Call to Action Day

Call to Action Day Sites

New Call to Action Day opportunity—sign-up re-opened.
Join a group of NDNU staff and students at Fair Oaks Elementary in Redwood City for a Reading Partners experience. After an orientation session you will do 45 minute sessions of one-on-one reading with children who need special attention.
Leave campus at 11:30 a.m., return 4:30 p.m.

Half Moon Bay Catholic Worker House
Time to meet at the Quad: 8 a.m.
Time of service Project: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 2:30 p.m.
20 participants needed

FULL

A Morning on the Coast

Open since 2000, the Kelly Avenue Catholic Worker provides housing and food for those in need. It is run out of a residential home that offers transitional housing for one family at a time. They also run a breakfast program and have a large organic garden. Volunteers will serve breakfast and work in the garden on the same site, a Lutheran Church that welcomes Catholic Worker Programs. Volunteers please wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.

Potrero Nuevo Farm in Half Moon Bay
Time to meet in the Quad: 12 p.m.
Time of service project: 1 p.m. – 4p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 4:30 p.m.
25 Participants needed

FULL

Down on the Farm

The majority of the harvest from this expansive organic farm is donated to those in need in the coast-side community, distributed through groups like Catholic Worker of Half Moon Bay, Puente de la Costa Sur in Pescadero and Table of Plenty in Half Moon Bay. The farm also hosts a U-pick Club for local families and offer farm tours to community groups. Lunch will be provided.

Padua Dining Room
Time to meet in the Quad: 7:15 a.m.
Time of service project: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
25 participants needed

FULL

Feed the Hungry in Menlo Park

The Padua Dining Room of St. Anthony’s Church in Redwood City provides hot, nutritious meals and other services fifty-two weeks a year. It charges no fees, asks no questions and turns no one away. Volunteers will be helping cook and serve a meal for over 100 people. Volunteers please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Lunch will be provided.

San Bruno Mountain Watch
Time to meet in the Quad: 8 a.m.
Time of service project: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 1:30 p.m.
10 participants needed

FULL

Following Ohlone Trails in Brisbane

San Bruno Mountain hike, ecology/Native American culture, natural history and restoration work. NDNU students and staff will be accompanying 30 5th graders from Belle Air School and guides from San Bruno Mountain Watch to this unique remnant the Franciscan Bioregion, home to several endangered species. Volunteers please wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for hiking. Lunch will be provided.

Treasure Island Sailing Center
Time to meet in the Quad: 7:30 a.m.
Time of service project: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 2 p.m.
8 participants needed

FULL

Setting Sail in San Francisco

The Treasure Island Sailing Center is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve our community and the sport of sailing by providing access, facilities, and sailing instruction to people of all socio-economic backgrounds, skill levels, and physical abilities. The Treasure Island Sailing Center offers sailing and water sports lessons to youth, adult, and adaptive sailors. NDNU students and staff will accompany 5th grade students from Belle Air School in San Bruno as they learn about the bay and sailing, then board vessels that will take them out on the Bay! Volunteers please wear warm clothing in layers and closed toed shoes. Lunch will be provided.

Community Psychology Class at Belle Air Elementary
By Invitation – Community Engagement Course

Join the Community Psychology class in an engagement with the children of Belle Air Elementary School. Through games and reflection activities, we will explore and appreciate the lives of children through their struggles, hopes and dreams. Lunch will be provided.

InnVision Shelter Network - Maple Street
Time to meet in the Quad: 9:30 a.m.
Time of service project: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 2:30 p.m.
20 participants needed

FULL

Let’s Do Lunch in Redwood City!

On the mid-Peninsula, InnVision provides food, showers, clothing, emergency assistance, medical care, and counseling to homeless and low-income individuals and families in Northern Santa Clara County and Southern San Mateo County. Volunteers will be hosting a barbeque lunch for Maple Street clients—single adults, many of them veterans-- and sorting through donations. Lunch will be provided.

InnVision Shelter Network- First Step for Families
Time to meet in the Quad: 8:45 a.m.
Time of service project: 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 3:00 p.m.
20 participants needed

FULL

Interior Decorating in San Mateo

On the mid-Peninsula, InnVision provides food, showers, clothing, emergency assistance, medical care, and counseling to homeless and low-income individuals and families in Northern Santa Clara County and Southern San Mateo County. Volunteers will be painting at the facility. Please wear clothes on which you don't mind getting paint! Lunch will be provided.

Habitat for Humanity Restore
Time to meet in the Quad: 9:30 a.m.
Time of service project: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 2 p.m.
10 participants needed
FULL

Affordable Housing for All

ReStore sells donated new and gently used-home improvement goods, furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds are used by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help build and renovate more homes and communities. Volunteers will work with the store managers to restock and organize these building supply donations that make remodeling and new construction available to those on the margins of homelessness. Lunch will be provided.

Belmont Parks & Rec: Creek Clean-up
Time to meet in the Quad: 9:30 a.m.
Time of service project: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 2:30 p.m.
20 participants needed

FULL

Clean up your creek!

