Programs that provide employment opportunities for people who are willing to volunteer their time at low wages (or without remuneration) to work on social and economic development, environmental improvement or public safety projects throughout the U.S. and developing countries.
California Conservation Corps (CCC), San Diego Service District
Provides a year-long program for anyone who wants to help protect and enhance California's natural resources and communities. Members work for minimum wage and health, vacation, and sick leave benefits. Medical insurance is provided. Members work in both cities and rural areas, and may build parks and trails, plant trees, restore historic buildings, renovate neighborhood centers, improve wildlife habitat, and fight floods and forest fires. Members can live at one of the residential centers located throughout the state or as a nonresidential member at home. Training is provided for project work; and evening on-site high school classes to obtain a high school diploma and assist with completion of GED and/or college credit classes are offered with tuition paid by CCC. Career development and conservation awareness classes are also offered. CCC can accommodate people with disabilities.
Provides job training and education to young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 years, who work in the fields of recycling, urban forestry, conservation, graffiti removal, and study at the Corps on-site Charter School. Participants must make a 32-hour workweek commitment, devote 8 hours to education and job training each week, and volunteer for community projects at least once a month. Participants receive an hourly salary. Project work may include cleanup for special events, community and neighborhood beautification, fire hazard reduction, playground and public park rehabilitation and maintenance, historic building restoration, graffiti removal, tree planting, recycling, light construction, and landscaping.
Foster Grandparent Program, Catholic Charities
Provides an adult-child relationship-building program for older adults and special and exceptional needs children who need one-to-one attention, academic tutoring, mentoring, and nurturing support. Foster grandparents receive the following benefits as part of the program: tax-deferred stipend, transportation allowance, one meal while volunteering, accident insurance, and special training relevant to their volunteer position and being a senior in San Diego County. They do not go into private homes. The program serves most of San Diego County with the exception of North County.
Provides in home care and companionship to seniors.