Special volunteers are needed to provide hope for Sonoma County children needing reading and literacy help.

The Volunteer Center Schools of Hope program matches volunteers on a one-to-one bases with students in kindergarten through third grade needing help with reading and literacy. Volunteers spend 30 minutes a week working with students. Each volunteer works with the same student for a semester for the entire year.

The program is in 22 Sonoma County schools from Petaluma to Cloverdale. In Petaluma it is offered at McDowell and Miwok elementary schools.

Before beginning, volunteers go through an orientation and received training from a reading specialist.

An orientation for the Petaluma schools will be held on Jan. 8 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Another orientation will be offered on Jan. 7 from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Rohnert Park Library, 6750 Lynne Conde Way and on Jan. 8 from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.

To register or for more information, contact Erica Dolcini at the Volunteer Center, 573-3399, ext. 121, or by e-mail at edolcini@volunteer now.org.