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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

SunWork Renewable Energy Projects

SunWork (sunwork.org), a Milpitas-based nonprofit, installs solar electricity systems on small-energy-footprint homes with the help of its cadre of trained volunteers. We also do installations for other nonprofits, such as schools and churches. Our mission is to make solar energy …
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Foster City Village

Foster City Village supports older adults as they age in our community. We provide transportation, practical assistance, social connections, companionship and access to services and educational opportunities. We are neighbors helping neighbors. We invite all volunteers who can offer their …
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826 Valencia

826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great …
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Roots of Success

Roots of Success is an empowering educational program that prepares youth and adults who come from communities heavily impacted by poverty, unemployment, and environmental injustice for environmental careers and to improve conditions in their communities. Roots of Success is the …
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Continuum Care Hospice

We are seeking volunteers in Marin County who are interested in becoming part of our patient care team providing additional services such as friendly social visits, reading to patients, running errands, light gardening, playing music, assisting with letter writing, bereavement …
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World Family Children

World Family Children Foundation is an IRS recognized (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Fremont,.California. Our mission is to help the children and the families in need as much as possible through fundraising, advocacy and education not only in the United …
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ArtSeed

Like any non-profit organization, ArtSeed relies on volunteers of all sorts, on their time and ideas, and on their talents and donations. We provide all kinds of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of young people through a …
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LinkAges

linkAges Community is a network that helps members form meaningful connections with people of all ages through rewarding exchanges of abilities and interests. Communities are strengthened as members connect with one another to share and learn skills or to give …
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Ceres Community Project

Ceres’ Marin project has been creating a healthy community around whole, sustainable food since the fall of 2010. They do it by bringing local teens into the kitchen, connecting them with healthy food knowledge and real cooking skills, and giving …
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USS Hornet Museum

Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation preserves and honors the legacy of the USS Hornet, a national historic landmark, and its role in naval aviation, the defense of our country, the Apollo Program and exploration of space. The USS Hornet Museum connects …
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