We are committed to matching you with the right experience for you. So, it’s important we understand who you are and what skills you offer. Whether you are an adult professional, a homemaker, a retired person, a college student or a teenager, we have a fully developed process to learn about you. Once we know more about your skills, interests, and time constraints, our staff will find you a great volunteer fit.


Here are the steps:

CALL the Volunteer Center at (707) 573-3399 to schedule an interview with one of our intake specialists, and get your information into our database. You can also EMAIL us at info@volunteernow.org

REVIEW the lists of opportunities below to get a sense of our some of the things you might want to do. Think about your skills, what interests you, your availability, and what would be ideal.  

SPEAK to one of our specialists (the interview).  

RECEIVE your assignment. We will get back to you within ## days to let you know where you are needed and where to report. If you are not needed immediately, we will still get back to you.

Volunteerism in Sonoma County

  • There is a core group of 500-800 nonprofit organizations in Sonoma County and over 1500 organizations that qualify for tax exemption.
  • For large cities, Santa Rosa has the highest percentage of volunteerism in California.
  • Over 30% of Sonoma County residents volunteer each year, and that’s more than the national average of the United States.

Fire Recovery

Know that making thoughtful volunteer matches in times of disaster takes time. We appreciate your willingness to respond. We are making connections in the days ahead. Register for volunteer opportunities. CLICK to fill our Volunteer Interest Form
Volunteer Opportunities

Immediate Needs for Fire Relief

Sonoma Family Meal – Volunteers needed daily for food prep, delivery and distribution. Sign up at http://sonomafamilymeal.org/to-volunteer/

The Schoolhouse Distribution Center
This is at a private location in South Sebastopol.  Details will be provided once you sign up. Sign up Here

Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County 707-578-7707 ext 105
Needs volunteers to help with REStore. Contact Josh at j.canaday@habitatsoco.org for more info.

The Living Room
Needs volunteers to help with donation sorting and servers for breakfast and lunch. Call 707-579-0138 x 0 for more information or visit www.thelivingroom.org

St. Vincent de Paul – (707) 584-1579, 5671 Redwood Dr., Rohnert Park, CA 94928

  • Volunteers needed to help sort donations – walk-ins OK
  • Mon-Sat 11am-6pm and Sun 10-4pm

Redwood Gospel (707) 578-1830, 1821 Piner Road, Santa Rosa, Ca 95403

  • Volunteers needed to help sort donations; Monday thru Saturday 9AM – 3PM

Peer Sonoma

Redwood Empire Food Bank – Volunteers needed in the warehouse and at emergency food distribution locations. 12 and 13 year olds welcome with an adult, 14 yrs old + can volunteer independently. Sign Up: http://refb.org/volunteer-now/


  • Mental Health Professionals, 3-5 free sessions
  • 707-583-1607 or therapy@recamft.org
  • RECAMFT.org


Salvation Army

Red Cross


Volunteer Opportunities

Special Event Needs

Native Plant Garden Volunteer Day – First Friday of the Month from 9am – Noon
Dates: March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, 2018
Location: Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA
Details: Share your passion for pollinators by helping our native plant garden thrive! Activities include planting, weeding, spreading wood chips, and general site cleanup. No experience necessary.

Laguna Stewardship Days – Once a month on a Saturday from 9am – Noon
Dates: March 17, April 14 and the season finale on May 5, 2018
Location: Details of the site location announced 1-2 weeks in advance of the workday. Check www.lagunafoundation.org for worksite.
Details: Help care for the Laguna and restore critical wildlife habitat! Tasks vary depending on the season and include removing old irrigation hardware from successful restoration projects, sewing seeds, planting native plants and trees, and weeding. No experience necessary.

Just for Teens

Volunteer opportunities specifically for young people

Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities in Sonoma County

Volunteer Wheels

The Volunteer Center is seeking volunteers who are mature, motivated and committed to excellence. We offer 4 hour shifts once a week, mornings or afternoons Monday through Friday. However if you choose you can volunteer more hours and do it whenever it is convenient during our operating hours. Volunteer once or twice a week, twice a month – Just Volunteer!

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Greener Earth Together

Your business can be a vital leader in serving the environmental health and welfare of the Earth right here in Sonoma County.

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The Human Race

This race is the “funnest” and largest fund-raiser in Sonoma County, In 2016, there were over 8,000 participants with almost $600,000 raised to date for over 225 vital nonprofits in Sonoma County. It is a huge event with many important volunteer roles.

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Make an Impact in Youth’s Lives!                                                                                                                                                    Volunteer Center seeks adult tutors with mastery in Math, Science or English to tutor youth at Alternative Education schools (Petaluma, Santa Rosa) on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. VCSC will provide orientation/clearance. Hours typically 12-2 pm, may vary. Contact Cesar Basilio at 707-573-3385 or cbasilio@volunteernow.org.

Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraiser—A Theatre for Children

Wanted: a Volunteer Coordinator to recruit and train volunteers. Also wanted: creative and enthusiastic people to fundraise, design brochures and marketing materials, sell ads in show programs, work in twice-yearly productions, update calendars, and other projects. Hours flexible. Contact Jim Plaisted, president@santarosatheaterforchildren.com

Event Coordinator—Restorative Resources

Needed immediately! Do you excel at managing fundraising and community outreach events? We need your help to do it all, from researching venues to budgeting to working the actual event with staff. Call 707-542-4244×101 for information or email mick@restorativeresources.org.

Librarian—Friends House

A special volunteer is needed to take charge of our small, old-fashioned library (card catalog, handwritten checkout slips). Volunteer helpers from within and outside Friends House are available to assist. 6-10 hours a week. Please contact Barbara Hodgkinson at 707-573-4534.

Food Distribution Support, Cypress Ridge, Santa Rosa

Burbank Housing is looking for 6 long-term volunteers who can commit 2.5-3 hours weekly on Tuesdays to organize and run a REFB food distribution program at our affordable housing property, Cypress Ridge, 2239 Meda Ave, Santa Rosa, 95404. Hours-8 am-11 am. Contact services@burbankhousing.org.

Become a Laguna Volunteer!

Needed—Docents, Guides and Greeters! Docents will teach “Learning Laguna” in schools and on 2nd-4th grade field trips; Guides will do public education programs while engaging/teaching participants; and Greeters will support Heron Hall and do outreach at community events. Training starts March 27. Contact www.lagunafoundation.org

The Pony Express

The Pony Express needs volunteers to assist in the pony corral at Howarth Park on weekends beginning in February from 11:00-4:00 (weather permitting). Volunteers need to be mature (at least 12 years old), responsible, physically fit, and enjoy working with kids and horses. Email Linda at pxpress1@gmail.com or call 538-9323.

California Welcome Center

Greet Visitors to Santa Rosa – Volunteers are needed at the California Welcome Center in Historic Railroad Square to provide information to visitors seven days a week. Contact Myrna Lozada at MyrnaL@VisitSantaRosa.com or 577-8674. Shifts are from 9am to 1pm or 12pm to 5 pm.

Help a Child Learn to Read!  

Some Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma County 3rd graders need help reading at grade level. Do one-to-one tutoring as a Schools of Hope literacy tutor, and make a difference in a child’s life in as little as one hour a week.  Visit www.unitedwaywinecountry.org or call (707) 528-4485 x 122.