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If you are available and willing to help, please register as a volunteer using the button to the left. If you have any questions related to aparticular volunteer opportunity in Mendocino County, please call (707) 467-3200 ext. 239.






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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.

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 VITA volunteers 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.

We are looking for registered nurses, doctors, physicians assistants and other medical professionals to help administer the COVID-19 vaccines at various clinics throughout the county. If you have a current medical license in good standing and would like to assist with this rewarding volunteer opportunity, register with Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) and a Volunteer Network team member will follow up with you.  For assistance with registration in DHV, please email


We are also looking for volunteers without a medical background to support on-site operations of the vaccine clinics. If you are interested in becoming a non-medical volunteer for this effort, register using the Mendocino County Volunteer Enrollment Form at the top of this page, or email Lenore Flanders at

Are you interested in helping with the COVID-19 response? NCO Volunteer Network is recruiting volunteers 18+ to assist Lake and Mendocino Counties in meeting the needs of vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 health crisis.


Contact Tracing: help slow the spread of COVID-19 from the comfort of your own home. Volunteers undergo trainings to become contact tracers

Food Delivery: Delivery food and essential households items to households in quaratine or individuals who are medically vulnerable to ensure families have their basic needs met during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • learn culinary skills in a commerical kitchen
  • grown and harvest produce and turn it into beautiful meals
  • delivery meal bags directly to clients doorsteps
  • and more!

The NCO's Caring Kitchen Project supports the health and recovery of individuals undergoing cancer treatment and their families by providing organic, vegetable-rich meals designed for healing. Utilizing a local commercial kitchen to prepare the meals, and deliver weekly meals with the help of adults and teen volunteers. The volunteers gain valiable job, nutiriton, culinary arts and leadership skills and foster meaningful connections and a sense of community. Caring Kitchen continuously works to promote "food is medicine" in the broader community.

Visit the Caring Kitchen website [link]

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. 

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Learn more about the Foster Grandparent Program here.

Volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors.

Learn more about the Meals on Wheels program.

Through NCO's Gardens Project, volunteer build and maintain community gardens.

The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities seeks to relieve hunger and inadequate nutrition throughout Mendocino and Lake Counties by creating access to community-based food production and local, nutritious food. We work with local government and private landowners to lease underutilized land around low-income neighborhoods for the creation of new community gardens.

Visit the NCO Gardens Project website.

Volunteering for your local community makes a positive difference.  The County of Mendocino has a variety of volunteering opportunities.  Volunteering is also a great way to network and build your resume skills.

Here are a few of the volunteer opportunities the County of Mendocino has available:

County of Mendocino Library:  Ukiah, Willits, Fort Bragg, Pt. Arena and Round Valley

Bookmobile - Ukiah

Administrative Offices

Sheriff's Office

Animal Care Services

County Museum (Willits)

Department of Transportation 

The MendoLake Food Hub increases the availability of local produce and the viability of local farms by connecting growers and buyers through an easy to use network.

Visit the NCO MendoLake Food Hub website.

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.

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