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Lead student hikes at Armstrong Redwoods

Calling all tree huggers. Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, a California State Parks cooperating association, seek guides to lead school groups on hikes in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville. Training and mentoring is provided. For more details, call Programs Director Pete Bidigare at 869-9177 ext. 1#, or email him at pete@stewardscr.org.

Garden every Wednesday at Riverkeeper park

Volunteers are needed every Wednesday at Guerneville’s Riverkeeper Stewardship Park. From 9 a.m. to noon, come plant, weed and mulch all while learning about restoring native riparian habitat, reducing flood risk and erosion control. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water to the park at 16132 Main St. For more details, call 433-1958 or email info@russianriverkeeper.org.

Petaluma nonprofit seeks writers

The Petaluma-based PBY Catalina Foundation seeks an experienced grant writer and co-writer for a book, which will accompany a screen play. The nonprofit is dedicated to preserving the PBY Catalina’s aircraft and history. For more details, email pbycat@sonic.net. Visit the organization at pbycat.org or find it on Facebook.

Tutor, mentor students in Sonoma County

Become a tutor and academic mentor for students enrolled in Sonoma County public schools. Volunteers can select the grade level, subject and schedule they want. All it takes is a minimum of an hour a week to enrich a student’s life. Background check and tuberculosis screening is required. To volunteer, email gwerner@volunteernow.org. Or visit: vcsc.fundlyconnect.com.

Advocate for senior residents

Petaluma’s Senior Advocacy Services seeks volunteers for the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program. Volunteers are needed to council seniors and make presentations to community groups. Training is provided. Call 1-800-434-0222.

Volunteer Center needs drivers

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County needs drivers who can ferry elderly and disabled residents around town. A vehicle, gas, insurance and training are provided. Volunteers must be 21 or older and have a clean driving record. A commitment of four hours a week required, but schedules are flexible. To volunteer, call 573-3399 or apply at: volunteernow.org.

Foster special-needs cats

Healdsburg’s SNAP Cats Rescue and Sanctuary rescues and cares for cats with special needs. It’s looking for foster-care families to care for cats recovering from injuries or surgeries or in need of socializing. The organization also seeks volunteer cat-care technicians and office assistants. Call 836-6000.

Teach students about tidepools

Teach children about tidepools on the Sonoma Coast. The Guerneville-based Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods needs guides to lead school groups as part of its education program. Training provided. If interested, call Program Director Pete Bidigare at 869-9177, ext. 1# or pete@stewardscr.org.

Mentor a high school junior

Roseland University Prep High School needs supportive and educated adults to mentor students in their junior year. Mentors serve as a resource and educational guide for students, helping them successfully complete high school and transition into college. Volunteers must commit to two hours a month. Tuberculosis testing and fingerprint clearance required. For details, email Jill Peterson at jillpeterson@roselandsd.org.

Rescue, find missing people

Seeking a challenge? Join the all-volunteer Sonoma County Search and Rescue. It’ll host its annual orientation on Sept. 30. Applicants should be comfortable in the outdoors, reasonably fit and 18 or older. Training is provided. Applications can be submitted at sonomasar.org. For details, email infoSoSAR@gmail.com.

Help county transform lawn to save water

Help save more than 1.5 million gallons of water a year by taking part in Mulchstock on Oct. 24. Volunteers are needed to mulch 65,000 square feet of lawn at 1465 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. Expected to be the largest turf conversion project in the county’s history, the event will include live music, free food and massages. To volunteer, visit dailyacts.org or contact Kevin at 565-6455 or Kevin.Kumataka@sonoma-county.org.