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

Volunteers & Mentors who work one-on-one with students will be required to have a background check administered.

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

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 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! 

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. 

Veggie Box Stuffing

August 2022

We need your help getting boxes filled with veggies assembled and delivered to local families Here are some of the positions available:

  • Assemble Boxes: This can be done during or before the day of the event.
  • 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 help us break down extra boxes and place them into the recycling bin.
  • Veggie box delivery volunteer: Help us deliver veggie boxes. This can be during the event date or after.

Volunteering at Rancho Cielo

Click here to fill out a Volunteer Application.

For more information contact Sandra Moore, Volunteer Coordinator at 831-444-3523 or via email at volunteer@ranchocieloyc.org