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Helping Those with Disabilities

Helping Those with Disabilities

Braille and Talking Book Library

Description: Lends books in Braille, digital audio cartridge, retrospective titles on cassette tapes, and downloadable digital books to blind and otherwise print16 disabled people in 48 Northern California counties.

Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with book inspections, machine cleaning, data entry, shelving, pulling books, light computer work, checking books out.

Min Age: 14

Contact: Mike Marlin

Email: mike.marlin@library.ca.gov

Address: 900 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 6540640

Website: www.btbl.ca.gov

Prerequisites: Application. Check for volunteer positions on our web site:




California Council of the Blind

Description: CCB’s vision is that culture, laws, programs, and attitudes throughout California are inclusive of all people, especially persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Volunteer Opportunities: Office tasks such as shredding, mailing, typing Braille; reading for or running errands for the blind during Northern California Convention of the Blind

Minimum Age: 16, must be accompanied by adult

Contact: Office Staff

Email: ccotb@ccbnet.org

Phone: Executive Office (916) 4412100 or (800) 2216359

Address: 1303 J Street Suite 400, Sacramento CA 95814

Website: www.ccbnet.org

Prerequisites: None




Horses for Healing

Description: Dedicated to enhancing the physical and spiritual wellbeing of special needs individuals and their loved ones through involvement with horses.

Volunteer Opportunities: Setting up games, cleaning up the arena, assisting at the gate, sidewalking with student, special events.

Minimum Age: 14

Contact: Rachelle Hobbs

Email: info@horsesforhealing.org

Phone: (530) 8879573

Address: 13355 Bell Brook Drive Auburn, CA 95602

Website: www.horsesforhealing.org

Prerequisites: Complete forms that can be found online and contact Rachelle via email when you plan to volunteer. Also, don’t forget to wear working shoes!



Lend a Heart Animal-Assisted Therapy

Description: An all-volunteer organization that provides animal-assisted therapy to children and seniors.

Volunteer Opportunities: Throughout the greater Sacramento area

Min. Age: 10 with parent/guardian participation

Contact: N/A

Email: lendaheart.aat@gmail.com

Phone: N/A

Address: PO Box 60617, Sacramento CA 95860

Website: lendaheart.org

Prerequisites: Complete an application packet online



Project R.I.D.E. Inc.

Description: Project R.I.D.E. provides recreational therapeutic horseback riding instruction to people with special needs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Side walkers and leaders to assist directly in lessons, additional opportunities available

Min Age:14

Contact Person: Marisa DeSalles

Email: volunteer@projectride.org

Phone:(916) 685-7433

Address: 8840 Southside Ave. Elk Grove CA 95624

Website: www.projectride.org   

Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.): (New) Facebook, Twitter

Prerequisite: Attend training, held monthly



Ride To Walk

Description: Ride To Walk is a therapeutic riding program for individuals with disabilities. Our mission is to enhance the lives of children, young adults and adults with disabilities by providing innovative therapeutic horseback riding activities that are recreational in nature and adapted to the individual’s needs and abilities. Ride To Walk strives to provide a positive support system for individuals with disabilities, their parents/caregivers, and community.

Volunteer Opportunities: side-walker, horse grooming, horse leading, landscaping, fundraising

Min Age: 16

Contact Person: Tammy Allerdice, Office Manager

Email: ridetowalk@sbcglobal.net   

Phone: 916-434-0693

Address: 1630 Highway 193, Lincoln, CA 95648

Website: http://www.ridetowalk.org/

Social Media: Facebook

Prerequisite: None



Special Olympics Northern California

Description: Special Olympics Northern California provides athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, instilling the confidence they need to succeed in life.

Volunteer Opportunities: Timing, scorekeeping, lunch service, awards at competitions, assist coaches during practices, general office work.

Min Age: 12, with adult supervision; 16+ without adult supervision

Contact Person: Jeff Ruthenberg, Vice President of Regional Sports

Email: jeffr@sonc.org

Phone: 916-375-1930, x207

Address: 1401 Halyard Drive, Suite 100, West Sacramento, CA 95691

Website: www.sonc.org

Social Media: Facebook www.facebook.com/SONorCal, Twitter: @SONorCal

Prerequisite: Application and online orientation.



Society for the Blind

Description: Empowers individuals who are blind or have low vision to live productively and independently by building confidence through training tools and mentorship.

Volunteer Opportunities: Reader program (Access News)- help read and record newspapers, magazines and books so clients can listen to publications by telephone

Min. Age: 8th grade (will need parent supervision during orientation process)

Contact: Robyn Crose, Volunteer Coordinator or Jacob Weaver, Access News coordinator

Email: rcrose@societyfortheblind.org, jweaver@societyfortheblind.org

Phone: (916) 889-7518, (916) 889-7519

Address: 1238 S Street, Sacramento 95811

Website: www.societyfortheblind.org

Prerequisites: Contact coordinator to set up meeting



Very Inspirational People (VIP)

Description: Provides opportunities for inspirational athletes with developmental disabilities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Work directly with athletes during sporting activities, assist with lunches, dinner and special events; Become a timer, coach, or score keeper.

Min Age: 14

Contact: Donna Adams

Email: adams.f@sbcglobal.net

Phone: (916) 6065844

Address: Varies during the seasons; Refer to website for location of events.

Website: www.vipinfo.org

Prerequisite: Please email to sign up.