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Donation: Halloween Costumes

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

Contributing to our Fall festivities means helping low-income children, families, and aging adults enjoy the season as much as we do. We are seeking a donation of youth and adult costumes and accessories for homeless and low-income families. Items include:
Age-appropriate costumes
Wigs
Capes
Hats
Masks
Tutus
Wings
Face Paint, etc.

If you are interested in donating costumes, please contact Diana Contreras, Volunteer Manager at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org or 415 972 1297.

Needed By:
Friday, October 20
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Annual OMI Senior Center Picnic

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

OMI Senior Community will be hosting their annual outdoor Picnic Celebration. Volunteers are needed to unload BBQ supplies, set-up before the event, escort clients on & off vans, grill at the BBQ pit, call Bingo, escort clients on walk by the bay, and general cleanup. Please note that this is an outdoor event at a public park near the San Mateo shore.

The day could be split in two shifts, or stay for the entire day. Come have fun!!!

Time Commitment:
Friday, October 6, 2017
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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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Halloween Decorating – Star Community Home

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

Catholic Charities Star Community Home offers families a safe place to live, providing nutritious meals and beginning to build the skills necessary for a self-sufficient future.

Help the program get in the spirit of the Holidays! We need volunteers to help us put up Halloween decorations in communal areas of the shelter.

Date:
Monday, October 2
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Halloween Decorating – St. Joseph’s

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

Catholic Charities St. Joseph’s Family Center offers housing and support services to San Francisco families prior to transition into long-term, permanent housing.

Help the program get in the spirit of the Holidays! We need volunteers to help us put up Halloween decorations in communal areas of the shelter.

Date:
Tuesday, October 3
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Youth Opportunity: Halloween Parade at Senior Center

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

Catholic Charities OMI Senior Center provides a friendly and welcoming environment offering daily activities for seniors and disabled adults. In honor of Halloween, we are seeking to collaborate with a preschool, or elementary school, for a Halloween parade. The parade will take place at the senior center, with opportunities of interaction between the youth and the seniors.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org.

Date:
Tuesday, October 31
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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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Information and Referral Volunteer

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

The Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP), a program of Catholic Charities, provides homelessness prevention assistance to families and singles in San Francisco to help them maintain or obtain permanent housing. HPP assists families in permanent housing who are in danger of eviction or who need help to move to a more sustainable rental situation.

We are seeking a reliable volunteer who can support the HPP program as the Information and Referral Volunteer. Under supervision of the Homelessness Prevention Program manager, this role serves as the initial point of contact for individuals who call Catholic Charities seeking homelessness related resources. This person acts as a welcoming and knowledgable portal to accessing services within Catholic Charities and the wider community, using resource guides established by the Catholic Charities.

The HPP team will provide training about different agencies and programs available in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo (related to housing, and other basic needs).

Time Commitment:
Minimum 4 hours per week
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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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