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OUR MISSION

To enhance the quality of life in our communities by partnering with others as we create a resource for self-motivated, community-based volunteers for the purpose of connecting local efforts and organizations in need with those wishing to share their energy, time and special skills.

To bring a measure of compassion and respect to our vulnerable populations as we administer a volunteer ’safety net’ transportation program while addressing those unmet needs for which no other programs are adequate or available.

The Volunteer Center of Calaveras County is a non-profit 501(c)3 non-profit organization, formed for the purpose of improving the quality of life for the citizens of Calaveras County. The Volunteer Center serves Calaveras County citizens and their families by connecting community based Volunteers with those in need of assistance.

We maintain a countywide VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES database via this web site for the purpose of connecting caring volunteers with opportunities to make a difference in their community. Please consider sharing your talents, skills and experiences.

Perhaps you or someone you know would like to give someone a ride to their doctor appointment, take someone to the post office or grocery store . . . maybe read the labels for them! Maybe you're up to changing a light bulb, or fixing a leaky faucet, tighten the screws in the front door so it closes, cut wood, clear weeds for fire defense, take someone to the Senior Center or to senior meals for an outing, make regular phone calls to check on a neighbor who is living alone, or . . .

The idea is to help our neighbors continue to reside safely in their own homes for as long as possible, and each do our part to prevent isolation. You will be forever grateful that you did!

Should you or anyone you know need assistance, or wish to become part of the volunteer "safety net," please SIGN UP TO BE A VOLUNTEER then read more on the VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page. If you are in need of a volunteer, CLICK HERE to add your information to our database.


BOARD, STAFF AND AFFILIATIONS

The Board of Directors is the group primarily responsible for the direction and activities of the Volunteer Center. The Executive Director carries out the operations of the Center and directs the activities of other staff.

  Jim Johnson, President
 

Past Vice President
Past Financial Officer
Copperopolis, CA
March 1999

  • Volunteer Driver - The Volunteer Center
  • Bank of America, V.P., 32 years - Retired
  • Self Employed/Entrepreneur
  • U. S. Army – Korea
  • "Santa’s Express” - The Resource Connection
        
  William "Bill" Crane, Vice President
 

Past President
Valley Springs, CA
February 2002

  • Volunteer Driver - The Volunteer Center
  • Journeyman Glazier - 30 years – Retired
  •  “Santa’s Express”  - The Resource Connection
  • Optimist Club of Valley Springs
  • Area Business Association Holiday Parade, Master of Ceremonies
  • Valley Springs Boosters - Fireworks over Lake Hogan (8 years)
  • Supports the Arts and Community:
    Friends of the Library - Annual Melodrama fundraiser
    Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program - Annual Follies Fundraiser
    Community / Youth Theater
    “Santa’s Express” - The Resource Connection
  • Red Cross Volunteer
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteer
  
  Robert "Bob" Louis, Financial Officer
 

Sonora, CA
March 2004

  • Commission on Aging, Ex-Officio Member
  • In-home Supportive Services Advisory Council Member
  • California Assoc. of County Veterans Service Officers (Lifetime Retired Member)
  • Soroptimist Touching Lives Program, Advisory Council Member
  • Senior Network of Calaveras County - Member
  • Inter-Disciplinary Team of Calaveras County – Member
  • “Santa’s Express” - The Resource Connection
      
  Melinda Williams, Personnel Liaison
 

Past President
Past Vice President
Mokelumne Hill, CA
April 1991

  • Volunteer Driver - The Volunteer Center
  • Calaveras Public Utilities District (32 years) - Retired
  • Reach for Recovery - Breast Cancer - Licensed “Fitter” for Breast Cancer Patients
  • Beard, Land & Investment Company, Member Board of Directors
  • Modesto Empire Traction Company (Railroad)
      
  Fred Kuster, Board Member, Past President, Past Vice President
 

Valley Springs, CA
April 1993

  • Volunteer Driver - The Volunteer Center
  • “Santa’s Express” - The Resource Connection
  • Elementary School Teacher (32 years) - Retired
  • Ombudsman (10 years)
  • California Teachers Association (42 years)
  • American Legion Post 102 (12 years), Chaplin (2 years)
  • U.S. Army, 90th Division, WWII, Germany & England
  • In-home Supportive Services Advisory Council Member
        
