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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

International Art Museum of Ameria

he International Art Museum of America, located in the up-and-coming Central Market Art and Cultural District, is a public-benefit, non-profit art museum which has been open since October 2011. We offer many meaningful opportunities to volunteers in our exciting museum. …
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Home First of Santa Clara County

Volunteering is one way you can help end homelessness in our community. We work with individuals; groups from faith-based, corporate, neighborhood, or community organizations; and families or groups of friends. You can donate your time at one of our local …
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Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary

Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary is a forever home to orphaned, abused or neglected farm animals. Goatlandia also advocates a plant-based diet as a way to ensure less farm animals are orphaned, abused or neglected. Volunteer opportunities abound – from mucking …
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The Crucible

As a nonprofit, we depend heavily on the unique skill-sets of our diverse volunteer force. Our volunteer pool—around 150 individuals active at any given time—helps power nearly every aspect of what we do, from the office to the studio floor, …
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Contra Costa Civic Theatre

We have dozens of volunteer opportunities available; everything from helping in the office to building sets to ushering before the show. We’ve listed a few below to get you thinking. Ushering Be the face of CCCT and help our patrons …
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Town Cats

Town Cats is a non-profit volunteer-based no-kill cat and kitten adoption center/shelter and feral cat advocacy organization dedicated to enriching the lives of homeless cats and kittens in the south Santa Clara county through an aggressive rescue and adoption program, …
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Palo Alto Art Center

The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming …
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Stern Grove Festival Association

Stern Grove Festival is a unique performing arts series in a natural amphitheater surrounded by giant eucalyptus, redwood, and fir trees. The Festival is, as Mrs. Stern wished, designed for everybody — San Francisco residents and visitors alike, Stern Grove …
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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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