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There's plenty of opportunity to contribute your time to the benefit of all.

by Vesta Copestakes

IMMEDIATE NEED: 

Donate to relief efforts and to local residents impacted by the flood:

One hundred percent of your donations will go directly to support relief efforts and those affected by the flooding. Go here:  https://www.redwoodcu.org/floodrelief

Feb 16 & 27 Orientations - Plan Now for Our Learning Laguna Docent Training!  Spring 2017 could be your year to join the Laguna Education Team. It takes a lot of Docent power to bring our school program to more than 1,500 second, third and fourth graders each year... so we need you! And, all it takes to get started is curiosity and a desire to help children learn more about their watershed.  Throughout the 10-week training course, volunteers learn about the Laguna during in-class presentations, fun, hands-on activities and field trips that foster Laguna sense of place. Trainees also learn how to teach all the Learning Laguna activities and develop practical skills for working with 2nd-4th grade students both in the classroom and in the field.  Training runs between March 13 - May 15, 2017 and orientations are scheduled for February. So, make plans now to join us for the rich and rewarding experience of being a Learning Laguna docent! Thank you, Call for details: Maggie Hart, Outreach CoordinatorLaguna de Santa Rosa Foundation900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401(707) 527-9277 x.100 maggiehart@lagunafoundation.org

California Artisan Cheese Festival happens on March 24 - 26, 2017. They are looking for volunteers. Sign up now at: http://winecountrybigq.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=19202

Apr 24 – May 18 ~ Help Prevent Drowning, Ives Pool Free Swim Lessons - Volunteers needed to help teach local school children learn to swim.  Join the Sebastopol Rotary Club in helping Sebastopol area second graders learn to swim in this FREE program that began in 1984. This year 375 children from Sebastopol area schools will participate. Volunteers can help as little as a half hour lesson, twice a week. Volunteers do not need experience teaching swim lessons, they just need to enjoy working with kids and want to help them be safe around water. The program runs Mon – Thu,  with each school receiving a half hour lesson in time slots between 12 -1:30p. 7400 Willow Street, Sebastopol. Contact Greg Jacobs at 823-7341 or gjacobs48@gmail.com

350Sonoma- Local climate activists. We need help with our goal to engage people in Climate awareness & action in Sonoma Co.  Communications/website support. Volunteer outreach. Legislative action. Event organizing. Fundraising. Experience is great but not necessary. We work in teams for support and fun! Contact us at choex@sbcglobal.net or 350sonomacounty@gmail.com 707 484-9355

We're in dire need of a Meals on Wheels Driver in the Rio Nido/Guerneville area on Wednesdays. Timeframe would be from 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free background check required. Contact Michele Leonard at 525-0143 x 147 for registration.

NextGen Shelter Project and Innovative Dog Training & Education are seeking career minded dog training apprentices to complete our 6 month basic hands-on Whole Dog Training (WDT) program with our program dogs. Training is led by, Sarah Thompson, a canine expert with 23 years of canine behavior experience working with both private clients as well as thousands of dogs in over 100 animal shelters across North America along with their animal care staff and volunteers. info@nextgenshelterproject.org & https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/36MGQDD

Guerneville, Armstrong Woods Help Restore Redwood Fence

Help Restore Armstrong Woods Fencing - If you've been to Armstrong Redwoods recently, you've seen the new fencing going in to help keep park visitors out of sensitive habitat. The old fence was falling down and no longer keeping people on the trails, which means the fragile understory plants that the redwoods rely on for nutrients were being trampled to death. With grant funding from the San Francisco Foundation, Stewards is replacing the fencing throughout the grove.  Scotty Lawyer, our Field Operations Manager is looking for volunteers who want to come out in a group to assemble the new free floating fence. No experience is needed, just a willingness to learn and put in a few hours before the end of the year and into next year as well. Contact Scotty at scott@stewardscr.org or by calling (707) 869-2015. 

 

By DATE:

Feb 25 ~ Training Starts to be a Docent and or Salepeople for the Gift shop at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens - 707-524-5445 - lutherburbank.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities

Sebastopol Cittaslow Needs Volunteers

Mar 1 - Mar 22 ~ Cittaslow Sebastopol Volunteer Orientation - Want to keep Sebastopol green, local, friendly and artistic? Volunteer with Cittaslow Sebastopol, the non-profit community development partner of the city responsible for projects like the Sebastopol Area Time Bank, the Rainwater Harvesting Workshop, the Sebastopol Ped Line walking tours, and ExperienceSebastopol.com. Tasks include posting on Facebook, helping with events, distributing brochures, staffing our Farmer’s Market booth. Orientation is on Mar 22 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm location will be determined. For more info or to RSVP: info@cittaslowsebastopol.org Web: CittaslowSebastopol.org, info@cittaslowsebastopol.org

Mar 1 - Apr 5, 2017 - Docents Needed at Quarryhill Botanical Garden - Quarryhill is a 25-acre woodland botanical garden nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, featuring over 25,000 wild-origin plants in a naturalistic setting. If you want to volunteer, but are afraid you don’t know enough about plants, don’t worry! You don’t need to have a botanical or horticultural background to be a docent. They will teach you everything you need to know. Training will be held on 6 Wednesdays, March 1st – April 5th, from 9-noon. To sign up, call Eva Corbin at 707.996.6027 or email her at ecorbin@quarryhillbg.org

Mar 3,4 & 10,11 ~A Theater For Children, provides affordable live entertainment and educational theater programs to build character and community Volunteers are needed to help with ticket sales, set painting,  and make up for the March production of: “McQuadle” &  help in many capacities for future productions, including acting, in future productions. Jim Plaisted.  president@santarosatheaterforchildren.com or (707) 304-9955.

