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Donate: There is no better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than giving!

Program Type:
Aging Support Services, Children and Youth Services, Homelessness and Housing Services, Refugee and Immigrant Services
County:
Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo
Description:

Your donation will enable disabled adults, seniors, children, and families to enjoy a memorable Christmas.

$10 provides a Holiday meal to a child, senior, or adult with disabilities

$25 provides a self-care package to homeless adults and seniors

$30 provides a Chritmas gift to a child, senior, or adult with disabilities

$50 provides a Holiday Food Basket to a low-income family

$100 assists a family in crisis during the Holiday season

The following in-kind items are needed to support our programs by Monday, December 18:*
• Children Books
• Gift Cards to Safeway to Target
• Gingerbread House Kits
• Museum or Movie Passes
• New Christmas Trees
• Pies and Dessert
• Self-Care Packages
• Towel Sets
• Twin-Size Bedsets
• Wool Socks
• Warm Blankets

*To coordinate a donation drive, please contact Regina O'Connor, Volunteer Manager at
volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org.

Needed By:
Monday, December 18:*
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Winter Break Activities Leader at Youth Club at St. Francis of Assisi East Palo Alto*

Program Type:
Children and Youth Services
County:
San Mateo
Description:

Located in East Palo Alto, Catholic Charities Youth Club at St. Francis of Assisi helps youth grow into responsible adults by providing athletic and educational activities that foster character development, academic achievement, physical fitness and community stewardship.

We are seeking volunteers to plan and coordinate Winter break activities for 45 elementary-age youth.

Date:
Wednesday, December 27 – Friday, January 25
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Holiday Dinner Support at Star Community

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

Star Community Home gives families a safe place to live while developing a plan to secure stability and housing. Join Star Community Home this season for a Holiday party prep event!

Volunteers are needed to help set-up for event, serve dinner to families, and clean-up

Date:
Tuesday, December 19
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Holiday Meal Prep at Star Community Home

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

Star Community Home gives families a safe place to live while developing a plan to secure stability and housing. Join Star Community Home this season for a Holiday party prep event!

Volunteers are needed to help prepare a delicious meal for family shelter.

Date:
Tuesday, December 19
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Christmas Dinner Support at St. Joseph’s Family Center

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

St. Joseph’s Family Center gives families a safe place to live while developing a plan to secure stability and housing.

Volunteers are needed to help set-up for event, serve dinner to residents, and clean-up.

Date:
Wednesday, December 20
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New Year’s Eve Bingo Caller at Peter Claver Community

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

As a comprehensive care residence for 32 previously homeless adults, Peter Claver Community provides permanent placement and on-site care to low-income San Francisco residents impacted by chronic illness. This licensed care facility offers case management, medication management, dietary services and meals, among other services and community resources.

Help facilitate Bingo activities on New Year’s Eve.

Date:
Sunday, December 31
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Holiday Caroling at OMI Senior Center*

Program Type:
Aging Support Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

Located in the Oceanview/Merced/Ingleside area of San Francisco, OMI Senior Center provides a friendly and welcoming environment offering daily activities for seniors and disabled adults.

Sing carols, entertain and engage seniors through singing.

Date:
Monday – Friday in December
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New Year’s Eve Party at Leland House

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

As a comprehensive care residence for previously homeless adults, Leland House needs support in preparation for a Christmas party serving disabled adults.

Help set-up for event, serve dinner to residents, and clean-up.

Date:
Sunday, December 31
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Christmas Dinner at Leland House

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

As a comprehensive care residence for previously homeless adults, Leland House needs support in preparation for a Christmas Eve party serving disabled adults.

Help set-up for event, serve dinner to residents, and clean-up.

Date:
Monday, December 25
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Christmas Morning Gift Party at Leland House

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

As a comprehensive care residence for previously homeless adults, Leland House needs support in preparation for a Christmas Eve party serving disabling adults.

Help set-up for event and distribute gifts to clients.

Date:
Monday, December 25
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Christmas Eve Party at Leland House

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

As a comprehensive care residence for previously homeless adults, Leland House needs support in preparation for a Christmas Eve party serving disabling adults.

Help set-up for event, serve dinner to residents, and clean-up.

Date:
Sunday, December 24
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Holiday Caroling at Adult Day Services San Mateo*

Program Type:
Aging Support Services
County:
San Mateo
Description:

Adult Day Services has offered a sensible and affordable option for care and companionship during the day to residents of San Mateo County. Support the program by getting in the Holiday spirit!

Sing carols, entertain and engage seniors through signing.

Date:
Monday – Friday in December
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Craft Holiday Cards at Adult Day Services San Francisco*

Program Type:
Aging Support Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

Adult Day Services has offered a sensible and affordable option for care and companionship during the day to residents of San Francisco County. Support the program by getting in the Holiday spirit!

Create and decorate Holiday cards for seniors.

Date:
Monday – Friday in December
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Holiday Caroling at Adult Day Services San Francisco*

Program Type:
Aging Support Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

Adult Day Services has offered a sensible and affordable option for care and companionship during the day to residents of San Francisco County. In addition to providing a broad range of recreational and social activities, our program offers non-medical personal care, supervision, and assistance with activities of daily living. We are seeking a volunteer to support our holiday celebrations.