Students will walk the creek channel through the NDNU campus and through Twin Pines Park picking up foreign objects including plastic bags, litter, and metal. The work will involve walking directly in the creek bed and using litter tongs to pick up and bag objects. Afterwards, the Department of Public Works supervise you in categorization the litter, providing important data to understand upstream pollution. The learning is for students to see the value of an urban creek and the challenges of maintaining and improving it. Volunteers please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Lunch will be provided.

Belmont Parks & Rec: Waterdog Lake Invasive Species Removal
Time to meet in the Quad: 9:30 a.m.
Time of service project: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 2:30 p.m.
20 participants needed
FULL

Restoring Native Flora

Students will walk into Belmont’s open space trails removing invasive plant species under the guidance of Belmont Parks and Rec staff. The project includes the removal of invasive plant species that have grown up along the trail. Also, the debris that has accumulated along the shoreline of Waterdog Lake will be gathered into piles for removal by the Parks crew. Students will use rakes and other tools to collect the material. Lunch will be provided. Volunteers please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Lunch will be provided.

Puente de la Costa Sur in Pescadero
Time to meet in the Quad: 11:00 a.m.
Time of service project: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 4:30 p.m.
10 participants needed

FULL

A Bridge to Children

As the region’s only Community Resource Center, Puente serve the San Mateo County South Coast communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, and San Gregorio. Puente both advocates for these communities and leverages resources that foster economic prosperity and security, and that promote individual and community health and wellness. Volunteers will decorate bags for Dia de Los Ninos. These goodie bags will be distributed to children. Lunch will be provided. Students will also learn more about the population on the South Coast and about the services that Puente provides each year to over 1900 people. Lunch will be provided.

Art Therapy Activities with Fair Housing and Adult Resources
Time to meet in the Quad: 10 a.m.
Time of service project: 10:30 a.m. – 1p.m.
10 participants needed

FULL

Draw Me a Picture….

Art Therapy is defined by the American Art Therapy Student Association as a "Mental Health Profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve & enhance the physical, mental & emotional well-being of individuals of all ages."  We would like you to participate in the group and also facilitate assistance to the fellow attendees i.e. FHAR housing guests.  This means also helping us engage our attendees and being an active participant.  This can be done by being friendly and social to our guests, helping them with any part of the art activity, and giving encouragement and compliments.
Lunch will be provided.

Marine Science Institute: Shore-side Ecology and Marine Life Lessons
Time to meet in the Quad: 1:30 p.m.
Time of service project: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 6 p.m.
FULL

Exploring the Estuary

The Marine Science Institute puts students in direct physical contact with their local bay environment with the hope that will cultivate their natural sense of curiosity while enriching their understanding of science and fostering a responsibility to protect their environment. Volunteers will join the 5th graders of Belle Air School in San Bruno at this ecology haven in Redwood City’s Harbor, at which they will have a 4 station lesson on shore-side ecology—which includes “petting” sharks!

Second Harvest Food Bank
Time to meet in the Quad: 8:20 a.m.
Time of service project: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Time participant will return to campus: 12:30 p.m.
San Carlos

20 participants needed
FULL

Access to Food is a Human Right

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted community leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly a quarter of a million persons each month. Volunteers will help with sorting, boxing, bagging, or labeling. Volunteers please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes.

Sports, Service, and Society – no sign ups
2 – 5:30 p.m.
San Francisco
By Invitation

Sports, Service and Society

This NDNU class seeks to build bonds and open communication between the NDNU and the Tenderloin communities through sports education. Professor Don Stannard- Friel and his class will be holding a sports clinic at Tenderloin Children’s Playground. Attendance at this is for the class but will also include other students, by invitation of Prof. Stannard-Friel.

Sports Clinic at Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula
Time to meet in the Quad: 1 p.m.
Time of service project: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 4 p.m.
Closed

Soccer Dreams

Join the staff and student of our Soccer team to work with a group of students from a local Community School for soccer skill development, fun, games and sportsmanship.

Graffitti Mural
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Place: TBA

Community members are invited to observe and participate in the painting of a mural, to be installed on campus that gives artistic expression to responses to hate speech. Guest artists, Nathan Tan and Eustinove Smith will discuss the work and the community dynamics around a reconciliation-themed mural. Come, participate, and learn.
Artist participants: 50 (training session required.)
Observers/Dialogue participants: No limit

The Junipero Serra Pproject
Time to meet at the Quad: 8 a.m.
Time of service Project: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Time participant will return to campus: 1:30 p.m.
15 participants needed

FULL

Joined by 4th and 5th graders from Belle Air School in San Bruno, we will do restoration work in this beautiful County Park's Magic Mountain play area. This is a vary popular playground and requires routine maintenance to keep it in good shape for our youngest park visitors. From this work base, NDNU students and staff will rotate with groups of the children on a loop nature hike through the oak chaparral habitat, guided by County Park interpretive rangers.
Volunteers should wear clothes that they don't mind getting dirty, sturdy, closed-toes shoes, and a hat. Gloves and tools will be provided.

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