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Thrift store needs a hand

Sort donations, test and repair electronics and stock shelves at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Rohnert Park. The store proceeds support its dining hall in Santa Rosa, which provides tens of thousands of meals to homeless and needy people each year. To help, contact Peggy Wyman or Lonnie Rivas at 584-1579.

Nonprofit seeks volunteer writer, editor

Mother, a Rohnert Park-based nonprofit that provides various resources to those in need, needs an editor and writer to review documents and put together web content, articles and reports. It requires an average commitment of four hours a week. To volunteer, contact Peter Skaife 773-7739 or peter@MotherNonprofit.org.

Support kids in foster care

Give a foster child the gift of time this holiday season. Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, seeks volunteers who can support abused and neglected children entering the child welfare system. More than 35 local youth are waiting for an advocate. A commitment of as little as 10 hours a month is needed. Next training starts Jan. 14. Visit sonomacasa.org or call 565-6375.

Become a gallery docent

Healdsburg Center for the Arts needs friendly, detail-oriented volunteers to serve as gallery docents. The center gets lots of locals and out-of-town visitors. Gallery proceeds help support the center’s programs. Volunteers must commit to six to 12 hours a month. Training provided. To apply, email vicky@healdsburgcenterforthearts.com.

Build a home

Grab a hard hat and hammer. Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County needs volunteers to build affordable homes alongside the families in need. No construction experience required. Not interested in construction? Help out at its home-improvement outlet, ReStore. To volunteer, contact Che Casul at c.casul@habitatsoco.org.

Volunteer at pet supply store

Pitch in at Sonoma Humane Society’s volunteer-run pet supply store, Paws to Shop. Customer service skills and retail experience is needed. A six-month commitment is required. Shifts available are from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays. To volunteer, email Nina Caputo at ncaputo@sonomahumane.org.

Experienced woodworkers needed

Help out Santa Rosa high-school students in woodshop. The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County seeks experienced woodworkers and those comfortable with hand and power tools. Background and tuberculosis screenings are required. To volunteer, email gwerner@volunteernow.org or call 573-3399, ext. 122.

Nonprofit seeks volunteer coordinator

Mother, a Rohnert Park-based nonprofit that provides various resources to those in need, seeks a volunteer coordinator who can welcome, train, educate and assist volunteers six to eight hours a week. Tasks include writing and posting volunteer openings. To volunteer, contact Peter Skaife at 773-7739 or peter@MotherNonprofit.org.

Take part in premiere food and wine event

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay needs volunteers for its Perfect Pairings event. It’ll be held from 2 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood. Volunteers will be serving dinner and must be 21 or older. To volunteer, contact Kristine Stokke Meeks at 415-453-3800 or kmeeks@bbbsnorthbay.org.

Calling all antique, art lovers

Love antiques, art and garden decor? Volunteer at Food For Thought Antiques store in Sebastopol. Cashiers are needed, as well individuals who can provide customer service and some muscle. Call store manager Dana Leavitt at 823-3101.

Pitch in at Paws for Love gala

The Paws for Love Foundation needs volunteers for its Valentine-themed gala and other events. The gala will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 13. The foundation will hold a volunteer- recruitment event from 10 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 14 and Jan. 9 at the Finley Center. For details, call volunteer coordinator Connie Senseney at 888-7475.

Inspire children to pursue higher education

CalSERVES needs volunteers in Sonoma and Napa counties who can mentor and inspire students to pursue higher education. Volunteers are needed to mentor the fifth- to 12th-graders for an hour or two once a week for at least six months. For details, call 586-9285 or email americorps@calserves.org.