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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

Institute on Aging

Institute on Aging

Institute on Aging (IOA) is a community-based, non-profit organization that touches the lives of thousands of seniors in San Francisco, Marin, and the Peninsula. IOA’s service mission is to enhance the quality of life for our diverse community of adults …
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InnVision

InnVision

InnVision the Way Home is the Silicon Valley’s leading provider of housing and services for homeless families and individuals. Our Mission InnVision is a primary gateway for homeless families and individuals seeking shelter and resources that lead to self-sufficiency. Our …
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Image for Success – Employment Preparation

Image for Success - Employment Preparation

Image for Success (IFS) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing two-week wardrobes to disenfranchised men, women and children in Marin County who are transitioning toward self-reliance. Image for Success not only provides the suit for the interview, but …
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“I Have A Dream” – San Francisco

"I Have A Dream" - San Francisco

Mission To Dream; To Empower; To Achieve Sponsor Scott Parlee, co-founded the San Francisco IHAD chapter and recruited his friends and colleagues in the Bay Area, Khira Griscavage, Carter Montague and Tanya Capuano to join him on the board. Together, …
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“I Have A Dream” – East Oakland

"I Have A Dream" - East Oakland

Our Mission The mission of “I Have a Dream”- East Oakland is to motivate and empower every “Dreamer” (a child “adopted” from a low-income community) to reach his/her education and career goals. Our Method Provide a targeted group of Dreamers …
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“I Have A Dream” – East Palo Alto

"I Have A Dream" - East Palo Alto

Origin of “I Have a Dream” – East Palo Alto The East Palo Alto chapter of “I Have a Dream” began in 1992 through the initiative of Dave Michael, Thad Walen, Nick Folger, and Peter Dumanian, graduate students of Stanford …
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Drawbridge

Drawbridge

Our Mission The mission of DrawBridge is to provide art programs for homeless and other vulnerable children in an environment that fosters their sense of joy, creativity and exuberance. Beyond that, we strive to promote the well-being and stability of …
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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Volunteering at San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge needs YOU — your talents, your enthusiasm and some of your time! WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO? Various opportunities …
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Donald P. McCullum Youth Court

Donald P. McCullum Youth Court

The mission of McCullum Youth Court is to offer youth offenders a second chance through restorative justice, peer accountability, and empowering opportunities; and to engage all youth – especially those at risk for entering the juvenile justice system – in …
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Dolores Park Works

Dolores Park Works

Dolores Park Works is a nonprofit park advocacy and service organization celebrating, preserving and enhancing Dolores Park for all her diverse patrons since 2009. Our Goals Celebrate the unique role of the park in patron’s lives Pursue continuous improvement of …
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