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Why Volunteer?

Entry-level workers with minimal or no work experience should emphasize their volunteer work -- even make volunteerism a central part of the resume.

You can incorporate volunteer work in the regular experience section if you have little or no paid work history. Treat the experience as if it were a paid job -- list the organization's name, location, your functional title, dates and accomplishments. Be sure to indicate your volunteer status in the description or next to the title.

- Monster.com

Online Search Tools

DoSomething.org

GreatNonprofits.org

JustServe.org

VolunteerMatch.org

Youth Service America (YSA.org)

County-Wide Opportunities

  • Habitat for Humanity - application
    Opportunities available in a varieties of areas, such as retail, office support, and construction.
  • Meals on Wheels - application
    As a volunteer, you will have varied responsibilities. Your primary function is to deliver the meals, but you are also a greeter, an observer, a liaison, and sometimes even a lifesaver.
  • Pink Lemonade
    There are many opportunities to get involved from helping out at special events to delivering meals. At this time most of our volunteers are involved with providing services to patients. Some of the services we offer include providing dinners and yard maintenance.
  • Solano Community College Education Foundation - contact address
    Volunteering is a great way to give back to SCC. They are a number of opportunities available through the various College and Foundation programs, such as tutoring, mentoring, assisting special programs, and helping out during fundraising events.
  • Solano County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - application
    CASA volunteers are ordinary people who are committed to doing what is best for a child. All our volunteers are thoroughly trained in courtroom procedure, social services, the Juvenile Justice system, and the special needs of abused and neglected children. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, and ethnic and educational backgrounds.
  • Solano County Library - application
    -- Teen Volunteers - Teen Volunteers do a variety of jobs at the library, including helping to prepare crafts, creating book displays, typing book reviews, and other interesting projects for the library. They also have great ideas, and they may assist the Teen Librarian by suggesting new materials, and brainstorming ideas for teen events.
    -- Adult Volunteer
  • Solano County Parks
    Come share your talents with us! Volunteer Docents lead guided tours and nature walks, help with exhibits and special park improvement projects. Docents will receive training as interpreters at Lake Solano County Park, the Lake Solano Nature Center, and Lynch Canyon Open Space. Camp Hosts are live-in volunteers at our two campgrounds at Lake Solano County Park (Winters) and Sandy Beach County Park (Rio Vista). Park Volunteers can help out at special park events (such as the Lynch Canyon Trail Run or Kite Festival) and one-day park improvement projects such as native plant restoration work and shoreline clean-up during the Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day in September each year.
  • Solano County Sheriff's Dept - application
    Under 18 may apply to be a Cadet, over 18 can volunteer with Public Relations or Office of Emergency Services
  • Solano Land Trust - email
    We offer flexible scheduling and opportunities both indoors and outdoors. We have an office in Fairfield and five major properties in Solano County: Jepson Prairie, the King-Swett Ranches, Lynch Canyon, Rush Ranch, and Rockville Trails Preserve.
  • Solano Pride Center - contact form
    Serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex in Solano County. We love our volunteers! As an all-volunteer organization, we have plenty of tasks that volunteers can help with.

Opportunities by City

Benicia

  • Arts Benicia - current opportunities
    Arts Benicia offers many opportunities for volunteering. You can choose between Gallery Docent, Youth Art Docent, Exhibition Installation Volunteer, and Office Support. Intern opportunities also available.
  • Benicia Citizen Corps Council - application
    Our Mission: "Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers wishing to prepare themselves, their families, their neighborhoods and their businesses to be self-sufficient in the aftermath of future disasters and other emergencies affecting Benicia."
  • Benicia Community Action Council - contact form
    Volunteer for a variety of events and programs. Also provides youth employment opportunities.
  • Benicia Film Festival - contact
    Volunteer opportunities include activities such as: Member of the planning committee. Set up and support at the screening venues. Concierge services during the event.
  • Benicia Public Library - current opportunities
    Some of the jobs volunteers do are: shelf reading (making sure the right books are on the right shelves), deleting of books, processing of new books, straightening of shelves and special as-needed projects.
  • Benicia Tree Foundation - current opportunities
    Benicia Tree Foundation (“BTF”) is dedicated to strengthening community by promoting and supporting tree planting, maintenance, and education.
  • Benicia Volunteers in Police Services Programs (VIPS) - contact
    VIPS is a partnership between volunteers from the community and the Benicia Police Department. Citizens can participate in several volunteer programs: Police Cadets: Youth 15-20 years old can participate as a uniformed police cadet. Police Interns: College students majoring in Criminal Justice who are required to complete volunteer hours in order to complete their Criminal Justice degree. Support Services: Data entry, clerical, and administrative assignments in Records and Investigations.

