Volunteer Opportunities/Mentoring Sites/Service-Learning Sites

Volunteer Opportunities :

The organizations listed below offer volunteer opportunities, some, but not all, are part of the Office of Mentoring and Service-Learning programs. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them directly. If you are a non-profit organization and would like to be listed, please contact Jessica Williams

2009 San Francisco Green Festival November 13-15, 2009 at the SF Concourse and Exhibition Center is looking for volunteers. The Green Fesitval is an event co-produced by Global Exchange and Green America committed to the movement towards a just and sustainable society. To find out more and to register to volunteer, visit:

  • 826 Valencia is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Whether the students are working in the realm of fiction, nonfiction, or English as a second language, we are here to help them explore their love of writing. Tel: 415-642-5905
  • Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, NEST, Neighborhood Elders Support Team. The purpose of BHNC is to preserve and enhance the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity and well being of the Bernal Heights community. We provide services to support and increase opportunities for seniors, youth and others most at-risk. Volunteers can work in many Tel:415.206.2140
  • Beyond Hunger is dedicated to helping individuals overcome the obsession with food and weight by providing education, skills and support that create the ability to make nurturing choices. For more information at P.O.Box 151148, San Rafael, CA 94901 or call 415-459-2270.
  • The Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco serves more than 9700 youth and teens in eight neighborhood Clubhouses and a summer camp in Mendocino. Dedicated to helping kids from disadvantaged circumstances, BGCSF provides a broad range of programs to inspire young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens." 415. 445.6477
  • CBET: Community Based English Tutoring Program at Canada College provides community-based ESL courses for parents and community members in Redwood City, Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto who pledge to tutor children when their English becomes more fluent. Looking for instructional aides for classrooms, tutors for adult students, volunteers for babysitting sites. Tel:650.306.3495.

  • Chinatown Beacon Center is a program of Community Educational Services and serves the Chinatown/North Beach neighborhoods providing programs for youth and families during and after school hours.

  • Community United Against Violence was founded in 1979 to address violence inside and outside of the LGBTQQ communities. Volunteers are needed in stafety team training, data entry, outreach.

  • CORA provides free and confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic/dating violence and abuse, including child and teen witnesses, in San Mateo County. Our services include a 24-hour hotline, support groups, legal services, emergency and transitional housing, and more, in English, Spanish, and Tagalog. If you would like to volunteer with CORA, please download and print the following application: CORA Volunteer Application.  Mail your completed application to Indira Chakravorty, CORA, P.O. Box 5090 San Mateo, CA 94402. We can also mail you an information packet; please call Indira at 650-652-0800 ext. 126 for more information.
  • Edgewood Center for Children and Families is the leading provider of mental health and social services for children and families in crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area. Edgewood serves more than 500 children and families each year with program sites in San Francisco, South San Francisco, and Redwood City. Many volunteer opportunities exist. Tel: 415.682.3201
  • Excelsior Family Connections is a community driven project serving the most underserved community in SF. A range of support services are offered: Child/Parent drop-in programs, employment resources, school readiness workshops, community celebrations, child development workshops. Dedicated to working with parents, school staff, community organizations, etc. to implement programs for success. Volunteers need to help with language literacy and assessing community needs.
  • Family House Inc provides a home away from home for families with children undergoing cancer treatment at UCSF's Children's Hospital. Email: Greg Mora
  • Family Service Agency of San Francisco."The mission of FSA/SF is to strengthen families by providing compassionate, efficient, and effective services to low-income and otherwise vulnerable members of our community, primarily low-income children and youth, teen parents, families in crisis, individuals with HIV/AIDS, and mentally ill, disabled, or abused adults and children." Tel: 415-474-7310
  • First Graduate is committed to helping young people finish high schooland become the first in their family to graduate from college. We make a 10-year commitment to each student – starting with them the summer after 6th grade to college graduation. Through our comprehensive services—academic support, mentoring, high school and college counseling, family engagement, and college support—our students are exposed to experiences and challenges that encourage them to develop the decision-making skills, leadership ability and good judgment necessary to become successful adults. Phone: 415-561-3450 E-mail:

