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General Information and Referral for San Francisco
Volunteer Organizations

Many opportunities to practice Compassion with "Love in Action"

"The fruit of love is service. Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service."

Computer    Food/Shelter/Clothing    Children/Youth    Education    Health    Developmental Disabilities     Other

One Brick
Non Profit Volunteer organization dedicated to bringing people together to make a difference in our community.
Please see the calendar of events needing volunteers this month
One Brick VolunteersSome examples of our projects include:
• * Sorting food for the community food banks
• * Cleaning up our neighborhood parks
• * Building/cleaning playgrounds for children
• * Staffing aid stations for runs/races
• * Setting up for large banquet fundraisers
• * Renovating and cleaning school grounds
A unique, social and flexible environment that enables people to get involved,
have an impact and have fun, without long-term co

Volunteer Center of San Francisco
1675 California Street
(at Van Ness)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 982-8999

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Computer and High Tech

ACCESS NOW SF Computer Help Days

Access Now Computer Help Days are one day training, advice, and technical support events created to increase
access to computers and the resources of the Internet in low-income and underserved communities in just one day.
Upcoming events

Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT)
2415 Third Street, Suite 230
San Francisco, CA 94107
Ph. 415 701 8CAT (8228)
BAYCAT educates, empowers and employs underserved youth and young adults to produce digital media that tells
their unique stories and engages them to positively transform themselves, their communities and the world.

Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
Bay Area Video Coalition
2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone: 415.861.3282
(BAVC) inspires social change by enabling the sharing of diverse stories through art, education and technology.
Next Gen Youth Programs Providing training for low-income, under-served youth in careers in digital media and technology-related fields

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Project Homeless Connect
Through the dedication and commitment of thousands of volunteers, San Franciscans have shown that they are what makes Project Homeless Connect work.

HOME Away From Homelessness
Marina Boulevard
Fort Mason Center Building 9
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 567-5574
Giving homeless children opportunities for personal and intellectual growth

Rebuilding Together
San Francisco
Pier 28, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
Repairs and renovates low-income housing and community facilities.
If you'd like to know more about volunteering with Rebuilding Together San Francisco, if you're curious about the great community work we're doing or just want more information, please join us for our regular Volunteer Orientations – we hold one every 6 weeks or so. We'll provide light refreshments, give the background and program information about us and share all our volunteer opportunities as well. We also have a specific focus for each one – please RSVP to find out more!

Saint John Coltrane Church
2097 Turk Street
San Francisco CA
(415) 673-7144
Office Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
10 am to 2 pm
Home cooked meals are served to the poor and needy.
Free new and used clothing and shoes for the homeless, unemployed job seekers,
anyone in need.Free Music Lessons and more.
If you would like to contribute to these programs please click donate button to access our volunteer pages. Monetary donations, as well as food, clothes, and toys for our annual toy drive are always greatly needed.

Glide Memorial Church
330 Ellis St.
(at Taylor)
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 771-6300
Offers food, clothing and shelter, as well as education and counseling, all in one location.

Food Runners
2579 Washington St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
The mission of Food Runners is to help alleviate hunger in San Francisco to help prevent
waste and to help create community.
*Pick Up Excess Food From Restaurants *Deliver the Food to Outreach Organizations
*Volunteer as an Individual or With a Group *Make a Difference in Your Neighborhood
Volunteer Today

Meals on Wheels
1375 Fairfax Ave.
(at Mendell)
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 920-1111
Delivers two meals daily to homebound seniors and operates a group lunch facility.

Project Open Hand
730 Polk St.
(between Ellis and Eddy)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 447-2300
Delivers nutritious meals to people with HIV/AIDS.

Raphael House
1065 Sutter St.
(between Hyde and Larkin)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 474-3245
A family homeless shelter with after-care services for families that have moved to permanent housing.

San Francisco Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Ave.
(at 23rd Street) just west of I-280
San Francisco, CA  94107
(415) 282-1900

Cooking for Heart and SoulCooking for Heart and Soul: 100 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes from San Francisco's Top Chefs
A Cookbook to Benefit the San Francisco Food Bank

Although this excellent cookbook is out of print, it is still available new and used from a

St. Anthony Foundation
121 Golden Gate Ave.
(between Jones and Leavenworth)
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 241-2600

Man Behind the MiracleThe Man Behind the Miracle by Madeline Hartmann
This book recounts the life of Fr. Alfred Boeddeker, O.F.M., who at almost 50 took on the greatest undertaking of his life. Fr. Alfred served by caring 'passionately for the poor, the sick, the homeless, the hungry, the unloved, the forgotten' as the founder of St. Anthony's Dining Room and Foundation.
This is the story of his formative years, his family, his education and the charisms that nurtured his success.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Joe Garvey
Volunteer Coordinator
St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco
169 Stillman Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 977-1270

Food, clothing, furniture, transportation and companionship for the needy.

