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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

Real Options for City Kids

Real Options for City Kids (ROCK) is dedicated to nurturing the healthy development of children by listening attentively to their needs and by providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access. ROCK aims to promote the positive development …
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Maker Education Initiative

Maker Ed is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers educators and communities — particularly, those in underserved areas — to facilitate meaningful making and learning experiences with youth.

Batala San Francisco

Batalá San Francisco is a community band open to all regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or musical experience. Both beginning and experienced drummers are welcome!

Veggielution Community Farm

Volunteers help with various tasks such as planting, weeding, composting, harvesting, and more. You can try your hand at many different aspects of the farm – there is always something new happening out here. You don’t have to have any …
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The Tree Monkey Project

Tree Monkey Project is dedicated to improving people’s lives through the strategic use of tree climbing skills and equipment, and protecting the forests and their sensitive habitats in the process. The Tree Monkey Project needs help in the following ways: …
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Livermore Public Library

We have several volunteer opportunities available, including ongoing recruitment for bookstore volunteers and adult literacy tutors. The Library is also recruiting for an Adult Program Host and several Reaching Coaches for a youth summer literacy program. We also are currently …
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Muslims and the West

Muslims and the West is a nonprofit organization that seeks to make the United States and the world safer by means of educational and sports programs that help to increase mutual respect, understanding and cooperation between the United States and …
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StandUp for Kids

StandUp For Kids (SUFK) is a national, all-volunteer organization with active programs in 30 U.S. cities. We help youth who are on their own, having run away from or been kicked out of an unsafe (usually abusive) home. They are …
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ACCESS

ACCESS, a service of the Auxiliary of Good Samaritan Hosptial, is a non-profit organization that supports families dealing with the critical illness and hospitalization of loved ones. ACCESS provides transportation to and from the hospital, food, childcare, overnight accommodations in …
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North Oakland Village

North Oakland Village is a membership organization supporting aging in place in Oakland and Piedmont. Volunteers provide the majority of the services to members, including driving, home visiting, home handyperson help, assisting in the office, planning and organizing community-building events.