Consider doing one or many projects for Valley Oaks School such as:
- Ask any staff member if they have projects they need done that you could do or help with.
- Take down all the graduation/Bell Ringing Ceremony photos and restaple them on the walls of the computer lab in building #1.
- Make an 8th Grade Promotion Banner to help decorate the room for the ceremony
- Do one of our window boxes on the outside of building 1 or 2
- Hang the new t-shirt drawings from the New Student Packets and take down some old ones
- Fix-up the college information wall area in building #1
- Make cards with our VOS logo on them
- Make candy leis for the 8th grade promotion & Bright News! winners
- Make cupcakes for the 8th grade promotion
- Make a Welcome! Banner for school functions
- Fix up the school sign: re-paint it, fix the letters/numbers, just get the cobwebs off.
- Be a student speaker at a School Board meeting (May). Make a video of our school of this year’s events and activities and students
- Bake cookies for Back to School Night or for the state testing days.
- Prepare a Holiday Delivery to our neighbors from VOS.
- Try to sell/promote VOS logo items. Do a fundraiser to purchase/offset costs of logo items for the school and students, build school pride!
- Write an Argus Courier article promoting VOS.
- Work on our grounds (pull weeds, prune roses and bushes). ← plant bulbs? Come to our Garden Party days (one in the Fall and one in the Spring)
- Make an entertaining new video for the Informational Meetings (&/or our website) that interviews students and tours the campus or that has some other theme like “The VOS Neighbors” or “A Typical Day”.
- Take photos for our school website
Any ideas are welcome - please just ask us. In the past a group of students did a wrapping paper fundraiser for the Student Room red chairs, campaigning for a Rebuilding Together VOS student team, an Earth Day group from VOS to attend the Beach Clean Up event, and more.
Other Ideas (not for Valley Oaks):
- 16yrs or older: donate blood (may takes 1 to 3 hours to draw depending on how you want your blood to be taken, plus time for travel to the center)
- Drop-in at the Petaluma Animal Shelter - North Bay Animal Services - on Hopper, and play with the animals. No need to call ahead.
- Contact a director of a non-profit senior living center and ask them if a senior is in need of a visit. Read, play a game, talk with them.
- Petaluma Wheelmen - a biking club go here and see their COMMUNITY SERVICE AND OUTREACH
- go here to see volunteer opportunities with The Friends of the Petaluma River
- Lynch Creek Trail Clean-Up: Friends of Lynch Creek are provide gloves, bags, pickers, dumpsters. Pick up trash from N. McDowell to Lakeville.
- Try this website with ideas just for teens! (Thanks to VOS student, Althea Patchett!)
- Go to the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County website and click on “just for...
- teens” (try Animal Services: a fun opportunity you can do at home: be a “blanket
- maker” for the animals in the shelter - 22inches x 22inches, with washable fabric)
- Go to the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (Marin County) and click on “Find an Opportunity”
- Try going to the Sonoma County Gazette’s long list of volunteering ideas
- Try going to a list of all the watershed and beach clean-up days (use the contact information to get current dates)
- Try going to VolunteerMatch.org and search Petaluma and click on teens or kids (one opportunity there can be done completely online: “use social media to inform others about multiple sclerosis”)
- Jewish Community Free Clinic in Santa Rosa - www.jewishfreecinic.org They are asking for volunteers - phones, and support work for their medical office. So if you are interested in the medical field this is a good one for you!
- Coastal Clean-Up Day with Heal the Bay
- The North Bay Science Discovery Day at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds is looking for student volunteers - Sat. Oct. 28. Contact Mike Roa (I ask that the students do 3-hour “shifts,” which leaves plenty of time to explore the exhibits before or after their shift. Interested students (or a teacher-coordinator) should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Do a food drive for COTS at Thanksgiving
- To get “that last required hour done right away” why not try this website:
- www.freerice.com (thanks to student, Althea Patchett!)
- Do chores for a disabled neighbor or someone in a nursing home
- Sponsor a child from a poorer country by doing Lemonade sales or selling See’s candy and spend time writing letters to the child
- Sponsor an endangered animal through the World Wildlife Fund’s adoption center online by doing a Sally Foster fundraiser. Make a poster about the animal and flyers to help educate the VOS community about endangered animals
- Do The Human Race for the Sonoma Humane Society in May (The Human Race is in Santa Rosa and there is one in Marin called the Bay Area Human Race)
- Organize gift bags for the Mary Isaak Center residents at the holidays