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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

The California Reentry Program at San Quentin State Prison is an independent advising program that seeks to cover a wide array of future parolees’ needs. Our services include academic advising, referrals to housing resources, job advice/placement, child-support issues, support groups, …
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Berkeley Schools Volunteers (BSV), Berkeley Public Schools Fund

The Berkeley Public Schools Fund is the largest source of outside funding to directly reach teachers and programs in every Berkeley public school, from Pre-K through 12th grade. Our mission is to inspire and empower an extraordinary public education for …
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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Santa Clara County

The mission and values of NAMI Santa Clara County are to help people with a lived experience of mental illness and families by providing support, education and advocacy; to promote research; to reduce stigma and discrimination in the community; and …
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Alameda Point Collaborative

Alameda Point Collaborative is a Supportive Housing Community that uses all its resources to help families and adults break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Youth Science Institute

If you enjoy working with young people and inspiring them to pursue science and nature education and careers, please consider becoming a YSI volunteer. The rewards far exceed anything you might imagine. For over 60 years, volunteers have helped YSI …
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City Horse

City Horse is a small nonprofit project looking to partner with community groups, corporations and individuals interested in donating their time to support our programs. We are expanding our volunteer base as we start our Tuesday night “Raising Money for …
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Leap Arts in Education

Leap’s mission is to provide top quality arts education programs that help students build skills to achieve their fullest potential. We envision a world where art is a fundamental part of every child’s education and success. Today Leap’s art and …
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Bloom Marin

Bloom is looking for Bilingual Spanish Wardrobe Stylists to work with our men and women clients. Work as a team with one client at a time, providing them with a wardrobe tailored to their needs with personalized attention to boost …
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Enterprise for High School Students Career Exploration

Enterprise for High School Students (EHSS) is a non-profit agency founded in 1969 to assist San Francisco high school students with school-to-work transition. We provide a variety of services and programs that assist youth to develop job skills, find employment …
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