Collect oral histories

Free Community Listening Project workshops are coming up at the Volunteer Center. Conducted by nonprofit Listening for a Change, they include workshops from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 3, April 7 and June 2. Participants learn in four hours how to collect authentic oral histories. The Volunteer Center is at 153 Stony Circle, Suite 100, Santa Rosa. For additional information, call 578-5420. Listening for a Change can be reached at 578-5420 or


Open board position

Seniors Inc. is seeking a board member interested in the proposed downtown Santa Rosa Senior Center project. An additional volunteer willing to help with volunteer management also is sought. To learn more or to sign on, call 542-1228.


Many ways to help kids

The Children's Village is looking for a volunteer site superintendent. Needed is someone with basic handyperson skills who can volunteer to oversee maintenance of the houses and grounds, work with the site committee to develop a maintenance plan, perform light repairs and identify situations that need the attention of an expert technician. Other volunteers are also needed to help perform the maintenance.

Volunteers also are needed to be part of a rotating crew to help clean the houses and site, work in the office and help with fund raising, events planning and other public relations activities.

To volunteer, call Kathy Johnson at 566-7044.


Hospital needs help

Sutter Hospital is seeking gift store volunteers, hospital assistants and coffee cart hosts. Call Suki Gill at 576-4200.


Book fair showcase

Sonoma SERVES will partner with Barnes and Noble in a program showcase and book fair Saturday to benefit literacy and after-school programs. The event will celebrate student achievement in the arts and education.

A portion of the proceeds from book purchases will benefit students from the Bellevue, Roseland and Wright elementary school districts. Family-oriented activities include story time, performances and arts and crafts.

The fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 700 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

For a detailed list of activities, visit

Sonoma SERVES, based at Sonoma State University's California Institute on Human Services, provides mentoring and educational opportunities for children and their families.

For more information, contact Alan Scher at 327-7294.


Saturday bowling league

The Alternative Recreation Coalition is asking for volunteers for its bowling program for people with disabilities. Volunteer helpers are needed for the 9:30 a.m. to noon games on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, and from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Youth, senior and student volunteers are encouraged to get involved.

Call Elvis Bozarth toll-free at (877) 859-9247.


Days at the park

Help restore riverbank habitat. Restoration activities include planting and caring for native plants, weeding, erosion control, restoration education and trash removal. Everyone is welcome.

Students can receive volunteer credit for participating.

Workdays are Wednesdays, Dec. 6 and 13, and each Wednesday beginning Jan. 3 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes.

Meet at 16153 Main St., Guerneville, located on the north bank of the Russian River directly upstream from the pedestrian bridge. Access is down a driveway west of Woody's River Glass. At the bottom of the driveway look for the blue-and-white sign that says, "Russian Riverkeeper Demonstration Riparian Restoration Project Future Community Park."

Parking is available near the sign.

See or contact Don McEnhill at 217-4762 or


Spread holiday cheer

Work at Good Heart Central at the fairgrounds through Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays or from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Volunteers will help sort and wrap presents.

For information, call Kristina at 573-3399, ext. 104.


Teen/student volunteers

Like riding bikes? Like helping other people learn how to fix them? Speak Spanish?

Community Bikes is looking for a Spanish translator who is willing to be trained in bike maintenance so that he or she can instruct others.

If interested in volunteering, contact Portia Sinnott at 824-9931 or


Participate in 2007

The Volunteer Center's Hands Across the County days will be held quarterly on four Saturdays in 2007. It is a day for group efforts benefiting schools and charitable groups.

Hands Across the County will occur Jan. 13, April 28, July 28 and Oct. 27.

To learn more about specific projects and how to help, call Hazel Whiteoak at the Volunteer Center, 573-3399, ext. 125.


Brighten up elders' days

The Rohnert Park Senior Center is looking for volunteers who are willing to be called on to help at special events or in gardening projects or as Sunshine van drivers to take senior citizens to appointments or shopping.

For information or to sign up, call Vicki Wilkerson at 585-6780.


Adult mentors

Youth mentoring program volunteers are needed to mentor children ages 5 to 14 at five Petaluma schools. Time required is one hour per week during the school year. Training is provided.

Board member volunteers also are sought to serve on Mentor Me Petaluma's executive council. Nonprofit experience a plus. The time commitment is eight to 10 hours per month.

Contact Val Richman at, call 778-4798 or visit


Learn to prepare books

Volunteers are needed to support library services by typing spine labels for books, placing tags on reference books and maintaining files. Volunteers are needed a minimum of four hours per week.

To learn more or to sign up, call 996-5217.


Friendly visitors needed

Volunteers are needed to provide entertainment, be a friendly visitor, help with meal service and assist with arts, crafts or painting classes at this elder community.

To help, call 538-0152 or 539-7752.


Two ways to help

The Sebastopol Center for the Arts gallery needs volunteers to greet visitors and help with sales for one to four hours a month. Training is provided. A volunteer is sought to share skills in Excel and Word with staff by providing training.

Call Billie at 829-4797.


Learn while volunteering

Learn about plant propagation, habitat gardening, organic growing methods and the power of teamwork in an all-volunteer community garden that has been thriving for almost 19 years. The garden is behind Christ Church Methodist at 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.

For information, call Katie Torgerson at 575-8250.


Search for professionals

Young professionals in careers related to education and health are encouraged to apply for the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team going to Guadalajara, Mexico, in April.

The program is a monthlong visit with Rotarians in Mexico, meant to encourage professional development, community service and world peace. Rotary International covers all travel expenses, and the team stays with Rotary host families in Mexico.

Applicants must be adults between the ages of 25 and 40, ideally work full time in a profession related to health or education, be sponsored by a local Rotary club, and be able to take a month off from work from April 25 to May 25.

The application deadline is Thursday and selection interviews are Saturday. For information, visit, or contact Jacqueline Debets, 445-7747.

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