About Us

The Volunteer Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting volunteerism in the San Francisco East Bay Area. Our primary goal is to expand service to meet the needs of our local communities. We have 600 nonprofit and public partners that rely on us to recruit the volunteers they need to fulfill 1,200+ volunteer opportunities. Every year over 15,000 people answer the call and connect with volunteer opportunities through our services.

The Volunteer Center is an affiliate of the Hands On Network.

Our Programs

Board Link

Serving on a nonprofit board of directors is a way to offer significant support to the causes most important to you. Our Board Link program connects volunteers with board positions in the East Bay.

East Bay Business Volunteer Council (BVC)

The Business Volunteer Council (BVC) is a coalition of East Bay businesses sharing a common interest in workplace volunteering and community engagement.

Disaster Response

Our Disaster Response program provides an avenue for the public to help with relief and recovery efforts after a catastrophic event.

Family Volunteering

Family volunteering strengthens families and strengthens our community. We’ve collected resources to help your family get involved.

Holiday Programs

During the holidays, our Center helps community members locate toy and food drives, sponsor-a-family programs and holiday-related volunteer activities.

Know How Network

The Know How Network recruits volunteers ages 55+ with marketing, human resources, technology, and other expertise to help nonprofits with high-impact, short-term projects.

Operation Welcome Home

Operation Welcome Home is a new program designed to give extra support to nonprofit organizations that serve veterans.

Student Volunteering

Our Student Volunteering program makes it easy to find local service opportunities available to students ages 13-17. We also publish a monthly youth project e-bulletin.

AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Program

Our staff recruits and trains AmeriCorps members in the best practices of volunteer recruitment and management. AmeriCorps members are then placed within nonprofit organizations that serve low-income children and families to increase the capacity of existing volunteer programs.

Volunteer Management Training for Nonprofits

Center staff supports our nonprofit and public partners by providing training and technical assistance in volunteer management.

Week of Caring

Civic-minded business groups can sign up for Week of Caring and join the 3,200+ employees we match with volunteer projects every September.