Volunteer Opportunities 

Updated 01/20/2019:

Be A Scientist Project: Volunteer Opportunity

Be A Scientist project:  Inspire 7th graders to discover their inner scientist! We invite UC Berkeley graduate students, post-docs, and motivated 3rd/4th year undergrads to take part in Be A Scientist (BAS), a unique science outreach program in Berkeley middle schools!  As a volunteer BAS mentor, you will guide 7th graders through the process of designing and conducting their own, individual scientific investigations.  This is a wonderful opportunity to serve as a STEM role model and enhance critical thinking skills of students while developing your communication skills and gaining hands-on broader impacts experience in science education and outreach.  Plus, it is a lot of fun!

We are looking for volunteers for our spring sessions:

Spring 2019 Session 3 will take place at Longfellow Middle School (January 29 – March 12).  Spanish-language mentors needed for 5th and 6th periods!

Spring 2019 Session 4 will take place at King Middle School (March 14/15 – May 2/3, with gap weeks for BUSD/UCB Spring Breaks March 28/April 4).

Mentor responsibilities are:

  • attend one mandatory 2-hr Training Session (on-campus trainings are offered in the two weeks before the start of each session – dates/times/locations are on our Sign uppage)
  • attend one school lab period each week for the 6 or 7-week program (find program dates & class schedule here)
  • guide a small group of 4-6 student mentees through the process of developing testable questions, designing appropriate experiments and gathering, analyzing data and presenting their data.  Each student in your group will have the opportunity to choose an independent scientific question of their own based on their own interests

NOTE:  student experiments are done in class once a week; the BAS program provides all materials for student projects and in-class support for mentors.

        To sign up go to our Sign up page.

        To learn more, visit: www.crscience.org/volunteers/BeAScientist

        Questions? Contact Darlene at BASprogram@crscience.org

 Sign up TODAY! to make an impact on future scientists, engineers, and critical thinkers!

Rising Sun Center: Volunteer Opportunity

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, an Oakland-based non-profit focused on preparing low-income youth and adults for careers in the green economy while serving the community with free energy and water conservation services. We are hosting a large Grand Opening event on January 30th to celebrate our new name (formerly “Rising Sun Energy Center”) and our new headquarters building. We’re looking for volunteers to help during the event on such tasks as selling raffle tickets, serving wine and beer, staffing activity stations, etc. We welcome Berkeley students who are interested in supporting our work to volunteer at this fun event. Are you able to inform students of this opportunity?
Here are the basic details:
Volunteer Need: A total of about 20 volunteers
Volunteer Activities: Raffle ticket sales, wine and beer service, staffing activity stations, photography, guest check-in
Time and Date: Wednesday, January 30, 3:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, 1116 36th Street, Oakland, 94608
Contact: Abbey Leonard, Director of Development and Marketing, leonard@risingsunopp.org

Updated 01/13/2019: 

East Bay Community Energy: Friends of EBCE

East Bay Community Energy(EBCE) is the new local electricity supplier in Alameda County. EBCE will provide cleaner, greener energy at competitive rates to our customers. EBCE will reinvest earnings back into the community to create local green energy jobs, local programs, and clean power projects.
We are looking for “Friends of EBCE” to help spread the facts about EBCE to Alameda County residents. In order to become a Friend of EBCE, please email Danny Kelly at dkelly@ebce.org. Danny
will then send you a webinar recording in order to get you trained on the need-to-know
information about EBCE. After watching the webinar and signing a release waiver, you are
ready to attend events and join our awesome team of Friends of EBCE! No time commitment
required, simply come to events when you can and we will keep you up-to-date on key
information about EBCE.
This is a great way for UC Berkeley students to get involved in local government and environmental justice.  Please contact me for more information.

Updated 01/06/19: 

Transform: Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some projects we depend on help from volunteers for:

  • Photo shoots: volunteer models needed to walk around BART stations and rent bike share bikes (see details here)
  • Events: registration, event set-up/break-down
  • Mailing parties: stamping, stuffing, and writing notes for our annual fundraising appeal letter
  • Communications: data entry & audience research
  • Research: compiling data on parking, traffic, air quality and more

Application Details

Apply Today

Updated 12/23/18: 

MLK Day of Service: City of Oakland’s Adopt a Spot Volunteer Program 

17th Annual Oakland MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 21, 2019

Volunteer groups and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to join Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service volunteer projects throughout Oakland, Monday, January 21 2019.  Thousands of volunteers will participate in Oakland, and nationwide.

Oakland will host outdoor service projects to clean, green, and beautify parks, open spaces, and neighborhoods; as well as indoor service projects such as food pantry assistance.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is sponsored by Service for Peace and The Corporation for National and Community Service. Service for Peace has organized this annual event in Oakland since 2003.

Volunteers are asked to bring water, and wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate gear. MLK Day is a rain or shine event.

To sign up as a site coordinator, register here!

To find volunteer locations, register as a group, or for more information go to www2.oaklandnet.com/mlkday

Post Your Opportunity Here! 

Apply to have your green job or opportunity posted here!