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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

My New Red Shoes

My New Red Shoes provides Bay Area homeless and low-income children with a $50 clothing gift card and a new pair of shoes so that they can start the school year proud and ready to learn. In 2014, My New …
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The Women’s Building

Every year billions of dollars in tax credits go unclaimed by low-income taxpayers who don’t know they are eligible. VITA volunteers help clients apply all the appropriate tax credits, allowing the people who need it most to get the returns …
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Animal Place

Founded in 1989, Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the country. Nestled on 600-acres in Grass Valley, CA, Animal Place provides refuge to hundreds of neglected farmed animals. In addition to permanent …
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The Marsh

A twenty-five-year-old theater in diverse neighborhood of the Mission, The Marsh cultivates over 600 stunning solo performances per year and provides year-round, high-quality performing arts programs for youth regardless of financial ability. We are a small, “all-hands-on-deck” staff seeking an …
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Saffron Strand, Inc

Saffron Strand, Inc. is a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization whose mission is to get homeless people and those at risk of homelessness off the streets and back to work. Those who join Saffron Strand become members of an all-volunteer …
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Treehouse ( a program of the Jamestown Community Center)

Treehouse, a program of the Jamestown Community Center in San Francisco’s Mission District, is looking for volunteer facilitators to run our counseling and prevention youth groups. Treehouse is a program which places at-risk youth into social support groups with caring, …
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Ann Martin Center

Ann Martin Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children, youth, and their families in Alameda County by providing psychotherapy, educational therapy, diagnostic assessment, and training. We promote healthy emotional development and effective learning skills. …
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Protect Mustangs

Protect Mustangs needs volunteers in: advocacy, education, outreach, media relations, marketing, public relations, graphic design, photography, web, social media, documentary film, grant writing, development. We are sponsored by the Andean Tapir Fund Tax ID #880355275 while our 501c3 is in …
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YWCA Berkeley/Oakland

Our three goals guiding all our work are the elimination of racism, the economic empowerment of women and the development of leaders. We invite you to become a member, attend classes or volunteer in our many programs in: mentoring, leadership …
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