June Volunteer Newsletter

Thank you, Sutroites!

It’s remarkable individuals like you, who truly make a difference! We appreciate your interest and time invested, in changing the lives of others. Each month this webpage will be updated with new volunteer opportunities and ways to give back to our community. Enjoy these fun and fulfilling activities while making a positive impact!

Access Books Bay Area – Book Drive

Event Date: June 1 – June 30
Location of Book Drop-Off Box: Break Room
Lead Contact: Justin St. Jean, jstjean@sutrobio.com

Share your love of reading, while giving back to the community. This is a great project for families, including families with young children! 

Contribute to Access Books Bay Area’s mission to bring engaging, high interest books to children who need them most. Students in the communities they serve do not have good access to new and inviting books, especially as compared to their peers in more affluent communities. During this time of distance learning, Access Books Bay Area has developed ways to bring books to these students in under-served communities. These kids want more books and we can help by conducting a book drive.

Examples of popular titles: Dog Man (and other Dav Pilkey), Elephant & Piggie (and other Mo Willems), Geronimo Stilton, Fly Guy, Dork Diaries, Pete the Cat, Splat the Cat, I Survived, Babymouse, Hilo, Narwhal, Dragonbreath, and more!

We accept the following types of book donations:

New Books

Used Books – You can give a new life to the books you don’t need anymore!

  • Please only recent/high quality, elementary school books (no more than 5 years old).
  • Please no workbooks, or books that are worn or have been marked in.
  • No adult books or young adult books.
  • We’d rather have fewer, higher quality books than a larger number that includes low interest/old books.
  • We generally have more need for books for younger readers, grades K-2.
  • Graphic novels are very popular. Bilingual books in Spanish are welcome.

For more information

(Virtual Event) NexGeneGirls Resume Feedback Workshop

CLSA–CLSI Racial & Social Equity (RSE) Initiative

Sign up – FULL

Sign Up By: June 18
Event Date: July 19, 10am-11:30am
Lead Contact: Jennielyn D. Rossi, jdinorossi@gmail.com

Meet with NexGeneGirls 1:1 and provide feedback on their resumes.

Volunteers are needed to help the NexGeneGirls with the essential tools for pursuing STEM careers and building their network of support with STEM leaders.  

Waiting List sign up here

High School Mentor Program

Peninsula Bridge

Sign Up By:  July 31
Phone Interview: August
Event Date: Year-Round Academic Guidance
Lead Contact: Komal Goel, komal@peninsulabridge.org

The Peninsula Bridge High School Academy provides students with year-round academic guidance, mentoring, tutoring, college counseling, workshops and field trips focused on high school success and college and career readiness. Academic Counselors at Peninsula Bridge partner closely with students, parents and high schools to ensure all their students stay on the college path. As students move into 10th and 11th grades, they offer personalized planning and counseling for the college application process including SAT test prep, interview skills, college research, application essays and financial aid.

Every year their high school students work with thier staff and mentors to identify fulfilling summer experiences like academic programs and career internships. Many High School Academy students return to the Peninsula Bridge summer program as teaching assistants too; they are strong role models for the younger students from their communities.

High School Mentoring Program connects college-bound teens with caring adults who act as life coaches, providing encouragement, support and guidance. Mentors make a tremendous positive impact on the lives of students who often don’t have family members who attended college. Students learn to step outside their comfort zones and try new things.


Mentor Requirement

  • 21 years of age and older
  • Submit this HS Mentor Application Form and complete the background check (at the end of the form) by July 31st, following by a phone interview
  • No arrests or felony convictions
  • Dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments

Desirable Qualities

  • Willing and active listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences

Time Commitment

Must be willing to meet with mentee in-person or virtually for a minimum of one hour per month over a minimum long term commitment of 1 year

  • In addition to your in-person monthly meeting, communicate with your mentee a minimum of once every two weeks by telephone or email
  • Attend a one-hour virtual mentor training
  • Attend a minimum of 2 mentor/mentee group events per year (if applicable)

Screening Process

  1. Complete online mentor application form and background check
  2. Phone interview

For more information

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