Volunteering

On the Web
Volunteer Match

Connecting good people with good local causes. Hundreds of local listings and virtual opportunities available.

Youth Service America

Check out tools to help you develop service projects from start to finish. Create a project and share it across the globe! Grant funding available.

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
HandsOn Bay Area

Get connected to local volunteer projects. Sign up and $25 activation fee required; fee waivers available.

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Sort and pack food at their Oakland warehouse.

Boys & Girls Club

Various Clubhouse locations in East and West Oakland

Chabot Space and Science Center

Year-long Galaxy Explorers program for high school students

City of Alameda Recreation & Parks

Summer Teen Volunteer Program for incoming 6th to 12th graders. $50 application fee required.

Lawrence Hall of Science

Volunteering opportunities for students entering 9th grade or above. Applications available in February for summer program

East Bay SPCA

Opportunities for youth ages 8 and up. Week-long programs and single day community service available. Scholarships available. 

Oakland Youth Chorus

Single afternoon and weekly service opportunities available, most on-site and some remote

Oakland Zoo

Internships and summer volunteer programs available, ages 13 and up.

San Leandro Public Library

Volunteer during the school-year or summer, or join a Teen Advisory Group.

East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC)

 

Anyone, at almost any age, can be a volunteer at EOYDC. 

Super Stars Literacy

Get trained to tutor K-2nd grade students.

Gardens at Lake Merritt

Join garden work days regularly throughout the month, gloves and tools provided.

  • Address: 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Oakland Adopt a Spot Program

Help beautify Oakland parks, creeks, and streets.

The MOSAIC Project

MOSAIC's Youth Leadership Program trains teen volunteers -- at least 15 years old and a sophomore in high school -- to work with 4th and 5th graders in an outdoor-based diversity program.

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.

Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA)

From preparing art materials to assisting with special events.

  • Address: 1221 Broadway LL-49, Oakland
  • Phone: (510) 465-8770 ext. 101
  • Email: museum@mocha.org
Aspire Education

Are you in 7th grade or higher? Become a reading mentor for younger children.

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.

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.

  • 1900 Fruitvale Ave, Suite 2A, Oakland
  • Phone: (510) 535-6900
Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Volunteers assist customers, stock shelves, create displays, and accept donations.

Oakland LGBTQ+ Center

Volunteer for specific programs or general administrative tasks.

Phat Beets Produce

Sign up for their volunteer list to help out with their edible park, packing CSA boxes, outreach, and more.

Planting Justice

RSVP to volunteer at their Oakland nursery, Monday-Saturday anytime 10am-4pm.

  • Address: 319 105th Avenue, Oakland
Project Open Hand

Help sort and pack food, or lend a hand during special events. Must commit to 40 hours during one semester and be at least 15 years old.

UCSF Children's Hospital Oakland

High School Summer Volunteer Program for 16 and 17 year olds, gain experience in a hospital setting.

Uhuru Food & Pies

Volunteer to bake pies, work at Uhuru Markets, or assist in other ways!

Scraper Bike Team
Prisoners Literature Project

Always looking for volunteers to help answer letters, send out books, learn more about the prison system, and assist in other ways. Volunteers ages 10-15 are OK with parent or guardian overseeing work.

  • Address: 2022 Blake Street, Berkeley