A Catholic, college preparatory high school located in beautiful Sonoma County.


Service Opportunities

downDear Students,

Please find below a listing of current service opportunities both ongoing and event based (date or time specific). This list is updated regularly. Please also refer the  CN-APPROVED SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS LIST on our Service Policy & Service Organizations page for other ideas of where to look for service opportunities or click here

To "log" or claim service hours please log on to www.x2VOL.com with your school account. Click "Add Hours," then "Create New," and correctly fill out the form on the page that opens, especially paying attention to entering the correct email for "Activity Verification Contact", and to selecting the appropriate goal, before you submit your hours claim.


Current Opportunities

Event Based:

St. Rose Parish Festival, September 17, 2023

St. Rose Church is holding its 68th Parish Festival on September 17, 2023. This year they are bringing back the full Festival, including among other things providing entertainment for the Festival attendees. Volunteers can serve in different areas including serving lines, kitchen help, performing at the entertainment program (bring your talent!), game booth, information booth, etc.

Anyone interested in performing as part of the entertainment can prepare a number or two for the show.The festival starts at 11:30am and runs through 2:00pm. Interested volunteers should contact Mr. or Mrs. Perlas, who’s phone number is below:

Maridel and Patrick Perlas, Festival Directors
St. Rose Church Parish Festival, (707) 540-2168

Reach out and volunteer today for a fun and meaningful way to support your local community and St. Rose Parish!

Religious Education Congress, Diocese of Santa Rosa, September 22 & 23, 2023:

Friday, Sept. 22 (CN school is out for this day for this event): The Diocese of Santa Rosa is holding the annual Religious Education Congress at Cardinal Newman for Catholic School Faculty on Friday, September 22. Help from Cardinal Newman students would be greatly appreciated, especially in the areas of registrations, set-up, and clean up after lunch. Those helping would arrive at 8:00 and would leave after lunch clean-up (around 1:00). If someone can only help for part of the time, it is also ok. Please contact Sister Mary Vianney at srmaryvianney@cardinalnewman.org if you are interested in helping. Thank you and may God reward you!

Saturday, September 23: This is the second day of the congress serving parish staff and volunteers. Looking for service hours? There is an opportunity to help out at the Santa Rosa Religious Education Congress on Saturday,
September 23, 2023. The location Cardinal Newman High School campus. You can work the following:

  • Entire Day: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Morning shift: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Afternoon shift: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

For further details and to apply please contact Carmen Perez Aanenson at dre@srdiocese.org

Guy Fieri Foundation First Responders Charity Softball Tournament, October 28, 2023

On october 28 the Guy Fieri Foundation will be hosting a charity softball tournament on our own CN Campus between our local firefighters and police officers. The prize of the tournament is for the winning team to make a donation to the charity of their choice. They are in need of volunteers as follows: athletes/students will help with sign ups for the home run derby, help with score keeping, selling raffle tickets and will help with setup and breakdown. To volunteer, please contact Tammy Berry at: foundation@guyfieri.com

Miracle League North Bay

Be a Buddy for a Miracle League Athlete. Miracle League is dedicated to providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in an organized baseball league that celebrates their spirit in a non-competitive atmosphere. Buddies assist athletes during the game. To volunteer as a buddy in Miracle League games in the Fall Season (September & October) visit the volunteer page by clicking here to sign up! Games are scheduled for Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7 & 14. Sign up today!


Ongoing Opportunities:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma- Marin

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin is accepting volunteers who are able to volunteer a minimum of 20 hrs. There are various opportunities, including helping elementary school kids with homework, art project, sports, as well as learn career skills like interviewing, marketing and customer service. To learn more and to sign up to volunteer visit www.bgcsonoma-marin.org/volunteer and/ or email Nicole Skeffington at NSkeffington@bgcsonoma-marin.org.

Challenger Little League Baseball (North Bay)

Become a Challenger Buddy and help bring the joy of baseball and sport to students with a variety of disabilities! Registration for volunteers closes March 1st, so sign up ASAP! Go to bit.ly/NBCLLbuddies to view the flyer for more information and the link for sign-ups.

Charles M Schulz Museum

Want to volunteer at the Charles M Schulz Museum? Ongoing opportunities with a great group of volunteers and staff. To begin the volunteer process please visit our  Volunteer page  or contact Rosemary Giacomini at: rosemary@schulzmuseum.org, or (707) 284-1271. 

