Volunteer

SVdP Sonoma loves Volunteers

We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities in Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, and local communities


SVdP volunteers help with all aspects of the organization, from serving food in the free Dining Room to board service, committee participation, or providing administrative support in our District Office. Neighborhood volunteers might visit with low-income families or help operate an emergency food pantry. Other volunteers help with landscaping or building maintenance.

St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma County provides a wide range of opportunities suited to all different skill sets and personalities! We welcome all who can give their time and talent – students, employed and unemployed individuals, seniors and retirees! A listing of the locations, hours and the types of volunteers we are seeking is below. If you don’t see something that would be a fit for you but want to help, give us a call at 707. 584.1579, x205, your special skills might fill a unique need!

Please note that a Criminal Background Check is required.

To volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma County, click below:

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Volunteer in our Dining Room in Santa Rosa:

610 Wilson Street (map)
Santa Rosa, CA

Contact: Jim Kelly, Dining Room Manager, at 707.528.7580 or click to volunteer.
Hours: Daily, 6 am – 2 pm
The free Dining Room in Santa Rosa needs volunteers to:

  • Help prepare and serve meals
  • Greet guests
  • Count guests
  • Host our Help Desk
  • Host our clothes closet
  • Pick up food (requires Class C license)
  • Help with building maintenance.

What our Volunteers have to Say:

“It didn’t take long for me to see where I might fit in the cavernous back rooms of the Sonoma County St. Vincent de Paul Store in Rohnert Park. The stacks of superb donations contain gems that anyone would treasure and they needed a shepherd. I search out these treasures, look them up on the computer to set a fair price, display them in the store and get enormous gratification when a shopper spots these items and is delighted at such a find in a thrift store!

St. Vincent’s Thrift Store is a well kept secret that is aching to get out. We have an in store joke about that…”whatever you need, just wait three days and it will appear.” Antique dealers come in daily and search out the fabulous collectibles and fine furniture that end up in their shops with shocking price tags. St. Vincent’s Store is not just a second hand store, it’s an outlet for bargain antiques! My advice to you, wise reader, is to come in before the dealers arrive!

As I write this, there are just a few volunteers working in the store. We answer phones, help run the office, sift through acres of books and oversee the general well being of things. But we need you and your talents too! If you have a few extra hours in the week, please give us a call and find out how you, too, might fit into this extraordinary store as a volunteer!”

Volunteer in our Warehouse and Retail Thrift Store in Rohnert Park:

5671 Redwood Drive (map)
Rohnert Park, CA

Contact: Lonnie Rivas, Thrift Store Manager, at 707.584.1579 x201 or click to volunteer.
Hours: Monday – Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
The Thrift Store and Warehouse need volunteers to:

  • Sorting & hanging clothes
  • Sorting and shelving books
  • Stocking merchandise
  • Keeping the store neat and organized
  • Repairing furniture
  • Testing and repairing electronics
  • Researching and pricing collectibles
  • Helping customers in the store
  • Helping with building maintenance & landscaping

Volunteer in our District Office in Rohnert Park:

5671 Redwood Drive (map)
Rohnert Park, CA

Contact: Cherie Walker, Office Manager, at 707.584.1579, x200 or click to volunteer.
Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm
The District Office uses volunteers to:

  • Answering phones and coordinating requests for donation pick-ups
  • Data Management (requires knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel)
  • Filing

Join our Board of Directors or a Leadership Committee:

If you want to truly want to make a difference then a position on our Board of Directors or one of our Leadership Committees may be a good match. St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma County is committed to alleviating poverty, helping our less fortunate neighbors, and being a voice for the poor and disenfranchised. If you are committed to making a real impact in your neighborhood:

To be considered for a position on our Board of Directors:
Contact:
Dana Luce, Executive Director at 707.584.1579 or click to volunteer.
To participate in one of our Leadership Committees:
Contact:
Dana Luce, Executive Director at 707.584.1579 or click to volunteer.
 

Volunteer in your Sonoma County Neighborhood:

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Sonoma County, is a faith based lay organization that is committed to helping the poor and under served and advocating on their behalf. Neighborhood volunteers (called Vincentians), are organized around SVdP Conferences that are associated with parishes / neighborhoods within the County.

Vincentians provide person to person assistance by visiting the needy in their homes, learning about their specific situation and tailoring support to fit those needs. Many neighborhood Conferences operate a pantry or other food program, provide vouchers for clothing and / or furniture and offer compassionate care.

There are 2 types of Conference volunteers (called Vincentians):

Active Members
Individuals who belong to the Catholic Church, accept the Basic Principles or Charter of the Society, are accepted as an Active Member by a neighborhood Conference and are enrolled in it. They take part in the life of the Conference to which they belong. Participation implies a reasonable degree of involvement in SVdP meetings, charitable activities, and religious observances.

Associate Members
Associate Members include those who sincerely and publicly share the desire to help the poor and make a tangible difference in their community but may not belong to the Catholic Church. Associate members attend meetings and participate in the charitable activism of the Society in their neighborhood Conference but don’t take part in religious observances unless they choose to.

Regardless where you volunteer, you will be lending a helping hand to your neighbors in need, helping to promote human dignity, improving the lives of the poor and ‘changing the world’ a few lives at a time!