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The Volunteer Center Serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Founded in 1946, The Volunteer Center serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties assists over 2,000 nonprofit agencies, numerous city government agencies, over 250 corporations and over fifteen thousand volunteers annually. In addition to advertising volunteer opportunities, The Volunteer Center assists nonprofit agencies and corporations to manage volunteer programs and create volunteer events. Other programs of The Volunteer Center encourage youth volunteering and service learning; place disabled people in supported volunteer positions; assist organizations, including San Francisco City government, to use volunteers in the event of a disaster; and help nonprofit organizations attract qualified and diverse board members.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000

Geographic areas served: San Francisco and San Mateo Counties and the Bay Area

Programs: Volunteers:
From mentoring to serving food in a shelter, wherever your interests lie, there are volunteer jobs to match. Partnering with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, more than 1,000 opportunities are accessible to volunteers of all ages looking for on-going commitments or one-time jobs.

Access our vast array of recruitment resources, and consulting and training services to support your work with volunteers. And by joining the Nonprofit Volunteer Leaders Council, you’ll find networking connections across sectors, discounts and management resources, among the many benefits of this professional affiliation.

Share resources with our network of business leaders, stay ahead of trends and find the help you need to make a positive impact in the community. And by joining the Bay Area Corporate Volunteer Council, you’ll have access to additional support, benefits and services to develop and maintain an outstanding employee volunteer program.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

I worked with The Volunteer Center to promote The Board Match Event. During my two months there, I was impressed with their event planning skills. With minimal resources, this seasoned team of four pulled off a very well organized event. Despite rain, a volunteer hiccup, and a location change results indicate that there were several potential matches made.

As a volunteer, I felt the team delegated jobs with clear instruction, provided room for creativity, looked for projects that fit my growth goals, worked well to solve unexpected problems under pressure, and constantly solicited feedback on how to improve the event.

I would work with them again in a heartbeat!