Ronald McDonald House is looking for compassionate individuals to help with guest services. Volunteers will help make families more comfortable, including through some light housekeeping and general office work. To find out more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, contact Scarlet Sabin at 327-4647 or 900-8995.

BARC is getting ready for the annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon and needs volunteers to help staff with inventorying, counting tickets, organizing prizes and gifts, data entry and general office work. For more information, contact Michelle Garland at 834-2272 or

Alpha Canine Sanctuary: This would be a terrific group or family volunteer activity. Spend some time outdoors in the beautiful rolling foothills helping to clear the grass around the sanctuary. Now is the time before it gets too hot and dry. Tools will be provided. To find out how you can help and directions, call Marilyn Stewart at 324-1359.

Kern County Animal Control needs people interested in being foster parents to both dogs and cats. No experience is required and some training is provided. A special call out to those who are interested in becoming a foster parent or adopting a horse, previous experience is required and you must meet guidelines. Call 321-3000 for more information.

American Cancer Society/Discovery Shop needs strong, active volunteers to help in several areas: customer service, assisting with loading and unloading merchandise, receiving and sorting donations, merchandising and stocking and much more. It's willing to work with your schedule. To find out how you can help, call 324-1359.

Mayor's Freeway Cleanup: Volunteers are needed to help de-litter freeway off/on ramps. Vests, helmets and trash bags are provided. Volunteers will meet at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Park & Ride lot on Stockdale Highway, west of Oak Street. Travel by bus/van to the various cleanup locations and return by 11 a.m. Mark your calendars for Feb 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20 and May 4 and 18. For future cleanups and additional information, call 326-3770.

For more volunteer opportunities or to be included in this list in the future, call the Volunteer Center of Kern County at 395-9787.