By The Bakersfield Californian
California Living Museum, or CALM, hosts the HolidayLights program each year during the holiday season. Many volunteer opportunities exist: visitor greeters, train conductors, tour guides and many other positions. Call Lana at 872-2256 for more details and to volunteer.
Bakersfield Homeless Center is looking for volunteers to assist as line monitors during its toy giveaway. If you are a people person, able to maintain a light, fun atmosphere for those standing in line, call 322-9199. Also, food servers are needed for Sunday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25. You can also adopt a family this holiday season to provide a much brighter holiday for them by calling Daniel at 322-9199 ext. 131.
BARC is hosting its annual Magical Forest event at its South Union Avenue facility. Volunteers can assist with this fun event by getting involved in Tinker's Village, assisting visitors with shopping, gate attendants, miniature golf, Santa's photo booth, snack bar and much more. Call Michelle Garland at 834-2272; there are open evenings through Dec. 23. If you enjoy arts and crafts, BARC is looking for your help in the arts and crafts booth for children.
Boys and Girls Club of Bakersfield is looking for volunteers to assist with daily activities while the kids are on Christmas break. Assist with daily activities, preparing snacks, arts and crafts, etc. You can be a positive role model for the many kids who rely on the Boys and Girls Club for their safe haven. Call Henry today at 325-3730 for more information.
Christmas for Seniors needs your help. Now through Dec. 16, you can assist with wrapping, packaging and preparing gifts for delivery to local seniors for the holidays. Sandy Morris is heading up the special unit of Santa's helpers again this year and would love to have your help. You can assist at East Hills Mall, 3000 Mall View Road, Store #1125 (by Mervyns site), Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Just show up any day or call her at 703-8893 for more details.
Optimal Hospice needs non-perishable food items for its holiday baskets especially prepared for their clients. Help make this holiday a little brighter for families going through very difficult and uncertain days with loved ones. You can also donate a grocery store gift card. Call 761-4000 and find out more about this program or drop off items at 1675 Chester Ave.
Convalescent homes throughout our area would love to have you as a volunteer throughout the year, but contact them now for their holiday opportunities. Make a New Year's resolution to continue after the holiday season is over.
Volunteer Center of Kern County has a booth at BARC's Magical Forest. Please visit our booth in the white tent between Friday and Dec. 23, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. each evening. Pick up unique gift items while supporting volunteer efforts throughout Kern County.
For more volunteer opportunities or to get your group added to an upcoming volunteer list, call the Volunteer Center of Kern County at 395-9787 or visit Volunteercenter.info.