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Good Deeds, Good People, Good Causes

Become a child’s ‘shopperone’

The Salvation Army of Santa Rosa needs 101 volunteers for an Aug. 7 back-to-school shopping spree. Volunteer chaperones, or “shopperones,” will be paired with a child, helping them shop for clothes from 6:30-8:30 a.m. at JCPenney in Coddingtown Mall. Kids also will receive a backpack with school supplies. To volunteer, contact Laura Shepherd at 535-4251 or laura.shepherd@usw.salvationarmy.org.

Organization in need of chef mentors

Ceres Community Project, an organization that provides nourishing whole foods meals and nutrition education for people with serious illness, seeks chef mentors at its Sebastopol location. For more information, contact Caroline Banuelos at 829-5833, ext. 102.

Animal Services seeks volunteers

Calling all animal lovers: Sonoma County Animal Services has opportunities for you. It needs volunteers to make blankets, foster animals, help out clients or the spay and neuter program, and assist in the dog and cat kennels and with its website. The next volunteer information session is Aug. 12. Contact Greg Mortensen at 565-7116.

Close hunger gap in Sonoma Valley

Catholic Charities Rural Food Project aims to help close the hunger gap by delivering healthy food to eligible individuals and families in rural Sonoma County. The organization is seeking volunteers to help Friday mornings in El Verano. If interested, contact the program coordinator at vwinkler@srcharities.org or 528-8712, ext. 215.

Raise awareness, money for Alzheimer’s

The Petaluma Walk to End Alzheimer’s is three months away, but organizers already are putting out a call for volunteers to make the Oct. 17 event a success. Duties could include setting up, coordinating parking, registering and cheering walkers and route and garbage monitoring. They’ll start setting up on Oct. 16. To volunteer, call 573-1210 or email mwright1@alz.org.

Head to the fair

Volunteers are needed to cover 4-hour shifts at the Gravenstein Apple Fair, which will be held Aug. 8 and 9. They will receive weekend fair and parking passes, as well as a complimentary drink ticket. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Krupnick at wlk@sonic.net or 544-4582.

Celebrate children’s book authors

Volunteers are needed for “Picture A Story.” The show will celebrate authors of children’s books and the illustrations they create. It will be held at the Sebastopol Library from Aug.4-29. Volunteers are scheduled for two-hour shifts during library hours. To schedule a shift, contact Ellen Kaplan at 217-0385 or ellen2620@gmail.com.

Support the arts

The Petaluma Arts Center is looking for volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks, including event set-up, clean-up and serving. It also seeks help with the welcome desk, data entry, art-class support, marketing and exhibitions. If interested, contact Hillary at hblyth@petalumaartscenter.org or call 762-5600, ext. 100.

Pitch in at thrift store

Heavenly Treasures Gift and Thrift Store in Santa Rosa has been providing low-cost and free clothing and household items to Sonoma County residents since 1999. It needs volunteers to work one shift a week, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Contact Kathy at 889-3350 or craftykrf@yahoo.com.

Help people affected by HIV/AIDS

Pitch in at Food For Thought Antiques. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the store is owned and operated by Food For Thought, an organization that provides food and nutritional supplements to people in Sonoma County affected by HIV/AIDS. Located in Sebastopol’s Antique Row, the store has an eclectic mix of vintage goods and garden art. All sales benefit the food bank. To volunteer, call 823-3101 or email DanaL@fftantiques.com.

Calling all wine, food lovers

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is looking for volunteers who love wine and food. The county’s largest charity fundraiser, the event will be held the first weekend of September and benefit more than 84 local organizations. Volunteers should be willing to commit to a few hours of work, as well as bring a good spirit. Visit sonomawinecountryweekend.com or call (855) 939-7666.

Foster homeless beagles

Become a foster parent for homeless beagles. In addition to placing the dogs into foster care, Rescue for North Bay Beagles, a new all-volunteer organization in Santa Rosa, also provides the animals with veterinary care, nourishing food and training with the goal of finding them a forever homes. Submit a foster application at: rescuefornorthbaybeagles.com. Email Pamela Rosenthal at pam@nbbeagles.com.