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Dixon

  • City of Dixon - application
    The City welcomes community participation in the enhancement and expansion of city services. There are many opportunities for citizens interested in volunteering their time from office/clerical work to landscaping and maintenance; just to name a few. Generally, these volunteer opportunities require a 3 to 6 month time commitment as program participants may require training. There are a few short/long term special projects opportunities available. All volunteer applicants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano; Community Produce Program Distribution
    Ongoing volunteers are needed to help distribute fresh produce at Dixon Family Services in Dixon as part of the Food Bank’s Community Produce Program.
  • Friends of the Dixon May Fair - email
    Friends of the Fair is a non-profit organization supporting the Dixon May Fair of Dixon, California. We implement programs to raise revenues in addition to those taken in through ticket sales, food sales, and entertainment. This money is applied to many much needed projects, equipment, scholarships and grounds maintenance improvements
  • Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Center
    The nonprofit Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Center, which is affiliated with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, (PATH International), offers a year-round therapeutic recreational horseback-riding program for special needs children and adults. We don't require horse experience or experience with special-needs people. All that's required are patience and enthusiasm! We do require that volunteers be at least 14 years old.

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Fairfield

  • Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano County - application
    The Food Bank provides food to about 190,000 people every month in your community. Weekday, evening and Saturday shifts are available with a variety of projects to choose from.
  • Habitat for Humanity
    We bring people together to build decent, affordable homes and make critical repairs to existing homes in our community. Through this partnership, families are empowered by having a safe place to live and thrive.
  • Heather House - contact page
    Do you have some free time that you could donate to the shelter? We need help with plumbing, electrical, painting, gardening and donation pick-ups.
  • Mission Solano
    There are many volunteer opportunities at Mission Solano. Opportunities for groups and individuals, one-time projects and ongoing commitments. Please check out our current volunteer opportunities that are available, and if you see an area in which you would like to get involved with, Please E-mail volunteer@missionsolano.org.
  • NorthBay Hospital - Under 18, College Students, Over 18
    Our NorthBay Guild is made up of individuals with a genuine desire to make a difference. We encourage all who are willing to give of their time and talents to join the legacy of this incredible group of people.

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Rio Vista

  • City of Rio Vista
    The City of Rio Vista has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities in the following areas: Administrative Aide, File Management Clerk in City Clerks Office, Fire Dept. Administrative Assistant, Phone Assistant, Camera Operator, Police Volunteers, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
  • Rio Vista Food Pantry
    Rio Vista Food Pantry is run by volunteers who willingly give their time and talent. If you can donate a few hours each month and would like to join us in helping the community, please call Rio Vista Food Pantry at (707) 374-5706 or complete and submit the Volunteer Registration Form.
  • Slow Food Rio Vista
    Here are some of the exciting volunteer opportunities available: Participate in event planning; Assist at events (Slow Food Festival, dinners, mixers, and fundraisers); Represent Slow Food Rio Vista at community events; Promote school and community gardens; Participate on a committee (public relations and promotions, events planning, membership, etc.). For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Angie Swarts, volunteer coordinator via e-mail at angel335@comcast.net.

