Arizona Opportunities

Updated 4/4/2017

For additional information about your local Intel community activities and possible retiree volunteer opportunities go to the Arizona web site

Arizona Science & Engineering Fair is Wednesday, April 12th!
The 2017 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair is presented by Intel and judges are needed for all categories. Judging will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center (111 N. 3rd Ave Phoenix, Az). Retirees interested in judging can find more information and should register at https://azscience.org/judges-volunteer-registration and include in work affiliation “Intel Retiree”so that they are identified as Intel judges.

Clean up the Rio Salado with the Sierra Club April 30th, 7am-10am
The Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter Water Sentinels conduct monthly weed pulls and trash pick-ups in the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area. Volunteers will be helping to remove buffel grass, fountain grass, and other invasive plants and pick up trash and litter. The event is scheduled for about 3 hours, but volunteers can work as long or as short of a time as they feel comfortable with. The City of Phoenix and the Sierra Club provide some tools, but if you have a heavy-duty pick,a digging bar, or shovels that can be used please feel free to bring them along. Also, feel free to bring gardening gloves or use those belonging to the Sierra Club. They will also bring litter grabbers and trash bags.  The Sierra Club also will provide snacks and water bottle refills. If interested, please contact Theresa.l.Niemeyer@intel.com for more information.

Enjoy Kids, Recess, and Science?
The Kyrene de la Colina Elementary K-5 DISCOVERoom (DR) is looking for Recess Volunteers.  The Colina DISCOVERoom is located at 13612 S. 36th Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85044. They are looking for volunteers to have fun with the students during their recess time with engaging STEM/Science displays and an innovation (maker’s space)  area.  Preferred time is Tuesdays-Friday, 10:45-12:30, however, any time is appreciated.  No science background needed and orientation is provided. Click here  <link to http://www.colinapto.org/discoveroom.html> to view their home page and sign-up.   Or contact retiree volunteer Tracy Tomlinson, tctomlin13@gmail.com for more information.

OPAS- Ahwatukee
The YMCA Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors is looking for volunteers to assist Ahwatukee senior citizens and help them maintain their independence.  Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands as well as provide friendly visiting, care giver relief and social outings.  Drivers are the biggest need as there are over 150 appointment requests per week.   Appointments usually last less than 2 hours and you choose what fits your schedule from an online database.    Please call 602-212-6088 or contact Opas@vosymca.org  or stop by the Ahwatukee YMCA.

Interested in mentoring a young Chief Science Officer?
Soroosh Lame is working on an Encore assignment in Arizona with Arizona Science Technology organization. It’s a great organization focused on promoting science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) in Arizona schools and eventually across the country. We have a need for mentors to work with students who are part of the Chief Science Officer program. This is an amazing Arizona initiative that has been getting national recognition from the white house and governor Doug Ducey.  Details of this program, volunteering opportunities, and a registration link is found here .  Or contact retiree Soroosh Lame, email: slame@aztechcouncil.org or phone: 480-242-4090, with questions or for help in getting connected to these opportunities.

Project Lead the Way volunteers needed for the spring semester
Our volunteers have raved about their experiences thus far with Project Lead the Way and the schools love the support from our employees! Come join in and lend a hand at Andersen Elementary and Conley Elementary schools to help teachers deliver PLTW modules to K-6th graders. PLTW students become problem solvers by using structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employing critical thinking, but you need not be an engineer to be able to help! Volunteer every day, every week, or just once! Please contact Layli Mohtashami, if you are interested in volunteering during the workday at Andersen Elementary or Alan Tu if you could lend a hand at Conley Elementary! The schools will close for spring break from March 13th-March 24th, but PLTW help will resume after the break.

Desert Botanical Gardens Seeking Guest Guides and Docents
Guest Guides provide visitors with a friendly face and enhance their experience by providing trail guidance, map orientation and daily schedule information and special interest areas locations and docents share desert knowledge with visitors and transform the visitor experience into one of discovery and meaning. Docents provide themed, guided tours and staff Discovery Stations in the Garden. If interested in lending a hand, fill out the online volunteer application here.

Interested in helping others learn basic computer skills?
Intel will be providing train the trainer classes in the New Year for volunteers interested in helping community non-profits (such as New Adventures in Learning, the Chandler Public Library, Goodwill, and Freshstart) provide basic technology literacy education for adults with little or no experience with computers. The curriculum covers an introduction to computers and operating systems, an introduction to internet browsing and email, and introductions to word processing, spreadsheets, and multimedia. If you would like to volunteer please contact Theresa.l.Niemeyer@intel.com for more information.

Crockett Elementary School’s Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Room with the Balz School District is located at Crockett Elementary School at 501 N 36th St in Phoenix and is looking for some help with inventory and organization of their Family Resource Center. The space stocks school uniforms, school supplies, food and toiletries for those children needing help in within the school district. Volunteer will need a background check performed, but hours and dates for volunteering are very flexible and interested individuals can contact Arlene Palm at lizzison2@yahoo.com or by phone at 602-971-4934.

Junior Achievement of Arizona
We teach entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness to youth–kindergarten through high school.

Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives.  We do this by developing:

  • The desire in young people to value education and stay in school
  • Positive attitudes in young people toward work
  • Business and education partnerships that create a bridge between the classroom and the workplace

Throughout JA’s sequential and integrated kindergarten through grade 12 programs, students use information, apply basic skills, think critically, and solve complex problems to prepare them for life as adults.  We do this via In Classroom programs, JA Biztown, and JA Finance Park.

Junior Achievement relies on over 8,000 volunteers annually to help our mission. Different skill sets are needed for multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year. JA’s current needs include:

  • Classroom Volunteers to lead developed JA lesson plans that encourage the understanding of financial literacy, citizenship and entrepreneurship in K-12 classrooms across Arizona.
  • JA BizTown Volunteers help students run their own companies and achieve personal goals through a four hour simulation.
  • Special Events Volunteers are needed to become committee members, helping with the planning and development of a fundraising event and are also needed on the day of the occasion to assist Junior Achievement staff with the execution of the fundraising event.
  • Administrative Volunteers are needed to assist development and education staff with office duties.

To locate a specific school or program in need of volunteers please check out Junior Achievement of Arizona’s Volunteer Match Page or sign up to volunteer now at:  http://www.jaaz.org/volunteer/
Intel Contact:  Cheryl Bristow – cherylb@jaaz.org

Talking Book Library Recording Studio
Be part of a recording studio team! The Arizona Braille and Talking Book Library produces audio books for all Arizona residents who have a visual or physical disability that prevents the use of conventional print materials. Volunteer opportunities include recording local books and magazines in our studio, editing audio books, and assisting with outreach. A recorded audition is required for those wishing to become readers. Volunteers work closely with staff for initial training and are then able to work independently.
Weekday and evening hours available.
Intel Involved volunteer hours are to be reported to the “Arizona Friends of Talking Books”,  Organization #22896.
Arizona Talking Book Library – http://www.azlibrary.gov/talkingbooks/volunteer
Intel Contact – Mary Alyce Grube – maryalycegrube@cox.net

HandsOn Greater Phoenix
HandsOn Greater Phoenix is a non-profit organization that empowers people to become engaged, take action and create positive change in their communities. We make volunteering easy! Find projects that fit your schedule by browsing our Project Calendar or search for projects by date, location or interest area.

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