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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.

Lead tours, play piano at Jack London park

Jack London State Historic Park needs volunteers to man the entrance station, lead tours, play piano, maintain trails and work in the museum and cottage. No experience required. Volunteers must be willing to commit to 4 hours a month. Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 29 and Sept. 12. Contact Susan St. Marie at 938-4827 or sstmarie@jacklondonpark.com.

Volunteer at October in Paradise

Lend a hand at the 21st annual October in Paradise, a fundraiser for the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless that will be held Oct. 1. Volunteers are needed to help move tables and chairs, coordinate auctions, pick up donations, serve food and pass out hors d’oeuvres. Call 575-4494 or email sctfhmls@pacbell.net.

Coach young runners

Girls on the Run Sonoma County is looking for dynamic and passionate women to volunteer as coaches this fall. Coaches must be willing to commit to 3 hours a week. No need to be a “runner.” For details or to apply, call Anna Dufloth at 486-6506 or visit gotrsonomacounty.org. The deadline is Aug. 31.

Help battle elder financial abuse

The Sonoma County Elder Justice Coalition is searching for up to 12 volunteers with financial expertise, including CPAs, estate planners and bankers, to assist the Financial Abuse Specialist Team. It recently was created to fight the growing number of elder financial abuse cases in the county, where a quarter of the 3,500 reports to the Adult Protective Services last year involved elder exploitation. To volunteer, contact Tara Underly at 565-3921 or tunderly@schsd.org.

Help families dealing with abuse

YWCA Sonoma County relies on volunteers, who work with children, help clients get out of abusive homes and talk to those in the community about abuse in relationships. The agency currently needs a hand with its hotline, teen outreach and accompanying clients to court. It also seeks bilingual volunteers. Call Jess Lambert at 303-8401.