Volunteering

On the Web
Volunteer Match

Connecting good people with good local causes. Hundreds of listings.

HandsOn Bay Area

More than 80 volunteer projects to join. Sign up required and activation fee suggested ($10 for ages 13-15; $25 if 16 and older). Fee waivers available.

Youth Service America

Hosts an annual Global Youth Service Day every April. Check out tools to help you develop service projects from start to finish. Create a project and share it across the globe!

Idealist

Thousands volunteer opportunities, internships, and jobs in socially conscious organizations. Search by city and area of interest.

Find Internships

Find summer and year-round internships at corporations, non-profits, and government agencies. Note: mainly for college students, but some opportunities are designated for high school students. Search by state or job category.

Around the Bay
24 Hour Oakland Parent Teacher Children's Center

Homeless Shelter. 4700 International Blvd., (510) 534-6030

Alameda County Community Food Bank

7900 Edgewater Drive, (510) 635-3663 x 308 or email: volunteer@accfb.org

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

2025 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2900 x 5
or email: volunteer@berkeleyrep.org

Boys & Girls Club

Various locations, call (510) 444-8211 for info

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., (510) 336-7329

City of Alameda Recreation & Parks Teen Volunteer Program

2263 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, (510) 747-7554

Girls Inc.

510 16th St., Suite 100, Oakland, (510) 357-5515 x 220

Hayward Public Library

Various locations, (510) 293-8685

Lawrence Hall of Science

University of California Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science #5200, (510) 642-7723

OBUGS Gardens

1724 Mandela Parkway #1, Suite 8, (510) 465-4660

Oakland SPCA

8323 Baldwin St., (510) 563-4639

Oakland Youth Chorus

685 14th St., (510) 287-9700 x100

Oakland Zoo

9777 Golf Links Rd., (510) 632-9525

San Leandro Public Library

300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, (510) 577-3955

SF Jazz Organization

201 Franklin St., San Francisco, (415) 788-7353 or email: volunteer@sfjazz.org

Super Stars Literacy

Get trained to tutor K-2nd grade students. Email: volunteer@superstarsliteracy.org or call (510) 777-0870

Oakland Public Library

Many branches offer volunteer opportunities for teens. Ask a staff member or download a teen volunteer application here.

Oakland Adopt a Spot Program

Help beautify Oakland parks, creeks, and streets.
250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5301, (510) 238-7630

 

Children’s Creativity Museum

C.I.T.Y. Teen Program, 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco, (415) 820-3344

The MOSAIC Project

MOSAIC's Youth Leadership Program trains teen volunteers -- age 15 and older -- to work with 4th and 5th graders in an outdoor-based diversity program.
580 Grand Avenue, Suite 303, Oakland, (510) 452-3377

Student Conservation Association

For high school students (age 15-19) who are passionate about conservation. Join a school-year or summer crew to sustain the environment and improve the health of your city. Apply online or email: SCABayArea@theSCA.org.

MOCHA

The Oakland Museum of Children's Art recruits teen volunteers to assist with art programs in the Library. Seasonal. 1625 Clay Street, Oakland. To find out more call (510) 987-8560.

Community Reading Buddies at Aspire

Are you in 7th grade or higher? Become a reading mentor for younger children through Aspire's Community Reading Buddies program. Contact Camille Peters at (510) 658-7500.

Reading Partners

Are you age 14 or older? Reading Partners connects volunteers with struggling readers to help students build strong literacy skills, gain confidence, and discover a passion for reading. Various Bay Area locations. Apply online, or call (510) 444-9800.

The Unity Council

Children, teens and young adults are encouraged to become volunteers at The Unity Council! Volunteers make a lasting impact through service projects, office administration, and can help put on awesome events like the annual Dia de los Muertos. Apply here.

1900 Fruitvale Ave, Suite 2A, (510) 535-6900. Or email: volunteer@unitycouncil.org