Mar 11 & 18 ~ Bohemia Ecological Preserve Hike Docent Training Hike Docents will, after a thorough training process, take on the duties of leading hikes scheduled for the public at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve. Hike Docents will share information about the 1000-acre preserve and guide hikers on fun and informative tours through the property. Free - 9-2p - Bohemia ecological Preserve, 6773 Bohemian Hwy. Occidental - Sponcored by Landpaths- Registration Required: landpaths.org/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=30738

Mar 21 ~ Food For Thought conducts a Volunteer Orientation for new potential volunteers on the third Tuesday of each month (except December) at 5:30 pm at their food bank in Forestville 6550 Railroad Ave,. The meeting lasts just one hour and includes a tour of the food bank, a volunteer application,information about who we are and what we do and the volunteer opportunities that are available.  FInd more information about Food For Thought and the work that they do at www.fftfoodbank.org. Questions - contact Elisa Baker, Volunteer Program Manager at 707-887-1647 x103.

Mar 22 ~ Forming a New Nonprofit Organization - Have you been thinking about starting a nonprofit? Do you have a private business and are considering transitioning your work into the nonprofit sector? Did you recently start the process to form a nonprofit? This workshop will explore the pros and cons of starting a nonprofit, as well as review the processes for forming one. Presented by Daryl Reese, Attorney at Law. FREE. 5:30 -7p. Creative Sonoma, 141 Stony Circle Suite 100, Santa Rosa creativesonoma.org/upcoming-activities/forming-businesses-and-nonprofits

Mar 29 & 30 ~ Soliciting Volunteer Coaches for A MATTER OF BALANCE: Managing Concerns About Falls - Do you enjoy working with seniors and leading small groups? A unique volunteer role involves leading older adults in an eight session nationally accredited program A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls that addresses physical and mental risks and hazards for falls with the aim of building strength and confidence. Coaches lead simple and safe chair exercises, facilitate group problem-solving and discussion about real-world challenges and ways to address them. The ideal coach candidate will possess good communication and interpersonal skills, an enthusiastic and positive attitude, dependability and a genuine interest in working with older adults. Coaches are successfully certified after attending 9 hours of training, co-leading two eight-session programs in the twelve months after the training and attending 2.5 hours per year of continuing education. Free -  8a-1p both days at the County of Sonoma Office of Human Services, 3725 Westwind Blvd, Santa Rosa.Contact Dana Jacoby, program coordinator, for an interview at 707-565-5936, djacoby@schsd.org.

Jun 10 ~ Beerfest The Good One, a benefit for Face to Face, needs volunteers! This annual beer tasting festival will be held on Saturday June 10th this year, and features more than 60 breweries from the North Bay and beyond. We need lots of dedicated folks to make the event run smoothly! Visit www.beerfestthegoodone.com for details on volunteer duties and to sign up! For questions, please call Face to Face at 707-544-1581.

 

By NEED:

350Sonoma- Local climate activists. We need help with our goal to engage people in Climate awareness & action in Sonoma Co. Communications/website support. Volunteer outreach. Legislative action. Event organizing. Fundraising. Experience is great but not necessary. We work in teams for support and fun! Contact us at choex@sbcglobal.net or 350sonomacounty@gmail.com 707- 484-9355

CARING CONNECTIONS - VOLUNTEER VISITORS NEEDED JFCS’ Seniors At Home has expanded our older adult visiting program to provide more intensive support to those seniors with a history of mental health issues. Through one-hour weekly visits, volunteers help seniors engage more fully in their communities. As a volunteer, you’ll be working on specific goals to help your client combat isolation, loneliness, and depression. No previous experience working with seniors is required, just an open mind and heart! Training and ongoing support will be provided. Contact Barbara at 707-303-1510; BarbaraT@jfcs.org.

Docents at Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Be a part of the "heart" of the center. Our docents make it all look so easy - but behind this volunteer position is lots of work, lots of fun and your chance to be in the center of the art swirl at the center. All interested applicants please apply. Online form here. www.sebarts.org 707-829-4797 
Food for Thought ~  is the perfect place to be an enthusiastic, active volunteer. We invite you to attend a no-obligation, one- hour, orientation meeting. You'll learn about our grass-roots origins, get a tour of the food bank, and find out how you can be of service. Orientations are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the food bank, 6550 Railroad Avenue, Forestville. Check out our website for more information at www.fftfoodbank.org. Questions, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Elisa Baker, at volunteer@fftfoodbank.org or by phone at 707-887-1647 x103.  (1/15)
Gallery Greeters and Events Team ~ Greeters needed Weekends 2 - 5pm and Sundays 11 - 2pm. Training and Materials provided. Ebents team are needed  as House Managers, bar, refreshments, art sales, ticket sales and more. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma petalumaartscenter.org. For more information and to sign up, email  Tanya Paredes at tparedes@petalumaartscenter.org
Habitat for Humanity ReStore Volunteer ~  Mondays-Saturdays 9-5pm, You don’t have to swing a hammer to build homes for local families! Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County is seeking regular volunteers for our ReStore. Volunteers test and clean donated fixtures and appliances, price and stock donations, provide customer service on our floor, and much more. Orientations held at the Sonoma County ReStore from 10am-11am on Monday and 4pm-5pm on Thursdays. Please email l.rentzel@habitatsoco.org to RSVP or learn more. ReStore of Sonoma County 1201 Piner Road #500 Santa Rosa. l.rentzel@habitatsoco.org707-495-8060, www.habitatsoco.org/restore

Occidental Center for the Arts is looking for people to work in our gallery and serve the true nature of art. Help us sustain the human connection to its roots, through art. Contact us at 874-9392 or info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org. 

Petaluma Arts Center ~ Love Art? Join the team at the Petaluma Arts Center and welcome visitors to the galleries. Weekend volunteeres needed for three-hour shifts, 11-2 or 2-5. Contact Hilary at hblyth@petalumaartscenter.org or 707-762-5600 x100.

