Apply to be a Volunteer Today!

Scroll down to view all current volunteer opportunities in Lake County



If you are available and willing to help,  please register as a volunteer using the button to the left. If you have questions about a volunteer opportiunity, please call  (707) 263-4688 ext. 421.





Si le interesa inscribirse como voluntario y solo habla español, por favor contacte a Yvett, (707) 462-1959 o complete nuestro formulario de solicitud de voluntario.




The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

VITA volunteers help hardworking families receive the tax refunds they deserve by volunteering for the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program. In 2019, volunteers helped bring almost a million dollars in refunds back to Mendocino and Lake Counties.  Many local families can't afford the cost of tax preparation.  They may not know that they qualify for Earned Income Tax credits and other credits for low-income households.  Volunteers can maximize their tax refunds, which makes families very grateful.   

VITA Volunteers serve throughout Mendocino and Lake County - preparing tax returns and greeting clients.  No experience is necessary and free tax preparation training is provided. NCO trains volunteers to provide this service during tax season out of our Ukiah offices. We provide our volunteers with Free Tax Law Training, Free Tax Software Training, Expert Team Support, A Rewarding, Impactful Experience to Build Resume Skills

Note: This program runs from January through April.

Learn more about VITA here.

The Foster Grandparent Program engages adults age 55 and over in intensive volunteerism as tutors and mentors for children and youth with exceptional needs.  They serve in local, elementary school classrooms, providing extra attention for children who need it the most.  They also serve in alternative high school settings, ready to help at risk youth learn and be successful.

Help guide students to higher academic achievement. Care for premature infants or children with disabilities. Mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers. The Foster Grandparent program connects role models like you with young people with exceptional needs.

Foster Grandparents serve from 5-40 hours per week and a minimum of 260 hours per year per volunteer.  No formal experience in tutoring or mentoring is required.  The pre-service orientation and training is provided by NCO Volunteer Network. 

You must be must be:

Learn more about the Foster Grandparent Program here.

Volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors.

Learn more about the Meals on Wheels program.

Volunteer in a commerical kitchen and provide food security for vulnerable and homeless residents.

Learn more about the NCO Community Kitchen Project program.

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.

Emergencies occur in our communities, neighborhoods, and workplaces every day.  We also know that a large-scale disaster (such as an earthquake) will quickly overwhelm local professional responders.  CERT training will prepare  you to:

  • Safely assist family, neighbors, and associates while waiting for professional responders to arrive
  • Become better prepared for disaster
  • Support professional responders, as directed, once they arrive at the scene


Learn more about CERT here.

Volunteer to beautify Clearlake, ridding it of litter and blight.

Citizens Caring 4 Clearlake is a non-profit volunteer network, under North Coast Opportunities, created to rid Clearlake of litter and blight. We share the gratifying experience of promoting and sustaining the beauty of Clearlake through education and volunteer action.

Learn more about Citizens Caring 4 Clearlake program.

A Program of

NCO Logo