  • Greenaction is actively involved in many community environmental health and justice campaigns. We provide skill building programs for youth and adults so communities gain the knowledge and confidence to win victories." 415. 248.5010
  • Hands on San Francisco works with community organizations to create, promote, and lead a range of meaningful group volunteer projects."
  • A Home Away from Homelessness has a volunteer opportunity for students (21 or older) interested in cooking. We have a small after-school program in Upper Ft. Mason for 7-10 high school students. The program is seeking volunteers to help prepare a weekly dinner at our location. We take care of food shopping, etc. There is a fully stocked kitchen and we try and have one student assist with meal preparation. Contact Alyson at 415-561-4621/direct or by email:
  • Homeless Prenatal Program. Seizing the motivating opportunity created by pregnancy and parenthood, HPP joins with families to help them recognize their strengths and trust in their capacity to transform their lives to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. HPP welcomes donation of your time. If you wish to volunteer or have questions about our volunteer opportunities, please contact Rebecca Reiner, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 415-546-6756 x362.
  • The Jewish Home of San Francisco is a not-for-profit, licensed skilled nursing facility and residential community specializing in programs, services, and care for older adults.Contact: 415.334.2500
  • Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) is an urban environmental education and youth empowerment organization created specifically to address the unique ecological and social concerns of Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco, and the surrounding communities of Mission, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley, and Excelsior. (LEJ) provides free hands on educational programs to public schools; and paid youth internships in the areas of environmental health, urban restoration, and food access. For more info on volunteer opportunities, contact or call 415-282-6840.
  • Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly. is a volunteer-based organization providing outreach, advocacy, and companionship to isolated elders. By visiting, socializing, and helping with household tasks, volunteers strive to meet the emotional needs of elders who are without the support of family or friends in the area." 415.771.7957
  • Madonna Residence, St. Anthony Foundation. "Madonna Residence provides secure, comfortable, independent-living, housing and supportive services designed to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of the lowest income women over 60 years of age. Volunteers will provide language translation in Croation, Cantonese, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Slovakian, and Tagalog." 415.592.2866.
  • Network for Good is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the Web to help people get more involved in their communities- from volunteering and donating money, to getting involved with issues they care about. Use the website to find volunteer opportunities that match your interests and geographic location, or search for an organization by name.
  • Since 1985, Project Open Hand has been providing “meals with love” to people living with serious illnesses and to seniors in San Francisco and Alameda County and has served as a model for over 100 organizations all over the world. Questions about Volunteering? Email Volunteer Services or call (415) 447-2404
  • R.O.C.K. Volunteers Real Options for City Kids is a non-profit youth development organization [that] serves girls and boys, ages 7-13 who live in or attend school in San Francisco's Visitation Valley neighborhood. ROCK promotes the healthy development and long-term success through...activities, including sports, learning enrichment and outdoor adventure." 415.333.4001
  • San Francisco Food Bank's mission is to end hunger in San Francisco. It works toward that goal by distributing food and advocating for improvement in government food programs and policies. They rely on volunteers to help sort, package and distribute healthy food to people in need in San Francisco. Click here to find out how you can help! Email Volunteer Coordinator , or call 415-282-1907 x244.
  • San Francisco School Volunteers recruits, trains and links 3,000 community and business volunteers with students in over 100 schools. The organization's innovative programs provide students with the most important service that our overburdened educational system cannot always deliver—one-to-one interaction with an adult." 415.749.3700
  • Seven Tepees Youth Program.Our mission is to work with urban youth to foster the skills they need to make life-long, positive choices and create their own opportunities for success. Need general tutors to help with homework for middle school kids, math and science for highschool age, and mentors over age 21. Tel:415.522.1550
  • St. John's Presbytarian Church. 25 Lake Street. 415-751-9993. We need 20 volunteers every Saturday for the food pantry.
  • Through the power of storytelling, Streetside Stories values and cultivates young people’s voices, fostering educational equity and building community, literacy and arts skills. Volunteers assist our staff in the classroom as auxiliary storytellers, listeners, writing assistants, and mentors. Visit our volunteer page to find out more or call (415) 864-5221.
  • Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, USA is a compassionate relief organization that has currently organized a math tutoring program for children attending John Muir Elementary school a low income public school in the Western Addition district of San Francisco. Tutors work in the classroom and the computer lab. For more information, call 650-619-9792.
  • Uhuru Foods supports the black community's call for a real, lasting peace through shared prosperity and economic development. Uhuru Foods coordinates food booths at Streetfairs and Music Festivals. We also co-sponsor the Uhuru Holiday Pie Campaign, a fundraiser for the African People's Education and Defense Fund. We are organized by the African People's Solidarity Committee, formed to raise funds and win political support for the campaigns and programs of the Uhuru Movement. Contact Bill Canada at 510-759-8154 or Maureen Wagener @ 510-851-4492 to find out about exciting volunteer opportunities.
  • Urban Services YMCA is the social services branch of the YMCA. We serve over 10,000 youth and families every year in SF in a variety of ways: working in after-school programs, assisting in our physical education programs and assisting in our family resource program. Tel:415.292.3026
  • Vision Youthz is a volunteer-based organization with many diverse volunteer roles. We welcome all who wish to contribute their skills, energy, resources and love towards the benefit of youth. Youth development, mentoring, community building, inner awareness, nature immersion." Tel:415.970.2319
  • Volunteer Center The Volunteer Center partners with over 1,500 nonprofits in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. On this site, you are able to search hundreds of local volunteer opportunities throughout the Bay Area - both ongoing opportunities and one-day volunteer events, appropriate for both individuals and groups. You can contact the organizations you are interested in working with directly through this site." Main Office: 415-982-8999 San Mateo County: 650-235-3550
  • The Women's Community Clinic Our mission is to improve health by providing free, respectful, quality care for women, by women. We believe that preventive, educational care is essential to lifelong health and is best achieved in a safe, welcoming environment that encourages women to seek the care they need.WCC, 2166 Hayes #104, SF CA. Tel:415.379.7800.
  • Women's Funding Network The Women's Funding Network is more than 130 organizations that fund women's solutions across the globe. We give women the money and tools to transform their ideas into lasting change -- in every critical area from combating poverty to achieving advances in healthcare, education and human rights.
  • Working Essentials/American Friends Service Committee In order to support unemployed and homeless individuals in their search for employment, we collect items used to prepare for job interviews and distribute these necessities at no cost to job counselors at agencies serving the San Francisco homeless community.
  • YWCA Come Into The Sun Girls Mentorship Program provides "at-risk" girls, and girls caught up in the juvenile justice system, a positive alternative through one-on-one mentorship, tutoring, counseling, community involvement, and photo-journal project." Tel:415.776.2739

