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Giving back to our community is a job each of us needs to do more often, an very important role to teach our children to take on, and a wonderful way to spend quality family time together.

Find ways to help people in need, plant trees, provide computers and/or technical knowledge, or beautify schools and playgrounds by giving a day to San Francisco.

Food Pantry Volunteering
Food Pantry volunteers help distribute food to 100+ low to moderate income families every Wednesday from 1pm-5pm with a break from 2-3, beginning January 4. Task include: Greeting residents, Lifting boxes, sorting food, distributing food. Volunteer dates are ongoing through the year.
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10 Great Volunteer Ideas for Teens 

Now might be the ideal time to set yourself up for next year's job. But you have to be willing to volunteer part-time in your community. Unpaid work can help you learn new skills, understand more about the workplace, and -- best of all -- give you something to point to when you're looking for a paid job in the future. Check out our great list of volunteer opportunities. Then scope out the possibilities in your own community.

Tips for Volunteers! 


Internship Opportunities
• WHOmentors.com, Inc .

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SF Park Work Days
Meet your neighbors and help spruce up your local park or any park in the City.  Help garden, clean and repair items.  You can find the complete schedule of park workdays and contact  information on their website.

Community Service Opportunities
• Food Runners—pick up food from a business or restaurant and deliver to a shelter
Project Open Hand—serve food and deliver to individual homes
Hands On Bay Area—a variety of activities to choose from
• One Warm Coat—start your own coat drive or contribute to another one
• San Francisco Bay Area Volunteer Information Center—view a hot list of opportunitites
• The Volunteer Center—serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties 
• SFheart.com –find a variety of volunteer organizations 

Give Your Love to Others and Lend a Hand

This is a good time to remind ourselves, and teach our kids, about the importance of giving back to our community all year long. There are many ways your family can help others who need a little extra help or love.

Here are a few ideas:
• Families can join SF Recreation & Parks Dept. or the Neighborhood Parks Council to beautify our parks and do some planting. Sign up for a project by calling (415) 831-6328.
• Sort canned food at the SF Food Bank.

• Interested in how President Obama views the importance of service and how he intends to encourage more participation in service projects? Read here.  

Service Learning in Our Schools

Read about how implementing a service-learning project at Horace Mann Academic Middle School benefited the school and the community.

ServiceLearning.org has a great web page with resources for elementary, middle, and high school students as well as sections for K–12 teachers, college students, and parents.

Encouraging Kids to Volunteer

Volunteering with children is a great way to help them learn about giving back. Children learn valuable skills while “on the job.” Read more from CompassionateKids.com.

SFkids Tips

When choosing a volunteer opportunity, it's important to consider the following:

  • Your Child's/Family Interests
  • Your Interests
  • Your Child's Abilities
  • Your Abilities
  • Location, Frequency, and Duration
  • Staff Attitude
  • How long of a commitment?
  • What ages will an organization accept?


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Web Links

Other Resources and Ideas About How to Give Back

  • HandsOnBayArea.org offers listings of volunteering opportunities. They have a monthly Good for Families Newsletter listing family-friendly opportunities. Check out their Good for Families Guide.
  • TheVolunteerCenter.net also has listings of opportunities and has a great Guide for Youth Volunteer Opportunities. The Volunteer Center website is also translated into Spanish.
  • Dosomething.org offers ideas of ways to change your life or someone else’s. Find out the how, where, when, and why you should volunteer.
  • Feed the hungry: The "Free Eats Chart," which is downloadable in Spanish or English at freep.org, lists agency kitchens that you may be able to help.
  • Donate items such as blankets, food, toys, or coats to any of the special-need drives or a shelter. Or, get creative and make a gift pack of helpful toiletries. See a resource put out by Golden Gate Mother's Group that lists organizations that accept baby clothing and gear.
  • Help at the SF Food Bank: Sort food to help process donations.
  • Be a Food Runner: It only takes one hour to pick up food from local restaurants and deliver it to shelters. 
  • VolunteerMatch.org is a website that lets you search for volunteer opportunities that are kid-, teen-, or group-friendly.
  • Points of Light Foundation is an online national network of volunteer centers.


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