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Volunteers needed to teach kids to swim

Sebastopol Rotary seeks volunteers for its Learn to Swim program, which kicks off April 20 at Ives Pool. Nearly 400 second graders from 11 Sebastopol schools are taking part in the program, which has provided free swim lessons to thousands of kids since 1984. Volunteers are needed to teach basic swim and water safety lessons for a half-hour twice a week for a month. Volunteers are provided with instruction during the lessons. To volunteer, contact Greg Jacobs at 823-7341 or… Read More »

Senior performing group needs marketing expert

The Kut-Ups, a senior performing group, needs help promoting its July productions that’ll be held at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. They’re searching for someone with marketing expertise to help connect them to local and Bay Area print and television media. Hours are flexible. Contact Melissa Stoufer at 538-1636 or mmstou@sbcglobal.net.

Volunteer drivers needed

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County needs drivers to get people to medical appointments and senior centers, to do some shopping and visit loved ones in the area. The agency provides training, fuel and the vehicle. For more information, call 573-3375 or go to volunteernow.org.

4-H needs help with after-school programs

Sonoma County 4-H needs volunteers for its Santa Rosa after-school programs starting this April. Training and lesson plans are provided. Volunteers are asked to commit to as little as two hours a week. If interested, call 565-2681 or email diego.mariscal@sonoma-county.org.

Friends House seeks board members

Friends House, a Quaker-inspired community for seniors in Santa Rosa, is seeking volunteers who have experience in fund development, general management and finance and audits to serve on the board. The board term begins June 1. If interested, contact Margaret Sorrel at 578-0437 or margaretsorrel@gmail.com.

Horse sidewalkers needed

Giant Steps needs individuals to serve an hour a week as spotters for riders who may not have the strength to sit up on their own. Horse experience isn’t necessary. Training is provided. Next trainings will be held on March 28, May 2 and June 20. Visit giantstepsriding.org or call 781-9455.

Guerneville park needs a hand

Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in Guerneville needs help with planting, weeding and mulching from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Once complete, the park will serve as a venue to teach residents about the river and its environment. If interested, call 433-1958 or email info@russianriverkeeper.org.

Donate old eyeglasses

The Montgomery Village Lions Club will be collecting used eyeglasses on March 28 to distribute worldwide to people with impaired vision. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coldwell Banker Real Estate patio, 600 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa. For information, call 477-6771.

County to hold volunteer workday

Sonoma County Regional Parks will hold a volunteer workday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 28. Volunteers are needed to help park staff with drainage improvements along trail at North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve. Contact volunteer coordinator John Ryan at 565-3356 or john.ryan@sonoma-county.org.

Volunteers needed for festival

Volunteers are still needed for the Day on the Green festival, which will be held next month at the Montgomery Village shopping center in Santa Rosa. People are needed to help from 2-6 p.m. on April 24 and from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 25. Contact Kathleen McCallum at 328-8094 or artrep@sonic.net.

Volunteers needed to care for cats

The Sebastopol-based BrightHaven is looking for cat lovers to spend time with the animals. The organization serves as a sanctuary for animals in need of specialized treatment and elderly care. It’s looking for volunteers to brush and cuddle with the cats. If interested, contact the nonprofit at info@brighthaven.org.