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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

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

Led by Artistic Director Steven Schick, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players occupies an important role in the regional and national cultural landscape. The most long-standing continually performing new music ensemble outside the East Coast, SFCMP uses performances, collaborative projects, …
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Eviction Defense Collaborative

The Eviction Defense Collaborative is the principal organization in San Francisco helping low-income tenants respond to eviction lawsuits. Each year we provide emergency legal services and rental assistance to over 5,000 tenants in San Francisco through our drop-in clinic on …
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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

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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