Arizona Opportunities

These opportunities are for US official Intel retirees only.

Updated 7/28/2017

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

NEW: The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department is currently seeking volunteers interested in becoming scribes for our Child Safety Seat Clinics program. Scribes assist the firefighters on Saturday mornings by providing clerical services at child safety seat clinics. Anyone interested in volunteering would need to review the opportunity description and submit a completed volunteer application via email to Debbie Simpkins.

NEW: Build Raspberry Pi Computers with kids in foster care–  Join with Arizonans for Children in building Raspberry Pi Computers with local children in foster care. This pilot program (called Arizonans for Children “Pi-oneers”) aims to provide school age children with coding and programming skills and the opportunity to earn their very own computer. Volunteers will assist with building the computers alongside the students. Volunteers should have some background regarding Raspberry Pi, Python programming, and/or JavaScript as these will all be used in the weekend work sessions. The sessions will be held Sept 9th, 15th, 23rd, and 30th from 11am-1:30pm. Volunteer for each session or one session, arriving no later than 11:15am as the students will start arriving at 11:30am. Arizonans for Children is located at 1112 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. If you are interested in joining, please contact Theresa.L.Niemeyer@intel.com to confirm.

NEW: Operation Back to School in Chandler is looking for some help for their annual Operation Back to School Drive. The different opportunities are listed here and interested volunteers can sign up directly though the site.

Hands On Greater Phoenix – Enrich the lives of 3rd-6th grade students by becoming a positive role model. Mentors are being sought for the 2017-18 school year and are asked to commit to a minimum of two hours per week and one full academic year. No prior teaching experience is required, and training is provided to all members. They are particularly looking for mentors interested in engaging with STEM opportunities. To learn more or register, sign up at http://www.handsonphoenix.org/yec

YMCA Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors (YOPAS) is a community effort offering FREE support services for the seniors of Ahwatukee and their caregivers. Services are provided by community volunteers – the generous neighbors of Ahwatukee. YOPAS objective is to meet the needs of the growing senior population in Ahwatukee, with the goal of enabling seniors to maintain independent living in their own homes. If you have some time to spare and are looking to help your community and volunteer they would love to have you join them. To complete the volunteer application, visit https://valleyymca.org/opas/.

Chief Science Officers (CSOs) are 6th through 12th grade students who are elected by their peers to serve as the voice for their schools in the community. These CSOs identify and organize STEM opportunities such as speakers, field trips, activities, and events for their peers. They also serve as the point of contact for STEM-related organizations to meaningfully connect with their schools. To help them achieve their goals as STEM leaders, 350 CSOs will be trained this summer in leadership, strategic planning, and communication skills at one of two training institutes in July and September. This year, Grand Canyon University will be hosting our Summer Institute between July 18th and July 21st for 250 middle and high school CSOs. Volunteers can register at https://chiefscienceofficers.nationbuilder.com/summer-volunteer.

Ongoing opportunities:

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
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.

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.

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

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