Volunteer Opportunities in Sonoma County


PAWS FOR LOVE FOUNDATION

Help organize a fundraising event

The Paws for Love Foundation is looking for volunteers to help organize its 23rd Annual Paws for Love Fundraising Auction and Animal Art Exhibition on February 12. hostesses, waiters and cashiers, among other tasks. The first recruiting meeting takes place from 10 am to 11 am on December 11 in the Willow Room at the Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College, Santa Rosa. Masks are mandatory according to county guidelines. Proceeds from the event will fund surgeries, medical care and adoption support for homeless pets. For more information, email [email protected]

CERES COMMUNITY PROJECT

Help feed sick people

The Ceres Community Project, which provides nutritious and organic meals to people with serious illnesses and their families, needs adult volunteers for its Santa Rosa kitchen team. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday to Thursday for the preparation of the morning meals, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday for the afternoon cooking and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 30 hrs on Friday for food preparation. Teen and adult volunteers are needed. To request more information, visit ceresproject.org or call 707-829-5833, ext. 221.

PETALUMA BONUS

Volunteer at the farm

Petaluma Bounty offers volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in helping out with agricultural production and learning what it means to run a non-profit community farm. Bounty Farm has volunteer hours from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Thursday volunteer hours will begin March 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. All ages and abilities are welcome, although small children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and those 18 and under must have a signed waiver signed by an adult before participating. Volunteers help with harvesting produce, weeding, planting, and specialized activities such as preparing produce for a farmers market. Volunteer at bit.ly/3C40yLv.

COVIA

Paying visits to the elderly

Covia’s Social Call program is looking for volunteers to be matched with a senior for weekly friendly visits. Volunteers provide social support and friendship, connecting with the same senior once a week by phone or video conference. Volunteers receive ongoing training and support, are matched with an adult 60 years or older, commit to a 30-45 minute call per week for at least six months, and must undergo a background check, including cost is covered by Covia. Send an email to [email protected]

VOLUNTARY AND NON-PROFIT LEADERSHIP CENTER

Need Secret Santa Volunteers

Secret Santa, a program of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, works to help those in need. Staff and volunteers are running a campaign to distribute gifts to children, teens, adults and seniors throughout Sonoma County. Volunteers are needed to register families and verify their identity and letter numbers, as well as delivering gifts to cars on December 11 and 12. Bring a mask, your own water bottle, and weather-appropriate clothing. The event will take place rain or shine. All volunteers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and follow appropriate COVID protocols. Volunteer at bit.ly/2YodPk1. The event also needs volunteers for packing over the same two days to fill toy bags for families and hand them over to other team members for delivery. Register at bit.ly/3EPWsrY.

FREE CLINIC OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

Help provide free therapy

The Free Jewish Community Clinic offers free mental health services to all members of the community with anxiety, depression and life phase issues. The clinic is looking for licensed therapists and volunteer associates who can volunteer four or more hours per week. Spanish speaking therapists are particularly sought after. Email Mark Bender at [email protected] or visit jewishfreeclinic.org.

PETALUMA PERSONAL SERVICE CENTER

Help with the creation of comfort kits

The Petaluma Human Services Center is looking for service clubs to prepare Comfort Kits for handing out to disaster evacuees. Gather the supplies, put them in small bags and drop them off at the PPSC. Comfort kits should include toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, earplugs, individually wrapped snacks, hotel-sized toiletries, and a handwritten note. No number of kits is too small or too large. If your club can only collect supplies for 10 kits, the PPSC will take them. Contact Megan at [email protected]

CERES COMMUNITY PROJECT

Help with preparing meals for sick people

The Ceres Community Project offers nutritious, organic meals prepared by local teenagers and adult volunteers for people with serious illnesses, including cancer. Ceres is looking for adult volunteers to join its meal production team in Sevastopol. Shifts are 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and include washing and chopping vegetables for each week’s menu. The position requires the use of knives and repetitive wrist movements while standing for several hours. Cooking consists of following and executing recipes under the direction of the staff chefs. Certain culinary skills are required. Volunteers are also needed for the bagging and packaging of meals from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday or from 6:15 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Email Matt Cadigan, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or apply at bit.ly/3FwQflX.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Need drivers for seniors

Catholic Charities is looking for volunteer drivers to help the elderly access medical, social and emergency services. A schedule of necessary races is posted each month and volunteers, who use their own vehicles, can register. Volunteers must complete an application and agree to a tuberculosis test and background check. If you would like to register or have any questions, contact Carrie Wooldridge at [email protected] or 707-308-4805.

AGING ADVICE

Supporting seniors

Senior Peer Support is a group of volunteers aged 55 and over who are trained and supervised by a mental health professional to support people struggling with depression, anxiety, isolation and other life challenges. related to aging. The training is offered twice a year in the spring and fall and involves a 12-week commitment from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Once the training is over, the engagement translates into weekly two-hour support and supervision meetings, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Acceptance of a case is voluntary and involves working with a client up to 12 weeks old, meeting weekly for about an hour with the client at their home. People who have learned effective ways to cope with depression and anxiety, or who have experience or an interest in working with aging issues are welcome. Bilingual and LGBTQ applicants are necessary and absolutely welcome. Visit Councilonaging.com/volunteers, call Leigh Galten at 707-525-0143, ext. 121 or by email at [email protected]

JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMISSION

Serve as appointee

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to improve the lives of young people in Sonoma County? Consider going to the Juvenile Justice Commission. To learn more about the commission and to submit a claim, visit legalcommission.org.

TO FIND OUT MORE or CONTRIBUTE AN ARTICLE

Send your news about volunteer opportunities by email to [email protected] To explore other volunteer opportunities, contact the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County at 707-573-3399 or [email protected]


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