SAY, Supporters Getting Ready for ‘One Cold Night’

Oct 29, 2016

Social Advocates for Youth’s new Dream Center in northeast Santa Rosa opened its doors last spring, and saw its available beds for homeless youth filled immediately. Now they are staging an unusual pubic event to call attention to the needs they are working to serve.

Making the Syrian Refugee Crisis Personal

May 20, 2016
John Namkung

Millions of Americans have seen and heard about the millions of refugee refugees who are flooding into Europe to escape the ongoing violence in Syria, Afghanistan and other Middle East war zones. Today we hear from one man who went to Greece to do what he could to help them.

John Namkung was far from  the only volunteer to arrive in Greece without a clear plan for how he wanted to help the refugees there. He discovered there were dozens of ad hoc groups who had organized themselves to address specific needs.

Sonoma County Bird Census Nears Completion

Dec 24, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

 The National Audubon Society’s 116th annual Christmas Bird count is now underway. And so is their every five-year  census of the bird species that live and breed in Sonoma County.  The leaders of that effort explain how it works in this archival North Bay Report from last March. Their most recent effort is now in its final stages.

The birds’ behavior offers clues as to whether they are nesting nearby or not, says Madrone Audubon Society President Gordon Beebe.

Healdsburg Gleaners “Rescue” Food for Pantries

Nov 14, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB


  Extra or unharvested produce doesn’t go to waste when Healdsburg’s Farm to Pantry gleaners go into action. 

Melita Love, who founded the Farm to Pantry Gleaners seven years ago, says they have been helped enormously by the many Healdsburg area farmers who make their unused fruit and vegetables available to the group.

  The gleaning group sends the biggest share of what they gather to their local food pantry, but Program Director Dani Wilcox says they seek out other hungry recipients as well.

Inside a California Mentor Household

May 18, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  California Mentor is a Family Home Agency that pairs local households with adults with developmental disabilities in a family environment. Today the people in one such match tell their story.

   The California Mentor program, which is looking for additional host households, has local offices in Santa Rosa and Napa ,two of  18 in the state. Adam Barngraff, who manages the Napa office, says it is a concept that originated in the Boston area about 40 years ago.

  A new model for integrating adults with developmental disabilities into their surrounding communities has them living with willing families and becoming part of the household. California Mentor is the progam making that happen here in the North Bay.

Not only is there a growing number of clients hoping to find a Mentor household to join, but Adam Barngraff, program manager for California Mentor in their Napa office, explains that they try to have several options to offer each client.

Tending the Harvest for the Hungry Garden

Oct 8, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  A passion for gardening is only part of what drives the volunteers whose Harvest for the Hungry garden in Santa Rosa donates thousands of pounds of fresh organic produce to local non-profits, year-round. 

Because the produce grown there is donated, not sold, the Harvest for the Hungry garden relies heavily on its yearly spring plant sale for operating expenses. Volunteer Katy Torgerson says one of the attractions they offer is a huge array of tomato varieties.

Santa Rosa Volunteer Fair Debuts

Sep 19, 2014

  Sonoma County already leads the state in volunteerism, but there is always room to do more. To help facilitate that, a first-ever Volunteer Fair is being held tomorrow in Santa Rosa, and we’ve got all the details about it for you on today’s Exchange.

Summer Lunch Program Seeks Volunteers

May 19, 2014
REdwood Empire Food Bank

  The school year is almost over, and with summer vacation comes the summer lunch program provided by the Redwood Empire Food Bank. But providing that service takes a corps of volunteers, and more are always needed. Today’s segment has all the details about how to get involved.

That training session Vanessa mentioned happens this coming Thursday. Find additional details, or sign up to volunteer here.

New Senior Village Network in Petaluma Seeks Members

Apr 18, 2014

  We’ve all heard the saying,” It takes a village to raise a child.” But that same sort of collaborative community can play an important part in the lives of its older members as well. That’s what the Village Network of Petaluma is setting out to create., as we hear on today’s segment.

The Village Network of Petaluma will be holding their Kick Off and Membership Drive at the Petaluma Library Saturday afternoon, April 19 from 1-3 pm.  As their invitation says:

Phillipine Medical Mission

Apr 3, 2014

  In January, a medical mission organized by a North Bay doctor, treated thousands of patients in the Philippines, many of them in outlying rural areas recently hit by natural disasters. But this was not a one-time response to the needs there. Bruce Robinson talks with the doctor who makes it happen.

The mission was a project of the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California.

Call for Type O Blood Donors

Jan 31, 2014

  If you’ve been watching the weather reports across the country, you know that while we continue to hope for rain, other areas are experiencing severe cold and storms. That’s creating all kinds of problems in those locations, including one that local folks are being asked to help with. Here’s Bruce Robinson with details.

To find out more of make an appointment to donate blood, click here.

Sebastopol Volunteers Seek Projects

Jan 30, 2014

  Rebuilding Together has a long and honorable history in a number of North Bay communities. Right now, one local group is looking for projects for their work day, coming up on April 26. We have details on today’s Exchange segment.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance Yields Dividends

Dec 19, 2013

  By claiming a simple tax deduction on their federal returns, low income households can save up to several thousand dollars each year. A campaign to facilitate this is currently recruiting volunteers, and hopes to return millions to the local economy.

Volunteers needed to carry "peace cranes"

Jul 2, 2013
Peace Novato

Each year in the Novato Fourth of July parade volunteers from PeaceNovato carry folded paper cranes in honor of the American service men and women who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The practice draws on an Asian tradition, where paper cranes are symbols of good fortune and longevity. At the Children's Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park thousands of cranes memorialize young victims of the

Marek Jacubowsk

  Like bugs? Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at natural history museums? Interested in helping scientists understand our changing environment? These are just some of the reasons why people should join a project led by UC Berkeley’s Essig Museum of Entomology.   

Through Calbug, any volunteer with Internet access can help read and transcribe hand-written field notes accompanying a million insect specimens, many dating back more than 100 years.