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North Coast Opportunities (NCO)

The Volunteer Network of Lake and Mendocino Counties creates opportunities for people of all ages to volunteer, learn and lead in their communities. NCO strives to provide volunteers with a high-quality experiences that fuel further action, and envision a day when everyone is inspired and equipped to be the change they wish to see in the world. Visit NCO's opportunity galleries to see a full list of all volunteer opportunities.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Complete free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and become part of a CERT team in your neighborhood. CERT teams train to provide aid to disaster victims and assist first responders in the event of an emergency. Team members provide community education in disaster preparedness and assist with first aid and crowd control at community events.

To find out more about CERT teams in Mendocino County, contact Kayla Harrison, NCO at 707-462-1959 or go to the CERT website.


For a commitment of a couple of hours a week, Plowshares can offer you the opportunity to help those in need, meet extraordinary people from all walks of life, and enjoy our free hot meals and continued appreciation. We have a wide range of volunteer times and jobs that fit many schedules and abilities. For more information on volunteering, visit the volunteer information page or contact (707) 462-8582.

Animal Shelter

Volunteering is fun and is also very rewarding.  Volunteer to walk dogs, play with the cats, or attend local adoption events.  Volunteers help the shelter animals get adopted.  Human contact can help relieve the stress of being in a shelter and the more contact animals have the more likely they'll be adopted. 

Please stop by for one of the shelter’s volunteer orientations on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30-6:30pm, or the third Saturday at 9 a.m., at 298 Plant Road.

To become a volunteer, you will need to attend the one-hour introductory orientation, and then come back for a one-on-one session with a shelter volunteer or staff to get ‘hands-on’ experience. Please make sure to fill-out a Volunteer application prior to attending a class.   Volunteer Application

For more information email Amy Campbell or call 707-467-6453.

Red Cross

Committed, compassionate volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross of the Northern California Coastal Region Chapter. In our region, over 7,000 dedicated people who volunteer their time and energy to help us serve our community. As a volunteer, you play a vital role in fulfilling the Red Cross mission to relieve human suffering by preventing, preparing for, and responding to emergencies and help us strengthen our community.

For more information on volunteering with the American Red Cross visit their website to register to become a volunteer and explore volunteer opportunities.