Volunteer at Rancho Cielo

From one-on-one mentorship to onsite gardening, we’re always looking for dependable, caring, and enthusiastic volunteers. Your efforts and generosity ensure that our programs, activities, and most of all, our students, thrive. Please join us!

Why Volunteer at Rancho Cielo?

When you volunteer with Rancho Cielo, you become a part of our community and our students’ rich story. Directly or indirectly, you are essential in supporting our students’ efforts to continue their education, learn new skills, develop self-esteem and confidence, and become responsible members of their communities.

What’s more, your time and talents are invaluable gifts, and without your support, it would be impossible to do the work we do.

Volunteer Opportunities

Rancho Cielo has a variety of volunteer needs and roles. Individuals and groups are welcome. Volunteering can be a rewarding experience with co-workers, team-building, and a meaningful service opportunity that meets the passions and interests of corporate, faith-based, and civic groups. Note: Volunteers and mentors who work one-on-one with students must have a background check administered.

The current areas where we need support:

  • FUNdraising event staff (Commitment: as needed.)
  • Friday night dinners with Drummond Culinary Academy (Commitment: as needed.)
  • Classroom tutors/mentors (Commitment: 1–2 hours/week, preferably mornings.)
  • Leadership garden (Commitment: Monday and Friday mornings.)
  • Development and funding research (Commitment: 2–3 hours/week.)
  • Pro bono legal support/assistance (Commitment: as needed.) 
  • Crafters (Commitment: Flexible and seasonal.)
  • Green Building Ambassadors (Construction industry professionals, especially with a green focus. Commitment: flexible) 
  • Program Assistants
    • Drummond Culinary Academy: Help us maintain student records, track alumni students, and help keep the program’s administrative tasks running smoothly. (Commitment: flexible.)
    • Academy Programs: Help with recruitment and outreach activities to enroll students in our Construction & Sustainable Building and Culinary Academies. (Commitment: busy but seasonal.)
    • Volunteer Program: Help with recruitment, community outreach, and record maintenance. (The Commitment is flexible, and some projects may be done remotely.) 
  • Veggie Box Assembly (August)
    • Assemble Boxes: This can be done during or before the event days.
    • Assembly Line Lead: Help us by placing boxes onto a pallet and keeping count.
    • Assembly Line Volunteer: Help us pack veggies in a box.
    • End of Assembly Line Volunteer: Place flyers in the box and close the box at the end of each assembly line.
    • Box Replenishment: Replenish boxes for each assembly line during event date/dates.
    • Box Breakdown: During the event, please help us break down extra boxes and place them in the recycling bin.
    • Veggie box delivery volunteer: Help us deliver veggie boxes. This can be during or after the event date.

Get Involved

Interested in sharing your time and talent? Please get in touch with Sandra Moore, Volunteer Coordinator, at 831-444-3523 or email smoore@ranchocieloyc.org