Children's Museum of Sonoma County

Visit the Volunteer Page (click here) and fill out the volunteer application for ongoing volunteer opportunities at the Children's Museum. Opportunities include: Volunteer Museum Docent, Administrative Support, Special Event Staff, Gardening Support, Group Volunteering Opportunities. Opportunities are ongoing.

Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area Santa Rosa location

Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area is seeking volunteers for the new Santa Rosa Office. JOIN US!!

  • Music Therapy – 1 Saturday a month
  • THRIVE – Meets weekly – 1 afternoon/week for 6 weeks

Monthly and Weekly opportunities available Evenings/Weekends.

BENEFITS IN VOLUNTEERING: Gain new experiences in a fun and rewarding environment! Volunteer with friends and build new connections! Looks great on college, job, or grad school applications! Hands-on learning with instant feedback! Make a difference in the lives of others. To learn more about how you can make a difference: Please contact Lexi Ravarino at: lexi@dscba.org

Farm to Pantry

Come glean with Farm to Pantry and help those in our community who are experiencing food insecurities receive fresh produce from our local farms. Visit the Volunteer Gleaners page by clicking here and sign up to glean produce with Farm to Pantry.  FTP rescue produce on farms and backyards and share it with marginalized families mostly in Sonoma County. All high school grades are welcome.  Note: This sort of gleaning harmonizes with or echos God's law in the Old Testament about not harvesting a second time, but leaving what was left for the poor (see  and Leviticus 19:9-10). Questions?  Call: 707-955-9898; or Email: gleaning@farmtopantry.org

Food For Thought Food Bank

Food For Thought is a nonprofit organization that provides healthy, life-saving groceries and meals to our neighbors in Sonoma County affected by serious medical conditions. In the last year, Food For Thought has provided 300,000 healthy meals to more than 6,000 of our neighbors in need. Many of FFT volunteer activities take place at our facility in Forestville, along with some opportunities to participate in Food Drives in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and Petaluma. Most volunteer opportunities can accommodate high school students at any age. In particular, we would love to have your help in the food bank packing up groceries for our clients, in the garden growing organic fruits and veggies, or collecting food donations at food drives on the weekends! For more information and to volunteer contact Liv Chaaban, 707-887-1647 x109 or LivC@FFTfoodbank.org, or visit Volunteer opportunities at Food For Thought 

Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Connect with a great community of people and horses by assisting with adaptive horseback riding at Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center!  Complete the Giant Step’s Volunteer Application on their website (http://www.giantstepsriding.org/volunteer-application/). No prior horse experience is required. Volunteers come from all skill levels and training is provided. Ongoing volunteer opportunities available. Covid vaccination currently required. For questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Elise, at elise@giantstepsriding.org.

Homes 4 The Homeless

Homes 4 The Homeless has various volunteer opportunities, from working with their social media presence, to homelessness research, to fundraising, among other opportunities. Homes 4 The Homeless makes modular homeless shelters (in a tiny home minimalist style) that can be deployed to where there is a need for housing among the homeless population, to help return dignity to those suffering homelessness, given them a chance to get back on their feet, all this for much lower costs than current usual remedies while providing greater comfort with a more dignified way of providing shelter. To volunteer please email Jason Poncia at: jason@homes4thehomeless.org, or call the office at (707) 243-8022.

Kidstreet Learning Center Charter School: After School Program

Kidstreet is looking for volunteers in the following areas: volunteers who are great with social media to help them increase their social media presence on a new platform; anyone interested in helping with their yearbook; and finally, volunteers who are interested in sports, dance, and/or cheer if anyone has those abilities. All during After School Time. Kidstreet serves students in TK-6th Grades , most of which are students from low-income, foster situations/CPS is involved, homeless, or just need more hands on experience within a family oriented elementary school.  All during After School Time.  Covid-19 Vaccination, booster shots, and TB Test Required. To volunteer contact Angel Gray at 707-525-9223 x100, or email at Angeld@kstreet.org.

La Luz Center (El Verano Family Resource Center)

The Family Resource Center is always looking for volunteers for our online tutoring program.  Opportunities include virtual online tutoring through zoom serving children between the grades of K-6th in Sonoma Valley. A one hour per week commitment is requested. Visit www.supportingourstudents.com for more information. To volunteer contact Thailia Ruiz at: thalia@laluzcenter.org. 

Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa Monastery: Landscaping & Gardening

Our beloved Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa are in need of help in restoring their grounds to the beauty and dignity it deserves as a place of prayer and service dedicated to God. While the monastery was spared by the grace of God in the Tubbs Fire, the grounds of the monastery were damaged and in need of repair and renewal. Cardinal Newman Students are invited to serve God and the mission of the Sisters by joining in this work of restoration.  It is the intention of CN Christian Service and the Sisters to host ongoing opportunities. To be informed of when these opportunities are scheduled please email Mr. Cheney at cheney@cardinalnewman.org. Thank you!

MasteryHour.org Online Math Tutoring

Masteryhour.org is a a non-profit project which provides free math tutoring to K-12th grade children via zoom.  We were founded during the pandemic and have found there's still a huge, ongoing need to help children catch up in math.  We need more volunteers to help us meet the needs of the millions of families who are struggling to catch up on learning as schools re-open.  We provide free training so no experience is required. Tutoring with masteryhour.org is much like being a homework helper for a younger sibling or a peer! 

Interested tutors can learn more or apply at masteryhour.org/tutor

Redwood Empire Food Bank

The Redwood Empire Food Bank serves anyone and everyone who is facing food insecurity. The Redwood Empire Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization serving Northern California. Since 1987, the Redwood Empire Food Bank has provided food and nourishment to those facing hunger—serving more than 100,000 children, families and seniors in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties. With over 300 direct service distributions, and 150 partnerships with other hunger-relief organizations, all residents facing food insecurity have access to more than 450 weekly and monthly distribution sites across the five counties. 

All volunteers are required to register for the shift ahead of time so we can limit the number of volunteers per shift and keep our activities spaced at least 6 feet apart. Our warehouse volunteers work outside under a large tent. We do not have an age limit for volunteers, but we ask that each volunteer is individually registered for the shift, and that those 13 and under are accompanied by an adult. Volunteers 14 and up are welcome to volunteer independently. Our warehouse volunteers have been helping pack emergency food boxes and bagging fresh produce. Our distribution volunteers help with loading boxes of food into people's cars as they drive through. We recommend students try one of each and see what they like best. It is also meaningful to see the full circle of packing produce as well as distributing to those in need. 

To volunteer in the warehouse click this link, and to volunteer with distribution click this link. You may also contact Volunteers@refb.org.

Renaissance Healing and Learning Center

Volunteer at Renaissance Healing and Learning Center in Cotati to assist in providing Hippotherapy (therapy with horses) to those in need of physical therapy. Renaissance Healing requires a 2 hours orientation initially (which can count toward service hours), after which volunteer opportunities are available weekdays and weekends. To volunteer contact Fran Judd at: 707-664-8919, Renaissancept@yahoo.com, and visit: www.rhlc.net

Russian Riverkeeper

From picking up trash to removing invasive species, volunteers are essential to our success. Russian Riverkeeper coordinates community volunteers, schools, and businesses throughout the year to help protect the watershed. Volunteering with Russian Riverkeeper will connect you with a community of people who care deeply about the environment of Sonoma County. Signed safety waiver required. Visit this website to access the safety waiver and to sign up to volunteer: www.russianriverkeeper.org/volunteer/

The Salvation Army

Volunteer to be a part of The Salvation Army tutoring and mentoring program. Here is a blurb from the TAM Program description, which you can read the full description of and sign up to volunteer for by clicking here: "The Salvation Army's Tutoring and Mentoring (TAM) Program is a free, after-school program serving 'at-risk' students in first through sixth grades. The TAM Program is an after-school program designed to serve Sonoma County students with academic support and school readiness..." Contact Hemily Clement, Corps Program Assistant, at hemily.clement@usw.salvationarmy.org, or call 707-535-4243 for questions or in order to volunteer.

Special Olympics Coaching

Contact Special Olympics for current coaching opportunities. Reach out now to volunteer and coach these unique athletes. Please email Heather Bond at: specialosonoma@gmail.com

The Vineyard at Fountaingrove Memory Care

The Vineyard at Fountaingrove Memory Care (200 Fountaingrove Parkway Santa Rosa, CA 95403) is excited to have the support and involvement of students from Cardinal Newman High School. The Vineyard at Fountaingrove provides assisted living, memory care services to elderly residents in a homelike and family friendly environment. Students will be working with Erin Kottman, our Life Style Director. She is in charge of planning and organizing social and activity programs for our residents. Students will be directly interacting with residents, supporting and engaging with them in social and activity programs such as, adaptive sport games, table games, arts and crafts, reading groups and socials. To volunteer please contact Erin Kottman at: Activities@vineyardatfountaingrove.com


Return here for updates! Also email Mr. Cheney, Christian Service Coordinator for additional ideas & information, at cheney@cardinalnewman.org.