Building Skills Transforming Lives


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer Cleanup Day

  • Two friends helping out at Veggie Packing Day.

Our staff members and volunteers support our youth in their efforts to feel good about themselves and others, learn marketable work and life skills, become responsible members of their communities, and continue their education. 

Qualities of our volunteers: Motivated, mature, responsible, empathetic, outgoing, organized, friendly, dependable, caring, respectful, honest & always enthusiastic!

For detailed information about the volunteer positions that are currently available, please contact us.

Having a caring adult, one that shows up and shares their life experiences and skills gives our students hope. -Melodie Solton, Writing and Test Prep Volunteer.

Classroom Tutors (Mentors)

There is a big need for dedicated, caring adults to serve as tutor/mentors for our students. Their proficiency ranges from early grade levels to high school. You don’t need to be a master of a subject or possess a teaching credential. However, consistent participation, patience, and enthusiasm for helping others learn can make a big difference for our students. Commitment: 1 to 2 hours/week, preferably mornings. Students learn:

  • English
  • History
  • World History
  • Math
  • Science
  • Carpentry
  • Broadcast Media
  • Horticulture
  • Art & Music

Recruitment is ongoing.

Administrative Support

Train as part of the front office to provide staff back-up as needed. Administrative experience is important for this position. Customer service and previous experience with receptionist/multi-line phone required. Commitment: as needed.

Leadership Garden

Interested in gardening? Join our dedicated volunteers from UC Monterey Bay Master Gardeners to keep our garden green and healthy.  Students often participate in garden activities too, making this a great bonding opportunity.  Commitment: Monday and Friday mornings.

Development Research 

Help us find appropriate foundations and funding opportunities to support our programs.  Research can be done independently. Commitment: 2-3 hours/week.

Program Assistants

Drummond Culinary Academy: Help us maintain student records, track alumni students, and help keep the program’s administrative tasks running smoothly.  Flexible scheduling.

Academy Programs: Help with recruitment and outreach activities to enroll students in our Green Building and Culinary Academies.  From delivering flyers and posters to helping with follow-up, this is a busy but seasonal position.

Volunteer Program:  Help with recruitment, community outreach, and record maintenance.  Flexible scheduling – some projects may even be done from home! 

Transitional Housing

There are various roles to take on to support our Transitional Housing program. Bring a group to help with the landscape upkeep, become a skill-building mentor (i.e. resume writing, interview techniques), attend field trips as an additional adult/chaperone. Commitment: Flexible.

Green Building Ambassadors 

Are you involved with the construction industry – especially with a green building focus? Would you like to help develop and train your future workforce? Then, we need you to join our Green Building Ambassadors program. Activities include a presentation to our Construction Academy students on your specialty and offering one or two of our students’ special insight/tour of your business. Help open doors for student success. Commitment: Flexible 

Pro Bono Legal Team

Some of our students and their families are facing legal issues that may be overwhelming.  There is a real need for legal support and guidance in areas such as family law, fines/citations, probation violations, other defense concerns and traffic infractions. Commitment: As needed. 


Are you willing to share your crafty side with our students?  We are looking for a handful of people willing to lead craft projects especially related to special holidays like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Halloween. This position is flexible and seasonal. Class time for projects is approximately one hour. 

There are also opportunities for groups, special projects, and special events. 

Volunteers & Mentors will work one on one with students, and therefore will be required to have a background check administered.

For information about volunteering with us please contact our volunteer coordinator.


Volunteering at Rancho Cielo

Click here to fill out a Volunteer Application.

For more information contact Marisol Diaz, Volunteer Coordinator at 831-444-3523 or via email at mdiaz@ranchocieloyc.org