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Volunteer Opportunities

Join Us in Making a Difference

Individual Volunteering

We offer volunteer opportunities to fit your needs. Please click on the option that best matches the type of volunteering you are seeking. 

 Questions? Contact Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org

San Francisco

Catholic Charities welcomes group volunteers both as individuals or in teams.

Current Opportunities:

OMI Senior Center Program Activities Assitant Volunteer: Our Aging Support Service programs function on the belief that seniors are more likely to thrive when they live among friends and family and participate in their own communities.

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Adult Day Services Activities Assistant and OMI Senior Center Greeter and Registrar Volunteer: Our Aging Support Service programs function on the belief that seniors are more likely to thrive when they live among friends and family and participate in their own communities.

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OMI Senior Center Food Pantry Volunteer:  Catholic Charities’ OMI Senior Center, assists seniors and disabled adults to maintain their independence by providing a program of activities, socialization, a hot meal, assistance, and support in a safe and engaging environment to prevent isolation and institutionalization.

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Snack Packs and Toiletry Kits Project: Healthy snack packs and toiletry kits for homeless families. Every day Catholic Charities staff goes out on the streets to help homeless families find housing. To make their lives a bit more bearable, our outreach teams bring food and supplies. We want to make this project easy.  Assemble the kits on your own, or as a group project!

Food Pantry Helpers: Bring your team to help distribute groceries at our weekly food distribution at 10th and Mission Family Housing. 

  • Open to teams up to 15 members
  • Every Thursday from 11:30 am -2:30 pm.

Pro-Bono Legal Services: Experienced immigration attorneys or clerks are needed to assist with asylum and immigration court-related proceedings. 

Parish Ambassador Program

  • Increase public access to Catholic Charities services
  • Meet the needs of the community
  • Unite in faith and common good
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San Francisco Boys Home, Garden Project

Catholic Charities San Francisco Boys’ Homes is a longstanding community-based program serving
adjudicated youth between the ages of 13-17. A short-term residential therapeutic program (STRTP), we have
a residential home in San Francisco where at-risk adolescents receive the specialized support, understanding,
compassion, and services they need to restore trust, integrate into their communities, and transform their lives.

Date and time: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 10:00 AM – 2PM (4 hours)

Description: Come join us for a little weeding, planting, and lots of camaraderie as we spruce up and make our
program garden a more beautiful and restorative green space for our clients to enjoy. There will be an
orientation, and each person will receive training, gloves, and tools. Feel free to bring your own gloves and
equipment. Wear closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather. We hope to see you there, many thanks for
your support!

St. Joseph Family Center -Rotary Garden Project

St. Joseph’s Family Center is an emergency shelter geared to assist families in maintaining healthy
relationships. It is one of the few emergency family shelters offering housing and support services to San
Francisco families prior to transition into long-term, permanent housing.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 14, 2024 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (3 hours)

Description: Come join us for a little weeding, planting, and lots of camaraderie as we spruce up and make
our programs gardens a more beautiful and restorative green space for our clients to enjoy. There will be an
orientation, and each person will receive training, gloves, and tools. Feel free to bring your own gloves and
equipment. Wear closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather. We hope to see you there, many thanks for
your support!

Adult Day Services First Day of Spring Garden Project

Catholic Charities Adult Day Services San Francisco is a licensed program providing a safe, supervised,
therapeutic, and friendly environment for seniors and adults with disabilities who experience losses in physical
function, memory, or social support. 

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 19, 202411:00 AM – 2:00 PM (3 hours)
Description: Come join us for a little weeding, planting, and lots of camaraderie as we spruce up and make our
programs gardens a more beautiful and restorative green space for our clients to enjoy.
There will be an orientation, and each person will receive training, gloves, and tools. Feel free to bring your
own gloves and equipment. Wear closed toe shoes.

Spring Children’s Gardening Kits

At Catholic Charities, every child is valued. We aim to break the cycle of poverty by disrupting it with opportunity. Our early childhood education, after school, residential, and summer programs embrace each child where they are and expose them to exciting literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math(STEAM), and educational opportunities that spark their desire to learn, explore, and grow.

