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Provide seasonal fun

Volunteers are needed at the Tolay Fall Festival from Oct. 9-12 and Oct. 15-19 outside Petaluma. Help with heritage crafts, the nighttime creatures barn, old-fashioned games, hay rides and the pumpkin patch. All volunteers receive lunch, a parking pass and a T-shirt. Contact John Ryan at 565-3356 or john.ryan@sonoma-county. org.

Volunteer fair Saturday

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County will host a volunteer fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in its parking lot at 153 Stony Circle in Santa Rosa. More than 25 local nonprofit agencies, including Canine Companions, Social Advocates for Youth, Food for Thought and Habitat for Humanity, will be on hand to answer questions and explain what they do and why they need volunteers. More info at volunteernow.org.

Learn to tutor kids

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County is hosting orientations for volunteer classroom tutors for grades K-12 in local public schools and for reading tutors for grades K-3 in United Way’s Schools of Hope program. TB and background screenings are required. Register for the September orientations at volunteernow.org or contact Anne Bartlett at 573-3399, ext. 134, or abartlett@volunteernow.org.

Beach cleanup project

Join the The International Marine Mammal Conservation Society in cleaning up the nation’s beaches, with Operation Clear Sands. The society is looking for people interested in coordinating a cleanup on their local beaches. To help or for more information, contact James at james@immcs.org or 228-3248.

Help stage festival

The Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, based in Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville, is seeking volunteers to help put on the 9th annual Old Grove Festival on Saturday. Help is needed for a variety of tasks, and volunteers receive free admission. For more information, call 869-9177.

Become a gleaner

Petaluma People Services Center needs volunteers for its Petaluma Bounty Hunters program. Volunteers sign up and are put on a contact list. When a local garden or farm has excess produce, the Bounty Hunters gather and harvest it for distribution to low-income families and senior citizens. Each gleaning takes about two hours, and no experience is necessary. Sign up at petalumabounty.org.

Delivery drivers needed

Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer meal drivers for routes in Guerneville, Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa. Days and times vary slightly, depending on the site. Call Michele Leonard at 525-0143, ext. 147, for registration. A free background check is required.

Work on fundraiser

Help end homelessness by lending your skills to October in Paradise, a fundraiser for the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless, set for Oct. 2 at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa. Help with moving tables and chairs, cashiering, coordinating the auction, picking up donations and cleanup. Trucks also are needed. To find out more, contact Fawn at 575-4494 or sctfhmls@pacbell.net.

Many ways to help

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks from filing to providing customer service. Many positions are available. Contact Rachael McDavid at 573-3399, ext. 116, or rmcdavid@volunteernow.org to find a position that matches your interest and availability.

Project promotes literacy

Kid Scoop News, a fun, educational newspaper based in Sonoma that promotes children’s literacy, is seeking a part-time volunteer to do community outreach and data entry. More information is available at kidscoopnews. com. Contact publisher Vicki Whiting at vicki@kidscoopnews.com or call 996-6077.