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Suisun City

  • Salvation Army Kroc Center - search opportunities
    Volunteer Opportunities include but are not limited to: canned food sorting, food box packing, assisting with youth sports and dance, tutoring, after school program, special Events and more.
  • Solano Coalition for Better Health
    The Solano Coalition for Better Health understands that healthy people build bolder, happier, and more productive communities. By working together and focusing the talent and dedication of Solano County, we are working to end the cycle of illness and disease that impacts the length and quality of life for all of our community members.
  • Suisun City Police Department
    Volunteers in the community can offer their time and skills services to the Police Department and the City to help supplement and support officers and civilian personnel by allowing them to concentrate on their primary duties.
  • Suisun Wildlife Center - application
    Shifts are from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM - seven days a week. You can volunteer as many days a week as you'd like. Minimum age is 16.
  • Western Railway Museum (unincorporated Suisun)
    Every aspect of the Museum, from Conductor to Motorman to restoration specialist to archivist to museum store operations, is run by volunteers. Be it once per week, once per month, in one of our well-established departments, or just during special events like the Pumpkin Patch each October, or the Scenic Limited trains each April, we need your help!

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Vacaville

  • Animal PlaceSo you want to do more with your love of animals? Muck out barns? Assist with running tours? Help with chicken and rabbit health checks? Educate the public through tabling or classes? Play with animals? Join our volunteer team today! Volunteer orientations are held at the Grass Valley location or at our store in Berkeley, CA. Volunteer opportunities are available at all of our locations – Grass Valley (main sanctuary), Vacaville (rescue and adoption center), and Berkeley (vegan store).
  • Opportunity House - Store, Shelter
    Store: We need cashiers, treasure hunters, administrative help and dock assistance. We make a difference and share a smile each day. Come and join our devoted and fun group.
    Shelter: If you have skill in the fields of practical life or job development that you would like to share, we would be happy to arrange a time for you to meet with us.
  • SPCA of Solano County
    With the dedication of our volunteers, SPCA of Solano County is able to maintain high quality care of animals and continue its life saving work. If you love animals and would like to make a difference in their lives, we would love for you to join our team of dedicated volunteers.
  • Vacaville Police Department
    The Vacaville Police Department has valued the assistance of volunteers for decades; records indicate as far back as 1980. For many years volunteers have played a valueable part in data entry, clerical assistance, the intervention of elder abuse, identifying stolen property, tracking crime statistics, and enforcing parking regulations
  • Vacaville Unified School District
    Know of a retired teacher or college student with time on their hands? Ask them to volunteer in our classrooms. VUSD has a Community Volunteer Program that can give them a fun rewarding experience while making a classroom teacher very happy.
  • We Love Our City
    We ♥ Our City is committed to providing services that address immediate needs while creating lasting solutions to hunger, poverty, and social injustice.

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Vallejo

  • Fighting Back Partnership
    Fighting Back Partnership embraces the notion that it takes everyone in a community to bring about long-lasting positive change. Your desire to make a difference, your unique talents, and your strong voice can be powerful tools for good.
  • Humane Society of the North Bay
    Our volunteers help hundreds of animals each year through dog walking, cat socializing and play time; administrative support; foster care; assisting at adoption events and many other opportunities. Volunteers help out anywhere from 1-2 days per week to 2-3 hours per month.
  • Vallejo Code Enforcement
    The Code Enforcement Division has three opportunities for residents to volunteer: Code Enforcement Graffiti Removal Volunteer; volunteers paint over graffiti on public and private property once a month (usually the third Saturday). Code Enforcement Clerical Volunteer; volunteers may answer phones, and do filing, typing, project assistance, and other clerical duties. Code Enforcement Field Inspection Volunteer; volunteers gather evidence of possible Code violations and submit them to the Code Enforcement Division for follow-up.
  • Vallejo Community Access Television
    If you understand the importance of public access television, have ever been a guest on VCAT, watched VCAT, or just would like to help our cause, we ask that you please continue to support VCAT.
  • Vallejo Watershed Alliance
    Our mission is to raise awareness, create local partnerships and promote sustainable management of Vallejo’s watersheds. The Vallejo Watershed Alliance welcomes volunteers of all ages. Families, seniors, individuals and couples have a place in the group. If you are interested in volunteering, simply come to one of our events listed on the home page. If you are under 18, you must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.