LISTENING FOR A CHANGE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.sonoma.edu/cihs/serves.
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.
ALTERNATIVE RECREATION COALITION
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 www.russianriverkeeper.org or contact Don McEnhill at 217-4762 or email@example.com.
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.
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 LITE@sonic.net.
HANDS ACROSS THE COUNTY
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.