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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

TeenForce

TeenForce helps foster youth become self-sufficient young adults by connecting them with jobs and career mentors. Our unique social enterprise is self-sustaining and allows businesses to address this critical social issue in the normal course of their workforce development. Mentors …
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Helping2Read

Helping2Read is a organization that helps deserving kids learn to read English. The Organization helps kids globally and locally in the bay area. Looking for volunteers who can help teach kids reading either in person in bay area locations or …
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San Francisco Education Fund

The San Francisco Education Fund is dedicated to increasing the number of San Francisco public school students – in particular those from underserved communities – who graduate ready for college, careers and civic responsibility.

Huntington’s Disease Society of America

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease. Founded in 1968 by Marjorie Guthrie, wife of folk legend Woody Guthrie who lost his battle …
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Sustainable Silicon Valley

Sustainable Silicon Valley is helping businesses, government and NGOs make a difference in reducing their impact on the environment. Be a part of the action with a volunteer opportunity that enhances your resume and gives you an inside look at …
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Oakland Digital Arts & Literary Center

Love social media? Love small businesses? Are you passionate about helping the local community? Fantastic, we’d love for you to help mentor an Oakland small business owner! Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (www.odalc.org) teaches Oakland small businesses how to …
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Hopalong and Second Chance Animal Rescue

Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals throughout Northern California. Since our founding in 1993, we have collectively saved over 18,000 animals, placing them in loving, permanent …
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Drowning Prevention Foundation

Do you know someone who drowned or had a near-drowning experience? These terrible accidents can largely be prevented through education and layers of protection. The Drowning Prevention Foundation, a Bay Area nonprofit agency that works to create awareness and advocate …
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Justice Now

Justice Now is a human rights organization that works with people in women’s prisons and local communities to create a safe, compassionate world without prisons. Our mission is to end violence against women and to stop imprisonment by partnering with …
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