Author: christine@deptofcivicthings.com

COVID Volunteer Needs – July 2020

Here are some volunteer needs in the community right now. Please note that you should always bring your own face covering with you and maintain the physical distancing recommended by the Health Department. Also, these organizations are really struggling to meet the huge demand for food and other services. In an attempt to make things … Continued

Greenhouse Projects at the Falkirk Cultural Center

Volunteers are needed for greenhouse restoration projects. Current project is building shelves. We can find a job for everyone who wants to volunteer regardless of skill level. Specific skills needed including heating, cooling, plumbing, drip irrigation, carpentry, and painting. For more information, contact Phil Hinderberger at phinder@pacbell.net Requirements: Volunteers must be 18 years old or … Continued

Garden Help at Falkirk Cultural Center

Help and learn with other volunteers on Monday mornings from 10 to Noon. Volunteers maintain six gardens including: Under Oaks Garden, Habitat Garden, Beneficial’s Garden, Lathe House Garden, Succulent Garden and the Five Mediterranean Climate Zone Garden. The gardens at Falkirk Cultural Center are a partnership between UC Marin Master Gardeners and the City of … Continued

Clean Campaign Ambassador

We provide you with cleanup supplies to help us keep trash off sidewalks, gutters, city paths and open space, on your own schedule. The San Rafael Clean Coalition includes volunteers that support each other’s projects and the City. They also plan promotional activities to educate the community about the impacts of litter and benefits of … Continued

Beryn Hammil

Since October 2015, Beryn has been teaching a series of classes called All Things Apple! for the San Rafael Public Library. As a self-described “Chic Geek,” her appearance belies any geekiness! Now retired from a successful career as an Interior Designer (the “chic” part), Beryn spends time keeping up with Apple technology. When Beryn first … Continued

Staff Giving Back Through Volunteerism

For this final 20/20 Spotlight entry, we thought we’d highlight some City staff that volunteer their time to the community. Many of our employees give back in big ways to their communities, and this Holiday Season is a good time to acknowledge them. As always, we can’t feature everyone, but we’ve chosen three great examples … Continued

Jack Brandon

While some city departments have the luxury of being able to close their doors over their holidays, the San Rafael Police Department (SRPD) is one of those that must have a constant presence round-the-clock, 365 days a year. Without volunteers, this mandate would be even more challenging than it already is. Jack Brandon has been … Continued

Volunteer Spotlight: Enrique Yam

Enrique Yam is a junior at Terra Linda High School. He is taking AP Chemistry and Computer classes. He lives in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael and has participated in programs and activities at the Albert J. Boro Community Center as long as he can remember. He enjoys college prep programs, academic tutoring and … Continued

Volunteer Spotlight: Marin Master Gardeners at Falkirk Cultural Center

The Marin Master Gardeners (MMG) began working in the gardens at the Falkirk Cultural Center in 2002. MMG are volunteers trained by University of California Cooperative Extension and have since formed a partnership with Falkirk Cultural Center and the City of San Rafael that has proven to be beneficial and beautiful. There are now more … Continued

Memorial Wall: Michael McGuire

Mike was a long-time resident in Terra Linda and active member of the Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association (SMNA) for 25 years. He served as president of both the Terra Linda Orcas Swim Team and the Marin Swim League. He was also a founding member of the City’s Volunteer Program Advisory Committee. He worked with SMNA … Continued

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