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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.

How to Use This Website to Find Great Volunteer Opportunities Particularly Suitable for You

For example, if you are interested in working with children, type 'children' in the search box below and you will be presented with several pages of appropriate organizations and their websites for you to review and make contact with.

If you wanted to know about organizations only in Alameda County you could type in 'Alameda', or click on 'Alameda' in the yellow box to the right, or click on 'East Bay' above to get organizations and their websites.

Then go to the listed websites to get more information and make contact through that organization's website to learn more and to set up the opportunity most suitable just for you. Hope this helps!

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Recent Volunteer Opportunities

Aging in Place -National Council for Aging Care

Retirement, independent living, and continuing care communities house thousands of seniors and older adults. But this option doesn’t suit everyone – many people do not have the desire or financial flexibility to uproot and leave their homes. That’s where we …
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ARTogether

ARTogether is a community-building creative arts project, guided by the principle that art can serve as a means of expression that transcends language and culture, while it lays a foundation for managing and overcoming trauma. ARTogether facilitate social gathering, family …
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Sprouts Cooking Club

Sprouts Cooking Club is a nonprofit culinary organization. We strive to empower youth from all backgrounds to eat and live sustainably through teaching them how to cook healthy foods for themselves and their families. We offer classes on a sliding …
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Contra Costa Humane Society

CCHS is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that serves Contra Costa County animals and the people who love them. We are an individual organization and not related to any other humane society, SPCA, rescue group, county shelter or government agency. …
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Cityteam

Cityteam is a nondenominational Christian nonprofit compassionately serving the poor, the homeless, and the lost in San Jose, Chester, San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland. Since 1957, Cityteam has been serving people in extreme poverty and helping them transform their lives, …
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Northwest YMCA

Get involved at the Northwest YMCA. Across the United States, more than 500,000 business leaders, community advocates, parents, teens and individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors volunteer at the Y. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods nationwide …
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Docents share their unique maritime knowledge with park visitors through educational programs and informal contacts. This Active Docent opportunity is open to all US Residents & the Territories thereof. All Active Maritime Volunteers MUST …
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Spokeland Bicycle Collective

Spokeland is a not-for-profit, community-driven bicycle cooperative that aims to reach out locally and foster Oakland unity. We support the use of bicycles as a viable means of transportation as well as a healthy recreational activity. We are focused on …
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Pleasanton Public Library – Adult Literacy

Are you looking for a an opportunity to make a positive difference in your community? Both new & native adult residents need help with English skills to participate fully in our society. Enjoy this meaningful and interesting volunteer job and …
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