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Karen Faria
Executive Director

15000 Arnold Drive
Eldridge, CA 95431
Public: (707) 938-6000
Fax: (707) 938-3605
TTY: (707) 938-6548

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Volunteer Opportunities

Foster Grandparents:

The Foster Grandparent Program offers men and women an opportunity to share their love, wisdom and support with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities or mental health needs. Foster Grandparents are 55 years or older, have a limited income, volunteer 15 to 40 hours a week, provide support, guidance, mentoring, and individualized instruction. Children and adolescents 22 years of age and under receive a warm, caring adult who understands and accepts them; encouragement and confidence; personalized assistance; and individualized instruction.

Senior Companions:

The Senior Companion Program offers men and women an opportunity to share their time and talents. Senior Companions are 55 years or older, have a limited income, volunteer 15 to 40 hours a week, provide friendship, companionship, and individualized instruction. Adults with developmental disabilities or mental health needs receive a warm, caring friend; encouragement and confidence; personalized assistance; and individualized instruction.

Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions receive:

  • A tax exempt stipend,
  • one meal per day provided while on duty,
  • paid holidays,
  • earned sick and vacation time, and
  • an annual health appraisal.

For more information contact:

Cindy Nelson, R.D., Project Director
(707) 938-6201

The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs are a part of the National Senior Service Corps.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

SDC accepts appropriate volunteers over the age of 14. Volunteers are welcome in many areas, including classrooms, worksites and in recreational areas. Assignments are also available in our landscaping department, at the Eldridge Farm and in the client library. Volunteers are always needed to work 1:1 assignments. A background check and medical clearance is required of all new volunteers. To register as a volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Office at (707) 938-6713.

Donations:

We accept donations of new and like-new items, including clothing, some furniture and household items, sporting goods, toys and recreational items. Monetary donations are always welcome and all funds donated are used entirely as the donor directs. To make a donation, you can contact the Volunteer Office at (707) 938-6713 or mail the donation directly to:

Sonoma Developmental Center
P.O. Box 961
Eldridge, CA 95431
 
 
Last Updated: 10/16/2014