Moving into a new neighborhood can be daunting, especially for young families looking to put down roots for their children. However, I firmly believe that the best way to feel at home in a community is to engage with it by participating in town events. In my home city of Corona, California, there are ample opportunities for those of all ages to get involved and feel more at home in their community; below, I’ve listed a few volunteer opportunities currently open to those living and working in the area. Parents, take note! Some of these could be perfect for teens and young adults who need to fulfill their community service requirement.
365 North Main
As Corona’s main recreational facility, Circle City Center offers a number of programs, activities, and events to appeal to those of all ages. Positions available to volunteers include: front desk, facility monitor, furniture duster, room setup assistant, and equipment handler.
650 S Main
Who doesn’t love the library? This community hub offers ample opportunities for those looking for engaging and fulfilling volunteer work. Some of the listed roles are perfect for persons with special needs accompanied by a caregiver.
Positions available to those over 18 include: adult reading assistance tutor and friend of library. Those 15 and older may become summer reading assistants, book dusters, shelf readers, storytellers, and technology coaches. Any teenager between the age of 12 and 17 may additionally act as a homework helper, book cleaning crewmember, and teen advisory council representative.
921 S Belle
Corona’s senior center provides a wide selection of recreational programs, services, and activities for adults over the age of 50. Older teens and young adults are encouraged to volunteer! Roles available to those over 18 years of age include: class activity coordinator, club coordinator, and class facilitator. Those over sixteen years old can become facility assistants.
Corona’s youth programs need mentors! If you love sports and helping young athletes develop, consider volunteering with our Pee Wee Basketball/Flag Football programs (for those between the ages of 3 and 6), and our Youth Basketball program (for those aged 6-14). Roles available for those over the age of 18 include: Youth Sports Sportsmanship Ambassador-B.E.S.T Program and Pee Wee Sports Assistant. Those over 16 can become Youth Sports Coaches, and those between the ages of 14 and 17 can act as Youth Basketball Scorekeepers.
To volunteer, please attend an orientation session. These take place on the third Monday of every month at 7 P.M. in the Library Community Room, and are open to all interested volunteers aged 12 and up. For more information, please call 951-736-2389.