Petaluma Bounty Volunteer ~ There are lots of ways to contribute as a volunteer, depending on your interest, experience, skills and availability. To sign up to be a volunteer, either show up at the current Volunteer Hours, Volunteer Orientation, or fill out our Volunteer Interest Form below. If you want to be signed up for weekly emails about volunteering at Bounty farm, email farm@petalumabounty.org. If you know you are interested in the Bounty Hunters Program, you can contactbountyhunters@petalumabounty.org. Volunteer hours Thurs/Sats 9a-12p. www.petalumabounty.org

RAGLE RANCH OAK RESTORATION PROJECT ~ The oak trees at Lions Grove and Oak Meadow in Ragle Ranch need our help! Many of these mature live oak trees are in decline. Primary causes are soil compaction (e.g., people walking on the ground above the tree roots, making it difficult for the roots to absorb nutrients) and a lack of nutrients, both of which are exacerbated by drought. The trees also are failing to regenerate, so if they die, no young trees are available to take their place. Oaks provide critical wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, healthy watersheds and recreational opportunities. Regional Parks is restoring these live oak trees by limiting foot traffic and increasing mulching near the oaks, and by planting 10 more oak saplings yearly for the next three years. You can sponsor one of these young live oak trees for a donation of $100, and we would be happy to send you a certificate acknowledging your contribution. Your gift of any amount will help support this project. Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, 2300 County Center Dr., #120A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. http://sonomacountyparksfoundation.org/current-needs/

V-WOWs WANTED! At West County Health Centers our volunteers are fondly called “V-WOWs” – Volunteer Wellness Outreach Workers.  As members of our health care team their roles include; assisting patients in our waiting rooms, community education, homeless outreach, food pantries, event support, and clerical tasks. Opportunities in Guerneville, Sebastopol, and Occidental clinics.  Please contact Rebecca Howell at (707)823-3204 Ext: 6453 or rhowell@wchealth.org to get involved! 

Volunteer for Creative Sonoma ~ Creative Sonoma is participating in a national survey that will assess the impact of the arts in our local economy. Some participating organizations have requested volunteers to attend selected events this summer to do the surveying. Do you enjoy interacting with the public and want to attend one of the events on the list for free? In July, Survey at the Green Music Center's Summer Series, at an opening of an art exhibit in Healdsburg, or at the Fort Ross Festival. More survey opportunities will be added as received throughout the summer. Check out the link to peruse all current opportunities! www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daea72ba4f49-volunteer

 

Volunteers are always needed & welcome! Join a Stewardship Activity (3rd Saturdays or 4th Fridays). Help with the Native Garden (most Thursdays, 9-10:30). Visit the Center (Thursdays 1-3pm). Share your art, poem, photo ... (3rd Friday, 6-9pm). Or contact me to schedule a meeting so we can talk about your interests in volunteering. We're looking for folks with skills, energy, interests and expertise to share. We need folks to help: maintain trails, lead hikes, lead Nature Walks, develop and offer other education programs; maintain the native garden; collect seeds, grow plants for restoration, photograph plants and animals; etc, etc. Most of what ACR does is done by volunteers, so come and help us do great things! Thanks! Dave Self, ACR Ecologist: david.self@egret.org, 707.431.8184. 

Love Art? Join the team at the Petaluma Arts Center and welcome visitors to the galleries. Weekend volunteeres needed for three-hour shifts, 11-2 or 2-5. Contact Hilary at hblyth@petalumaartscenter.org or 707-762-5600 x100.

For the Love of Birds! Help save lives and give songbirds a second chance to fly free!  Volunteers are needed now to help care for the 100's of orphaned and injured baby birds we will receive at our wildlife rehabilitation hospital this summer.  Attend a New Volunteer Orientation at Native Songbird Care & Conservation on Thursday, May 5 at 6 pm.  Pre-registration required.  Call 707-484-6502 or www.nativesongbirdcare.org

Historical Research and Exhibit Development ~ The Laguna Foundation is looking for a volunteer interested in historical research to aid in the development of an exhibit about the Founders of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. Volunteer will review the archival materials and synthesize the highlights into a PowerPoint presentation. For more information, please contact: volunteer@lagunafoundation.org Maggie Hart, Outreach Coordinator  (707) 527-9277 ext 100

Gallery Docent Volunteers ~  Please join  our inspiring community! Healdsburg Center for the Arts gets lots of foot traffic from locals, as well as visitors to Healdsburg.  Experience all facets of retail in HCA's beautiful gallery where proceeds help to support the art center programs. Gallery volunteers are the frontline of customer engagement at the art center. Friendly, detail-oriented volunteers who can commit 6 to 12 hours per month are needed year-round. Experience in handling money and working with computers is required. Initial and quarterly training will be provided. To Apply: www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com/get-involved/volunteer and fill out the application form or contact vicky@healdsburgcenterforthearts.com .  

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to improve the lives of Sonoma County’s youth? Consider applying to the Juvenile Justice Commission.  Visit our website at www.juvenilejusticecommission.org to learn more about the commission and submit an application (application link on website). INFO: Sarah Reid, Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Commission, scjjcaa@gmail.com

Laguna de Santa Rosa Volunteer Day ~ First Fridays of the Month starting 9:00am - Noon at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, Help maintain and enhance the Laguna Environmental Center's "outdoor classroom." Activities include planting, weeding, spreading wood chips, and general site cleanup. We are also looking for several people with gardening experience to serve as team leaders on scheduled work days. The native plant landscape includes wildflowers, grasses, sedges, trees, forbes and herbaceous plants. There are 14 heritage fruit trees around the historic farmhouse as well as a small vegetable garden to represent the period the farmhouse was constructed. The site also includes beautiful views, spots to have a picnic, a living willow tunnel in the Children's Playscape, a bridge over a swale, a pond with wetland plants (plus Western Pond Turtles and a pair of Mallards!), and an observation deck. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly (reply to this email). Heavy rain cancels. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring a personal water bottle, sunscreen and gloves. No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn about native plants. Training and tools will be provided, plus abundant and hearty snacks.  Hope to see you soon! Maggie Hart, Outreach Coordinator (707) 527.9277 x.100 maggiehart@lagunafoundation.org

Volunteer at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens ~ Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow volunteers in beautiful and peaceful gardens. As a Volunteer, you'll meet visitors from around the world and help promote the legacy of world-renowned horticulturist, Luther Burbank. You may join comittees to help plan special fundraising events to protect and maintain this rare historic site. Take pride in giving back to your community! Docents and Gift Shop workers volunteer 3 shifts per month April through October. Gardeners volunteer 2 morning shifts per month year-round. 2016 Training Program starts Saturday, February 27. No experience necessary. Please call or email us today! 707-524-5445. BurbankHome@lutherburbank.org. www.lutherburbank.org  (2/5)

