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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

Ashoka’s Youth Venture

Ashoka's Youth Venture

Youth Venture San Francisco Bay Area transforms young dreamers into changemakers. We inspire and invest in teams of young people to start and lead their own social ventures, and we are part of a powerful global network of young changemakers. …
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A Safe Place

A Safe Place

A SAFE PLACE is Oakland’s only comprehensive domestic violence program for battered women and children. The agency offers a comprehensive program that provides both shelter and professional supportive services to victims of domestic violence. The present shelter facility operated by …
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Arthritis Foundation – Northern California Chapter

Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country. The …
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Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco Bay’s Aquarium. We are passionate about providing fun and unforgettable encounters with our natural world in ways that ignite both wonder and conservation. We do this from our 50,000 square foot building at …
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Animal Rescue Foundation

Animal Rescue Foundation

ARF saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each others lives. ARF strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, …
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SF Animal Care and Control

Animal Care and Control

The San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control is committed to the delivery of effective, courteous, and responsive animal care and control services to the residents of San Francisco. The Department is responsible for San Francisco’s stray, injured, abandoned, …
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Amnesty International Berkeley Community Group

Amnesty International Berkeley Community Group

We are forming a community group in Berkeley. Please come and help to promote social justice, one individual at a time. Any positions listed in this category requires full participation in the community group! Mission Statement To promote human rights …
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Ames Exploration Center

NASA

NASA Ames Research Center is a key facility for many of NASA’s missions and projects. Come to the Exploration Center and learn what we’re doing at this amazing NASA facility. Current Exhibits Immersive Theater – The NASA Exploration Center features …
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American Red Cross – Bay Area Chapter

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care …
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American Heart Association

American Heart Association

Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question. The American Heart Association is reducing the devastating impact of heart disease …
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