The City of Glendale, California has many public and private organizations that need a constant stream of dedicated volunteers. Here are three current suggestions for those looking for volunteer opportunities in Glendale.
1. Volunteer to fight homelessness: Path Achieve Glendale
PATH Achieve Glendale’s mission is to end homelessness by providing housing and support services that lead to greater self-sufficiency for its clients. The organization maintains an emergency shelter at 437 Fernando Court in Glendale, where one may help out by serving meals to the homeless. In the “Guest Chef” program, volunteers donate food supplies and their cooking skills to help provide meals to 40 residents in the Emergency Housing Program each evening (and some mornings).
Volunteers are also encouraged to help with holiday parties, to set up play dates and to tutor and read to the children, or to attend to gardening, spring cleaning, and miscellaneous building repairs. Professional services such as accounting, public relations and grant writing are also needed. PATH Achieve is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (818) 246-7900 for volunteer opportunities, or to report a homeless person who needs help.
2. Volunteer in Glendale’s great outdoors: 3rd Saturday Wilderness Work Days
On the third Saturday of each month, 8 a.m. to noon, one can help to restore the great outdoor areas in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains damaged by the Station Fire. Help water newly planted Big Cone Spruce trees, remove weeds, and assist with trail repairs and gardening in landscaped areas of the park. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing. Water and snacks provided.
There will be at least three more such events this fall in September, October, and November. Call (818) 548-3795, or just show up. To obtain dates of future events, drop an email to [email protected] and ask to be added to the Trails and Open Space list. Located at 3429 Markridge Avenue, Glendale.
3. Volunteer to fight crime in Glendale: Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
In this program, senior volunteers are trained and certified in police radio communications, city streets, equipment, patrol operations and the basics of narcotics and gangs. They write tickets, patrol city streets, and answer questions from citizens around town concerning public safety, including reaching out to help educate fellow Armenians on traffic safety issues at Glendale parks and churches. Contact coordinator Alma Bullock at [email protected] or call (818) 548-4825.