Volunteer Opportunities in Sonoma County

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FISH

Pantry help

The FISH Pantry in Santa Rosa needs volunteers for a number of roles, such as picking up food from local retailers or the Redwood Empire Food Bank; receive and organize donations to the pantry; and food distribution to the public, which includes packaging groceries or interacting directly with food bank customers. Training is offered and hours are flexible. The food bank is located at 1710 Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa. Visit fish-of-santa-rosa.org or call 707-527-5151.

TREASURE

Help benefit from the YWCA shelter

The Treasure House consignment, which benefits the YWCA-run women’s and children’s shelter, is looking for volunteers. The high-end consignment store also receives donations. Volunteers should have an outgoing personality, a good work ethic and a solid background in retail and hospitality, as well as basic computer skills. Two four-hour shifts, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., are required per month with an occasional Saturday. Call 707-523-1188 or drop by the store at 3450 Airway Drive, Suite E, in Santa Rosa for more information.

RIDER CIRCUIT COMMUNITY SERVICES

Help Windsor Seniors Get Around

The Windsor Wheels program, which offers free rides to residents of the Windsor area aged 60 and over, is looking for volunteer drivers. A typical commute is to the grocery store or to a doctor’s appointment. Volunteer shifts as short as two hours are available. Drivers use their own vehicles and cover the cost of gasoline. The program, run by Circuit Rider Community Services, matches riders with riders and provides protective gear. For more information, visit circuitridercs.org or call Karina Zappa at 707-838-6641, ext. 244.

CERES COMMUNITY PROJECT

Help feed sick people

The Ceres Community Project needs adult volunteers to help with meal preparation and distribution. The association distributes healthy meals to people with serious illnesses, including cancer. Its three program sites serve Sonoma and Marin counties. People who can help with meal preparation and cooking, as well as bagging or wrapping, are needed. Santa Rosa’s meal prep teams are 8:30 am to 11:30 am or 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday, while the Santa Rosa bagging and packing team is from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on Friday. Email [email protected] for more information or to volunteer. You can also register online at tfaforms.com/4852303.

ROBERT FERGUSON OBSERVATORY

Be a star ambassador

The Robert Ferguson Observatory at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is looking for volunteers to help present its astronomy-related programs to the public. No prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary. Fill out a request at rfo.org/index.php/volunteer to find out when the next volunteer training will take place.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Be an interpreter for Spanish speakers in need

Volunteer bilingual interpreters are needed to assist clients and staff of Catholic charities in various locations. Interpret questions and answers accurately between clients, other volunteers or staff. People comfortable working with clients from diverse backgrounds, including those with limited English skills, are preferred. The desired language skills are English / Spanish. Contact Carrie Wooldridge at [email protected] or 707-308-4805.

REDWOOD EMPIRE FOOD BANK

Wrap and distribute food

Redwood Empire Food Bank, the North Coast’s largest food aid organization, offers several volunteer opportunities:

* Help glean and pack fresh produce, assemble grocery boxes, and sort basic pantry items donated to Santa Rosa. Shifts are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. Volunteers can work multiple shifts. Work is outside, with social distancing protocols in place, so dress appropriately. Bring your own food and water. Visit bit.ly/3qdSa7S to register.

* Distribute food at one of the food bank sites. Volunteers will pack food boxes on site and distribute them. Prepare to help older people primarily carry food to their car or bring it to their door. Volunteers must be able to stand for three hours and lift 40 lbs repetitively for up to two hours. Please wear closed shoes and sturdy, appropriate clothing. Bring a bottle of water, sunscreen, a hat, a mask and a good attitude. Please bring a waistcoat if you have one, or wear brightly colored clothing. For health and safety reasons, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is no longer able to lend vests. On-site training provided. Please ask for the REFB coordinator upon arrival. Register at bit.ly/3gNzkA4

PETALUMA BOUNTY FARM

Try your hand at farming

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. Its mission is healthy food for all through collaboration, education and the promotion of autonomy. Volunteer activities include helping with harvesting produce, weeding, planting, and specialized activities such as preparing produce for the farmers market. The hours are from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. All ages, although small children must be accompanied by an adult, are welcome. For more information, visit calendly.com/bountyfarm/volunteer.

FREE CLINIC OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

Help provide free therapy

The Jewish Community Free Clinic, jewishfreeclinic.org, 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]

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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