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Schools of Hope recruiting new volunteers for spring

Is volunteering your time part of your list of New Year’s resolutions? If yes, there are opportunities galore in area schools. Schools of Hope, a literacy program run by the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County and the United Way of Wine Country, is looking for 145 new volunteers for the spring semester. Orientations (are required for all new volunteers) are scheduled for Jan. 11 and Jan. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Volunteer Center, 153 Stony Point… Read More »

Volunteer opportunities abound. Check in here.

Here is a reminder about a big local push for school volunteers: The new school year is nearly upon us and that means the call for volunteers is going out from various groups who support area programs and classrooms. The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, along with the United Way of the Wine Country, is again spearheading Schools of Hope – a one on one, volunteer program aimed at getting struggling kindergarten through third graders up to grade level reading over… Read More »

Schools of Hope growing rapidly, still looking to expand for ’12-13

At the Santa Rosa School Board meeting Wednesday night, officials recognized the rapidly expanding Schools of Hope program backed by the local United Way and Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. I featured the program 18 months ago (read that here: http://bit.ly/IWnlw0 ) but in the ensuing year and a half it has more than doubled in the number of volunteers spending at least an hour a week in area schools working with a particular student and in the number of… Read More »

Classroom volunteers celebrated

About 100 volunteers were honored at a luncheon May 6 hosted by the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County to celebrate a slew of programs which put volunteers in classrooms across the county. Jonathan Coe, president and CEO of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce delivered a talk which addressed the value of education and the role it plays in recruiting employers and businesses to the area, according to organizers. Among the programs and volunteers honored were those associated with the… Read More »

Phone ringing for Schools of Hope

Thirty-seven calls offering to help. Check that, not offering, committing to help. Not bad. In Wednesday’s Press Democrat there appeared a story I wrote about the Schools of Hope program in which the United Way and Volunteer Center of Sonoma County are teaming up to provide more than 250 tutors to six participating schools. The goal? Team a tutor with one first grader who is struggling to read. The larger goal? Get kids who are struggling with their reading skills… Read More »

Volunteer Center launching massive reading program

Have time to read with a child? The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County is trying to round up volunteers – a lot of them – for a program called Schools of Hope. The group, which is linking with the United Way, needs 250 volunteers for the school year to focus on reading to first graders. Volunteers need to commit to one hour a week. The program will work in the following districts: Bellevue, Wright, Roseland, Bennett Valley, Rincon Valley and… Read More »

Community book drive on through Jan. 18

Did you or your children get a stack of new books over the holidays and you need to clear some shelf space? Sonoma County’s Retired and Senior Volunteers (RSVP) is running a book drive through Jan. 18 to help augment the libraries of a number of local agencies and schools serving children. New and gently used books appropriate for readers in pre-school to middle school are being sought. Schools that will be given books include Brook Hill, Helen Lehman, Lincoln,… Read More »