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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

United Nations Association of San Francisco

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years UNA-USA has …
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Pro Arts

Pro Arts inspires change, creativity and community. We provide creative platforms for artists, youth and public audiences to engage in and through the visual arts, connect with artists, and support arts education. Annually we produce over 20 exhibitions, exhibit over …
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Social Justice Collaborative

SJC is dedicated to the promotion of social welfare through the defense of human and civil rights. We provide free and low-cost legal services to low-income individuals who cannot afford private counsel. SJC ensures that everyone can obtain fair representation …
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Upwardly Global

Today there are more than 1.8 million immigrants in the U.S. who are college-educated, have the legal right to work, but are unemployed or significantly underemployed. In their home countries they were engineers, doctors, scientists, accountants, and nonprofit professionals. In …
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Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen is committed to providing no cost, hot nutritious meals and support services in a dignified, safe and caring environment. We provide services to all needy individuals, with special concern for families, senior citizens and homeless. …
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Playwrights Foundation

Playwrights Foundation, a center for new play development in San Francisco, has a firm belief in professional development and mentorship for aspiring early to mid-career non-profit administrators and arts managers. To support this mentorship, PF provides creative, ambitious, and savvy …
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Camron-Stanford House

The Camron-Stanford House is the last of the beautiful 19th century mansions that once surrounded Lake Merritt. In its long life, the house was the private residence of five families instrumental in the development of the City of Oakland and …
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Shark Stewards

Shark Stewards is Dedicated to Protecting Sharks through Fisheries Policy, Banning Shark Finning and the Shark Fin Trade

The Richmond Art Center

The Richmond Art Center is an East Bay institution that hosts art exhibitions that showcase the work of emerging and established artists and offers a full range of art classes, camps and workshops and free community art programs for kids, …
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