LDP Volunteer Get Involved
By Bryan Garza on April 06, 2017
In addition to making a positive difference in the community, volunteering is an excellent way to team-build with members of your UCSF organization. Volunteers can learn important skills like teamwork, personal development, and leadership while giving service.
Please see our list of local volunteer opportunities below:
San Francisco Surfrider hosts multiple beach cleanups each month at Ocean Beach and Baker Beach. Volunteers are our greatest asset. And all you have to do is show up! https://sf.surfrider.org/what-we-do/beach-cleanups/SF-Marin Food Bank
From their pantry network and home-delivered groceries, to nutrition-education classes and food-stamp enrollment, SF Marin Food Bank works in many ways to nourish and empower neighbors in need. From the south-east corner of San Francisco to the farthest points in West Marin, the Food Bank is a vital lifeline. Food makes it possible for kids to learn, for adults to focus better at work, and for seniors to stay healthy and active. https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/Habitat for Humanity
The Hands On Deck group is made up of Habitat Greater San Francisco’s newest on-call volunteers. In order to stay on track with our mission goals, we strive to keep all volunteer slots full. We count on Hands on Deck members to fill any last minute slots. https://www.habitatgsf.org/get-involved/volunteerProject Open Hand
Nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to critically ill neighbors and seniors. Our food is like medicine, helping clients recover from illness, get stronger, and lead healthier lives. https://www.openhand.org/volunteer/volunteer-san-francisco/volunteer-group-san-franciscoGLIDE Daily Free Meals Program
The Volunteer Resource Program at GLIDE places about 10,000 volunteers each year, totaling 65,000 hours of service. Serving a meal in the Daily Free Meals Program is a transformative experience. This program requires 85 volunteers each day to fill the breakfast, prep, lunch and dinner shifts, 364 days a year. With your help we can serve approximately 2,000 meals per day to our community. Volunteers assist with everything from serving food, to bussing tables, to handing out silverware and condiments. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and make some beautiful human connections!
Located in the Tenderloin, St. Anthony Foundation lifts the spirits of the neighborhood by serving hot meals daily and providing clothing to those in need. As a volunteer, you can assist by sorting clothing or serving food in the dining room and interacting with members of the community. The dining room is a warm, welcoming environment, and the opportunity to share a meal with and listen to the amazing stories of those around you is an unparalleled experience. https://www.stanthonysf.org/
Bring your team out for a service project on Mount Sutro to discover and contribute to this one-of-a-kind open space in the heart of San Francisco. Work with our team on conservation, nursery, and trail projects to accomplish meaningful work outside of the office. Receive guidance from our staff and crew leaders for a safe and rewarding experience. https://www.sutrostewards.org/corporate-groups
– Project Homeless Connect welcomes volunteer groups of all shapes and sizes at our large-scale service events. Holding 5 events annually, we need more than 700 volunteers and more than 50% of all volunteers attend through a partnering group. A number of our volunteer opportunities allow volunteer groups to work together as a team! https://www.projecthomelessconnect.org/
Since it opened in 1989, the Ronald McDonald House has created a supportive, safe space for the families of critically ill children. The organization’s mission is to provide a home away from home for families as their children receive treatment at a nearby hospital. There are multiple volunteer options, including serving food at the monthly Parent Support Event or delivering refreshments and treats to families at their child’s side in the hospital through the Child’s Bedside Program.
Ronald McDonald House, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, 1975 4th St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 476 9000 http://www.rmhc.org/
In order to keep San Francisco beautiful and the air clean, Friends of the Urban Forest dedicate themselves to the upkeep of the city’s green infrastructure by planting and caring for the trees and gardens that line the streets. The organization and volunteers have planted over 50,000 trees in the city. Whether you volunteer for a single day or you become a regular contributor, FUF encourages you to get involved in planting and caring for the trees, facilitating community outreach, and advocating for the cause. Friends of the Urban Forest, 1007 General Kennedy Ave, Ste 1, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 561 6890 https://www.fuf.net/
The Special Olympics program has become one of the most successful sports organizations worldwide, providing many opportunities for volunteers. The organization allows children and adults with intellectual disabilities to engage in sporting events. Anyone 14 or older can become involved with coaching, managing games and events, fundraising, and much more. It is a great opportunity to give back to the community and make amazing new friends.
Special Olympics Northern California, 3480 Buskirk Ave, #340 Pleasant Hill, CA, USA +1 925 944 8801 https://www.sonc.org/
Provides a free, searchable database of non-profit organizations and allows you to search by cause type (arts & culture, children & youth, health & medicine, and many more). To find opportunities for groups, go to the search page and click the “groups” filter option on the left hand side. https://www.volunteermatch.orgHandsOn Bay Area
An organization connecting individuals and companies to local Bay Area non-profit organizations for individual or group volunteering. HandsOn Bay Area provides a searchable calendar for volunteer activities, including those for groups. To sign up for an opportunity using the calendar, you must pay a fee of $5 per volunteer. They also provide comprehensive planning for group volunteering events at a fee of approximately $80-90 per volunteer. Please contact us if you are interested in this option and we can help connect you. https://www.handsonbayarea.org/The Volunteer Center
Provides a list of organizations within San Francisco and San Mateo counties that accept corporate volunteer groups. http://www.thevolunteercenter.net/