Legal Assistance to the Elderly  ~ Compassionate counsel and free legal services for senior and disabled San Francisco residents.
For San Francisco residents age sixty and over or San Francisco resident age eighteen through fify-nine and disabled.
People with experience in this matters, advanced students or members of the legal profession interested in volunteering should email or call and ask for Howard Levy at Legal Assistence To The Elderly.

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Children and Youth

A Home Within
2500 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
1-888-898-2AHW (2249)
A Home Within is a San Francisco based non-profit that serves the needs of Foster youth by matching them with pro-bono therapists.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
649 Mission Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 503-4050
Provides support services to better the lives of at-risk children and their families.

Children's Council of San Francisco
445 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 276-2900
Provides information and referral services to parents and child care providers on a wide range of child care and children's issues. Conducts workshops for the community about child-care

Experience Corps
Experience Corps® in the Bay Area offers adults over 55 the opportunity to develop caring relationships with children in San Francisco and Oakland through tutoring and mentoring opportunities during and after school.
Members serve at elementary schools and middle schools in the Bayview Hunters Point, Mission, Portola/Excelsior, Richmond, and Sunset districts of San Francisco as well as North and East Oakland.
Eunice Nichols, Project Director
(415) 759-3690

Family Service Agency of San Francisco
Home Office, 1010 Gough Street,
San Francisco, California 94109
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm,
Tel: 415-474-7310, Fax: 415-931-3773,
The mission is To strengthen families by providing caring,
effective human services with a special emphasis
on low-income families, children, the elderly, and the disabled.

Homeless Children's Network
3450 3rd Street
Bldg 1, Unit 1C
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 437-3990
email: info (at)
The goal of this program is to respond to the traumas of homelessness by providing therapy
and case management support to homeless children and their families.

Huckleberry Youth Programs'
San Francisco, CA
415.668.2622 phone
Huckleberry Youth Programs is a community-based agency founded on the belief that adolescence is a turbulent time during which many young people are at risk for life-threatening crises.
These crises include drug and alcohol addiction, physical and sexual abuse,emotional illness,
physical illness (including HIV infection), family breakdown, homelessness, delinquency and suicide.

Larkin Street Youth Center
If you are a young person experiencing or at risk of homelessness,
we are here 24/7 – please call (800) 669-6196
Main Service Hub and Administrative Offices:
134 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 673-0911
Operates from six sites throughout San Francisco, encouraging young people to get beyond street life.

San Francisco Conservation Corps
Fort Mason
(Bldg. 102)
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 928-7322
Empowers young adults and youths through programs for improving academic skills,
job training, environmental awareness and computer literacy.

Street Stories
3130 20th St, Ste 311
San Francisco, California.
(415) 864-5221
Through the power of storytelling, Streetside Stories cultivates young people's voices to develop literacy and arts skills, fosters educational equity, values diversity, and builds community.
Streetside Stories is a nonprofit arts education organization that uses storytelling, creative writing, theatrical improvisation and digital storytelling to help San Francisco and East Bay students develop their reading, writing and oral communication skills. To learn more about opportunities fo volunteer at Street Stories, click here.


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Education Advocacy

San Francisco School Volunteers
727 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
School Volunteers recruits, trains and supports a community of volunteers
who inspire public school students to reach their full potential.

826 Valencia opened its doors to the public in April, 2002. 
And since then has enlisted help from hundreds of qualified volunteer tutors
eager to teach students in the area. Volunteer now »

Minds Matter SF
Minds Matter is a National non profit organization of volunteers that aims
to help high-achieving high school students from low-income
families achieve their dreams of attending college.
Volunteer Information

Science and Health Education Partnership
100 Medical Center Way (Box 0905)
University of California
San Francisco, CA 94143
(415) 476-0300
Provides comprehensive science and health education to students in public schools.

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Free Health Clinics in San Francisco

Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic
Sad to say, the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic,the treatment institution that weathered the end of the Summer of Love and endured for 52 years closed July 2019.
Founded in 1967 by Dr. David E. Smith, the Free Clinics believed that health care is a right, not a privilege and that it should be free at the point of delivery, comprehensive, non- judgmental, demystified, and humane.
It offered it's Free services 9am -9pm. 5 days a week. Primary and specialty care,chiropractic care, health care for the homeless, HIV primary care and case management, HIV risk reduction counseling and testing, pediatrics, podiatry, smoking cessation services,women's health services.

Saint Anthony Free Medical Clinic
105-107 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone #: (415) 241-8320
Map Location
Hours: M, T, Th, F 8am-12pm, 1pm-4:30pm Wed 8am-12pm Offers free drop-in care on a first come, first serve basis with a line forming thirty minutes prior to opening Free health care

San Francisco Free Clinic
4900 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone #: (415) 750-9894
Map Location
(near 11th Ave)Mon-Fri 1:30-pm-4:30pm By appointment Free health care
Uninsured patients only.

