Jason Lee, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

How can I get more involved in my community?

Asked by Jason Lee, San Francisco, CA Wed Jun 6, 2012

Looking for volunteer opportunities, social gatherings, etc. Any ideas?

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Are there any particular philanthropic issues you are passionate about? Sports you play? Lectures you are interested in?

I think you should narrow down what you want to get involved in. Let me know, I have lived in SF for 5 years and I am very happy to help research or make introductions!

Ali Community Manager
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 17, 2012
Dear Jason,

In addition to what was mentioned, you can join find lots of ideas at churches and temples, on billboards at grocery stores and hospitals, and by talking to your neighbors.

Good luck!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 7, 2012
You may want to look in to your neighborhood and neighborhood association too (check out the blog rolls at Curbed SF for each neighborhood's blog.

Depending on your profession or sporting abilities there are tons of options there too. I'm a lawyer and can do legal aid clinics for folks, as a mediator I have mediated noise complaints between neighbors with Community Boards and if you're a bicyclist, I've helped the SF AIDS Foundation in the annual charity bike ride from here to LA, the AIDS LifeCycle.

And yes, sometimes there are wait lists to be volunteers at places too, but don't be discouraged!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 6, 2012
There are many ways to get involved in your community regardless of how you define your community.
If you mean your neighbors, one of the best is to start a neighborhood watch group so that you can all look out for each other. The benefits that come from just knowing your neighbors is incredible. Contact SF SAFE on how to start a group.
If you want to learn how to best survive the coming eathquake take the Neighborhood Emergency Response Training (NERT) provided free by the fire department. You will learn how to do triage first aid, rescue work, what supplies to have, where dangerous areas are, how buildings will behave and much more.
Volunteer for park clean-ups, organize any kind of clean and green event, throw a block party and the list goes on. Contact the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) or go to empowersf.org for more info and for lists of things going on in the many communities in SF.
There is also the Volunteer Center, the Interfaith Council and of course Homeless Connect.
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Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in Petaluma, CA

Volunteer opportunities abound in the Bay Area. Here's one organization to check out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 6, 2012
I suggest the first community event you should get involved in is the NERT Training which is earthquake preparedness training that everyone should do. Also, try googling community events.. Hope that helps..

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