Could you be ready to deploy on a Search & Rescue Mission 24 hours a day?  Do you get stoked by the concept of being ready for anything, attending bootcamp trainings, and going on missions to find lost and missing people “anytime, anywhere, in any weather?” 

If you answered yes to the above – Your Mission is to check out the Search & Rescue Volunteer Ops with Marin County Search & Rescue TODAY!

Marin Search & Rescue is a Division of Marin County Sheriff Robert T. Doyle’s Office and is comprised of about 50% Adults and 50% youth members.  Applications for Spring 2010 Recruitment are due March 5th, 2010 so if the idea of this Volunteer OP has you packing your “Survival Kit” check out it!  Keep in mind, there are required monthly and/or weekly meetings, required bootcamp trainings, and you need to be available 24/7 to respond to a Search & Rescue Mission call.

For the Inside Look at what goes on behind the scenes to keep Marin County safe - check out producer and show host Aptilanne’s Hurley’s: “Are We Prepared?”  Video On-Demand below::

Click here for a behind the scenes look at Disaster Preparedness in Marin County, CA

 If you don’t live in/near the Marin/San Francisco Bay Area and want to look into Search & Rescue Ops in your area check with your local Sheriff’s Department for details on what volunteer resources and recommendations they have for you – and Good Luck!

If the idea of facing danger, protecting people, and serving the public for the greater good of the community sounds like something you were born to do then “Your Mission is to check out the Volunteer Ops waiting for you” at a few of the Fire Departments in your local area!  Each program differs and this is another one of those opportunities that is in demand so you may have to check out a few to see which one’s are taking on and training new recruits.

Another idea is to take a lifesaving class with your local Red Cross Chapter - which will get you closer to “being ready for anything” when the time comes to step in and volunteer to save a life.  Aprilanne


There are so many qualified, trustworthy organizations out there helping people in need, and while we will be adding to this category on an ongoing basis – to get things rolling if your mission is to help people – check out the Center For Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin - located in San Rafael, CA for a nice selection of volunteer programs to fit your lifestyle and interests.

"Showcase" Volunteers get exposed to great designers and people with similar interests!

One of my favorite nonprofit events that offers great volunteer opportunities is The Marin Designers Showcase.  California Living produced and aired 3 Home Design Specials on this main fundraising event for the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin.  

We’ll be putting CA Living’s Inside Look’ at the 38th Annual Marin Designer Showcase On-demand here soon, which reveals how a 100+ year old, 6,500 square foot “summer cottage” was transformed into an elegant estate for Showcase. 

In the meantime, if you’re into ‘Home Design” Your Mission is to check out the Volunteer Ops waiting for you @ Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership of Marin.

It’s also worth repeating that the American Red Cross offers the ability to search for volunteer opportunities in your area by visiting their site as well so please check it out and let us know how you make out!


Does the idea of close encounters with tiny babies and wild life of the cute and furry kind make your heart pound?  If the answer is yes “Your Mission” is to Become a WildCare Volunteer TODAY!  

Wildcare Animal Hospital Photo
“Be a part of the solution and Voluteer Today!

You can train to become a volunteer at the WildCare Hospital – the bonus is – you’ll gain as much or more than the animals will from this incredibly rewarding experience…

You can also Volunteer as a Terwilliger Nature Guide  if enjoying the great outdoors is more your style.  Orientations are ongoing and like many of the most sought after ‘Volunteer Ops” can fill up quickly so if working with wild life in the great outdoors is your mission – check it out TODAY!

 Please visit for more info and Volunteer Orientation Sign-ups!