Calling all volunteers: opportunities to help out


Late night for volunteers at the Bayside daycare.

With many high schoolers on the search for jobs, teens could use all the extra practice they can get. How do the teenagers of Granite Bay learn about possible future career paths? Volunteering, of course. Volunteering is a great way to develop customer service skills, responsibility and credibility for college applications. Teens can acquire communication, leadership and time management skills for their dream jobs. 

These are some nonprofit organizations with volunteer opportunities located in the Roseville area.

Bayside Church Kids Ministry

For those who have a soft spot for the little ones, Bayside Kids Ministry on Sierra College Blvd, is the place to be. The daycare takes children as young as eight weeks to as old as 10 years-old.

“My favorite part is…when a parent brings their child for the first time, and they’re reluctant to leave them…. they come back and their child has had a wonderful time…they feel comfortable and are excited to (return),” Lynette Harrlman, nursery director of the kids ministry, said,“the little kids love (the) teenagers…They’re more fun to them because they don’t appear (as a parent).” 

 Volunteering is listed on their website, Bayside Church.

GiGi’s Playhouse

A solid playdate with an amazing individual might be just what a student needs. GiGi’s Playhouse, on Santa Clara Dr., brings an enjoyable atmosphere for those with Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder that gives the individual an extra chromosome.

“I really, really love the bond that everyone has there,” Anna Yu, Fun At the Playhouse Club President and junior at Granite Bay High,  said.

The club is made up of volunteers on GBHS campus who love spending their time at GiGi’s, hanging out with the visitors.

“I get to go back there day after day, week after week and I get to continue to put a smile on their faces,” Yu said.

GiGi’s mission is to change the world’s view on Down Syndrome through therapeutic and career development programs. They look for participants who believe in themselves and are enthusiastic about their goal. Volunteering is listed on their website, GiGi’s Playhouse Sacramento.

Heart’s Landing Ranch

For the animal lovers of Granite Bay, Heart’s Landing Ranch is a rescue center that provides Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a team up between a mental health professional and a horse specialist to help clients who struggle with emotional and behavioral issues. Their volunteer spots include events, fundraisers, youth programs, daily horse care and much more.

Located on Quail Lane, Heart’s Landing strives to provide a protected space for those struggling with mental health. 

“My favorite part is being able to work with at-risk youth,” Donna Eckwortzel, executive director and volunteer, said.“(But) we don’t just work with kids, but it’s also veterans who’ve been suffering…from post traumatic stress.” 

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy helps an individual through their emotions through senses, like sight and touch, with the animals. Heart’s Landing is in the search for experienced and caring participants. Volunteering is listed on their website, Heart’s Landing Ranch.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

For animal lovers of all kinds, the SPCA is a great place to spend your time. On Tahoe Avenue, they care for animals found, surrendered and scared, giving them a home they deserve. This organization has some guidelines, such as parent chaperones and specific hours, that can be easy to achieve through a little planning. However, the hours spent helping rescued animals is worth it.

“When I was younger, I wanted to volunteer, but I was too young to do so at the time. So I ended up just…making blankets and (sending them to) SPCA.” Elyssa Neidzinski, sophomore at Granite Bay High and SPCA volunteer, said. “It’s just relaxing and a way to unwind…helping the community while also being able to help yourself in a way,” Neidzinski said. 

Volunteering is listed on their website, Placer SPCA.