*Volunteer Opportunities

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Sonoma County, California
  • Mar 04, 2019
Internship non-profit management

Job Description

Position Information

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop

The mission of the Volunteer Program is to enhance and extend the County of Sonoma's ability to provide services through training, relationship development, and by connecting people with opportunities to serve the community.
Established in 1984, the County of Sonoma Volunteer Program places hundreds of people each year throughout County departments. Countless volunteers invest energy, skills, and talent to make Sonoma County a better place to live.
Volunteering is one of the greatest forms of civic engagement. America was built by volunteers and it continues to thrive because of our community's volunteer spirit.

Click here for information about the County of Sonoma's Volunteer Program.

Sonoma County is very fortunate to have other agencies in our community that strengthen community service efforts in Sonoma County. Please visit some of these other websites for additional information about volunteerism in Sonoma County:

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County
Volunteer Solutions
VolunteerMatch - Search forlocalopportunities

Below are the volunteer opportunities available at this time. Please check back as these may change frequently:
Current Volunteer Opportunities at the County of Sonoma:

Census 2020 Outreach Volunteers

The County Administrator's Office is seeking volunteers to help in the Census 2020 outreach campaign to raise awareness about the importance of getting counted in the decennial Census. Every ten years, our constitution mandates that all persons be counted in all the states and territories, which leads to determining government representation and federal funds received. The County's Census 2020 outreach campaign effort will specifically target communities that are least motivated to participate in the Census. These volunteers will serve as messengers at participating libraries, schools, and community based organizations throughout the county. Their role is to encourage residents to be counted, provide information about different options of getting counted, and answer questions about the Census.
Duties and responsibilities:
  • Five (5) hours per week at designated locations.
  • Distribute flyers and Census 2020 pledges and invite the public to be counted.
  • Learn about the Census to provide answers.
  • Find businesses or locations interested in displaying Census 2020 flyers and posters.
  • Keep records of the number of people reached at each location and number of businesses or locations willing to display Census 2020 material.
  • Volunteers in this position will receive an orientation and specific instructions on interacting with the public.
Criteria:
  • Ability to communicate with public and business personnel in professional manner.
  • Ability to complete a one-hour orientation.
  • Basic writing and communication skills.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) speakers are highly desired.
This will be an exciting volunteer opportunity to help your community with this very important task that will help ensure representation and fair and equitable distribution of federal funds to local, state, and tribal governments.

Hair Stylist/Barber at Juvenile Hall
The Sonoma County Probation Department is seeking Hair Stylists or Barbers to volunteer cutting hair for youth detained at the Sonoma County Juvenile Hall. The volunteers must provide their own tools and be willing to commit to 2 - 6 hours per month between the hours of 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We would ideally like to a consistent, agreed upon monthly schedule.
Qualifications:
  • 21+ years of age
  • Licensed cosmetologist or barber
  • Flexible, patient and interested in engaging in conversation and establishing rapport with youth
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and strict boundaries
  • No criminal background or felonies; and no probation or court action pending.
If interested please respond to this posting or email to volunteer@sonoma-county.org.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the County of Sonoma!

Community Development Commission - Housing Authority is seekingLow-Income Housing Aide Volunteers!
The Sonoma County Housing Authority provides subsidized rental assistance to low-income families in Sonoma County. The program is seeking volunteers to assist with putting together packets and helping families.
Some of the duties of this volunteer position are:
  • Provide clerical support to the housing program, such as sorting, copying, stapling, etc.
  • Prepare informational and eligibility materials.
  • General clerical tasks to assist the program
The ideal person should have an interest in assisting low-income families, a willingness to learn, and the ability to work with the public. Some training will be provided regarding the needs of and resources available to low-income families in Sonoma County. We will also train volunteers on the Housing Authority's program procedures and about eligibility for the program.

Volunteers should expect to help about 4 - 8 hours each week. If interested please submit an application and resume regarding your interest for this volunteer position. They are seeking several volunteer Aides...!

CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate:

Speak up for a child! Become a CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate.
A CASA is a trained volunteer child advocate appointed by a judge of the Juvenile Court to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children coming before the Juvenile court for protection and rehabilitation services.
During the time the child remains in the Juvenile Court System, the CASA volunteer investigates the child's circumstances, provides factual information, and makes recommendations to the court while becoming a friend and support system in a child's case. CASAs are a powerful voice in a child's life.
CASAs work closely with the CASA program staff, social workers, therapists, attorneys, and other professionals to make certain the child's needs are met and to further the child's welfare. The ultimate goal is to ensure that authorities provide a safe, permanent, loving family for the child as quickly as possible.
Children deserve to be treated as individuals with a right to be heard. The CASA has the opportunity to enhance the decision-making process in Juvenile court through the development of a significant relationship with a child. A volunteer can bring a sense of individuality of each child into the courtroom by representing the child's unique needs and desires.
If you care and have about 10 hours a month to spend, being a CASA can be very gratifying work. Join one of our quarterly CASA volunteer trainings and become a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Millie Gilson - Executive Director
CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children
P.O. Box 1418
Kenwood, CA 95452
707.565.6375
707.565.6379 (fax)
Email: info@sonomacasa.org
Web: http://www.sonomacasa.org

Probation - Juvenile Hall - Tutor volunteers

Volunteer Tutors work in conjunction with Sonoma County Office of Education and tutor residents in math, English, writing and/or spelling. Under direction of teacher(s) and correctional staff, individual plans are developed for each resident to meet her/his educational needs. Tutoring is always done during school session which is held Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The ideal volunteer should be well qualified to tutor both high school level math and English and/or writing. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and able to maintain confidentiality and strict boundaries. Volunteers must also be able to attend the Juvenile Hall Volunteer Orientation.

