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Stay connected with the Living Room

September 3, 2021

Bring your leadership to the table and help lead The Living Room into its future with your time, talents and treasures. They are looking for individuals in a variety of career fields.

If you are interested in learning more and being a part of their board members, please contact The Living Room.

Are you retired and not sure what to do with your time during retired life? Are you a student who needs volunteer hours or has extra time on their hands? Why not volunteer?

The Living Room welcomes all who are willing and want to help with daily operations.

During this last fiscal year, from last July 1, 2020 while still in quarantine, to June of this year, The Living room has served 840 unduplicated women and 214 children. All of the families were either in the extremely low-income bracket or had no income at all. Extremely low income in Sonoma County is $25,000 annually for a household of four.

The Living Room provided 26,525 meals over the course of this time. These meals have served hundreds of people of all ages, all had a common challenge having enough to eat. They have served these meals directly through outreach all over Santa Rosa. They have partners who deliver some of the meals and the drivers also deliver. Seventy-two women were housed throughout their houses and on their campus. Of that eight are children.

Volunteers are the backbone of The Living Room’s organization. The service provided by their volunteer teams is critical to the daily operation of The Living Room and they are always looking for more to join them.

A kitchen team is needed as The Living Room provides up to 175 hot meals a day to the residents and to partner with organizations for distribution. Kitchen volunteers work in coordination with the Food Services Manage to prepare the delicious, nourishing meals.

Distribution volunteers work in coordination with the kitchen and outreach teams to package the daily hot meals and deliver them to partner organizations. A vehicle and clean driving record is required for this volunteer position.

The Living Room’s campus is largely highlighted by their beautiful garden. Garden volunteers would work in coordination with their Facilities Manager for weekly upkeep, maintenance and other miscellaneous projects.

Their resident living spaces could use the help of some handy volunteers! Maintenance volunteers would work in coordination with the Facilities Manager for occasional repair and carpentry work.

If you specialize in a particular field, you may be able to share service and or expert knowledge with their participants. Whether it is direct service, classes, or consultation, they would love to hear your ideas.

All potential volunteers begin the process by submitting a volunteer application at The Living Room. They are committed to providing a safe and secure space for everyone and all potential volunteers are subject to an interview process and background check. Once approved volunteers can join them on campus, where the fun begins.

The Living Room is in need of the following: Tents, travel shampoo, travel conditioner, travel toothpaste, travel lotions, deodorant, razors, travel shaving cream, Q-tips, Woman underwear (all sizes), and L/XL socks.

Some items that are not needed at this time are: Tampons, pads, liners, Depends and adult diapers. If you wish to donate, kindly get in touch with Thomas at lexander@thelivingroomsc.org.

If you are interested in volunteering,  please get in touch with volunteer coordinator, Kris Bartolome at 707-978-4801.