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What We Do Here

The purpose of this website is to provide information about volunteer opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hopefully, volunteerism will be stimulated and facilitated by letting potential volunteers know about the wide range of opportunities open to them and by giving Bay Area non-profit organizations a means of publishing their goals and needs.

If you are considering volunteering we hope this site helps you find the opportunity you are looking for. Volunteers are needed to do just about anything from repairing computers to picking fruit to making sandwiches. Time commitments can range from a few hours for a single project to as much time as you have available. Try something new. Learn new skills and meet new people.

We provide the most comprehensive searchable database of Bay Area nonprofits with continuing volunteer needs. We do not list individual opportunities. You may search for nonprofits geographically (above), by area of interest (search box above), or by other categories (links in yellow background to the right) to find organizations with the most appropriate opportunities for you.

Recent Volunteer Opportunities

Hollyhill Hummingbird Farm


Hollyhill Hummingbird Farm, a nonprofit corporation, is made up of staff and volunteers from the Silicon Valley working toward building a better community and a better world. The goal of Hollyhill Hummingbird Farm is to educate the community on food …
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Books for the Barrios


BOOKS for the BARRIOS (BftB) is an all ¬≠volunteer non-profit orgaization 501(c)(3)) that began in 1981 and operates out of its headquarters in the San Francisco East Bay, in Concord, Northern California. BftB aims to improve the quality of education …
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Jumpstart aims to close the gap in educational achievement between children from low-income communities and their wealthier peers, before that gap appears. In pursuit of this goal, Jumpstart recruits and trains college students, called Corps members, to help preschool-aged children …
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Stanford Historical Society


The Stanford Historical Society conducts oral history interviews with faculty, staff and other individuals regularly to document the history of Stanford University. As a volunteer-supported organization, we have the following volunteer opportunities: conducting interviews, copy editing, indexing, writing biographies or …
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Y-Scholars Program at the YMCA-PG&E Teen Center


The Y-Scholars Program is a free college preparatory after school program that works with first-generation college-bound students in grades 9-12, preparing them to pursue higher education. We are looking for individuals to serve as mentors to our students, offering their …
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Family Violence Law Center


FVLC employs a dedicated group of women and men from a variety of backgrounds who together work towards a shared vision of a future without domestic violence. We are attorneys, psychologists, and advocates. Many of us are survivors of domestic …
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Reader’s Gym


Readers Gym is a nonprofit organization originally founded by middle school and high school students who are committed to dedicate time and effort in helping others to maximize their learning abilities. The founders understand that not everyone are given the …
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Slide Ranch


The mission of Slide Ranch is to connect the Bay Area with farm-based environmental education that focuses on the principles of sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. By cooking, gardening, caring for animals and exploring country and coast, we teach students …
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