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July, 2014

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One Time Volunteer Opportunities

Check out one day opportunities where you can get involved in our community!

June 5th to September 25th
California Parenting Institute is calling for community volunteers to help with our Southwest Santa Rosa Farmer's Market. The market will be held Thursday's from 4pm to 7pm starting June 5th and ending September 25th in the CPI parking lot at 3650 Standish Avenue. We need four to six persons each week who will be able to arrive at 3:00 pm and help with set up, then perform one of the following tasks:

*    general information

*    parking assistance

*    booth sales

*    children's activities

Volunteers will also be required to stay until 7:30 or 8:00pm and help with tear down at the market's close. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these community markets, please email Tiffani Montgomery at tiffanim@calparents.org with your dates of availability.

Be Part of the County Fair!
Are you interested in sustainability and 'green' issues affecting our planet? The County's Energy & Sustainability Division is seeking fun, energetic, creative individuals to assist with hosting Greentivities--the award winning sustainable solutions showcase--at the Sonoma County Fair this summer. Other volunteer opportunities are available with this fun event. Email volunteer@sonoma-county.org for details.

July 12th
Volunteers are needed to serve dinner and for clean-up during the a fundraiser event for Vietnam Vets of America: Welcome Back to the 1950's Summer Swing Fundraiser July 12th, 2014 from 6pm to 10pm. Please contact Karen 707-546-1591

July 26th
Healthcare Foundation's popular fundraiser Wine Women & Shoes will be held on July 26th at Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery. We are looking for volunteers to help with projects ranging from event setup, event registration, auction checkout, and event breakdown.  To sign-up email kwallace@healthcarefoundation.net or call 707-473-0583. We look forward to having your involvement

July 26th
Disability Services & Legal Center seeks Volunteers to help at its annual fundraiser "Music in the Vines" on Thursday, June 26, 6-10pm at the Paradise Ridge Winery. Volunteers are needed for Transportation, Set-up, Serving appetizers, Photography, help with Raffle/Silent Auction. Please call Inga (707) 528-2745 x 313 or email inga@sonic.net.

July 17th Training
CASA seeks volunteer mentors Sonoma County's Court Appointed Special Advocates will hold a four-day training for volunteers beginning Thursday, July 17. Volunteers are asked to a give about 10 hours a month to help kids who have been removed from their homes navigate the legal system. For more information, contact Executive Director Millie Gilson at 565-6375.  

Looking Ahead

August 9th
Lifeschool, enriching adventures for teens is hosting the American Roots Music festival on August 9th in Bodega, in celebration of its 15 year anniversary.  Volunteers are needed for various tasks throughout the day from set-up to take-down.  Questions?  Please call 707-246-6088 or email tracynevill@gmail.com.

August 9th and 10th
Gravenstein Apple Fair, August 9 & 10, 2014, seeks volunteers. The "Sweetest Little Fair in Sonoma County"  is building on last year's successful return to the Fair's Farm Trails roots and commitment to the local community. This year's Fair is looking to be even sweeter and more down-home with fun and entertainment for all. Please see the Gravenstein Apple Fair website for exciting new fair features and information on volunteering including the Volunteer Application. Volunteers generally have 4 hour shifts and receive a weekend Fair pass, parking pass, complimentary drink ticket and refreshments. Contact Wendy Krupnick, wlk@sonic.net; 544-4582  

September 13th
Tour de Fuzz 2014 is coming on Sept. 13th to support the Sonoma County Chaplaincy!  We are currently interviewing for some key positions on our leadership team...Product Sales, Media Relations, and Registration. Please contact Krista Colombo if you are interested. kristardh09@gmail.com


Ongoing Opportunities

Looking for more long term opportunities?
Are you looking to volunteer on a regular basis? There are several programs at the Volunteer Center and throughout the more than 500 agencies we  serve.

Volunteer Drivers Needed
Catholic Charities secondhand store, ReStyle Marketplace, is looking for friendly volunteer drivers to assist with donation pickups. Volunteers must be comfortable driving a large box truck and interacting with customers. This is a great way to give back to the community. Call 284-1700. 

