Lend a hand with taxes
Help local low wage working families and individuals receive the tax refunds they deserve. Training as tax preparers, intake coordinators, interpreters and outreach volunteers starts in Dec. No experience needed. Shifts vary, minimum of two hours per week. Call Ariel Vipond at 707-528-4485, ext. 122.
Lend a hand distributing food
Redwood Empire Food Bank has deployed its emergency response program with distributions open to anyone in need of food. They need volunteers to help out in the kitchen and with distributions. Sign up on their website, refb.org. Food donations sites and financial donations are listed on their website.
Help people find hidden gems
Volunteers are needed to work two three-hour shifts per month at Treasure House, a nonprofit consignment shop benefiting the YWCAs Safe. House for victims of domestic abuse. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thurs., 3450 Airway Dr., Santa Rosa. 707-523-1188.
Assist in holiday celebration
Volunteers are needed for the Downtown Winter Lights celebration and gratitude giving ceremony Nov. 29 at Old Courthouse Square. Shifts include setup/take down, helping with children’s activities and the information booth and pouring beer/wine, from 11 a.m. to 8 or 9 a.m. Call 707-526-8523.
Feed hungry in Santa Rosa
F.I.S.H. of Santa Rosa, an all-volunteer organization invites you to help feed the hungry. Food pickup, receiving and distribution team volunteers are needed to serve over 70,000 people this year. Contact Kaarin Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a coach for seniors
Help seniors improve balance, safety, strength and confidence to prevent falls. Lead older adults in eight 2-hour sessions that address fall prevention. One-day training on Jan. 15 in Santa Rosa. Contact Katie Parrish at 707-565-5930.
Help garden in the community
Catholic Charities’ gleaning program provides fresh produce to our shelter and clients. In partnership with Farm to Pantry, we harvest fresh produce, tackle food insecurity and reduce food waste, all while outdoors on beautiful farms. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes and sunscreen and bring water. Contact Emily Theissen at 707-528-8712