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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

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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Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Rescue

The PHS/SPCA Wildlife Care Center treats about 4,000 sick and injured wild animals every year from San Francisco through northern Santa Clara County. Facilities include raptor and songbird aviaries, a diving pool for sea birds, a duck pond, and mammal …
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Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley

Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley

Our Mission: To provide high quality care and rehabilitation of injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife within the Silicon Valley Community. Through educational programs, we foster a positive coexistence between the general public and wildlife, and encourage an interest in, and …
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Wildlands Restoration Team

Wildlands Restoration Team

The Wildlands Restoration Team is a volunteer program dedicated to the protection and restoration of biological diversity on state parklands in the Santa Cruz mountains. Since its inception in 1990, thousands of people ranging in age from 11 to 75 …
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Wildcare (Nature and Wildlife, San Rafael)

Wildcare

Everyone wants to do the right thing for wildlife… WildCare is here to help! We’re located in downtown San Rafael, California — Marin County’s largest city — making us a truly urban wildlife rehabilitation center. Marin has grown a lot …
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Wheelchair Foundation

Wheelchair Foundation

The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to every …
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Western Aerospace Museum

Western Aerospace Museum

Mission of the Oakland Aviation Museum Educate about the role of historic North Field at Oakland International Airport, Oakland and the Bay Area in the development of aviation on the West Coast and in the US by collecting, preserving and …
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YWCA – San Francisco and Marin

YWCA - San Francisco and Marin

For more than a century, the YWCA San Francisco & Marin has responded to the changing roles, needs and aspirations of a diverse population of women, girls and families. The voices of women have blended to create a vision that …
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Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks

At Youth Speaks, the voices of young people matter. Committed to a critical, youth-centered pedagogy, Youth Speaks places young people in control of their intellectual and artistic development. We are urgently driven by the belief that literacy is a need, …
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