• Service Learning Opportunities




    Here is the link for the Hike to Mend event that Mending Kids (www.mendingkids.org) will be hosting over Thanksgiving week. It is an easy way for students wanting to do a bit of outreach can earn some community service. https://events.mendingkids.org/
    Mending Kids is a nonprofit that has provided critical surgical care to children in the United States and all over the world for the past 15 years. To date 4500 children from 66 countries have received life-changing or life-saving care.
    Hike to Mend was  inspired by a young aunt who traveled clear across Tanzania to try to save her young - orphaned - nephew who was dying of congenital heart disease. Unable to afford bus fare, she hitchhiked with him in tow for a full week, traveling over 1200 kilometers to reach our Mending Kids cardiac mission.  When the two finally made it, it was on a Thursday. Surgeries were ending on the Friday and all the operations were assigned. Rather than turn our back on her, the team extended their surgical schedule by one day so that her effort to save him would not be in vain. Joel received his life saving surgery and survived. Hike to mend is in honor of the distance that Joel’s aunt and countless other parents- the world over- travel to try to gain access to surgical care for their child. But more than that, hike to mend is about the journey we all face at some point in our lives when seeking to gain access to health for a loved one, whether you travel on foot, by bus, by boat, or try to navigate the obstacles of insurance eligibility, denial, or the trials of simple advocacy, it is about the journey  This thanksgiving we are inviting students and friends to walk a step, a mile, or however long a distance, alone, or safely with loved ones, in honor of the journey and the great equalizer that is health.
    How one can help:
    Raise awareness for Mending Kids and support our programs through peer to peer fundraising this is the part where they ask friends to support your walk. Set a goal that you would like to travel. Again, this is a virtual event so walking up and down your steps, on your balcony, in a yard,or on a treadmill - if you are isolating, safely walking, running, riding a bike, rowing on a boat - the point is the journey, 
    Make a short video (20seconds to 1 minute or less recorded with your phone  - horizontal) explaining why you are participating and why you support Mending Kids.  Here are a few ideas:
    •  Make it personal.  
    • Tell a story about a child who inspired you.  
    • Talk about one of our programs that is especially meaningful to you.  
    •  Emphasize the impact, together, we can have in the life of a child and family on their journey to get care.
    • Send videos to izzy@mendingkids.org
    Students who register and do outreach (as little as posting and tagging on social media or peer to peer fundraise) will earn anywhere from 1 hour to 5 hours of community service) For those who fundraise $400 can help a child a surgery that will help him be able to walk and attend school. For perspective $3000 will provide a child with a heart surgery. So if kids do this as a group of friends or sports teams they can actually save a life.
    Please let me know if you have any questions. In the meantime, I am grateful if you would be willing to share this with students who might be interested in taking part in this.

    Isabelle Fox 
    Executive Director

    telephone icon 310.200.5606

    email icon Isabelle@mendingkids.org

    webpage icon www.mendingkids.org

    21255 Burbank Blvd., Ste 120

    Los Angeles, CA 91367

    Mending Kids Instagram Account Mending Kids Twitter Account Mending Kids Facebook Account Mending Kids LinkedIn Account

    L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue has numerous service learning opportunities.   If you are interested, please sign up at lifeanimalrescue.org  Click on Volunteer and go to the highlighted link.  On Thursday morning the slots will be unlocked and available for sign up.  There will be no more 7 hour shifts.  10:00 - 1:00 & 1:00 - 5:00 are the shifts.  10 volunteers per shift.  Students cannot sign up for 2 shifts.
    Community Tech Help Club--
    Earn service learning hours on the AHS campus!  The Community Tech Help Club meets every other Tuesday, 3:30-5:30pm in the Media Center.  The program assists older people with tech issues like how to set up an Instagram account, download photos, etc.  
    Please see Mrs. Smart in the Media Center for more information

    The Little Angels Project needs volunteers to help care for the animals at their adoption center.  If you are interested, please contact Sarah Fitzgerald at Sarah@littleangelsproject.org or call 818-515-5461.

    The City of Agoura Hills has several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year! 

    Rec Club & Tiny Tot Camps: During the Spring Break you can work with kids at the City’s Rec Club Camps (ages 5-11) and Tiny Tot Camps (ages 3-5). This is offered as part of our Teen V.I.P. Program. Accepting applications now – email Kaitlyn Roush at kroush@ci.agoura-hills.ca.us for more info.

    The City of Malibu has numerous volunteer events available. Volunteers must register prior to the event date.  Please contact Lisa Cespo or call 310-456-2489 ext.279 or email malibucity.org/volunteer.There are numerous opportunities available for 2019. 

