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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

California Reentry Program

Volunteer reentry advisors needed at San Quentin State Prison. Advisors provide one-on-one meetings weekly with prisoners to assist them with resources related to reeentry, such as housing, substance abuse treatment, job training, and education.

Grid Alternatives

Volunteering on a solar installation with GRID Alternatives is a great way to give back to your community while getting hands-on with solar technology. No experience is required. Whether you are a solar enthusiast, community activist, a volunteer with your …
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Clinic by the Bay

Clinic by the Bay is a volunteer-powered nonprofit organization that provides free healthcare to working uninsured in the San Francisco and San Mateo counties. We are part of the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) network, and have become the 83rd in …
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Know a Vet?

Know a Vet? is an advocacy program, focusing on assisting veterans, and their families, access and use the VA benefits they are entitled to receive. We also will assist veterans not eligible for VA benefits, and their family members, find …
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The Plant Exchange

The Plant Exchange, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, is a community and a celebration that encourages resource sharing, reuse, recycling, and organic living. Our mission is to encourage green practices and support Oakland’s designation as one of the greenest cities in …
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Bay Area Crisis Nursery

Bay Area Crisis Nursery is a gateway organization, dedicated to helping children and their families in times of extraordinary stress. We often see evidence of how larger social, economic and urban issues are affecting our local communities and the families …
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Cinequest

Cinequest’s diverse departments seek dynamic, energetic, and reliable volunteers who want to make an impact on the best Cinequest Festival yet, and the truly wonderful artists, innovators, and audiences whom Cinequest serves. Our volunteers are vital to the community experience …
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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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