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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

Adolescent Counseling Services – Caravan House

Adolescent Counseling Services

From the beginning, collaboration has been a core value at ACS. The founders of our agency included a diverse group representing local government, police, health care, social work, schools and parents. This spirit of collaboration continues today, as ACS partners …
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Abilities United (Formerly CAR)

Abilities United

Abilities United champions people with developmental and physical challenges and provides the training, education and support to lead the lives they choose. Each day, every person at Abilities United is dedicated to provide people with developmental and physical disabilities the …
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A Home Within

A Home Within

A Home Within is the only national organization dedicated solely to meeting the emotional needs of foster youth. We recruit licensed mental health clinicians who volunteer to see one foster child in weekly therapy – free of charge, and for …
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A Home Away From Homelessness

A Home Away From Homelessness

Home Away was founded in 1994 in partnership with the National Park Service (http://www.nps.gov) which provides us the unique opportunity to offer educational, recreational, and social opportunity for homeless and formerly homeless children and youth in San Francisco and Marin. …
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A Good Idea

A Good Idea

A Good Idea is a vehicle for positive social change ideas that connect people in need with people who want to help to alleviate homelessness and poverty. We build these connections for positive social change through service, education, and technology. …
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ACCESS: Women’s Health Justice

ACCESS - Women's Health Justice

ACCESS removes barriers and builds the power of women to achieve reproductive justice. Most people believe that reproductive health care is easy to get in California, because we enjoy some of the strongest reproductive rights in the nation. Medi-Cal covers …
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A Better Way

A Better Way

Our mission is to empower children and families to develop the insights, life skills, and permanent relationships that promote their social, emotional, educational and economic well-being. A Better Way puts a great deal of emphasis on cultural competency in our …
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Berkeley Free Clinic

Berkeley Free Clinic

The Berkeley Free Clinic was founded in 1969 as a “street medicine” clinic that quickly found a niche and a permanent home in the Berkeley community. It has become an icon in the area, and has served countless thousands in …
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Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services

Furry Friends

Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services is the South Bay’s oldest all-volunteer organization devoted to bringing the healing power of animals to those less fortunate in our community. The Furry Friends mission is to consistently facilitate delivery of the love …
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Engineers Without Borders – SF Chapter

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders – USA San Francisco Professionals (EWB-SFP) was established in September 2004 as the first professional chapter of EWB-USA. Our mission supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while fostering responsible leadership. …
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