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Good Deeds

Good Deeds, Good People, Good Causes

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.

Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in Guerneville

Volunteer Days on Wednesdays 8:30-11:30 am Unique to the entire 110 miles of the Russian River, Riverkeeper Stewardship Park is the place to see and participate in riverbank restoration and upkeep. Construction of the onsite environmental educational facility and hard surfaced wheelchair-accessible trails is underway.  The efforts of volunteers are enormously valuable to us and we continue to welcome their participation.  For safety reasons the Park is closed to the general public, but if you are a volunteer please come… Read More »

Become a kids’ tutor

Attend an orientation to become a tutor with Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, helping K-12 students in reading, math and other subjects or K-3 in reading through United Way’s Schools of Hope. A tuberculosis test and background check are required. Orientations are Wednesday and July 24. Visit volunteernow.org, or contact Anne at 573-3399, ext.134, or abartlett@volunteernow.org.

Help celebrate the apple

The Gravenstein Apple Fair, Aug. 9 and 10 in Sebastopol, seeks volunteers. Workers have four-hour shifts, receive a weekend fair pass, parking pass, complimentary drink ticket and refreshments. Contact Wendy Krupnick at wlk@sonic.net or 544-4582.

American Red Cross says ‘thank you’

The American Red Cross is acknowledging Savings Bank of Mendocino County and Sutter Lakeside Hospital for its efforts helping those affected by the Butts Fire find food and shelter after heeding an evacuation order earlier this month. In what was a regional response, volunteers and staff from throughout the California Northwest counties – Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, Humboldt, and Del Norte – provided support both onsite at the Red Cross shelter at Middletown High School and remotely from the local… Read More »

Several ways to lend hand

The YMCA has a number of needs for volunteers including tutors, facilities assistant, coaches, fitness aide and youth activities assistant. For a list of opportunities or for more information, visit scfymca.org and click on “get involved.” You also can contact Jonathan Hicks, volunteer organizer with the Sonoma County Family YMCA, at makeanimpact@scfymca.org or 494-1568.