What is Day of Caring?
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa will join together to hold our annual Day of Caring event. On this day of service, County and City employees are reassigned to work on a variety of projects for deserving clients, nonprofit agencies, and projects from our own programs. Endorsed by the Board of Supervisors, and in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa, participating employees will begin the day with a Kick-Off Rally at from 8:00 to 8:30 am. Volunteers travel to assigned work sites at 8:45 a.m.
The involvement of County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa employees in the annual Day of Caring allows for helpful contributions to be made that strengthen our community, provide valuable services, and enhance community programs. The purpose of this event is to create team building and community spirit while extending public services further into our neighborhoods. This year the projects will be aligned with county-wide efforts that focus on projects that support homeless and affordable housing initiatives.
History and Success
In 1999, Sonoma County received the Community Spirit Award in recognition of the campaign activities and for employee participation and enthusiasm. Each year the event has grown in volunteer involvement. A County volunteer said about the event, “People worked well together and worked hard. It was a great day.” We hope to have 400 County and City volunteers to make this year another success!
What do the volunteers do?
Volunteers work hard, often on outdoor projects that improve conditions in parks or remove graffiti. They clean up around building sites; perform minor construction, paint, and landscape. Each year, a few home projects for elderly or disabled clients of County services and local non-profit agencies are also included. The Employee Application Form (PDF: 166 kB) provides examples of skills needed. Cross-departmental teams with a City/County mix will be formed and assigned to various work sites throughout the community.
What happens if I volunteer?
You are encouraged to volunteer! If you are approved to participate by your department, you will be paid your regular pay and benefits for this day as if you were still at your usual job. Your day will start off with a kick-off rally at the front of the County Administration building, where you will enjoy a light breakfast and coffee, and some music to prepare your for the energetic day ahead!
How do I participate?
Fill out the application and get your supervisor and/or department head’s signature. After you have been approved by your department, applications for both City and County employees should be faxed to 707-565-3770 or emailed to Sylvia Lemus. Volunteers will be assigned their team and site location based on the skill boxes checked. Teams will be made up of both County and City employees from diverse departments and programs.
Please sign-up early, especially if you are volunteering to be a Team Leader. If there are more applicants than positions, those who have not participated in the past will be given priority over applicants who’ve participated in prior years. Thank you for considering this important opportunity.
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