    Cars and Coffee is held at Malibu Bluffs Park on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 6:30 - 9:00am at Malibu Bluffs Park. 

    Senior Tech Help at the Malibu Senior Center is available the 1st & 2nd Friday of the month from 10- 11:00am

     The Agoura and Calabasas Performing Arts Education Centers have numerous opportunities that are available for students to volunteer.  Please sign up at http://signup.com/go/zN2ioU

     Motion Picture and Television Fund -MPTF-  is looking for volunteers, 14 years and older who have a positive and compassionate attitude and enjoy working with seniors. You will be working along with the Activities Department helping the residents with some of the following activities but not limited to: escorting the residents to the dining room for meals, church services, pet visits and lots more. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU FILL OUT YOUR JUNIOR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION ONLINE at MPTF WEBSITE. THIS IS HOW YOUR HOURS WILL BE TRACKED. If you have any questions please call Susan Becht @ 818-876-6389, leave your phone number and name clearly and I will return your call as soon as possible or you may reach me by emailing me at Susan.Becht@mptf.com

     Leisure Living is a small assisted living facility for the elderly in Agoura and would love students to spend time with the seniors  and help with art, poetry, technology and music. Hours would be from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Please contact Michelle Maurer at 818-687-8855 or  michelle.leisureliving@gmail.com

    Many Mansions is a nonprofit in Thousand Oaks that  provides permanent and supportive housing for low-income families, the chronically homeless and any individual with disabilities (both mental and or physical). Besides housing they also offer Adult Services and Children Services. There is also a after school homework tutoring club.  They need volunteers.  Please sign up at www.manymansions.org or call 805-601-5407.

    My Kaleidoscope Project strives to provide girls (grades 5 - 9) with the resources and support necessary to succeed in times of stress, pressure, changes and media.  Opportunities for personal growth, mentoring and relationship building are prioritized in all Project efforts.  Girls that participate in Kaleidoscope gain self- esteem, confidence, coping mechanisms, tools for success and a close group of friends and support.  They need high school students.  Please contact them at www.mykaleidoscopeproject.org

    The City of Westlake has an ongoing service learning opportunity--digitizing historical archives. Help is needed Monday- Friday during City Hall hours.  Volunteers will be trained to access and scan through articles and publications to add to a digital archive. They will be tagging key elements and uploading it to the City's website. Please contact Brianne Anderson at brianne@wlv.org or call 818-706-1613.

    The Friendship Circle addresses children with special needs which includes children with Down’s syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, etc.  The Friendship Circle addresses these challenges in a way the celebrates their uniqueness and individuality.  By integrating the wisdom of professionals and the energetic spirit of teenagers, the Friendship Circle brings out the best from within all those involved.  It has been found that through the gift of friendship, the young volunteers are able to reach the children in ways that most forms of therapy cannot. You can contact them at 818-865-2233 or go to their website: www.FCAH.or

    The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District needs help with the numerous events that they sponsor.  Fill out an online application under “volunteers” on their website.  Register for a volunteer orientation and once the orientation is complete, log into the volunteer page on the website to see the listing of volunteer opportunities.  Go to www.rsrpd.org or call 805-584-4453.

    Assisteens is an auxiliary of Assistance League of Conejo Valley. This organization supports philanthropic programs and activities in the Conejo Valley.  Sign up to be a member.  They meet 1x a month from September- May and each member is required to complete 20 hours of community service hours per year.  Assisteens help with the Shelter Hope Pet Shop and The Samaritan Center and the Cancer Care Community.  They are accepting applications for the 2017-18 membership.  Please contact Marilyn Adam at marilynaadam@gmail.com

    Adopt me Rescue-- always needs students to help with pet adoptions at the Petco in Woodland Hills on Topanga Blvd. and Ventura Blvd. every Saturday from 12:00noon - 4:00pm.  Please contact Laura Dash at 818-732-0733.

    Veterinary Angels-- needs volunteers to help clean the hospital and feed and walk the animals.  This is a medical center that treats all animals--from small animals, exotic, zoo and livestock.  They need 11th and 12th graders only.  Help is needed Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 6:00pm.  Please contact Misty at 818-865-1800 or email at http://veterinaryangels.com

    School on Wheels- needs student volunteers to help tutor homeless children.  No experience is needed.  They will provide the training.  One hour a week can make a difference in the life of a child.  Please contact Angie Allmendinger at 805-366-9846 or email at aallmendinger@schoolonwheels.org