Ives Pool Free Swim Lessons for Sebastopol Area Children- Volunteers needed to help teach local school children learn to swim.  Join the Sebastopol Rotary Club in helping Sebastopol area second graders learn to swim in this FREE program that began in 1984. This year 375 children from Sebastopol area schools will participate. Volunteers can help as little as a half hour lesson, twice a week. Volunteers do not need experience teaching swim lessons, they just need to enjoy working with kids and want to help them be safe around water. The program runs Apr 24 - May 18, Mon – Thu, with each school receiving a half hour lesson in time slots between 12 -1:30p. 7400 Willow Street, Sebastopol. Contact Greg Jacobs at 823-7341 or gjacobs48@gm

Schools of Hope Volunteer Tutors Needed: Schools of Hope has been making an incredible impact on student reading proficiency; and that can't be done without the help of volunteers who spend nearly 10,000 hours per year in the classroom with K-3 students. Volunteers are currently being oriented for a February start, but so far they only have 15 of the 150 needed. If everyone we sent this to recruited one or two friends, neighbors or spouses, we would meet our community’s need for the year. Anyone who is interested in volunteering 30 minutes per week for Schools of Hope can learn more here.

Cotati Historical Museum ~ volunteer to welcome visitors on Saturday afternoons, 1-4p. Docents work in pairs and duties are basic. Instruction pamphlet tells you everything you need to know. If interested, contact Barbara Jean Veronda at 795-4545.

Park Volunteers ~ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park ~ Interested in becoming part of the phenomenal team of volunteers that keeps the park operating?   We need people in the visitor center, kiosk, special events and trail and park maintenance.   Please email Susan St. Marie atsstmarie@jacklondonpark.com or call her (707-938-4827) to express interest or ask questions.   

Caring Connections -Volunteer Visitors Needed Seniors At Home has expanded our older adult visiting program to provide more intensive support to those seniors with a history of mental health issues. Through one-hour weekly visits, volunteers help seniors engage more fully in their communities. As a volunteer, you’ll be working on specific goals to help your client combat isolation, loneliness, and depression. No previous experience working with seniors is required, just an open mind and heart! Training and ongoing support will be provided. We especially need volunteers in Guerneville and Sonoma Valley. Contact Barbara at 707-303-1510; BarbaraT@jfcs.org.


Gallery Docent Volunteers ~  Please join our inspiring community! Healdsburg Center for the Arts gets lots of foot traffic from locals, as well as visitors to Healdsburg.  Experience all facets of retail in HCA's beautiful gallery where proceeds help to support the art center programs. Gallery volunteers are the frontline of customer engagement at the art center. Friendly, detail-oriented volunteers who can commit 6 to 12 hours per month are needed year-round. Experience in handling money and working with computers is required. Initial and quarterly training will be provided. To Apply: www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com/get-involved/volunteer and fill out the application form or contact vicky@healdsburgcenterforthearts.com . 

LIBRARY: There are many interesting retired Son. Co. people who work tirelessly repairing books, organizing them, etc., etc. for the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries Book Faire!  You will not only go away w/ great reading, but your money will be very carefully used.  Do ck. out the website -http://sonomalibrary.org/ - to find out all the services our libraries offer and really get your money’s worth!   Better yet, find a volunteer niche.   You’d be amazed what they accomplish in the catacombs of the downtown library!  Learn about their offer to learn 70 conversational languages for free, etc.!

Become a tutor, change a life. United Way of the Wine Country launched Schools of Hope in 2010 to improve reading skills for third-grade students reading below grade level. Schools of Hope is an early intervention model whose core component is to pair trained volunteers with students for one-on-one literacy tutoring. Volunteer tutors spend 30 minutes per week tutoring a first- or second-grade student at Sonoma County schools in: Cloverdale, Geyserville, Guerneville, Windsor, Forestville, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Petaluma and Sonoma. Education is a one of the three key building blocks United Way recognizes must be in place for individual and community success. It is essential for finding and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. Reading is not only a cornerstone of education but also vital for mastering the skills necessary to thrive. Currently, 49% of our area’s third graders are reading below grade level, and United Way, along with its partnering local school districts and community organizations, set a goal to see 90% of these students reading at or above grade level by 2020. To learn more about the importance of education and United Way’s Schools of Hope, visit unitedwaywinecountry.org. Please join more than 600 others as a Schools of Hope tutor by clicking here to register for orientation and make a difference in a child‘s life today! For more information, please contact Emmanuel Moon at 707-528-4485 ext.103 or at emmanuel.moon@unitedwaywinecountry.org ( End date is: Feb 2017)

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) ~ CASA volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary work for abused, neglected and abandoned children and youth in foster care in our community. If you can commit to spending 2 - 4 hours a week offering advocacy, friendship and emotional support to a child or young adult in foster care, WE NEED YOU! Voluteer orientations are held Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am, 11am or 12pm. Learn more and sign up at http://sonomacasa.org/steps-to-become-a-volunteer/

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to improve the lives of Sonoma County’s youth? Consider applying to the Juvenile Justice Commission.  Visit our website at www.juvenilejusticecommission.org to learn more about the commission and submit an application (application link on website). INFO: Sarah Reid, Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Commission, scjjcaa@gmail.com

Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County (HFHSC) is a volunteer-driven organization. We welcome people from all walks of life to join us as we build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with families in need. Though the vast majority have no construction experience or building skills, volunteers are involved in most phases of construction. By working side-by-side with the family who will live in the house, our volunteers experience for themselves the joy created when a family is able to realize their dream of home ownership. In addition to construction crews, we also need volunteers to work at ReStore, our discount home improvement outlet that exists to help fund the building of Habitat homes.  Opportunities at ReStore range from graphic design to customer service, from inventory management to retail display.  Please contact Che Casul at 707-578-7707 x 105 OR c.casul@habitatsoco.org for more details about volunteering. To find out more about the history and work of Habitat for Humanity and to find out more about volunteer opportunities attend our next HabiTalk
HabiTalks for New Volunteers: RSVP is essential - please call:  (707) 578-7707  x 105 Every third Thursday of the month - 11:00 am at the Habitat Office 3273 Airway Drive, Suite E (Enter ReStore parking lot on Industrial off Piner Rd. Office is across the lot from ReStore) Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Mentor autistic residents while gardening ~ Sweetwater Spectrum, a residential community for adults with autism in Sonoma, is looking for passionate volunteers. There is an abundance of opportunities to be involved with Sweetwater Farm. We are looking for people that are interested in helping in our nursery, volunteering at the farm stand or help plant, weed, harvest or spread compost. Learn about gardening while you work. In addition, we offer opportunities to mentor a resident, lead garden-based group activities, teach residents new skills or join our volunteer work parties. Bring your own ideas or come learn from us at the Sweetwater Farm. There’s no better way to spend these sunny spring days than out on Sweetwater’s farm! For further information, contact Suzanne at enrichment@sweetwaterspectrum.org or call 707-694-6256. 

Be the Wheels for JFCS RIDES ~ Improve the quality of life for our local seniors who no longer drive.  Our local seniors could use your help! Become a volunteer driver! Seniors At Home is seeking volunteer drivers for our JFCS RIDES program. You can drive as much – or as little – as you desire.  Excellent training provided. Mileage is reimbursed, if desired. Contact Barbara at 707-303-1510 or BarbaraT@jfcs.org.

Volunteer Visitors ~ WE NEED YOU! Seniors At Home is expanding our older adult visiting program to provide more intensive support to those seniors with a history of mental health issues. Our goal is to help them improve engagement in their daily lives through one-hour weekly visits. As a volunteer, you’ll be working on specific goals to help seniors combat their isolation, loneliness, and depression. No previous knowledge of working with seniors is required – just an open mind and heart! Training and ongoing support will be provided. Contact Barbara at 707-303-1510 or BarbaraT@jfcs.org.

Paws for Love Foundation is looking for more volunteers. We have a variety of jobs to offer as the Big Event ( Sweet 16 Paws for Love Feb 2 - 15) approaches! To volunteer, please contact Jeanine at (707) 889-4046 jpleonard44@comcast.net, or Ellyn@pawsforlove.info

Volunteer Prevention Educators provide prevention workshops to students, parents, and staff in Sonoma County Schools, as well as educational presentations to the community. The purpose of these workshops is to empower children and youth while reducing vulnerability to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and provide information of Verity’s services to Sonoma County. Volunteer Prevention Educators complete a 30-hour training, which we are currently scheduling. TTo learn more or apply to volunteer, visit our website or contact Rob Diaz, Prevention Manager, at prevention@ourverity.org.

Volunteer Park Maintenance supervisor at Forestville Youth Park ~ The Forestville Youth Park is looking for someone to help us with overseeing the maintaining of our park. This volunteer position would work directly with the Maintenance Director on various projects including: park cleanliness, seasonal maintenance (leaf raking etc.), painting, and various park projects. Every year the Forestville Youth Park has hundreds of volunteers who donate countless hours to maintaining and improving our park for all of the youth that it serves. In this key volunteer position you would help facilitate with coordinating those volunteers to the daily tasks as well as long term assignments for the park. If you are interested in helping Forestville Youth Park please call Fred Von Renner at 707-479-5138.

Volunteers needed at the Guerneville School for the following positions:  Garden helpers, Library Assistants, conduct small group work, and After School helpers. Days and times vary.  For more information contact Linda Swan at 869.2864, ext. 111.

Volunteer Visitors ~ Seniors At Home is expanding our older adult visiting program to provide more intensive support to those seniors with a history of mental health issues.  Our goal is to help them improve engagement in their daily lives through one-hour weekly visits. As a volunteer, you’ll be working on specific goals to help seniors combat their isolation, loneliness, and depression. No previous knowledge of working with seniors is required – just an open mind and heart! Training and ongoing support will be provided. Contact Barbara at 707-303-1510 or BarbaraT@jfcs.org.

Be the Wheels for Jewish Family and Children's Services RIDES ~  A little extra time on your hands? Our local seniors could use your help! Become a volunteer driver! Seniors At Home is seeking volunteer drivers for our JFCS RIDES program. You can drive as much – or as little – as you desire.  Improve the quality of life for our local seniors who no longer drive. Excellent training provided. Mileage is reimbursed, if desired. Contact Barbara at 707-303-1510 or BarbaraT@jfcs.org.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness seeks volunteers for four-hour shifts.  Responsibilities could include office administration, answering phones, data entry, librarian work, assist with coordinating meetings and helping provide basic information regarding mental illness and community resources. Contact Trina Brannen at info@namisoco.org or 527-6655.

3rd Sat ~ Guerneville Community Church clean-up ~ 8am-12pm ~ Join our community to keep the ground and Community Garden neat and tidy. We supply the tools, You supply the energy. very much appreciated. 14250 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville, Info: Michael Adams 707-869-2927

Become a Docent of the ACR's Martin Griffin Preserve! The nature education programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch have been opening up the wonders of the natural world to Bay Area children and adults for over 40 years. Come to this Open House at the Martin Griffin Preserve to learn more about our programs and to sign up for docent training, which starts in September 2014. Sessions begin at 10 a.m., and docents will lead small group hikes after the presentation. For more information, call 415.868.9244 or contact the ACR Education Team at volunteer@egret.org. RSVP requested but not necessary.

DINING SITE HELP: Retired & need a little social interaction & a sense of helping others? Council on Aging needs volunteer kitchen help at the Sebastopol Senior Center on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Assist with hosting, table setting, serving food and light clean-up. For registration please call Michele Leonard at 525-0143 x 147.

Thursdays ~ Fife Creek Clean-up in Guerneville - bring your tools and energy - contact Vira for instrucitons (707) 484-8767 Brookside Lane in front of West Sonoma Inn 14100 Brookside Lane.

