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Good Deeds

Good Deeds, Good People, Good Causes

Help out at senior dining sites

The Council on Aging needs help with dining sites at the Rohnert Park Senior Center and the Bethlehem Towers and Silvercrest Senior Living Residence in Santa Rosa. Hours range from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tasks include hosting, setting tables, serving food and light cleanup. Contact Michele Leonard at 525-0143, ext. 147.

Pitch in at the Volunteer Center

Help fill schools with dedicated volunteer tutors and academic mentors. Join the Sonoma County Volunteer Center’s Literacy Program office. It seeks volunteers who enjoy working with people and have good communication skills. Duties include community outreach, data entry, filing, and other general office tasks. Free background check required. If interested, email gwerner@volunteernow.org or call 573-3399, ext.122.

Providing the elderly companionship

Provide needed companionship for an elderly Sonoma County resident by volunteering in the ElderWISE Friendly Visiting Program. Volunteers are matched with a senior and take part in outings, games and other activities. Training in interpersonal and listening skills provided. Call Vanessa Sacks at 415-563-8143.

Fit? Pitch in at thrift stores, warehouse

Physically fit? The Pick of the Litter thrift stores need you. Volunteers are needed to handle the sales floor, customer service and donation intake at the warehouse. The stores, located in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, are the primary funding sources for Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County. To volunteer, contact Shannon at 576-7999 or ffshannon@sonic.net.

Build affordable homes

Build affordable homes alongside the families that need them. No construction experience is required to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County. Building not your thing? Pitch in at ReStore, the nonprofit’s home improvement outlet. Opportunities at ReStore range from graphic design, customer service, to retail display. Contact Isabelle Accornero at i.accornero@habitatsoco.org.

Help secure housing

Interested in helping people secure housing? Pitch in with the Catholic Charities’ Rent Right class. Mentors will work with class participants, supporting and strengthening their housing search by examining their budgets, credit history and assisting them with housing applications. To become a mentor, call Valerie Winkler at 528-8712, ext. 215.

Help children entering the welfare system

Help abused and neglected children entering the child welfare system in Sonoma County. The Court Appointed Special Advocates program, known as CASA, has more than 50 children waiting to be paired with volunteers. As little as 10 hours a month can make a difference in a child’s life. Next training will be in July. Visit www.sonomacasa.org or call 565-6375.

Help families secure housing

Help families secure housing through Catholic Charities’ Rent Right Mentor program. Mentors will work with residents enrolled in the Rent Right class, supporting and strengthening their housing search by examining their budgets, credit history and assisting them with housing applications. To become a mentor, call Valerie Winkler at 528-8712 ext. 215.

Immerse kids in nature, community building

LandPaths seeks volunteers for Owl Camp, a four-week day camp for children ages 5 to 13. Located at Rancho Mark West in northeast Santa Rosa, Owl Camp aims to immerse kids in nature and offer a joyful and educational camp experience full of community building. It runs from July 6 to Aug. 7. Volunteer training will be held June 20. A minimum commitment of five days desired. If interested, contact Jessica Holloway at jholloway@landpaths.org.

Calling all animal lovers

The Sonoma County Animal Services needs help with the canine and feline kennels, as well as its spay and neuter program. It also needs individuals who can make animal blankets, pitch in with the website and serve as a pet foster parent. To sign-up for a volunteer information session, call Greg Mortensen at 565-7116

Match volunteers with Petaluma nonprofits

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County is opening a chapter in Petaluma. It needs individuals who can interview volunteers and pair them with local nonprofits based on their interests and availability. Shifts are flexible. Training will be provided. For more information, contact Donata at dmikulik@volunteernow.org or call 573-3399 ext. 117.