Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
- Preface, page vi
A morally and civically responsible individual recognizes himself or herself as a member of a larger social fabric and therefore considers social problems to be at least partly his or her own; such an individual is willing to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues, to make and justify informed moral and civic judgments, and to take action when appropriate.
- Introduction, page xxvi
​ Excerpts from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities for
San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley/Castaic
Northeast Valley Health Corporation 
 Help the Children
HandsOn Santa Clarita
 LA Works
Not sure where you want to volunteer...take a look at some of the areas where you could potentially become a volunteer!!!
Newhall Community Center
Canyon Country Community Center
Granada Villa Neighborhood Committee
Jakes Way Neighborhood Committee
Paseo Patrol Graffiti Removal
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Emergency Communication Team (SCECT)
City Hall
Activities Center
Unpaid Internship
Canyon Country Library
Newhall Library
Valencia Library
Homework Help
If you would like to sign up as a volunteer, please visit for further information.  If you have any questions, please email the city at or
call at 661-250-3708.


Learn more about Volunteering...
Volunteerism -- best platform for personal and professional development: Tuan Nguyen at TEDxUOttawa
Getting more than we give - realities of volunteerism: Ian Breckenridge-Jackson at TEDxUCR
TEDxNASA - Ben Rigby - Micro-Volunteering - Giving Back for Busy People