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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

Elizabeth Gamble Garden

Elizabeth Gamble Garden

The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden is a non-profit community horticultural foundation. Located in Palo Alto, our 2.5 acre property includes a historic home, carriage house, tea house, and formal and demonstration gardens. Volunteers are the real heart of Gamble Garden. …
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Elder Wisdom Circle

Elder Wisdom Circle

The Elder Wisdom Circle provides free and confidential advice on a broad range of topics. Online advice seekers from all over the world are paired with a network of seniors who share their knowledge, insight, and wisdom. Most seeking advice …
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Edgewood Center for Children and Families

Edgewood Center for Children and Families

Celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2011, Edgewood Center for Children and Families (Edgewood) helps children and families take back their future by working with them to overcome severe challenges like abuse, neglect, mental illness and crisis. The oldest children’s charity …
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Eden I&R, Inc.

Eden I&R, Inc.

For 35 years, Eden I&R has been successfully fulfilling its mission of “linking people and resources” by consistently and creatively responding to the community’s changing needs. The agency’s services are the results of collaborations that depend on the work of …
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El Camino Hospital Auxiliary

El Camino Hospital Auxiliary

2500 Grant Road P.O. Box 7025 Mountain View, Ca 94039-7025 (650) 940-7000 The Auxiliary has been supporting El Camino Hospital since the hospital opened its doors in 1961. Licensed for 426 beds, the hospital combines personal care with high-quality medical …
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East Bay Regional Park District

East Bay Regional Park District

The East Bay Regional Park District spans Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco with 108,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study. The Park District offers …
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East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)

We are a community development corporation that integrates housing, community services and community development. We develop, preserve and manage high-quality and affordable rental and owner-occupied homes, retail properties and community centers, while fostering increased economic opportunities for residents of the …
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EarthShare California

EarthShare California

EarthShare California coordinates workplace giving for over eighty carefully selected environmental charities. Part of the national Earth Share network, EarthShare California offers business partners the opportunity to connect with the most respected organizations, offering solutions to environmental business questions, volunteer …
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Earth Island Institute

Earth Island Institute

Earth Island Institute is a non-profit, public interest, membership organization that supports people who are creating solutions to protect our shared planet. Earth Island Institute was founded in 1982 by legendary environmentalist David R. Brower as an innovative solution to …
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