Sing carols, entertain and engage seniors through signing.

Date:
Monday – Friday in December
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Holiday Caroling at 10th and Mission Family Housing*

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

10th & Mission Family Housing project provides a powerful combination of affordable housing, accessible childcare, case management and family support services delivered at a single site. In addition, the program provides community building events and activities.

Sing carols or performs at family event.

Date:
Wednesday, December 20
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Holiday Party at 10th and Mission Family Housing

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

10th & Mission Family Housing project provides a powerful combination of affordable housing, accessible childcare, case management and family support services delivered at a single site. In addition, the program provides community building events and activities.

Help set-up for event, serve dinner to residents, and clean-up.

Date:
Wednesday, December 20
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Holiday Craft Night at 10th and Mission Family Housing

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

10th & Mission Family Housing project provides a powerful combination of affordable housing, accessible childcare, case management and family support services delivered at a single site. In addition, the program provides community building events and activities.

Set-up Christmas tree and support Gingerbread house decorating.

Date:
Wednesday, December 13
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Support-Group Host

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

Since 1984, Rita da Cascia Community has been a unique program in that it specializes in intensive, coordinated case management services to women and children impacted by chronic illness and homelessness. The program is designed to ensure that women and children are connected to vital medical, financial, legal and psychiatric services.

Through our 8-week long support groups, we provides a safe, supportive environment for women that participate in the program. We are seeking volunteers to help prepare food, set-up and clean-up for each session. Depending on skill level and interest volunteers may be in charge of cooking, and hosting the community room for the support group dinners.

Food Donations are accepted.

Time Commitment:
Thursday, September 7 - Thursday, October 26
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Literacy Specialist

Program Type:
Children and Youth Services
County:
Marin
Description:

The Canal Family Support Literacy program provides extra support and targeted intervention with reading comprehension, critical thinking, fluency and decoding skills to support the academic and cognitive development of youth in the Canal community. We are seeking an experienced volunteer who enjoys working with children, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, to serve as a Literacy Specialist volunteer. The Literacy Specialist volunteer will lead small reading intervention groups focused on comprehension, vocabulary and phonics instruction to elementary-age English language learners.

Duties include:
• Develop and implement after-school literacy intervention curriculum
• Support English learner’s reading comprehension skills
• Support students through small group reading instruction

Time Commitment:
3- 4 hours a week, Monday-Thursday beginning September 2017.
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Activity Assistants

Program Type:
Aging Support Services
County:
San Mateo
Description:

Adult Day Service San Mateo provides a friendly and welcoming environment offering daily activities for seniors and disabled adults. Activity Assistant volunteers will support in a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, bingo, games, music and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) activities for seniors.

Time Commitment:
Flexible, Monday - Friday
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Tutor – Youth Club at St. Francis of Assisi

Program Type:
Children and Youth Services
County:
San Mateo
Description:

Located in East Palo Alto, Catholic Charities Youth Club at St. Francis of Assisi helps youth grow into responsible adults by providing athletic and educational activities that foster character development, academic achievement, physical fitness and community stewardship. The Youth Club is currently recruiting tutors to support the after-school program. If you enjoy reading, writing, arithmetic and recreational sports, and would like to help the community’s youth academically, please help us tutor!

*Volunteer hours fulfill community service hour requirements for high school students and college application requirements.

Shifts Available:
Monday 3:30-6 p.m.
Tuesdays, 3:30-6 p.m.
Wednesday 1:30-6 p.m.
Thursdays, 3:30-6 p.m.
Friday 3:30-6 p.m.

Time Commitment:
Once a week during school year (August -May)
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Food Pantry Volunteers

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

10th and Mission Family Housing offers affordable housing, family support services and wrap-around style of case management to low-income families providing a powerful combination of affordable housing, accessible childcare, case management and family support services delivered at a single site. In addition, to community building events and activities, the program provides a weekly food pantry distribution.
We are seeking the support of ongoing volunteers to assist with the program’s weekly food distribution to families and seniors. Food is delivered through a partnership with the SF Food Bank in collaboration with Catholic Charities. Volunteer duties include:
• Support staff in receiving food delivered at the center from the SF Food Bank
• Organize and sort food items
• Evenly distribute food items into 120 designated tote bags
• Distribute tote bags to families and seniors and assist clients as necessary
• Help clean-up

Time Commitment:
Thursdays
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Medical Escorts

Program Type:
Homelessness and Housing Services
County:
San Francisco
Description:

Catholic Charities provides permanent placement, on-site care, and case management to formerly homeless adults impacted by chronic illness. Friendly and caring Medical Escort volunteers are sought to accompany residents from one of our two programs, to important daytime medical appointments. Residents may be wheelchair bound or suffer from dementia and need assistance navigating the route and location of their appointment. Volunteer will provide door-through-door assistance and wait for the resident for the duration of the appointment, typically two hours, but will not be involved in the actual medical appointment itself. This role provides volunteers with a great opportunity to engage with clients one-on-one and work directly with Case Managers. Please note that public transportation is highly utilized and thorough formal training will be conducted.

Time Commitment:
Volunteers will work closely with case managers and may choose appointments according to their availability.
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