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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

Vision Literacy

Vision Literacy

Welcome to Vision Literacy, a premium provider of comprehensive adult and family literacy education services in Santa Clara County. By partnering with local donors, volunteers, and organizations, our nationally recognized and accredited program empowers adult learners to reach their personal …
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Village Harvest

Village Harvest

Village Harvest is a nonprofit volunteer organization in the greater San Francisco Bay Area which harvests fruit from backyards and small orchards, then passes it along to local food agencies to feed the hungry. We also provide education on fruit …
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Veterans Affairs – Palo Alto Health Care System

Veterans Affairs - Palo Alto Health Care System

Mission Statement To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. VA Core Values and …
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Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California

Variety Children's Charity of Northern California

Variety is dedicated to delivering life-enriching services and needed funds that build better futures for the children of Northern California. We have proudly served Northern California since 1947 and have evolved into a leader of programs to support the needs …
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Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment

Women's Initiative for Self-Employment

Since 1988, Women’s Initiative has been assisting high-potential low-income women who dream of business ownership. Through an intensive 20 session program — in English or Spanish — women are enabled to start, or expand their business. Inspiring High-Potential, Low-Income Women …
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Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center

Women's Daytime Drop-In Center

The Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center (WDDC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit program empowering women and children to move from the streets to a home by providing ongoing and intensive counseling, case management services, daily support groups, a comprehensive children’s program, …
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Women’s Cancer Resource Center

Women's Cancer Resource Center

Mission Statement: The Women’s Cancer Resource Center creates opportunities for women with cancer to improve their quality of life through education, supportive services and practical assistance. History: In 1986 a small group of women with cancer created the Women’s Cancer …
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WOMAN – Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc.

WOMAN - Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc.

Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc. (WOMAN, Inc.) has operated since 1978 as a community-based, multi-service agency, serving survivors of domestic violence in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area. In addition to our 24 hour crisis line, we …
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Wildlife Volunteering

Wildlife Volunteering

Wanted: Wildlife Volunteers Numbers are down at many centers It’s orphan season – the busiest time of the year at the wildlife rehabilitation center in Morgan Hill and director Sue Howell is down to eight volunteers, the lowest number since …
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