The aim: to provide as many students as possible with structured, meaningful opportunities to engage with the community, build compassion, and step into the roles of tutor, helper, guide, and companion.
Students from all classes volunteer at local elementary schools, Head Start, the Humane Society, Matilija Junior High School, the Senior Day Care Center, the Braille Institute, two convalescent homes, the Ojai Public Library, and the Ojai Historical Museum.
Weekend opportunities for volunteering occur throughout the school year, with Ventura County’s Special Olympics, Ventura County Partners in Progress, and Habitat for Humanity. Thacher has also become a co-sponsor of the seasonal Ojai Homeless Shelter Program, providing it with food and volunteers one night a week during the winter months. Students have also been actively involved with the distribution of food through Ventura County’s Food Share Program and with regular coastal cleanups through the Adopt-A-Beach initiative.