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Mentoring sites:

Peer Mentor Resources Best Practices Resources
Forty-seven information categories covering many types of mentoring programs. Check out the Student Mentoring page towards the bottom of the page for information on peer mentoring programs.

International Mentoring Association
This site features newsletter articles on mentoring and information about IMA's yearly conference, as well as links to a variety of mentoring programs.

THE PEER MENTORING PROGRAM, at University of Wisconsin
This is a student-run center in Bolton Hall 192 open to all UWM students. At the Center, specially trained students assist other students with writing, communication, technology, and making the most of the college experience. Please also visit the Peer Mentoring Center page for information about what is happening at the Center.
The Mentoring Leadership and Resource Network
Though focused on mentoring new K-12 teachers, this site contains useful resource links to mentoring projects.

Peer Resources
The web page of the Canadian organization Peer Resources Network that provides support for peer mentoring in schools, communities, and corporations. A fairly comprehensive site that contains some helpful and interesting resource links (see "coaching resources" under What is Coaching? And Other Mentor Links on the Internet).

Muse Peer Mentoring Program
Describes a Peer Mentoring program at San Jose State University.

Peer Mentoring at the Academic Resource Center, Sweet Briar College, Virginia. Describes a Peer Mentoring program at this women's college.

A study of the Effectiveness of Peer Mentoring: Peers as Mentors: Definitions, Critical Structures, and Effectiveness

The Mentoring Center, Oakland, CA. Describes mentoring programs aimed at youth.
Training and CertificationCollege Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Mentor Certification

Tutor training, also relevant and useful for mentors:

CCSF Learning Assistance Centerís on-line tutor training:

Web sites on study skills:
Faculty Mentoring Resources

Peer Resources list of Faculty/Alumni to Student Mentoring programsCSU Northridge Faculty Mentoring Program. Describes Faculty "mentoring-on-the run".Benjamin E. Mays Faculty Mentoring Program . Describes a program that pairs faculty with AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) students at Boston College.

Hostos Community College Mentor Program. Describes a Faculty/Staff Mentoring program for students through the efforts of The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in cooperation with the Office of Academic Advisement.

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Service-Learning sites:

The UCLA Service-Learning Clearinghouse, info from basics to curriculum development to research:

Service-Learning Syllabi:

Campus Compact:

Service-Learning and Faculty Development:

The Civic Work of Diversity, Diversity Digest: AACU, Advancing Diversity in Higher Education

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