We nurture the unlimited potential of every child and help them see beyond the limitations of parental, income, housing, and food instability. We use evidence-based curricula to develop resilience and skills that help bridge the achievement gap and give each child a sense of accomplishment and value. For children who have experienced deep trauma, we provide intensive therapeutic residential care to foster healing, restore trust, and create hope.

Programs Serving Children and Youth:
-Maureen and Craig Sullivan Youth Services
– Treasure Island Child Development Center

Suggested Supplies for Children’s Garden Basket:
– Gardening Kit Summer Project -Etsy $9.99 ea
– Small garden gloves for kids- Amazon (12 for $24.99)
– Watering cans for kids- Amazon by Doitool (6 for
$25.59)
– 6-8inch Bucket pastel colors- Amazon $2.25 each

Let us create an opportunity for your team!

Please contact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org to learn what volunteer opportunities Catholic Charities San Francisco offers corporate groups. 

San Mateo

Children must be 16 or older to volunteer unaccompanied by an adult and have a signed parental permission slip. Children under 16 must volunteer with a parent or a supervising adult (with a signed parental permission slip) and opportunities vary depending on the program.

Current Opportunities:

Snack Packs and Toiletry Kits Project: Healthy snack packs and toiletry kits for homeless families. Every day Catholic Charities staff goes out on the streets to help homeless families find housing. To make their lives a bit more bearable, our outreach teams bring food and supplies. We want to make this project easy.  Assemble the kits on your own, or as a group project!

Senior  Dance Helper: Lend a hand setting up and keeping the party flowing at our regular second Friday senior dance at the OMI Senior Center at 65 Beverly Street. Dancing not required, having fun mandatory.

Making Kits for the Homeless: Pack survival kits for the homeless. We will be stuffing backpacks with snacks, t-shirts, and toiletries for families and individuals who are homeless. All materials are included.   Must fill out a registration form to participate. 

Serving Kits to the Homeless: Come help prepare and serve the homeless at the Interfaith Winter Shelter on February 4th from 5 PM – 8 PM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell.  Catholic Charities will be supplying the dinner for one night of this annual shelter event that opens up churches of all denominations for the cold, winter months to provide food and shelter. Volunteers will help transport, prepare, serve and clean up the dinner.  Must fill out a registration form to participate. 

Parish Ambassador Program

  • Increase public access to Catholic Charities services
  • Meet the needs of the community
  • Unite in faith and common good
    LEARN MORE

Please contact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org to learn what volunteer opportunities are currently available for families and children.

Marin

Current Opportunities:

Snack Pack and Toiletry Kits Project: Healthy snack packs and toiletry kits for homeless families. Every day Catholic Charities staff goes out on the streets to help homeless families find housing. To make their lives a bit more bearable, our outreach teams bring food and supplies. We want to make this project easy.  Assemble the kits on your own, or as a group project!

Parish Ambassador Program

  • Increase public access to Catholic Charities services
  • Meet the needs of the community
  • Unite in faith and common good
    LEARN MORE

Students must be 16 or older to volunteer unaccompanied by an adult and have a signed parental permission slip. Students 12-15 can volunteer with a parent or a supervising adult with a signed parental permission slip.

Schools are encouraged to hold donation drives to benefit the children, families, and seniors we serve. We provide support for these drives, in the form of donation bins, posters, recognition of the school’s contributions and speaking to schools and students about our programs.

Please contact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org to learn what volunteer opportunities Catholic Charities San Francisco offers schools and students.

Corporate Engagement

We offer volunteer opportunities to fit your needs. Please click on the option that best matches the type of volunteering you are seeking. If you have already filled out an application please log-on to our Catholic Charities Portal to sign up for opportunities.  Questions? Contact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org

San Francisco

Catholic Charities welcomes group volunteers both as individuals or in teams.

Current Opportunities:

Food Pantry Helpers: Bring your team to help distribute groceries at our weekly food distribution at 10th and Mission Family Housing. 

  • Open to teams of 6 -15
  • Every Thursday from 11:30 am -2:00 pm

Pro-Bono Legal Services: Experienced immigration attorneys or clerks are needed to assist with asylum and immigration court-related proceedings. 