Larson Park Community Garden ~ The Larson Park Community Garden in Boyes Hot Springs is looking for volunteers to organize and lead kids activities in the garden this summer. Just a few hours are required, along with your creative and fun ideas! If you’re interested or want more information, please contact Alejandra Cervantes at Nuestra Voz, 707-939-9369 or alexcervantes63@gmail.com.   

Petaluma Arts Center: Call for Volunteers ~ Come and join the team at Petaluma Arts Center. Training and orientation will be provided. Call or email as soon as you can and let Virginia know how you can participate in the following events. 707-762-5600 vmay@petalumaartscenter.org

SCCA Volunteer Opportunities ~ Sonoma County Conservation Action needs volunteers for our three 2014 upcoming events and elections. For a list of opportunities, visit http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/volunteer.html

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County - Expertise Exchange - Your professional skills and experiences can help a local non-profit grow, transform, or tackle an immediate problem.  This is a special opportunity for managers, professionals and leaders to join the Expertise Exchange.  We are reaching out to potential volunteers looking to join a team of skilled and knowledgeable experts partnering with local non-profits to understand their missions and help them achieve their goals. If you'd like to contribute 60-90 days on a flexible schedule to execute specific goals alongside motivated colleagues with well-defined resources.to a local non-profit, we hope you'll join this exciting venture! Sign up online or contact us at expertiseexchange@volunteernow.org.

Caring Connections - Volunteer Visitors Needed - Jewish Family & Children's Services - Seniors At Home has expanded our older adult visiting program to provide more intensive support to those seniors with a history of mental health issues. Through one-hour weekly visits, volunteers help seniors engage more fully in their communities. As a volunteer, you’ll be working on specific goals to help your client combat isolation, loneliness, and depression. No previous experience working with seniors is required, just an open mind and heart! Training and ongoing support will be provided. Contact Barbara at 707-303-1510; BarbaraT@jfcs.org ( added 9-8-16 ) 

Parks & Gardens

Creek restoration, education, and recreation opportunities - The Creek Stewardship Program offers citizens who live, travel, and recreate along Santa Rosa’s creeks the opportunity to protect and enhance the creeks they enjoy. An informed, supportive, and proactive community strengthens desirable qualities such as wildlife habitat and public safety while reducing problems such as illicit dumping, water pollution, illegal camping, bank erosion and growth of non-native invasive plants.  

The program’s objectives are to:
1. Increase the public’s awareness of the values provided by local creeks by providing creek restoration, education, and recreation activities in conjunction with community partners.

2. Support volunteer Creek Stewards who serve as additional “eyes, ears and voice” to identify and report undesirable conditions and activities. Creek Stewards also perform minor maintenance and monitoring tasks and provide suggestions to enhance creek areas.3. Provide timely and effective response to citizens’ concerns regarding creek related maintenance, environmental, safety, and recreational issues.

The Creek Stewardship Program draws from the multitude of community resources to increase the public’s appreciation and support for the environmental and social benefits provided by urban creeks.  Activities include walks, bike rides, nature interpretation, tree planting, restoration work days, presentations on creek topics, and creek activities for youth programs.  Working together, the Water Agency, the City, and its citizens can enhance creek corridors to provide efficient transportation routes, safe neighborhoods, scenery, wildlife habitat, recreation and social interaction.
http://srcity.org/departments/utilities/stormwatercreeks/steward/Pages/default.aspx

Bodega Land Trust Invites you to monitor conservation easements in West Sonoma County. Both fun and educational, our Summer and Autumn monitoring trips involve a day of hiking on a lovely protected property, (redwoods, coastal streams, canyons, coastal prairies) meeting other local nature lovers and taking notes and photos. If interested call Sharon: 707-874-2795

Bounty Community Farm Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact Suzi Grady, Bounty Farm Manager, for more information ~ 364-4883 ~ suzi@petalumabounty.org

Calling all Garden Volunteers ~ Join us at GSE's Village Park Garden in Sebastopol Wednesdays at 10am-12pm. We need extra hands to help with harvesting, weeding, and bringing donations to local food banks. Learn more about the Village Park Garden Project. Contact Kate at (707) 228 8831 or gsecommunity@gmail.com to join in the fun!

Camphosts Needed for Summer ~ Stewards is looking for responsible and hard-working individuals who would like to camp at Bullfrog Pond campground in exchange for fulfilling the job of a camphost. The job entails campground checks, light housekeeping, selling firewood and other supplies and making sure campers are abiding by the rules. We provide a small trailer to sleep in and a $50 stipend per 24 shift. If you are interested in doing this volunteer job on an ongoing basis please contact Scott Lawyer, Operations Manager at 707-869-2015 or scott@stewardscr.org

Gold Ridge Farm ~ If you like plants or history, and like sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with others, you'll like being a docent at Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastopol. Training is coming up, and there is no minimum commitment. You'll guide when you're available. Call Erin at 481-3488 for more information. wschsgrf.org

Guerneville Town Clean Up ~ Riverkeeper Park, 4p, meet at the Town Suare Downtown Guerneville. Help clean up Riverkeeper Park, the Footbridge and the Town Square. Dress warm; gloves, pickers, brooms will be there. Hang out after 6p in the town square for pizza and snacks sponsored by Community First Credit Union and Big Bottom Market. More info call Christ at 707-322-8304.

