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Tutor kids after school

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to tutor and mentor at-risk youth in local elementary schools after school from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. If interested, contact Jennifer Freitas at 535-4251 or Jennifer.Freitas@usw.salvationarmy.org.

Help with Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers for its leadership teams in Petaluma and Healdsburg to help put on its biggest yearly fundraising event, Relay For Life. The organization needs help with many small tasks. For more information, contact Rachel at rachel.luppens@cancer.org.

Help in library, garden

Guerneville School seeks volunteer library assistants and garden helpers, plus people to work with small groups and with the after-school program. Days and hours vary. Contact Linda at 869-2864, ext. 111.

Edit for fowl group

United Poultry Concerns, a national nonprofit group that promotes the compassionate treatment of domestic fowl, is looking for someone that can edit short written pieces. Contact Hope Bohanec at hope@upc-online.org.

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.