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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

Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is dedicated to funding innovative research to find preventions, treatments, and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases. More than 10 million Americans are affected by blinding retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, and …
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The Book Club of California

We print limited edition and letterpress publications collected by individuals, libraries, and institutions around the world, and host dynamic programs and exhibitions that offer insight into publishing, printing, literature, and the history of California and the West. Our special collections …
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Sweet Beginnings Family Resource Center

SBFRC supports families in need with clean diapers, wipes, and feminine hygiene products. We truly believe in “It Takes a Village” and that our community is our responsibility. Every child deserves a “Sweet Beginning”, Through our volunteer network and community …
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Prescott Circus Theatre

Description of Organization and/or Volunteer Opportunities Available: Prescott Circus Theatre challenges Oakland youth to live our core principles of hard work, teamwork, perserverance, and belief in oneself. We deliver against our mission to promote the skills and confidence our children …
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African Library Project

The African Library Project was founded in 2005 by Chris Bradshaw and her family from Portola Valley, California. While visiting remote villages in Lesotho, a small mountainous kingdom in Southern Africa, Chris was inspired to work toward ending the cycle …
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Mobility Matters

Can you Drive? Mobility Matters has Rides for Seniors, and Rides 4 Veterans, a free, one-on-one, escorted, door-through-door, volunteer driver program to its services for ambulatory seniors and veterans residing in Contra Costa County who were unable to drive or …
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White Pony Express

Our mission is to help eliminate hunger and poverty by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need – with love.

Aging in Place -National Council for Aging Care

Retirement, independent living, and continuing care communities house thousands of seniors and older adults. But this option doesn’t suit everyone – many people do not have the desire or financial flexibility to uproot and leave their homes. That’s where we …
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ARTogether

ARTogether is a community-building creative arts project, guided by the principle that art can serve as a means of expression that transcends language and culture, while it lays a foundation for managing and overcoming trauma. ARTogether facilitate social gathering, family …
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