Vista Student Volunteer Opportunities

It doesnt take a superhero to make a difference in the community; every volunteer has the chance to be a hero.

Natalia Maverakis

It doesn’t take a superhero to make a difference in the community; every volunteer has the chance to be a hero.

There are many popular places to volunteer in Folsom, regardless of whether you’re doing it because you like to volunteer or if you need the community service hours to make a college application more impressive.

Among the places to volunteer at is the Folsom Zoo. The zoo is looking for hardworking volunteers who love being around animals and children and helping with the Zoo’s many projects. Volunteer hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.This job will involve raking grounds, and lifting things up to 50 pounds. Call (916) 351-3513 for more information if you’re interested.

Another opportunity is at the Folsom Library. At the library you can help shelve books and assist with circulation tasks, tutor kids after school at the library, and assist with youth, teen or adult programs. Volunteers must be willing to commit two to four hours a month.

If you are interested in feeding, playing and cleaning cats, then this next organization could be for you. Fat Kitty City is dedicated to rescuing and providing shelter and medical aid to abandoned or abused cats. This is especially pertinent if you enjoy caring for animals. Their hours are: Mondays 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Thursdays: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

On the other hand, at the Folsom Alzheimer’s Center, volunteers can work elderly people. Patience and understanding is recommended, as working with the elderly can take time. Potential volunteers would help with meals and clean residents’ rooms, among other things.

Another good medical volunteer opportunity is the UC Davis Hospital, but you must be at least 16. At the hospital, volunteers may serve in patient care clinics, patient units, or in the area of services to patients and/or families.

All of these places will welcome you and are great volunteer opportunities to choose from if you are looking to do a good deed or two.