The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme offers a wide array of volunteer opportunities. Whether you have one hour to give or one year to dedicate, we would love to have you make a difference in our members’ lives.
COACHES AND OFFICIALS
Sports and recreational activities are proven to keep kids in good physical shape, help social interaction, boost energy, keep them out of trouble, and encourage discipline and sportsmanship. You can help make sure that every child in our community has a chance to participate in these great activities. We need coaches and officials for cheerleading, dance, flag football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, boxing, weight training, soccer and track. Practices are held weeknights and game days are held on Saturdays.
We always welcome guest speakers who can address issues of interest and importance to our members, especially in subjects such as college preparation, drug prevention, résumé writing, careers, etc. If you have an area of expertise that you are eager to impart to our membership, we’d love to hear from you!
Every afternoon, when the kids start pouring into the Club after school, we have Power Hour. This is the time members can get their homework done before they engage in our enrichment programs. We need volunteers to assist our members with homework, as well as additional educational skills. Tutors are needed at all three club sites, as well as our after-school programs in El Rio and Port Hueneme year-round. We ask tutors to dedicate a minimum of one hour between 2 and 6 p.m. on weekdays.
Do you have a special skill? Scrapbooking, perhaps? Art? Music? Dance? We welcome the opportunity to broaden our Club members’ horizons in a broad spectrum of areas. Please feel free to contact Omar Zapata, Director of Program Services, at (805) 815-4959 x204 or and discuss your ideas!
The Boys & Girls Club promotes leadership and citizenship as part of all Club programming. Youth who understand citizenship will take part in their communities throughout their lives. We need volunteers to advise members in our Torch or Keystone leadership clubs that expose youth to good citizenship through teaching the skills of democracy, planning events, teamwork and the value of community service. Volunteers must be over 24 years old and make a one-year commitment to the group they facilitate. Time commitment is 4-10 hours per month.
The Club is seeking ASA or US Sailing-certified instructors to help lead our new youth sailing program. The ideal candidates must share a love for water and a passion for working with children. We are also looking for program aides to assist in monitoring children during instruction. Children range from 10–18 years old.
Volunteers in this arena work on special events and fundraising for the Club. Time is flexible and is usually evenings and weekends. There are monthly meetings to coordinate efforts, and you control how much time you spend by what you sign up for. Options include: annual auction, community events, golf tournament, fundraising and grant writing.
BGCOP offers undergraduate and graduate-level internships at our three main clubhouses. Interns will be eligible for academic credit; however, internships are unpaid. Interns are expected to complete a minimum of 60 hours during their tenure. Opportunities are available in our various departments including: Education, Marketing, Resource Development, Technology, Athletics and Programming. Applicants must provide a résumé and undergo a background check as volunteers. Placements are made on a rolling basis throughout the year, subject to availability and need.
Our clubs are used by over 200 to 300 youth DAILY, and our equipment and facilities get extreme use by active kids. If you have a skill or an interest in this area, we would greatly appreciate help with construction, painting, grounds keeping, landscaping and van repair. Volunteering your time reduces our cost and allows us to utilize funding for youth programs and activities.
BE GREAT: GRADUATE MENTORS
BE GREAT: Graduate is an initiative that targets young people most vulnerable for dropping out of school. Mentors are asked to work with youth, grades 6-12, who show signs that they could be at risk for dropping out of school. The goals are to have a long-term mentoring relationship that is built on trust and open communication, and building the members’ belief that “they can, they want to and they (do) belong.” Mentors must be at least 21 years of age with the willingness to mentor a youth in Oxnard or Port Hueneme with a minimum of three-year commitment.
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT)
This new and exciting summer volunteer leadership program is for teens ages 14-18 years old interested in learning skills to become a camp counselor, youth development professional, and a number of other childcare-related jobs. CITs must complete a program application, interview for the position, attend CIT training, partake in weekly evaluation, and agree to a three-week summer commitment. Recruitment process begins yearly in May.
For further information regarding our Volunteer Program or to apply to be a volunteer, please contact Ashley Lyden, Director of Operations, at (805) 815-4959 ext. 205 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.