  Martha Mae "Marti" Crane, Board Member, Executive Director
 

Valley Springs, CA
February 2002

  • Volunteer Driver - The Volunteer Center
  • Escrow Officer - (20 years) - Retired
  • Senior Network of Calaveras County - Member
  • Valley Springs Youth Center - Past Bd. President, Past Board Secretary, New Facility Acquisition & Development
  • Valley Springs Optimist Club, Event Coordinator, Club Secretary
  • Support of the Arts and Community:
    Friends of the Library - Annual Melodrama fundraiser
    Master Gardener Program - University of California Extension
    Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program - Annual Follies Fundraiser
    Community  / Youth Theater
    “Santa’s Express” - The Resource Connection
  • Red Cross Volunteer
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteer
      
  Joy C. Roberts, Office Assistant, Board Member
 

San Andreas, CA
December 2005

  • Volunteer Driver - The Volunteer Center
  • Friends of the Calaveras County Library
  • “Santa’s Express” - The Resource Connection
  • Mark Twain Hospital Auxiliary
  • Calaveras Twirlers Square Dance Club, Secretary
  • New Directions for Women, Orange County (9 years)
       
  Judy McMurty, Office Assistant, Board Member
 

Mountain Ranch, CA
October 2012

  • Prior Owner: Calaveras County KCFA Radio Station 106.1 FM
  • Advocate & Support: ARC and Goldstrike Residence (2 years)
    (Supporting adults with learning disabilities.)
  • Volunteer Sheriff Department (2011 to present)
  • Public Access TV: Show Host & Program Anchor (1998 to present)
  • Resource Connection Food Bank (2010 to present)
  • Women's Jail Ministry (2011 to present)
  • Volunteer Driver - The Volunteer Center
       
  Margaret "Margi" Fields
 

Valley Srpings, CA
June 2012

  • Postmaster (6 years)
  • Postal Employee (31 years)
  • National League of Postmasters - Vice President & Chaplin
  • Optimist Club, Valley Springs - Past Member/Treasurer
  • Sober Graduation - Volunteer
 

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WHY THE VOLUNTEER CENTER IS IMPORTANT

The success or failure of all non-profit organizations, community events and grass-roots efforts is directly tied to the availability of volunteers. It's the connection between the volunteers and the opportunities that has been missing. To that end, the Volunteer Center connects motivated volunteers with those needing their time, energy and expertise. 

Consider this:

“I am only one.  But still, I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something.

Because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  

~ Meladee McCarty

Everyone has something to share and contribute, so please consider sharing your skills and enthusiasm. We are all unique and bring to the educational table, our own knowledge base, skills, lessons from life, and a desire to be useful and productive.

Our youth bring excitement, energy and bright new ideas to the ‘solution pool’. Our retired population is home to a wealth of education, skills and life experiences and is sorely needed if we are to guide our upcoming generations gently and safely into the  future.

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ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER CENTER

The Volunteer Center of Calaveras County (a non-profit 501(c)3) operating for the specific purpose of improving the quality of life for the citizens of Calaveras County, without regard to race, creed, religion, or other areas of discrimination and was initially formed for the purpose of creating a pool of volunteers to act as a 'safety net' for our senior, low income, and citizens with disabilities.

Because Calaveras County is a rural countryside with many isolated areas, connecting volunteers with volunteer opportunities requires a collaborative effort involving all our citizens, organizations, service groups and religious communities.

Your Volunteer Center is here to assist in bringing those opportunities to your attention and to coordinate the ‘safety net’ program for our vulnerable, and many times invisible neighbors.

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OUR HISTORY

The community came together in June of 1991 to address those needs for which no other programs were adequate and/or available. That challenge still exists today, and due to our population increases or economic circumstances, those needs continue to escalate. From 1991 to 2004 the average number of calls for assistance each year was between 350 to 450. In 2005 that number jumped to 859. in 2008 through 2010 it rose again to approximately 1200 per year, and again in 2012, it increased 1604.

The majority of the calls are for assistance getting to doctor appointments, the post office and the grocery store (perhaps reading the labels if the client has a vision challenge). The balance of calls are for a variety of concerns such as:

  • "Where do I go for legal advice?"

  • "I'm 90 years old. The weeds are high and I'm afraid of the fire season. Where can I get help"

  • "I received a letter in the mail that frightens or concerns me. What should I do?"

  • "I'm lonely"

  • "The hinges on my front door are loose and keep it from closing"

  • "I am a caregiver and would like to help someone"

  • "The light bulb has burned out in the kitchen and it's too dark to go in there at night to get a drink"

  • "I want to volunteer somewhere."

  • "Please, I need someone to help me vacuum about once a month"

  • "How can I involve my children and teach them the value of community service?"

  • "I'm a retired business man/woman and would like to be useful. Perhaps there's a board that needs my skills?"

  • "I love my community and I know that someone, somewhere needs my help."

  • "I think I could be useful as the Secretary on a Board of Directors."
      


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