Luther Burbank’s Experiment Farm (Gold Ridge) in Sebastopol is looking for volunteers who enjoy helping others appreciate trees, flowers, and the achievements of Luther Burbank.  No minimum commitment; docents lead tours when they are available. For more information, please call 707-824-9492 or write to goldridgefarm@gmail.com ~ wschsgrf.org 

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens ~ Apply Now for volunteer training for docents, gift shop staff, gardeners at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens. No experience is necessary. 707-524-5445 ~ BurbankHome@lutherburbank.org ~ lutherburbank.org 

Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in GuernevilleVolunteer Days on Wednesdays 9am -noon   Construction of the onsite environmental educational facility and hard surfaced wheelchair-accessible trails is underway.  The efforts of volunteers are enormously valuable to us and we continue to welcome their participation.  For safety reasons the Park is closed to the general public. Unique to the entire 110 miles of the Russian River, Riverkeeper Stewardship Park is the place to see and participate in riverbank restoration and upkeep. We offer training so no experience is necessary.   Help construct trails, work with native plants, control erosion, eliminate noxious weeds plus many other activities. Adults and children are welcome to participate. Students can receive volunteer credit. The Park is located on the north bank of the Russian River directly upstream of the Guerneville pedestrian bridge.  Access the entrance from the driveway in front of Sonoma Nesting Co. (16132 Main Street, just east of Armstrong Woods Road.  At the bottom of the driveway look for the blue and white sign that says, “Russian Riverkeeper Stewardship Park.” Please bring drinking water and wear sturdy footwear.  Light refreshments are provided.  For more information contact Victoria Wikle at 865-2474 or VictoriaWikle@usa.net.  See the website at www.russianriverkeeper.org.  Receive Russian Riverkeeper news and happenings emails at "Join our mailing list" russianriverkeeper.drupalgardens.com/?key=58927927

OAEC Garden Volunteer Day ~ Every Wednesday, from 10 am to 5 pm (except on the Wednesdays before Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year). You can come for all or just part of the day. There is a vegetarian lunch served at 12:30 pm. We suggest you bring a hat, sunscreen, extra layers or rain gear depending on season, sturdy shoes and water bottle.   To be considered for a garden internship, you MUST attend at least one Garden Volunteer Day at OAEC. Please introduce yourself to the garden staff and let them know you are applying for an internship. Please be mindful that the backcountry acreage and community hot-tub and sauna are not available to our garden volunteers. Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, (707) 874-1557 voice - oaec@oaec.org

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods Visit our website at www.stewardsofthecoastandredwoods.org
2nd WED ~ Armstrong Redwoods/Austin Creek Trail Crew ~ in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. For more information, contact Pete Bidigare, Volunteer Manager, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, 707-869-9177 EXT. 1# or pete@stewardscr.org WEBSITE: stewardsofthecoastandredwoods.org 
4th WED ~ Sonoma Coast Trail Crew ~  in Willow Creek Watershed. For more information, contact Pete Bidigare, Volunteer Manager, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, 707-869-9177 EXT. 1# or pete@stewardscr.org.
Camphosts are needed for short or long-term commitments at the Bull Frog Pond campground. Anyone interested should contact Stewards at stewards@mcn.org. Donations to support Stewards and their efforts to keep Austin Creek SRA open are greatly appreciated. 

Business

Forestville Chamber of Commerce ~ forestvillechamber.org

Russian River Chamber of Commercerussianriver.com

Russian River Historical Society ~ meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Marshall House in Guerneville at 6:30.  Help protect, preserve and present the history of the lower Russian River. Contact Jane Barry (707) 953-6074 or email jbarry@russianriverhistory.org

Community Radio 

KGGV 95.1 “The Bridge” Guerneville ~ 869-1131 ~ kggv.blogspot.com. Contact 869-1131. PO Box 1131, Guerneville.

KOWS 107.3 FM, Occidental ~ 874-9090 ~ kows.fm

KWTF 88.1 FM, Santa Rosa ~ 681-5983 ~ kwtf-radio.org

Critters

Fawn Rescue ~ We need Sonoma County homeowners with rural land on which to raise and release four fawns during fawn season, April - September. For details, please contact Fawn Rescue at info@fawnrescue.org or 707-931-4550. We are looking for volunteer Drivers to respond to rescue calls, always emergencies. Driver can choose the day and area to work. 

Kenwood Wildlife Center ~ Rehabilitation of native songbirds & birds of prey. ~ 575-1000 or 481-2819~ wildlife-center.org

Paws for Love ~ (707) 889-4046 ~ pawsforlove.info ~ jpleonard44@comcast.net

Food Programs

Bounty Hunters ~ 364-4866 ~ petalumabounty.org

Catholic Charities Rural Food Program ~ We are currently looking for volunteers to help us distribute groceries at our food distribution sites. http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/rural-food-project.html or  707-284-3850 x 268

Ceres Community Project ~ 829-5833 ~ ceresproject.org

Food for Thought ~ 6550 Railroad Ave, Forestville ~ 887-1647 ~ fftfoodbank.org

Redwood Empire Food Bank ~ 3320 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa ~ 523-7900 ~ refb.org

St. Andrews-in-the-Redwoods ~ 20329 Hwy 116, Monte Rio ~ 579-9793 ~ standrews-redwoods.org

St. Philip Parish ~ 3730 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental ~ 874-3812 ~ stphiliptheapostle.net

Veterans’ Organic Peace Garden ~ 3839 Brickway Blvd, Santa Rosa ~ 887-0250 ~ have-vets.org

Adult Literacy Programs ~ SONOMA COUNTY LIBRARY ~ 211 E. St., Santa Rosa ~ 707-544-2622 ~literacy@sonoma.lib.ca.us

Basic reading and writing ~ 
Students work individually with a tutor for a minimum of two hours per week.
Families for Literacy ~ 
This program introduces reading as a family value to adult learners who have at least one preschool child and are enrolled in the basic reading and writing literacy program.
Inmate Tutoring ~ Tutors work individually with inmates on basic reading and writing at the two detention facilities in Sonoma County.  A special security orientation and clearance through the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department is required of all tutors in the inmate program, along with a two-year commitment.

Neighbors

Council on Aging ~ Share a Ride Program ~ COA seeks passionate volunteer driver to assist seniors.  Contact Michele Leonard 707-525-0143x147

DAAC ~ Drug Abuse Alternatives Center. If you have 2-6 hours to spare, we have a project for you ~ 571-2233 x369 ~ daacinfo.org

H.A.V.E. ~ Helping American Veterans Endure. Lee Gooding, Executive Director, 887-0250 ~ have-vets.org

Forestville Chamber of Commerce ~ forestvillechamber.org

3rd Wed - Forestville Historical Society. Join us in gathering and preserving Forestville history. We interview elders, collect photos and keep our history alive. Come to Forestville School Library (school year) 7pm - INFO:  Megan Chesnut, 707-799-9270 or forestvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

GUERNEVILLE MEALS ON WHEELS ~ Feeling compassion for isolated seniors? Council on Aging is urgently seeking volunteer MOW drivers for the Guerneville area to Monte Rio area. Hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Drivers must be able to lift 25 pounds, use their own vehicle,  have a CA Driver’s license with insurance and complete a free background check. Contact Michele Leonard at 525-0143 x 147 for registration.

