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 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

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

Justice in Health Dinner  – April 21, 2018                                                                                                                                                Jewish Community Free Clinic is hosting its annual Justice in Health Dinner on Saturday April 21 2018. Volunteers are needed for set-up and serve dinner, between 1:30pm and 8:30pm; flexible volunteer shifts. Event will take place at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Rd. in Santa Rosa. To sign-up to volunteer contact Gabriela at gabriela.jcfc@gmail.com or by phone 707-585-7780.

Derby Day Fundraiser for Meals on Wheels – May 5, 2018                                                                                                               Council on Aging will hold their annual Derby Day Fundraiser on Saturday, May 5 at Chateau St. Jean. Volunteers needed to—set up from 10am-3pm, serve from 4:30-9pm, clean up from 9-11pm. Contact Leigh Galten at lgalten@councilonaging.com or 707-525-0143 x 121 for more information.

“Wishes in Wine Country” Gala – May 19, 2018                                                                                                                                             Help” Make-A-Wish” at their wine-tasting gala to make kids’ wishes come true! This event is held on Saturday, May 19, at the Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards in Windsor. Up to 180 volunteers are needed to pour wine, help with the live auction, setup/breakdown, and more. Sign up online at www.wishesinwinecountry.com/volunteers.html

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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Volunteer Advocates for Court-Referral Programs                                                                                                                               Help support youth and adults to complete their community service hours. Make a difference in our community! Work with case managers, manage multiple clients, call and encourage clients, & document contacts. 4-12 hours/week. Contact Cesar Basilio at 707-573-3385 or cbasilio@volunteernow.org.

Play It Forward Music Foundation                                                                                                                                                    Needed: newsletter editor, fundraiser planner, staff  for student concerts–to continue our music programs—free instruments/ lessons, weekly Choir class at The Living Room, weekly Music education at New Horizons School, private student  scholarships/Firestorm support/instrument drive. Contact Dave Silva at davesilvamusic@gmail.com or 530-321-8094.

Become a Neighborhood Coordinator for REFB                                                                                                                                    Get  to know your neighbors and strengthen your community, as you collect non-perishable food where you live, and deliver donations to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The Sonoma County Neighborhood Food Project is a revolutionary way to collect a steady, year-round supply of food for families facing hunger.   Contact Lisa Bacon, REFB at 707-523-7900 or www.refb.org/volunteer-now

Make a Difference in a Child’s Life                                                                                                                                                       Spring training for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) begins April 19th. CASA advocates establish stable relationships with foster children, get to know their unique history, and make informed recommendations to the courts. As little as 10 hours a month can make a child’s life brighter. Over 60 youth await your friendship and advocacy. Visit www.sonomacasa.org or call 707-565-6375.