The Women's Community Free Clinic
1735 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 379-7800
Most often used services include screening for sexually transmitted infections, routine annual exams, and diagnosis and treatment of gynecological concerns.
For girls and women age 12 and over, from first pelvic exams to post-menopause.
Has a few specialty clinics and a database of referrals to other agencies, but does not offer general medical care for concerns such as colds, back trouble, or diabetes.

Planned Parenthood
815 Eddy St.
(415) 441-5454
(800) 967-7526
Sliding scale fees, MediCal, HAP card, & some private insurance.
GYN, colposcopy, LEEP, prenatal care, abortions, and some primary care and men’s services.

Alzheimer's Association

Arthritis Foundation, Northern California Chapter
Established in 1948, AF is a volunteer-driven, national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for over 120 types of arthritis. Web site includes valuable Tips for Living with Arthritis, available exercise programs, support groups and an excellent Physician Referral List for Bay Area residents.
657 Mission Street,Suite 603
San Francisco, CA  94105-4120
toll free: 800.464.6240
fax: 356.1240
Make a difference! Become an Arthritis Foundation Volunteer!

Family Caregiver Alliance
425 Bush St., Suite 500
(between Grant and Kearny)
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 434-3388
One of the first community-based non profits to address the needs of those who take care of adults with Alzheimer's,stroke and other brain disorders.

Hearing Education for Rockers (H.E.A.R)
San Francisco, CA
Call for appointment:(415) 409-EARS
Fax: 415 409-LOUD
Information and resources on hearing loss, hearing evaluation referrals and assistive listening devices.
A wonderful example of Love in Action plus
by volunteering to help, you are able work off your outstanding parking tickets.
Sure sounds like a good thing to me.

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)
Committed to keeping pets and their companion animals together.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation
995 Market St., Suite 200
(at Sixth St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103
( 415) 487-3000
One of the nation's oldest and most established AIDS organizations

SF Women Against Rape
3543 18th Street, #7
San Francisco, CA 94110
ph. (415) 861-2024
fax (415) 861-2092
SFWAR seeks compassionate people who want to:
* Support survivors of sexual assault
* Challenge all forms of oppression that contribute to sexual assault
* Develop valuable counseling and leadership skills
* Be a part of an inspiring community working for social justice!
Bilingual/Bicultural volunteers especially needed.

Other Rape Hotlines & Information Centers

San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium

United Against Violence

Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse Resource Center (CASARC)
Services for people 17 and under.
Medical treatment, counseling, police report made at center.
415-206-8386 (24-hour hotline, Spanish & Cantonese spoken)

San Francisco Women Against Rape
(24-hour hotline (415) 647-7273,
Spanish & Asian languages spoken

Shanti Project
Volunteer Services
Shanti, 730 Polk Street,
San Francisco, CA 94109

You can make an invaluable difference to an underserved person living with
breast cancer or HIV/AIDS and have your life changed in the process.
Please contact Anne Radl, Shanti Volunteer Coordinator, at 415-674-4712
or by email at

San Francisco Suicide Prevention
For more information on our programs or services,
please call our office at 415-984-l9OO during normal business hours,
or drop us an e-mail.
The 24-hour Crisis line is: 415-781-0500.
The focus of the agency has gradually shifted from strictly
suicide prevention to more general counseling services.
Services are provided 24 hours a day by over 250 trained volunteers
with the supervision of a small multi disciplinary staff.

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Developmental disabilities

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (SFCD)
1663 Mission St., 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

A parent-run San Francisco-based nonprofit organization founded in 1982.
We support families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need as they face challenges.

Creativity Explored
3245 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
phone: (415) 863 2108
fax: (415) 863 1655

Creativity Explored provides a supportive environment for people with developmental disabilities to create visual art to satisfy a basic human need for self-expression, thereby enriching lives and our community.
We strive to heighten awareness and appreciation of the value and diversity of artistic expression, and the significant contributions made by artists with disabilities.

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Other Opportunities to Practice "LOVE IN ACTION"

Community links
Community Land Trust  is a membership-based organization whose mission is to create permanently affordable, resident-controlled housing for low- to moderate-income people in San Francisco through community ownership of the land

Welcome to the web site of the Free Print Shop.FREE CHARTS
You can download eleven charts to help find free food, shelter, medical aid, & help with neighborhood problems in San Francisco. Each of the charts can be downloaded to your computer (and printed if you wish).

Salvation Army

Volunteer MatchVolunteerMatch has 1733 community based organizations in San Francisco, CA looking for Volunteers just like you.



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