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Volunteer Opportunities

The concept of the Village Network is based on the members of a community helping one another. We welcome volunteers of all ages who would like to become involved with the Village Network of Petaluma. Volunteers do not need to be members of the Village, but members are encouraged to be volunteers, and both often serve on our volunteer teams together.

There are no minimum time requirements and most of our positions are flexible. We have a number of volunteer opportunities, and volunteers are encouraged to choose an area that inspires them. It’s a great way to be of service and to make new friends at the same time.

If you are interested in volunteering, please download, print, and complete our Volunteer Application. Scan and email it to us at; or mail it in to:

Village Network of Petaluma
P.O. Box 442
Petaluma, CA. 93953

Our volunteer jobs fall into two categories Direct Service and Organizational Service, also called "Village Builders."

Direct Service Volunteers

Opportunities to serve on one of our Direct Service Teams include providing:

  • Transportation to medical appointments, prescription pick-up, and grocery shopping, and Village events. This is our most utilized service.
  • Personalized information and referral assistance
  • Help with computers and other electronic equipment
  • Friendly Visitors for members who enjoy a regular in-person connection
  • Daily/weekly phone check-ins for members who would like to connect by phone
  • Errands
  • Occasional gardening
  • Minor home repairs/fix-it chores
  • Occasional pet walking/care
  • Medical appointment note-taking/advocacy
  • Home safety checks
  • Resource development and assistance for family caregivers

We provide orientation training for all volunteers, do basic background checks, and also provide any necessary specialized training.


Village Builders

Opportunities to serve on one of our Village Builder Teams include contributing your skills to:

  • Plan and assist with some of our wonderful Village social events
  • Join the Program Team to develop programs or help coordinate logistics
  • Conduct research on senior service resources
  • Be a part of our Office Team
  • Help manage our website and social media presence
  • Serve on our Newsletter Team
  • Serve as a Village Ambassador
  • Help with our community outreach to other nonprofits and local businesses
  • Join the Fund Development Team to expand connections to the business community, write grants for our scholarship program, and more...
  • Work on organizational development – strategic planning and policies

If you would like to learn more, please come to our next “Get To Know The Village” meeting 
listed on the home page or contact Carol Appel, Member Relations and Volunteer Manager, at (707)776-6055 or