Children's Museum Looking for Adult, Youth Volunteers
The Children's Museum of Sonoma County is looking for volunteers! Have fun while helping to inspire children's creativity and stimulate curiosity. We have adult, youth and group opportunities. Please see our website for more information: http://www.cmosc.org/volunteer.html, or email volunteers@cmosc.org.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Seeks Volunteers
NAMI seeks diverse volunteers for 4-hour shifts. Responsibilities could include: Office Administration, answering phones, data entry, Librarian, meeting coordinator and helping provide basic information regarding mental illness and community resources. Training provided. Contact: Trina Brannen at NAMI, info@namisoco.org or call 707-527-6655.

Explore YMCA Opportunities
Volunteering is an opportunity to dig deeper into our interests, discover our true passions and shape our lives in ways that reveal or full potential! Are you ready to explore your potential at the YMCA? Contact: Jonathan Hicks, Volunteer Organizer with the Sonoma County Family YMCA. Email: makeanimpact@scfymca.org. Phone: 707 494-1568.

Cooks and Servers Needed
Help needed making and serving the dinner meal at the COTS Petaluma Kitchen. 1PM-6PM any day you choose. Contact volunteers@cots-homeless.org or call 765-6530, x111.

Great for groups and individuals of ALL AGES! 
Food For Thought Sonoma County AIDS Foodbank Volunteers invite shoppers to purchase extra items for donation while shopping.  Held Saturdays at 14 grocery stores around the county-training and materials provided-2.5 hour shifts-no weekly commitment required!  Contact Amanda Wood 707-887-1647x107. 

Volunteer with Kids
Petaluma Small Craft Center's boating camps teach kids self-confidence, balance, teamwork, and how to have fun on "Petaluma's longest park". We need a lunchtime camp games leader to join our experts from Clavey Paddlesports, North Bay Rowing Club, Lokahi, and Spring Training Kayak Racing School. Contact Maggie Hohle: 888-6960/info@petalumasmallcraftcenter.org.

Hello Sonoma County horse lovers!
We are looking for folks with time to give and experience in marketing, video and events. We are also preparing for an event at Lagunitas Brewing. We are putting our committee teams together for another successful event this year! Please contact Vicki: vicki@sadieshaven.org

Kitchen Help Needed
Get involved and support your community! Bethlehem Towers, Bennett Valley, Rohnert Park and Sebastopol Senior Centers are all in need of volunteer kitchen help. Hours range from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Days extend Monday through Friday. Free background check required. Contact Michele Leonard at 525-0143 x 147.

Summer Camp Opportunity
Guys do make a difference, as a Cabin Big Buddy, for boys ages 6-17 attending Camp Erin, Hospice by the Bay's free grief support camp August 8 -10.  Support kids who've lost someone close to them. This position requires previous experience working with youth in a professional or community capacity. Be part of a memorable experience that changes children's lives. It may change your life too! Contact Cheryl for more info cwilkins@hbtb.org.    

Call for Volunteer Drivers at the Volunteer Center
Volunteer Wheels has openings for volunteer (non-paid) drivers. We provide the vehicle, gas, insurance and training. Must be 21 or over with clean DMV report. Shifts are a minimum of 4 hours but can be flexible with schedules. Please contact us at 573-3375 or find our application at www.volunteernow.org.

Support Residents of Nursing Homes and Residential Care
Senior Advocacy Services is recruiting for Ombudsman volunteers. An Ombudsman is a trained, state-certified individual who visits nursing homes and residential care facilities to investigate complaints and resolve problems for residents. They ensure residents' rights are upheld, promote quality of care and life for an isolated, vulnerable population. Call 707.526.4108 for more information.

Board Member Opportunity
Women's Recovery Services is searching for a new Board member who has strong financial background and/or fund development experience.  We meet one Monday early evening per month for regular meeting, in addition to being on and meeting with a subcommittee, which may also meet a minimum of one a month.  WRS provides 120 day residential substance dependence treatment to women, with infants and young children. Contact Cheryle at cheryle@womensrecoveryservices.org.

Be a part of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
Volunteers are invited to join us from 1 to 5 pm the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month (March through November) as we work in the back country of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center experimenting with various strategies for restoring and managing wild lands. The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center is located at 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, CA 95465. For further information see www.oaec.org or call (707) 874-1557 x127 or e-mail ldailey@oaec.org.

Mentor Me Petaluma needs your help!
Join our team of event volunteers who are vital to the success of our Mad Hatter Ball, Band Night, and Bocce Tournament. We can always use extra support in our office too! For more information, please email info@mentormepetaluma.org with "Volunteer" in the subject line.

