

Need:
Police response time to some type of calls is affected by routine “Non Criminal” duties. Slow response and reduced visibility may encourage criminal behavior.

Response:
More than 140 Volunteers support ten police departments throughout the region by handling putting more that 13,000 hours of service.

Work:
Handle routine matters that include reception, citizen patrol, crime watch, property control, operation of fingerprint system etc.

Training:
Volunteers are trained by the police department for 40-80 hours. Background checks and fingerprinting is also done.


Companionship Outreach

Need:
The frail and elderly are often isolated and inactive. This leads to deterioration, illness and death. San Luis Obispo has more than 35000 persons aged 65 and up, many require companionship.

Response:
More than 50 volunteers spend at least one hour a week with a client actively listening, reading, writing letters or talking about subjects that ease the feeling of loneliness and isolation. .

Work:
As planned

Training:
Program orientation provided.

 


Short Term Assignments

Need:
Throughout the year various agencies ask us for volunteers to assist them in their fundraising activities, e.g. Alzheimer's Memory Walk, Heart Walk, Central Coast Railroad Festival, Airport Day, Central Coast Wine Classic (a variety of non-profit agencies are represented), etc., to name a few. If you are interested in knowing more about these opportunities and willing to be placed on our "Short Term Assignment" roster, please let us know. This is a wonderful way to experience volunteering without a longer term commitment.

 

 


 

Cultural Heritage

Need:
Understaffing and budget cuts at state and local parks, museums, theaters and historical societies inhibit their effort to serve and educate the public. Consequently these facilities have reduced effectiveness.

Response:
220 volunteers conduct tours and hikes for park/museum visitors. They describe local history, artifacts and culture. Administrative and maintenance contribute by improving publicity efforts, fundraising and displays..

Training:
As needed.
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Food Distribution

Need:
The California Health Information Survey  "hunger index" for this area is 25.5% of the population.  A joint study by SLO County Community Foundation, Cal Poly U., and Food bank estimates 1 in 6 persons  needs food help at least once yearly to get by.

Response:
More than 150 Volunteers support provide over 20,000 hours yearly to Food Banks, Harvest Bag, Brown Bag, and Loaves and Fishes throughout the region .

Work:
Collect and distribute over 5 million pounds of food annually. Gleaning programs save over 600 tons of produce.

Training:
On-the-job. Drivers, warehouse workers, and clerks are needed to complete these tasks.