Youth, age 15 and older, are invited to become Social Service of Alameda County Community Ambassadors and help foster youngsters.
A mandatory orientation for prospective ambassadors will be held November 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Castro Valley Library meeting room at 3600 Norbridge Avenue. The library is one block from the Castro Valley BART station. If you are interested in attending the orientation call 510-271-9163 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen volunteer ambassadors sort clothing for foster youth on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.at The Clothes Closet located at 22225 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward. They also greet foster youngsters and their families visiting The Clothes Closet store and help keep it neat and organized.
According to the Alameda County Social Service Agency, "The Clothes Closet welcomes donations of gently used clothing of all sizes for foster children, youth and teens. It is a critical resource accessed by child welfare workers, foster parents, and other caregivers to meet the immediate needs of youngsters who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, often with only the clothes on their back. Community Ambassadors are vital to the operations of The Clothes Closet and its ability to provide not only clothing but comfort in a time of great need. Here's a chance to put your organizational skills and fashion sense to good use!"
Teens must commit to a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service, but long-term volunteer stints are very much encouraged and welcomed. To volunteer you must complete the orientation, undergo a background check and fingerprinting and provide three (non-relative) references.