Caring at Carey
Nurturing kindness is a key part of the Carey mission. Through an awareness of how we can help our community, we can help instill kindness in our children and help fulfill the school’s mission.
Volunteer activity not only helps the people you reach out to, it builds stronger and happier kids. Children feel empowered when they understand that they can help others. They learn responsibility, tolerance and sometimes even job skills. By volunteering as a family, you demonstrate the value of kindness to your kids.
Caring at Carey exists to raise awareness about community service and the role it plays in the mission of the Carey School, as well as how we parents can support this part of our kids’ Carey experience. Find out more about Caring at Carey.
Carey Community Service
Family-Friendly Volunteer Opportunities
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We have organized ourselves to do three things:
- Raise awareness among parents by looking for community service components that fall naturally out of CSPA sponsored events. Typically, this has meant taking leftover food or supplies from an event to a shelter;
- Extend awareness through rallying the entire Carey community around multiple family-friendly volunteer events during the school year;
- Make it easier for families to adopt community service as part of their parenting strategy by sharing information about family-oriented volunteer opportunities in the newsletter and on this webpage.
In our outreach to local organizations, we try to find and promote opportunities that:
- Involve interaction rather than fundraising;
- Involve interaction from the ENTIRE family, not just the parents or the kids;
- Are entirely sponsored by and organized by the community service organization (we are being very careful NOT to create a series of Carey-sponsored events).
Last year the Caring at Carey Events were:
Garden Day at Carey (September)
Attendance: 28 Carey families
Work accomplished: Built a new greenhouse and planted it with 350 seeds, removed hay and bushes, installed and planted 2 new trough planters, 10 smaller planters and California native plant garden and created 40 plant markers.
San Francisco Food Bank Project (November)
Attendance: 80 Carey family members
Work accomplished: Sorted cheese sticks for a school lunch program and packaged over 2,100 pounds of rice to feed 6,000 people!
Home and Hope Family Shelter (December and March)
Attendance: 7 Carey families
Work accomplished: Made dinner and provided craft activities and games for the 5 families living in the shelter.
Holiday Singing at Atria (December)
Attendance: Over 60 Carey family members
Work accomplished: Sang together and brought holiday cheer to the residents at Atria Senior Living in Burlingame.
Rebuilding Together Peninsula Project at Hatch Elementary School in Half Moon Bay (April)
Attendance: 20 Carey families
Work accomplished: Helped refurbish the playground and to spruce up the after-school program garden.
Caring at Carey Holiday Sing at Atria Senior Living Group, 250 Myrtle Rd, Burlingame, Sunday, 12/15, 1-1:30 pm
The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Carey children will spread holiday cheer again this year to the residents of the Atria Senior Living Group. Linda Underwood will lead the children in holiday songs from 1:00-1:30 pm, but please arrive by 12:45 pm so that we can get organized and start promptly at 1:00 pm. Siblings are welcome to attend. This will be a fun holiday event for the students and the Atria residents! Please note: chairs placed in the room are not for the Carey attendees, but for residents. Please contact Judy Cowell at or Amy Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Read about the latest Carey student to be recognized for their kindness through the Spotlight on Carey Program here
To nominate a student for the Spotlight on Carey Program click Spotlight a Carey Student
With the holiday season upon us, Caring at Carey is inviting Carey families to participate in a special family project: The Gratitude Calendar.
Family-friendly Volunteering Opportunities
CALL Primrose – “FILL a box and FEED a family” – Fill boxes with selected food items plus a $20 Safeway gift card to be passed on to a deserving low-income household. Email to register for this opportunity and to receive a packing list. You’ll need to buy the items and pack them in a box (office file box size with lid, approx.). Boxes can be dropped off as close to Nov 20th and Dec 11th as possible, but not before. Please register first via email: . In addition, new, unwrapped toys for children 12 and under and gift cards to Safeway and Target are being accepted.
HIP Housing – No holiday specific info yet.
InnVision Shelter Network – Support homeless families and individuals this holiday season through our special Holiday Giving and Volunteering Opportunities such as donating a Thanksgiving or Holiday Dinner Basket or providing and serving a holiday meal (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day). Learn about more opportunities or sign up.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) – Individuals and groups bring holiday cheer to JFCS clients, including isolated seniors living at home, people with disabilities, and families facing financial hardship. You can assemble and/or deliver holiday gift bags for Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover. The volunteer commitment is approximately 2 hours. For more information contact: Pauline Shulman 650-931-1858 or .
Mid Peninsula Boys & Girls Club – No holiday specific info yet.
Salvation Army – All new or gently used coats can be taken to one of the many Salvation Army ‘Coats for Kids’ collection drives in various communities across the country. To find a participating Salvation Army near you, enter your zip code here.
Samaritan House – Family Sharing Program is a perfect demonstration of Samaritan House’s motto, Neighbor Helping Neighbor. Through the program, individuals, corporations, and community groups can “adopt” local, low-income families or seniors for the holiday season and purchase needed clothing, food, or toys for them. For additional information and to apply to adopt one a family or senior this year, please download and return the Family Sharing application. For more information contact: Family Sharing Program Hotline (650) 523-0830 or .
The second Saturday of each March, June, September and December – 8:00AM to 11:00AM: Help beautify the San Francisco Zoo by working in our gardens with Renew the Zoo! Work gloves, tools and refreshments provided. Pre-registration required. Early birds also wanted to help register volunteers! Questions: (415) 522-9702 or RenewtheZoo[at]sfzoo.org. Learn More
Saturdays or Sundays (check link for details by location): To help find homes for our rescued cats and kittens, the Homeless Cat Network holds adoption fairs every weekend of the year. They need people to help care for these cats and introduce them to prospective adopters. Learn More
Every Day-Call to arrange a time: Half Moon Bay State Beach needs volunteers to restore native habitats at Francis, Venice, Roosevelt and Dunes Beaches. The removal of non-native plants and the monitoring of newly planted areas will help increase the native wildlife in the park. Shifts can be from 2 to 3 hours. Learn More
Every weekday & Saturdays 9am-12pm and 12:30-3:30pm, Sundays 9-11am, 12:30-2:30pm: Come see what’s in season – from peaches to beans and rice – and get it out the door! Help the San Francisco Food Bank sort, package and distribute these nutritious foods for our community. Minimum age limit is 8 years old during Saturday projects, and 4 years old during Sunday projects. Preregistration is required – no dropins. Learn More
Saturdays: Transform a street in Redwood City by digging in and planting a tree with City Trees. Shovels, gloves and refreshments are provided. You’ll be teamed up with a planting captain and other volunteers. Projects start at 9:00 and usually finish around noon. It’s a fun way to get some exercise and fresh air while helping the environment and beautifying a neighborhood. There is a demonstration planting and then people are sent out in teams with experienced planters, so no experience is required. Learn More
Anytime: InnVision Shelter Network, the leading provider of housing and support services for the homeless in San Mateo County, depends on generous gifts of time and talent from our community to help homeless families and individuals return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. There are many ways you can engage with IVSN to support our mission of ending homelessness such as working directly with clients (serving a meal) or improving the shelter (tend the organic garden). Please contact: Lynnelle Bilsey, Sr Manager of Volunteer Programs: 650-685-5880 ext. 125 or lbilsey[at]ivsn.org. Learn More