Valley of the Moon Children's Center - Dental Clinic needs volunteer assistants, hygienists, and dentists!

Valley of the Moon Children's Center (VMCC) provides temporary residential care for over 500 children a year who come to the Center after being removed from their home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.During their stay at the Center children receive medical, dental, and mental health services and treatment.The facility includes a dental clinic designed to serve the oral health needs of all children entering emergency foster care at the Center. VMCC has need of the following volunteers for their dental clinic, willing to volunteer 1-2 days per month for a period of 6 months.
Dental Assistant - Under the direction of a dentist, provide support for dental services at Valley of the Moon Children's Center.
Prepare patients for dentist's exam
  • Perform chair-side duties such as handing instruments and materials to dentist and operation suction hose.
  • Assist with patient management during procedures
  • Take x-rays
  • Prepare and maintain dental instruments, supplies, and equipment
  • Prepare compounds for cleanings and fillings
  • Support the maintenance of accurate records or files
  • Support office duties as needed, such as ordering supplies and scheduling appointments
  • Adhere to all Safety and Environmental Programs as required by law (such as Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards, and Blood Born Pathogen Standards, etc.).
Requires minimum 1 - 2 years experience as a dental assistant.Must possess mobility and stamina to work in a clinical setting with extended standing and sitting; fine motor coordination to use dental tools and equipment, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and to perform necessary dental work. Must show proof of valid license to practice dentistry issued by the CA State Board of Dental Examiners and malpractice insurance.
Dental Hygienist - Under the direction of a dentist, provide professional dental services for patients at Valley of the Moon Children's Center
  • Implement patient screening procedures
  • Clean and polish teeth to remove plaque and stains
  • Examine gums for signs of disease
  • Chart conditions for diagnosis and treatment by dentist
  • Apply cavity-prevention agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants
  • Take x-rays
  • Explain or teach oral hygiene
  • Prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests
  • Prepare filling materials, temporary fillings, and periodontal dressings
  • Making impressions of patients' teeth for study
  • Support the maintenance of accurate records or files
  • Adhere to all Safety and Environmental Programs as required by law (such as Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards, and Blood Born Pathogen Standards, etc.).

Must possess a valid license to practice as a dental hygienist issued by California State Board of Dental Examiners. Must possess mobility and stamina to work in a clinical setting with extended standing and sitting; fine motor coordination to use dental tools and equipment, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and to perform necessary dental work. Must show proof of valid license to practice dentistry issued by the CA State Board of Dental Examiners and malpractice insurance.
Dentist - Under direction, to provide professional dental services for patients at Valley of the Moon Children's Center.
  • Confer with patients and VMCC staff concerning diagnosis and treatment.Work closely with VMCC staff regarding referrals as required.
  • Perform dental examinations at VMCC Dental Clinic; authorize, take, and interpret x-rays; order additional tests as required and determine appropriate treatment.
  • Provide and oversee prophylactic services such as cleaning and fluoride or sealant treatments; instructs patients in proper oral hygiene and dental care.
  • Perform routine diagnostic, restorative, oral surgery, and periodontal treatment.Advise Dental Administrator of cases requiring specialist referral.
  • Support the maintenance of accurate records or files.
  • Direct the procedural support work of dental assistants and hygienists.
  • Adhere to all Safety and Environmental Programs as required by law (such as Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards, and Blood Born Pathogen Standards, etc.).

Must possess a valid license to practice dentistry issued by California State Board of Dental Examiners. Must possess mobility and stamina to work in a clinical setting with extended standing and sitting; fine motor coordination to use dental tools and equipment, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and to perform necessary dental work. Must show proof of valid license to practice dentistry issued by the CA State Board of Dental Examiners and malpractice insurance.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

How to submit a volunteer application:

We accept volunteer applications for opportunities that are available. If you are interested in volunteering for a listed opportunity, please obtain an application by one of the following methods:
  • Pick up an application at Sonoma County Human Resources, located at 575 Administration Drive, Suite 116-B, Santa Rosa, CA95403.
OR
  • Obtain the application by clicking here . Once youcomplete it, you can scan and email it to volunteer@sonoma-county.org , fax to the Volunteer Program at (707)565-3770, or you can drop it off at:
County of Sonoma, Human Resources Department
Attn:Volunteer Program
575 Administration Drive, Suite 116-B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Once your application is received it will be forwarded to the department that is soliciting volunteers. The department will review your volunteer application and contact you if they feel your skills and experience are a match for their program.

Thank you for considering volunteering for the County of Sonoma.