Are you a People Person?
If you have a few hours a week to spare, enjoy art and talking to nice people, come join Petaluma Arts Center's front desk team!  You'll have fun and create some treasured friendships here.  Shifts are 11am-2pm and 2pm-5pm Thursday through Monday. Training is provided. Contact Hilary Blyth or call (707) 762-5600.

Volunteer with Renaissance Healing Center
Children and adults who have conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Back Pain, M.S. are helped by the specific movement of the horse: "hippotherapy". No previous experience needed. Orientation required: Call 707-664-8919 or email renaissancept@yahoo.com http://www.rhlc.net/.

Support Senior Citizens
Petaluma People Services Center iRIDE Petaluma is looking for individuals interested in helping senior citizens get to their appointments. Hours are flexible based on volunteers' availability. If you are interested in finding out more about this wonderful and fulfilling opportunity, please contact the PPSC for the driver application.  707-765-8488.

Volunteer at the Schulz Museum!
We seek bright, outgoing, individuals who love Peanuts, comics and cartoons. Share the legacy of local hero, Charles M. Schulz and his beloved Peanuts characters with visitors from around the world! Contact Kristi Lucas-Hayden, 707.284.1271, send email to kristi@schulzmuseum.org, or complete an application at https://schulzmuseum.org/get-involved/

Looking for a way to give back to your community?
Catholic Charities is looking for bilingual individuals to volunteer in several of our program areas including the Immigration Department, the Rural Food Project, ReStyle Marketplace, and Administrative services. To learn more, contact Briana at 528-8712 x 160 or bkeating@srcharities.org.

Do you love Dogs and Cats?
Dog and cat lovers are needed at Brighthaven home setting sanctuary. Volunteers are vital to the happiness and wellbeing of our animal family! We need help with cat lunch, dog walking, videos and special house projects. Our gratitude in advance! Please contact Vicki at BrightHaven 707-578-4800 or vicki@brighthaven.org

Servers Needed
Canine Companions is looking for volunteers who would like to provide and serve lunches to individuals with disabilities who are staying on our campus while they learn to work with their new Canine Companions assistance dogs. Contact Erin at  ebarnett@cci.org.

Call for Dining Site Helpers 
Here's a rewarding chance to get involved and support your neighborhood community. Bethlehem Towers and Bennett Valley Senior Center in Santa Rosa, plus Rohnert Park and Sebastopol Senior Centers are all in need of volunteer kitchen help. Hours tend to range between 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Days vary depending upon the site but extend Mondays through Fridays. Tasks include: Hosting, setting tables, making coffee, serving food and helping with light clean-up. Free background checks are required. To register, contact Michele Leonard at 525-0143 x 147.

Promote West County Wellness
Join West County Health Centers' Wellness Volunteer team.  Provide invaluable wellness and resource information at community events or warmly greet patients in our waiting rooms.  Volunteer opportunities and training are available in Guerneville, Occidental, Forestville and Sebastopol.   Call Laura 869-5977, ext. 3312 or lmoss@wchealth.org.

Help Distribute Food to Those in Need
Hunger and low food security is a very real and present challenge in Sonoma and Lake County. Catholic Charities is currently looking for individuals who are interested in helping us distribute groceries at food distribution sites. We serve all areas of Sonoma. Call Claudia Bermudez 707-284-3850  extension 268.

Volunteer with the Pony Express
The Pony Express is an equine rescue that provides a life skill/leadership program for at risk youth and adults utilizing our rescued horses as guide and teacher (Animal Assisted Therapy). We also provide pony rides, riding lessons, and pony camps at Howarth Park. Volunteers are needed. No experience necessary. Email Linda for more info pxpress1@gmail.com.

Board Member Opportunity with 4Cs
Community Child Care Council (4Cs) is accepting applications for new board members. Must be energetic and have fundraising experience. 4Cs is dedicated to supporting and providing quality, accessible, and affordable preschool and child care through education, resources, and direct services. If interested, please contact Jenny at jjuhl@sonoma4cs.org.

Meet and Greet Visitors to Petaluma
The Petaluma Visitors Center seeks volunteers for three hour shifts. This position is ideal for a "people person" who enjoys meeting and greeting the public.  On-the-job training provided and volunteers work alongside experienced staff.  For more information call (707) 769-0429 or kathy@visitpetaluma.com.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for Youth Opportunities?
These exciting opportunities are fun ways to beef up your resume or college application while meeting people in your community!

