The City of Healdsburg Volunteer Program captures the generous spirit of our community and provides volunteers an opportunity to give back in many ways. For for more information on the Volunteer Program we've put together an informational presentation Opens a New Window. from the February 19, 2019, City Council meeting.
Would you like to volunteer? The first step is to complete our Volunteer Interest Form. For questions about the volunteer program please call Volunteer Coordinator Donna O'Brien at (707) 431-3492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! - Arts, Parks, and Open Space Planning Teams
We are excited to announce three new volunteer opportunities for community members and stakeholders for citizen-driven projects that will help shape the future of Healdsburg for generations to come.
Arts and Culture Master Plan “Creative Leadership Team”
The City is launching an arts and culture master planning process that will develop a long-term plan for fostering, enhancing, and advancing the arts. The planning process will study cities in other parts of California and the country that have developed a strong arts and culture identity, analyze the socio-economic impact of the arts, define the community's and City's role in arts and culture, and help formulate a recommendation for collaboration among arts and culture organizations, businesses and the City. The results of the planning process will help shape arts and culture in Healdsburg for years to come.
The planning process will be led by a community and stakeholder group called the Creative Leadership Team (CLT) that will be made up of residents, artists, business leaders, and art enthusiasts who will serve as a sounding board and advisory body for the project. The CLT will meet at least monthly with additional activities and public engagement opportunities scheduled throughout the planning process. The project is anticipated to take 10-12 months and members of the CLT will be expected to commit to the entire planning process. Please visit the project web page for more information about the planning process and contact Dave Jahns, Recreation Manager with questions at email@example.com or call 707-431-3152. Volunteer Interest Forms for the Creative Leadership Team are due on or before Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
Park Planning, River Access, and Connectivity “Citizen Design Team”
The City is launching a major planning process that will focus on several park and recreation related projects:
- Developing a master plan for the new 36-acre public park in the Montage Healdsburg development north of the Parkland Farms neighborhood.
- Creating a plan for future improvements at Badger Park including adding restrooms, replacing the play structure, and other enhancements.
- Studying how to create and enhance access to the Russian River.
- Identifying ways to improve walking and biking between parks and other destinations through physical improvements, way finding, bike lanes, mapping, and technology.
This planning process will be led by a community and stakeholder group called the Citizen Design Team (CDT). The CDT will be made up of residents, park users, and other stakeholders who will help identify needs, provide input, and review concepts and proposals throughout the planning process. The CDT will meet at least monthly with additional activities and public engagement opportunities scheduled throughout the planning process. The project is anticipated to take 12 months and members of the CDT will be expected to commit to the entire planning process. Please visit the project web page for more information about the planning process and contact Mark Themig, Community Services Director, with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-431-3116. Volunteer Interest Forms for the Citizen Design Team are due on or before Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
Fitch Mountain and Healdsburg Ridge “Open Space Team”
For more than a decade the City has been working with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District acquiring land that would ultimately make up Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve and Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve. As part of stewarding these properties the City is creating an Open Space Team (OST) made up of residents, open space advocates, and stakeholders. OST members will be an advisory group that will evaluate public uses, work with City staff to engage the public in educational opportunities, and identify opportunities for property management including fire fuel reduction work, trail building, natural resource protection, and other activities related to both preserves. This will be an ongoing advisory team that will meet on a quarterly basis, and the City is asking for at least a two-year commitment. Please visit the open space web page for more information about the City's open spaces and contact Jaime Licea, Parks Superintendent, with questions at email@example.com or 707-431-3384. Volunteer Interest Forms for the Open Space Team are due on or before Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
NEW! - DASH Volunteer Driver Program
On June 17 the City launched DASH - Drivers Assisting Seniors in Healdsburg, a volunteer driver program. The development of this program is the outcome of a survey of Healdsburg's older adults that found transportation was the number one concern for remaining independent, valued, and vibrant members of our community. The program is funded through the City's Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) along with a Caltrans grant awarded to Sonoma County. For more information on how to ride - or to volunteer as a driver for the program - please visit the program page, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the DASH hotline at 707-431-3159.
Home shares are living arrangements between two or more unrelated people, one of whom is 60 years of age or older, who agree to share a home or apartment for their mutual benefit.SHARE Healdsburg meets twice monthly at the Senior Center for drop in hours. Drop in hours with SHARE are 10 a.m - 4 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. During this time individuals can meet in person with a SHARE representative, and discuss housing options. For more information contact SHARE Healdsburg at (707) 766-8800 or visit the SHARE website at sharesonomacounty.org
Home Maintenance Program
Later in 2019, we will launch a home-maintenance program to assist with home upkeep so enable seniors can age gracefully in their homes. Volunteers with special skills are sought as well as helpful volunteers. if you would like to share your time or talents for this much needed program, contact Donna O'Brien, Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or (707) 431-3492.