“...thank you so much for all of the opportunities you give to Penelope. She really loves the Boys & Girls Club and it’s so comforting for us parents, to know our kids are in such good hands. It’s so nice knowing I don’t have to rush over after work because I know she’s being looked after by you guys.”
Our organization supports three distinct types of volunteers:
Youth Volunteers Youth volunteers are high school students who are interested in giving back to their community while learning meaningful leadership and job skills. Youth volunteers are valuable role models for younger members and often are assisting them with programs, homework, & sports in addition to special planned activities by our Teen staff.
All Youth Volunteers must be a current member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica or commit to volunteer for 30 hours within a 3 month period. To become a member, click here. Youth Volunteers are enrolled in our Leaders in Training Program, and report to the Director of Volunteer Services, Jessica Rubecindo. All participants in the LIT program are expected to attend a weekly meeting with Jessica, where they go over program expectations, skills for working with younger members and the community, and upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Questions? For more information about the Youth Volunteer program, please contact our Director of Volunteer Services Jessica Rubecindo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual Volunteers Looking for an opportunity to give back to your community and gain a wealth of experience in return? Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of youth in your community? If you answered “yes” you are just the type of adult we are looking for as a volunteer.
Volunteers fill a variety of roles, including helping with homework, coaching sports teams, assisting administratively, helping to run programs, and competing in our games rooms. Volunteers can either come in with a passion to share; something that with staff support gets turned into a weekly program, or volunteers can just have some time to dedicate to our members.
1. Apply: Fill out a Volunteer Application and submit it to our Main Branch or via email to our Volunteer Director. To print an application click here. 2. Pass a Background Check: In order to keep our kids safe, it is our policy that all adults who are spending time in our building have passed a background check. The consent for this is included in the volunteer application. To process your background check we charge a $10 fee that can be paid by cash, check, or credit card when you drop off your application or attend an orientation. 3. Orientation: All new volunteers must attend an orientation to learn more about our Club and our programs, as well as our current volunteer needs. Orientations are held at least once a month and last about one hour. 2. Interview: Spend some time talking with our Volunteer Director to help determine your best placement. We want to best utilize your time and talents while fulfilling our greatest needs. 5. Make a difference! Spend two hours each week impacting your community in a direct and meaningful way (and have a lot of fun too)!
Questions? For more information on the opportunities for Individual Volunteers, including upcoming orientation dates please contact our Volunteer & Community Outreach Director, Jessica Rubecindo at email@example.com.
Corporate and any other groups who are looking for an opportunity to give back to their community by completing a “Day of Service” are welcome to do so at the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club. We have no set model for the day, rather we work with you to organize a day that best fits the parameters of your group while fulfilling a need that one of our Club sites has. Opportunities for Group Volunteers include; building beautification, special projects with members, assisting with homework, running a carnival, teaching a special class, and of course playing some fun group games such as dodgeball. Groups can come for an entire day or a portion of the day, and we can accommodate groups of almost all sizes.
All adult participants in a group volunteer event will need to submit a Group Volunteer Application one week prior to the event date. This authorizes us to run all participants names through the Megan’s Law Registry and verify that it is safe to have you working with our members.
Questions? For more information on the opportunities for Group Volunteers and to organize a day for your group, please contact our Volunteer & Community Outreach Director, Jessica Rubecindo at firstname.lastname@example.org. To print an application click here.