is the Civic Center Volunteers program?
Civic Center Volunteers was founded in 1979, and is an internationally recognized
innovative volunteer program. In 2010, we delivered more than $14.3 million in services
to the residents of Marin. It's a great place to be a member of a team or
to work quietly alone because we are so large a program (8,000+ volunteers annually) that
there are vast opportunities no matter where you are in your life. CCV is a win/win
for you and us!
What's the difference
between Civic Center Volunteers and the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin?
Civic Center Volunteers provides volunteers to local county government.
The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin at 415-479-5710 provides volunteers to non-profit agencies.
Who volunteers with
Career changers, students, retirees, re-entry, disabled, newcomers, immigrants,
traditional volunteers who want to give back to the community, people,
etc. No age limit at either end of the scale!
How much time does
it take? (top)
It requires two to thirty hours a week, depending on the assignment,
and the commitment lasts from three months to two years minimum depending
on the assignment. There are also some shorter term projects available.
Do I receive training?
Everyone receives an orientation and "on the job training."
Many find it a good way to update their resumes and gain experience for their next step.
If I've never met a computer face to face; can you teach me how to use one?
Probably not. If you really want to learn computer skills, it's best to take an
introductory course, for example through Regional Occupation Program or
College of Marin, and then come to Civic Center Volunteers to build your experience,
speed, and confidence.
Are all your jobs
listed here? (top)
No. In fact, we often can create a specific assignment to meet the needs and skills of a volunteer.
You may call (415) 473-7167 to talk to CCV coordinator Anne Star to see what the possibilities
are. For the CCV main line, call (415) 473-7407 for Susan White, administrative coordinator.
I work full time.
Do you have volunteer opportunities for evenings and weekends?
Yes, though not as many as we'd like. Some examples include working with at-risk teens in
Juvenile Hall, Open Space group projects, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and the library.
If I volunteer,
will I get a paid job with the county? (top)
Who knows? Volunteering is a great way to make contacts and prove your skills.
However, we encourage you to volunteer only if you believe that volunteering for the
county would be something you'd enjoy as a complete experience in and of itself.
The county does a scrupulous job insuring a fair and equal opportunity for all
applicants who go through the identical screening and testing process for all jobs.
do I get to the Civic Center Volunteers office? (top)
Coming southbound from Sonoma County: Take Highway 101 to North San Pedro
Road. Turn left at the stop sign (Merrydale). Make another left at the
first stoplight (N San Pedro Road) and go under the freeway. Turn left
at the next light (Civic Center Drive). Then, immediately take another
left onto the driveway that goes under the archway of the county building.
After parking, return to the building's archway/entrance and take the
elevator on your left up to the 4th floor, Suite 415.
Coming north from central San Rafael and points south: Take Highway 101
to the North San Pedro Road exit and travel east (right) onto North San
Pedro Road. Ease left to get into the left-turn pocket at the traffic
light. Turn left on Civic Center Drive, then immediately take another left
onto the wide driveway that goes under the highest arch of the county
building. After parking, return to the highest archway and take the
elevator to the 4th floor, Suite 415.
Free parking at any location marked 2-Hour or All Day Parking.
Marin Transit buses serve the Marin Civic Center. For more details visit
marintransit.org or call (415) 226-0855.