Custom Opportunities: (these have a nominal budget to pay for supplies)

  • Restore a Garden at our Star Community Home or San Mateo Adult Day Program.
  • Paint our Leland House Community Room or Mission Center Offices
  • Compete in our Soccer with Heart tournament and help unaccompanied minors.

Let us create an opportunity for your team!

Please econtact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org to learn what volunteer opportunities Catholic Charities San Francisco offers corporate groups. 

San Mateo

Children must be 16 or older to volunteer unaccompanied by an adult and have a signed parental permission slip. Children under 16 must volunteer with a parent or a supervising adult (with a signed parental permission slip) and opportunities vary depending on the program.

Current Opportunities:

Senior  Dance Helper: Lend a hand setting up and keeping the party flowing at our regular second Friday senior dance at the OMI Senior Center at 65 Beverly Street. Dancing not required, having fun mandatory.

Please contact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org to learn what volunteer opportunities are currently available for families and children.

Marin

Students must be 16 or older to volunteer unaccompanied by an adult and have a signed parental permission slip. Students 12-15 can volunteer with a parent or a supervising adult with a signed parental permission slip.

Current Opportunities:

Schools are encouraged to hold donation drives to benefit the children, families, and seniors we serve. We provide support for these drives, in the form of donation bins, posters, recognition of the school’s contributions and speaking to schools and students about our programs.

Please contact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org to learn what volunteer opportunities are currently available for families and children.

Community Groups

We offer volunteer opportunities to fit your needs. Please click on the option that best matches the type of volunteering you are seeking. If you have already filled out an application please log-on to our Catholic Charities Portal to sign up for opportunities.  Questions? Contact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org

San Francisco

Current Opportunities:

Snack Packs and Toiletry Kits Project: Healthy snack packs and toiletry kits for homeless families. Every day Catholic Charities staff goes out on the streets to help homeless families find housing. To make their lives a bit more bearable, our outreach teams bring food and supplies. We want to make this project easy.  Assemble the kits on your own, or as a group project!

Pro-Bono Legal Services: Experienced immigration attorneys or clerks are needed to assist with asylum and immigration court-related proceedings. 

Help our Students Succeed: Serve as an after-school tutor to children who are eager to learn at Maureen and Craig Youth Center. Play to your strengths and inspire the students to excel in the subjects you are passionate about. School-year commitment.

Please contact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org to learn more

San Mateo

Children must be 16 or older to volunteer unaccompanied by an adult and have a signed parental permission slip. Children under 16 must volunteer with a parent or a supervising adult (with a signed parental permission slip) and opportunities vary depending on the program.

Current Opportunities:

Snack Packs and Toiletry Kits Project: Healthy snack packs and toiletry kits for homeless families. Every day Catholic Charities staff goes out on the streets to help homeless families find housing. To make their lives a bit more bearable, our outreach teams bring food and supplies. We want to make this project easy.  Assemble the kits on your own, or as a group project!

Senior  Dance Helper: Lend a hand setting up and keeping the party flowing at our regular second Friday senior dance at the OMI Senior Center at 65 Beverly Street. Dancing not required, having fun mandatory.

Luncheon Server: Every month we gather seniors and disabled folks to share lunch and fellowship. Helpers needed to serve, socialize and tidy up at the Handicapables.  11:00 am – 2:00 pm second Saturday of the month at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gough and Ellis. Commitment can be one-time or on-going.

Please contact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org to learn about volunteer opportunities at Catholic Charities San Mateo for schools and students.

Marin

Students must be 16 or older to volunteer unaccompanied by an adult and have a signed parental permission slip. Students 12-15 can volunteer with a parent or a supervising adult with a signed parental permission slip.

Current Opportunities:

Snack Pack and Toiletry Kits Project: Make healthy snack packs and toiletry kits for homeless families. Every day Catholic Charities staff goes out on the streets to help homeless families find housing. To make their lives a bit more bearable, our outreach teams bring food and supplies.

Schools are encouraged to hold donation drives to benefit the children, families, and seniors we serve. We provide support for these drives, in the form of donation bins, posters, recognition of the school’s contributions and speaking to schools and students about our programs.

Please contact Darlene Wilson at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesSF.org to learn what volunteer opportunities are currently available for families and children.

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