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Volunteer at school pantry

The Redwood Empire Food Bank is expanding its Farm to Family school pantries in Santa Rosa. Volunteers are needed to help distribute fresh produce at local schools for two hours once a week. For information, visit refb.org. To sign up for the August training email Amy Schaner, aschaner@refb.org.

Docents for historic home

The General Joseph Hooker House in Sonoma is seeking docents to explain the history of the Civil War general’s house as well as tell visitors about Sonoma in the early 1850s. The commitment is three hours a month on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. Training is provided. Call Ginny Richardson, 933-0847, or the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation, 938-0169, for more information.

Help restore, manage land

Volunteers are invited to join the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center from 1 to 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of every month to work with various strategies for restoring and managing undeveloped land. Visit www.oaec.org, call 874-1557, ext. 127, or email ldailey@oaec.org, to find out more.  

Petaluma Kitchen needs help

The Petaluma Kitchen needs volunteers to fill food boxes for hungry families, pick up grocery donations from local stories or serve a meal. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 765-6530, ext. 111.

Meals on Wheels looking for drivers

Meals on Wheels is looking for drivers available to deliver meals to homebound seniors one day a week. Volunteers are needed for routes in Guerneville, Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa. Days and times vary slightly depending on site. Call Michele Leonard at 525-0143, ext. 147, to register. A free background check is required.  

Seeking front desk help

The Council on Aging in Santa Rosa  needs volunteers for front desk reception and answering phones from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Contact Michele Leonard at 525-0143, ext. 147, or mleonard@councilonaging.com, if you want to help.

Morning help needed at Harvest for the Hungry

Harvest for the Hungry Garden in Santa Rosa needs volunteers for shifts from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays. Volunteers help harvest vegetables and support maintenance of the gardens. Food goes to nonprofit and church organizations that provide food for the hungry. If interested, contact hfhgarden@gmail.com.

Like to go shopping?

Salvation Army Volunteer “Shopperones” are needed to help a student shop for new school clothes Aug. 1 at J.C. Penney in Santa Rosa. If interested, contact Jennifer Freitas, Salvation Army volunteer services coordinator, at 535-4251 or Jennifer.Freitas@usw.SalvationArmy.org.

Support seniors in need

Jewish Family Children’s Services is recruiting volunteers to support seniors with mental health issues. The objective is to help them through weekly visits. Volunteers focus on goals to combat their isolation and depression. No previous knowledge required, and training and support is provided. Contact BarbaraT@jfcs.org.

KRAVE Jerky benefit raises funds for local arts classes

Local Sonoma snack company KRAVE Jerky and 49er’s tight end Vernon Davis teamed up on July 12th to hold KRAVE the Unexpected – Sonoma Style at Imagery Estate Winery. The wine country inspired affair helped to raise over $60,000 for the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts, which will be utilized to support local art classes for kids in the Bay Area. To emphasize KRAVE’s roots in wine country and the company’s unique culinary approach, KRAVE the Unexpected – Sonoma… Read More »

Calling good drivers

Volunteer Wheels has openings for volunteer drivers. They provide the vehicle, gas, insurance and training. Volunteers must be 21 or over with a clean DMV report. Shifts are a minimum of four hours, but schedules are flexible. To find out more, call 573-3375 or view the application at www.volunteernow.org.