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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

UCSF Medical Center and Children’s Hospital

UCSF Medical Center and Children's Hospital

Volunteers come to UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital for many reasons but most come to help others and contribute to the community. In addition, volunteers can learn about the medical profession …
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UCSF Alliance Health Project

The mission of the UCSF Alliance Heath Project is to support the mental health and wellness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities in constructing healthy and meaningful lives.

Under One Roof

Under One Roof

Under One Roof is the only non-profit retail store of its kind in the entire world, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for San Francisco Bay Area men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. Under One Roof inspires and …
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Children’s Creativity Museum at Yerba Buena Gardens (Formerly Zeum)

Children's Creativity Museum

The Children’s Creativity Museum is an interactive art and technology museum for kids. Our mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families. We believe that the ability to …
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Zen Hospice Project

Zen Hospice Project

The “Zen” in our name reflects our approach of bringing mindfulness and compassion to our care for the dying, their caregivers, and the bereaved. This approach is grounded in the 2,500 year-old teachings of the Buddha, especially as they relate …
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KQEH (Formerly KTEH) San Jose Public Television

KQED

KQEH is a public television station in San Jose, California, serving the San Francisco Bay Area as a PBS member station on channel 54. The station is owned by Northern California Public Broadcasting (NCPB) with sister-stations KQED in San Francisco …
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Kara

Kara

SUPPORT FOR GRIEF AND END-OF-LIFE Kara provides compassionate support to people of all ages on their journey through grief so that they can move toward renewed hope and meaning. Our clients include those who are grieving a death as well …
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Ayusa Global Youth Exchange

Ayusa

Since 1981, Ayusa Global Youth Exchange has been a leader in providing a wide range of life-changing cultural exchange experiences. Ayusa today maintains a proud legacy of offering high-quality programs for high school students. Our vision is a future where …
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Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Everyone has a personal reason for participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It may be a sister, mother, best friend, or even yourself, or the man in your life. But for 2 days and 39 miles, we are …
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Avenidas

Avenidas

Age is no longer just a number. As we move past the age of 50, we’re planning to stay actively engaged in our lives, families, and interests as long as possible. And with the tremendous ranges of interests and life …
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