April 2014 Volunteer Opportunities

VEC/BiSHoP is currently looking for people interested in volunteer opportunities and/or learning more about the South of Market community and working with seniors and families. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities available at our center:
April 2014 – Volunteer Opportunities

1. Food Distribution – Help pass out food or check clients in during our Immigrant Food Assistance Program, 1:30pm – 3 pm, every Thursday
2. Remembering Bataan – This will be a public event, open to all to commemorate the Fall of Bataan. We need volunteers to help with set up and documentation, clean up, checking in attendees, and serving food after. When? April 9, 2 – 3 pm
3. Bingo Birthday Bash – Celebrate the births of our lovely seniors with fun and games! Help facilitate the bingo game and serve food, 2 – 4 pm, April 25
4. Office Support – VEC is open 9 – 5 pm (Closed 12 – 1 pm), Monday through Friday. We need help calling clients, filing, data entry, and other tasks. If you’re looking for office/administrative experience, VEC is the place for you!
5. Bill Sorro Housing Program – Do you believe that housing is a human right? Are you interested in learning about development and the effects of gentrification? Volunteer with VEC’s Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP)! We are looking for volunteers interested in community organizing and outreach.
– April 1, 2014, Tuesday – “Block the Google Bus Giveaway!” – Join BiSHoP to rally against the MTA Commission approved pilot project for tech shuttle buses. Help document the rally and write a reflection to put on our website. Meet at Bayanihan Community Center at 2:00 pm.
– April 2, 2014, Wednesday – “March on Vanguard Properties: The Ellis Act is Elder Abuse” – Join BiSHoP along with other orgs such as Eviction Free San Francisco for a spirited lunchtime march and picket at Vanguard Properties to demand that Vanguard Properties rescind the Ellis Act eviction of Benito Santiago, a Filipino senior and disabled SF resident. Help document the action and write a reflection to put on our website. Meet at Bayanihan Community Center at 10:30 am.
– April 5, 2014, Saturday – “Assembly of Bay Area Residents” – An assembly of residents from across the Bay Area, coming together to discuss resistance to the current wave of financial speculation and tech development. We are in need of volunteers who can attend this assembly to take pictures and also write an article to post on our website.
– April 24, 2014, Thursday – Community Housing Meeting – Help BiSHoP set up, check in clients, serve food, and document a community housing meeting with San Francisco residents. Come to Bayanihan Community Center by 5 pm.
– April 26, 2014, Saturday – City-Wide Tenant Rally – More details will be given as the date approaches.
*We are still in the planning our night workshops/meetings for the month of April. You will be emailed of nighttime and weekend volunteeropportunities once they are scheduled.*
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these events or would like to know more about VEC and schedule a tour of our center, simply reply to this email or call us at 415-255-2347.
SHOUT OUT TO OUR NEWEST VOLUNTEERS: Natalie, Taylor, Cesar, Rachel, Hans, Esteban, Zhangfan, and Catherine. 

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