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Volunteers can enjoy tasty BBQ

Help out at the 5th annual Wine Country Big Q on July 11 at Sonoma Mountain Village. Volunteers get a t-shirt and get to sample the delicious barbecue at a tasting tent at the event, which will benefit the Sonoma County Vet Connect. Call 837-1928 or email events@jgwevents.com. For details, visit winecountrybigq.com.

Build homes for needy families

Help Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County build homes for families in need. Volunteers will work side by side with the families. Building skills are not required. The vast majority of our volunteers don’t have construction experience. Those uncomfortable holding a hammer can help at the organization’s discount improvement outlet, ReStore. Volunteers can help with customer service and inventory management at the store. Contact Isabelle Accornero at i.accornero@habitatsoco.org.

Build a park in Guerneville

Help build a park that’ll teach visitors about fish ecology, flooding and water quality and conservation. Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in Guerneville needs volunteers to mulch, weed and water plants between 9 a.m. and noon every Wednesday. No experience required. For details, call 433-1958 or email info@russianriverkeeper.org.

Join library advisory board

The Sebastopol Library Advisory Board currently has two vacancies. The board advises the Library Commission on issues affecting the Sebastopol branch and meets from 4-6 p.m. the first Wednesday of even numbered months. If interested, contact library branch manager Matthew Rose at 823-7691 or sebastopol@sonoma.lib.ca.us.

Care for animals at Humane Society

The Sonoma Humane Society seeks volunteers to help with animal care. Duties include cleaning kennels, washing dishes and laundry. Volunteers can submit an application at its shelter or on the website, sonomahumane.org. For more details, email Mary Rand at mrand@sonomahumane.org.

Tutor, garden at Children’s Village

Sonoma County Children’s Village in Santa Rosa provides nurturing, stable family homes for children in foster care. It seeks volunteers who can help out with events, gardening, cleaning, tutoring, and clerical and office work. It also has openings on its activities, marketing and events committees. Contact Rebecca Herdman at rebeccah@socokids.org.

Help out at senior dining sites

The Council on Aging needs help with dining sites at the Rohnert Park Senior Center and the Bethlehem Towers and Silvercrest Senior Living Residence in Santa Rosa. Hours range from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tasks include hosting, setting tables, serving food and light cleanup. Contact Michele Leonard at 525-0143, ext. 147.

Pitch in at the Volunteer Center

Help fill schools with dedicated volunteer tutors and academic mentors. Join the Sonoma County Volunteer Center’s Literacy Program office. It seeks volunteers who enjoy working with people and have good communication skills. Duties include community outreach, data entry, filing, and other general office tasks. Free background check required. If interested, email gwerner@volunteernow.org or call 573-3399, ext.122.

Providing the elderly companionship

Provide needed companionship for an elderly Sonoma County resident by volunteering in the ElderWISE Friendly Visiting Program. Volunteers are matched with a senior and take part in outings, games and other activities. Training in interpersonal and listening skills provided. Call Vanessa Sacks at 415-563-8143.

Fit? Pitch in at thrift stores, warehouse

Physically fit? The Pick of the Litter thrift stores need you. Volunteers are needed to handle the sales floor, customer service and donation intake at the warehouse. The stores, located in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, are the primary funding sources for Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County. To volunteer, contact Shannon at 576-7999 or ffshannon@sonic.net.

Build affordable homes

Build affordable homes alongside the families that need them. No construction experience is required to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County. Building not your thing? Pitch in at ReStore, the nonprofit’s home improvement outlet. Opportunities at ReStore range from graphic design, customer service, to retail display. Contact Isabelle Accornero at i.accornero@habitatsoco.org.