A Press Democrat Blog

Good Deeds

Good Deeds, Good People, Good Causes

Help serve Spanish-speaking patients’ needs

The Sebastopol-based Community Holistic Health Center needs a Spanish-language interpreter to help doctors in the alternative health clinic meet clients’ needs. The volunteer must be able to translate directly without cross talk from 1 to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Contact Dr. Laura Polak at laura@drlaurapolak.com.

Sonoma Bach seeks volunteers

Sonoma Bach needs help with ticket sales and ushering, as well as people to serve on its committees and board. The Santa Rosa-based nonprofit also needs office assistants who can work a morning a week between 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. To volunteer, contact Executive Director Michael Fontaine at 303-4604 or michael@sonombach.org.

Join park cleanups

Join Sonoma Ecology Center and other local agencies for the California Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 19. Cleanups will be held at 9 a.m. at four Sonoma area sites: Maxwell Farms Regional Park, Larson Regional Park, Fryer Creek and Nathanson Creek Preserve. If interested, contact Jemma Williams at 996-0712, ext. 126.

Poets, writers needed for art festival

The Healdsburg Center for the Arts is hosting the 14th annual Healdsburg Arts Festival on Sept. 12 and 13. Volunteers are needed to assist artists, greet guests at the gates, pour beverages, set booths and perform other tasks. The center also seeks a stage manager and poets and writers to keep the poetry tent active. Three-hour shifts are available. Contact Vicky Kumpfer at 477-0567 or vicky@healdsburgcenterforthearts.com.

Council on Aging seeks volunteers

The Council on Aging needs volunteers to help with the front desk, dining sites and clerical work. It also needs a Social Club assistance, Meals on Wheels drivers and a guitarist. For details, call Michele Leonard at 525-0143, ext. 147.

Advocate for residents in senior living facilities

Join the Ombudsman Program and advocate for residents living in Sonoma County’s long-term care facilities. Volunteers visit skilled nursing and assisted living facilities to identify and solve problems seniors may be experiencing. The 36-hour certification class starts Sept. 22. Contact Kathy or Crista at 526.4108 or volunteer@sasnb.org.

Serve seniors meals

Help serve meals at the Rohnert Park Senior Center. The Meals on Wheels program needs dining site helpers who can assist with hosting, setting tables, serving food and light clean-up from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and on Friday. To register, contact Michele Leonard at 525-0143, ext. 147.

Volunteer at health centers

West County Health Centers need volunteers to provide wellness and resource information during community events, as well as greet patients in their waiting rooms. Volunteers are needed in Guerneville, Occidental, Forestville and Sebastopol. Orientation provided. Call Laura Moss at 869-5977, ext. 3312.

Advocate for kids entering welfare system

The Court Appointed Special Advocate program, better known as CASA, seeks volunteers who can provide support to abused and neglected children entering the child welfare system afraid and alone. CASA has more than 45 kids awaiting advocacy. As little as 10 hours a month can make a child’s life brighter. The next training begins Sept. 24 and runs for three and a half days. For more details or to sign up, call Millie Gilson at 565-6375.

Animal foundation seeks volunteer coordinator

Paws for Love Foundation, a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit raise money for animal shelters and rescue groups, seeks assistance scheduling volunteers and recruiting new ones. The volunteer coordinator should have strong communication and management skills, work from home and commit to at least 4 hours a week. To volunteer, contact Ellyn at 799-6151.

Free Bookmobile drivers needed

Help promote literacy by volunteering with the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County. Drivers are needed to pick up books from donation spots around the county several times a month. Adopt an entire route or pick one or two spots. If interested, email info@freebookmobile.org.