Volunteer in and Around Oro Valley
The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious and may revolutionize a whole town – Eleanor H. Porter, author, 1868-1920
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.- Aesop, storyteller, 620-564 BC
The Golden Goose Thrift Shop
The Golden Goose Thrift Shop, located in Catalina at 15970 North Oracle Road , is an enormous thrift shop with new things arriving constantly. There are special sales every day that they are open, and the sales are always changing. This thrift store truly must be visited to be appreciated fully. Items cover spectrum- clothing to housewares, sports equipment, jewelry, a very large book collection, a huge furniture section, loads of artwork, lamps…I could go on and on. I have seen everything from Wedgewood china to a Vespa (yep, you read that right- someone donated a Vespa!). If it is time to purge your own belongings (as Rancho Vistoso only allows garage sales twice a year), and they are in usable and salable condition, bring them on up! To arrange for pickup of larger items, please call (520) 825-9101 between 8:00AM and 3:00PM, Monday – Saturday.
You are making a great difference by shopping and donating to the Golden Goose- retail therapy you can feel fabulous about!!!
Ready to have a ball and volunteer? You won’t regret it! I am a volunteer at the Golden Goose (I try to make it most Tuesdays in the morning or the afternoon- depending on my schedule) and I can tell you that I walk out of there like I am on a cloud. They people are fabulous to volunteer with, we have an absolute blast AND it feels great to know that it is directly helping others in the surrounding communities. I have made some great new friends- both volunteers and patrons. There are over 500 volunteers who donate about 6000 hours a month at the Goose. Extroverted personality? Work the sales floor. Not ready to jump in front of the public? Be an integral part of the operations in the backroom (I secretly call it Santa’s Workshop) and assist in repairing, researching or pricing the merchandise. Strong? The truck always need help. The Golden Goose provides funds to the Saddlebrooke Community Outreach and Catalina Community Services who in turn focus many of their programs on children and seniors in both Pima and Pinal counties.
Tuesday – Friday 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Moonlight Madness is on the 3rd Friday of every month: 4:00PM – 7:00PM
Print a 20% off an item coupon by clicking
– and get up to the Goose!
The Foundation For Animals In Risk (FAIR) is a wonderful operation that saves the lives of many animals,attempting to place them with owners who will love and enjoy them. If you are an animal lover, this is for you. We personally adopted our wonderful little cat, Beans, through this organization (she is the gray tabby kitty featured prominently in photos around this website) and I can’t tell you what a wonderful addition she has been to our lives. Even though their offices are not technically located in Oro Valley, there are volunteer opportunities in and around the OV with this great group (like the PetSmart adoption facility in Oro Valley). Save a life AND enrich your own?? How much better can it get? Just click on the above to read all about the great opportunities for helping, and submit your application.
Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library (Book Shop)
The Oro Valley Public Library wants you! If you have a love for books and want to make a difference
while making new friends, contact the Friends of the Library Used Book Shoppe today! They have a shop inside the library and also recently opened “Book Shoppe Too!” at the southwest corner of La Canada and Lambert in Canada Crossings.
The Oro Valley Community Foundation
Since its inception in 2009, the Oro Valley Community Foundation has been providing grants to non-profit organizations in bringing assistance and enrichment to the lives of countless people in our area. From offering clothing and school supplies to disadvantaged children, furnishing a van to assist the elderly and disabled obtain food, homes for neglected and/or abused young people, programs for the diagnosis and support of Alzheimer’s disease, grants for victims of violence and much more. One program in particular caught my interest- a reading intervention program. I am a firm believer that reading is one of the most important learned skills that one must have. By supporting organizations through their grants such as these, the Oro Valley Community Foundation is empowering those who need it most. To donate or volunteer, please visit their website.
TINHIH Foundation (There is No Hero In Heroin Foundation)
Addiction is an epidemic problem that does not discriminate- people from all walks of life, races, religions, age and financial status can become addicted or be affected by the addiction of a loved one. TINHIH Foundation seeks to assist those addicted, those in recovery, raise awareness and support the friends and families of those struggling with addiction, or who have lost loved ones to addiction. It was founded by a local mother whose son became addicted to heroin. Through her website I discovered a fact that was absolutely shocking- “In 2009, heroin-related drug overdoses killed an estimated 37,485 people nationwide, surpassing the death toll from traffic accidents by 1,201”. I was literally mindblown, so I did a few other searches and discovered that heroin is more prevalent than I could have ever imagined. My hat is off to Janice Harris for creating this foundation to help others, even as she continues to struggle with her son’s own addiction. Can you imagine that it was you in her shoes? It could be happening to your neighbor, your co worker or friend, or someone right in your own family. The Foundation is attempting to raise money to help send addicted teens to rehab, and to assist their families with counseling. This is a wonderful cause, and a way to change or even save a life. Please assist through donations, activism or volunteering for the TINHIH Foundation!
Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue
The Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue is a wonderful group committed to saving the lives of Golden Retrievers, and enriching the lives of humans and dogs alike by pairing them with new homes. I recently met several volunteers manning a garage sale at the Rancho Vistoso community wide sale, donating their time and the proceeds to the Rescue, as well as meeting the public and educating them about the Rescue. There are several ways to volunteer, so you are sure to find a way that both meets your schedule and your personality. You can choose to assist via dog related tasks, helping with administration or becoming involved with the PR/Fundraising aspect of the Rescue. There are several fun fundraising events throughout the year, and this is a wonderful way to meet like minded new friends and support a great cause. Donations are also greatly appreciated and accepted.
Tohono Chul Park
Tohono Chul Park is a beautiful 49 acre preserve in the Casas Adobes area of Northwest Tucson. This award winning botanical garden also has extensive art exhibits, workshops, special seasonal events, classes and presentations, “geocaching”, plant sales and much more.
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To list your non-profit organization and volunteer opportunities in Oro Valley, Catalina, Marana and Northwest Tucson please email a brief description, contact information, website address and a photo or video of your organization in action to the Publishers at info@RanchoVistoso.com. We are always morethan happy to help support those who assist others!