JFCS RIDES ~ Seniors At Home, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, is seeking volunteer drivers for our JFCS RIDES program. Contact Barbara Tobin: barbarat@jfcs.org or 707-303-1510.

The Living Room ~ A daytime shelter for homeless women and children. 636 Cherry St, Santa Rosa ~ 321-0976 ~ thelivingroomsc.org

Relay for Life ~ Sebastopol, to organize or join a team call 707-887-2759 ~ wellguy@sonic.net

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital ~ Seeking volunteers to serve in twenty different departments, providing help and comfort to patients and visiturs every day in four hour shifts. For more info, call the volunteer office at 707-525-5300 x5648.

Senior Companion Volunteers ~ ~ Seniors At Home, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, is seeking volunteers to provide support to seniors with ongoing mental health issues through our weekly visiting program. Contact Barbara Tobin: barbarat@jfcs.org or 707-303-1510.

Share a Ride and a Smile ~ Council on Aging is in great need of volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers on Wednesdays and Thursdays from approximately 11am – 1:30pm. Must be able to lift 25 pounds, follow written & verbal directions, use your own vehicle and complete a free background check. For registration, please contact Michele Leonard at 525-0143 x 147

SweetPea Gift Shoppe ~ Non-profit, all-volunteer outfit that promotes senior crafts. ~ 585-6786

Sonoma County Family YMCA – Volunteers are vital to the Y’s aim of delivering enriching programs to the community, which promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Volunteers help in various areas, including childcare and after school programs, youth sports and recreation, fitness and aquatics programs, administration, maintenance, and special events. For more information, please contact hseney@scfymca.org or 707-545-9622 x3321.

Sonoma County Free Bookmobile ~ 520-4536 ~ sonomacountybookmobile.org

Sonoma County Regional Parks ~ Help with park and trail clean-up and maintenance in your favorite parks. You'll meet wonderful paople, have a day in fresh air and feel like you've accomplished great things at the end of the day. Vlunteer coordinator. John Ryan, 565-2041 ~ sonoma-county.org/parks/volunteer/index.htm

Volunteer Center ~ if you want to volunteer or you need volunteers - this web site is your key. Register as a volunteer and receive updates of opportunities where your skills and talents can be put to use. Register with your needs for volunteers and the V.C. will match one to the other. It's a win/win! volunteer.truist.com/uwsml/volunteer/ or (707) 573-3399 x125

VOWS ~  Become a Volunteer Wellness Outreach Worker at Occidental, Guerneville, Forestville and Sebastopol health center sites. Call Marty Dekay-Bemis 707-869-5977x3312 ~ mdekay@wchealth.org.

West County Community Services ~ Shelter Volunteers.  Need laundry coordinator, food/supplies procurement, general facility maintenance and janitorial, host/hostess, meals, meal serves and kitchen crew.  Email volunteer@westcountyservices.org ~ 707-823-1640 x 1016

West County Health Centers: Greet patients, connect people to community resources, improve access to health care, lead iWalks, and much much more. Opportunities in Sebastopol, Forestville, Occidental and Guerneville. Call Marty Dekay-Bemis at (707) 869-5977, ext. 3312 or email mdekay@wchealth.org.

Youth

Guerneville Elementary ~ Guerneville School needs volunteers for the school year, 2013-14 to assist in the classroom, in the Library and in the After School Program.  Please contact Linda at 869.2864, ext. 111 for further information. 

Forestville Education Foundation ~ All interested volunteers are invited to the Forestville Education Foundation meeting/social on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6pm at the elementary school to learn how to get involved in supporting art, music, and other vital programs at Forestville School and Academy. Get involved.. it's fun! Please rsvp to president.foundation@gmail.com.

El Molino High School Music Dept  Needs Your Help ~ We are looking for wonderful local Musicians to volunteer during the 2014-15 school year to tutor our young Band Students. We could use help with Brass, Reed and Percussion Students. 1 1/2 hours a week . Please give a call to the El Molino High School 707.824.6533 or email Kent Wilson, Music Director, kwilson.ehs@wscuhsd.k12.ca.us

Youth Advocate ~ Help abused, neglected, and/or abandoned children navigate ‘the System.’ Sonoma County CASA ~ Millie Gilson, 565-6375 ~ sonomacasa.org

Forget-Me-Not Farm ~ Animal care therapy for at-risk youth. Volunteer orientation 3rd Thursdays, 11:00–12:30 pm ~ forgetmenotfarm.org

Schools of Hope - Make a difference in a child's life in as little as one hour per week! When kids can't read, they can't succeed. Become a Schools of Hope Volunteer- Register for your preferred orientation session* and complete the online application. If you have any additional questions or would like more details about the program, please visit Sonoma County Schools of Hope or contact Gretchen Werner at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County at (707) 573-3399 x121 or  gwerner@volunteernow.org or  online registration at unitedwaywinecountry.org/SOHSonoma.

The Landing ~ Youth Clubhouse at Forestville UMC, 6550 Covey Rd ~ 887-2020 ~ forestvilleumc.org

Russian River After School ~ Homework help, tutoring, reading, activities for Monte Rio & Guerneville Schools. 2:30-6:00 pm ~ Kylie 869-9741 ~ kcochrane@westcountyservices.org

Sonoma County Partnership for Children ~ The Partnership promotes “children-first” in politics, policies and investments. Economists have shown that public investments in early childhood generate a higher rate of return than almost any other public investment. No cost to join, so let’s put children first. Join today: SonomaPartnershipForChildren.com