Getting involved in volunteer service is about digging deeper into our interests, discovering our true passions and doing things with our lives that reveal our full potential as engaged community members.The Sonoma County Family YMCA strives to be a resource for those who resolve to become more active & involved in their local community. We create opportunities for people to get involved in helping build a more healthy & resilient community for youth & adults by offering a wide range of volunteer service possibilities including: Tutoring/Mentoring, Coaching, participating in Community Service days and assisting administrative staff. Are you ready to explore your potential by participating in volunteer service at the YMCA? To get Involved, please contact:
Jonathan Hicks
Volunteer Organizer
Sonoma County Family YMCA
Phone: 707 494-1568
Or visit: scfymca.org

Bilingual Volunteer Needed
Catholic Charities' citizenship tutoring program is in need of a bilingual teenager to assist with verbal translation of instructions for our mainly Spanish speaking clients. This opportunity is every Wednesday from 5pm to 5:30pm in downtown Santa Rosa. This is a great way to gain experience translating while giving back to your community. Send an email to inquire about this great opportunity!

Be a Part of the County Fair!
Are you interested in sustainability and 'green' issues affecting our planet? The Energy & Sustainability Division of General Services is seeking fun, energetic, creative individuals to assist with hosting events at the Sonoma County Fair this summer. These Greentivities volunteers will provide the community with ways to recycle, reduce, conserve, and live more sustainably. Some of the crafts/activities include a "Trashin' Fashion Show", sustainable science fair, and cooking demonstrations using local foods. Interested volunteers should obtain the application from http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1364 and submit completed application to Volunteers at Sonoma County Human Resources, Fax 707-565-3770 or email to volunteer@sonoma-county.org.

Help A Horse Sanctuary
Sadie's Haven is an all-volunteer organization who welcomes any and all volunteers. Here's how you can help the horses in need. Meet with Vicki (our President and Founder) at our Sanctuary and help with: grooming, picking hooves, feeding, walking, cleaning/filling water troughs, cleaning paddocks & pasture areas, bathing and events. Most important of all, the horses need your tender, loving care and attention. Sadie's Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary is located at 2951 Thorn Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472 call (707) 206-1892.

Help Run a Food Drive
Teens (14+) needed for Food For Thought's Saturday food drives. Responsibilities include collecting food and cash donations in front of designated markets all over Sonoma County. On-site training provided, support available, you will be given fliers and buckets. Staff coordinates pickups. Time commitment is 2 1/2 hours on a Saturday with 3 shifts per day. For more info, contact Elisa at 887-1647 x103 or email volunteer@fftfoodbank.org.

Help Rescue Pomeranian Dogs
Nor Cal Pom Rescue needs volunteers in a variety of roles including: posting flyers, walking dogs, fostering rescued dogs, and providing web service and office support. Volunteers ideally would commit to a minimum of 5 hours/week. For more information, contact Kate at 595-3332.

Brighthaven Animal Sanctuary and Rescue
Help spread the word about Brighthaven Animal Sanctuary! Post flyers, create flyers for events, Facebook and Twitter postings, and Word Press experience very welcome. 2-3 hours a week, minimum of 6 weeks commitment ongoing. Minimum age 14. Contact Jessica for more info or to volunteer at 578-4800.

Great Opportunity for Teens!
Catholic Charities ReStyle Marketplace is looking for Summer Youth Volunteers! If you're 16 years of age or older, call Stan at 284-1700, ext. 304  to find out about volunteering at ReStyle. ReStyle Marketplace is located at 1001 W. College Avenue in the G&G Shopping Center.

Children's Museum Looking for Adult, Youth Volunteers
The Children's Museum of Sonoma County is looking for volunteers! Have fun while helping to inspire children's creativity and stimulate curiosity. We have adult, youth and group opportunities. Please see our website for more information: http://www.cmosc.org/volunteer.html, or email volunteers@cmosc.org.

Great for groups and individuals of ALL AGES! 
Food For Thought Sonoma County AIDS Foodbank Volunteers invite shoppers to purchase extra items for donation while shopping.  Held Saturdays at 14 grocery stores around the county-training and materials provided-2.5 hour shifts-no weekly commitment required!  Contact Amanda Wood 707-887-1647x107.


Want to learn about volunteering? Visit our "Just for Teens" section!