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Volunteer Opportunties

Volunteering at a Volunteers of America program gives you the opportunity to help our neighbors in need and be part of the solution. We offer volunteer opportunities for any schedule or commitment level. Nearly every program we offer depends on volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in a program, for an event, or are interested in creating a volunteer day for your colleagues, church or any organization, we can help you find a fun, rewarding opportunity.

Please review our current volunteer opportunities below.

Then continue to the bottom of the page for next steps to volunteering. Thank you in advance for your interest - we can't do this without you!

Greater Sacramento Region Opportunities

  • Senior Safe House

    Preparing, serving, & clean up after meals, changing bed linens, assisting with laundry, running errands, baking, cooking, and more!

  • Senior Safe House Adopt-a-Meal

    Provide a meal for the residents: Bring a complete meal to the Senior Safe House (enough for 10 people)- either prepared or just the ingredients- and prepare it yourself at the House or leave for staff to prepare. (breakfast, lunch, or dinner)

  • Birthday Parties

    Sponsoring a birthday party for the kids at our Family Shelter or our Mather Transitional Housing program is an incredible opportunity to create memories for the kids and families and help provide continuity, joy, and hope in otherwise unsettled and uncertain times. As a sponsor, you would provide the gifts, cupcakes/cake, goody bags, decorations, paper goods, and entertainment/games for the party.

  • Craft Nights at Family Shelter

    The host for these nights can choose virtually any craft to teach the kids how to make. The possibilities are endless! You would provide enough craft supplies for 10 kids and teach them how to make it. Even coloring is very fun for them! Our craft nights are held on Mondays at 6-7pm.

  • Marketing Team

    If you are a graphic designer or photographer we can use your help with our marketing team located at our main offices in Sacramento.

  • Mather Campus Computer Lab

    Assist adult residents at the Mather Community Campus with job searching tasks, such as: Attaching resumes and documents to emails, resetting passwords, revising resumes and cover letters, completing applications online, and creating usernames and passwords for employment profiles. Job search and maintain order and organization in the computer lab.

  • Birthday Party Photographer

    We are looking for someone who would enjoy taking photos at our monthly birthday parties for the kids in our Mather Transitional Housing program. The birthday parties are typically held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6pm-8pm. Requirements: The photographer should enjoy taking photos, enjoy being around children, and has a camera they can use to take the photos (please no cell phone cameras).

Northern Nevada Opportunities

  • Family Shelter

    "Baby Blessings" Sponsor a quarterly baby shower for new and expectant Mothers residing in the Family Shelter. (including games and snacks for about 15 people, shower gifts for the expectant Mothers, and goodie bags for about 10 additional children).

  • Resource Center

    Assist staff at the front desk by greeting visitors, answering telephone calls, and sort mail.

  • Women's Shelter

    Participate in the Golden Tampon Drive during the month of May. Collection drive of feminine hygiene products for women receiving services at VOA.

Bay Area Opportunities

  • Be a Mentor

    Contra Costa County/East Bay Area

    Entering the adult world is scary for anyone. Imagine entering that world unprepared and alone. This is the case for many foster youth, who find themselves focusing on survival and letting their dreams go by the way side. Sometimes being a hero just means being there. Mentors for our foster youth services and spend at least one hour a week to help youth set and achieve goals, be a positive role model and friend, be an education and career advocate, become a permanent connection, change a life and help build a future.

  • The Dream Store

    Contra Costa County/East Bay Area

    Dream Store: Open every other Tuesday, unless otherwise notified. Volunteer shifts are available Tuesdays and the second Saturday of the month. Shifts may vary based on need. Volunteers work as personal shoppers to help foster youth pick out new clothing, shoes, school supplies and other needed items. Volunteers also help sort and organize clothing and other items to keep the store organized. For information on how you can get involved, please contact Tracy Bigelow at

  • Wonderland

    Contra Costa County/East Bay

    Learn more about volunteering with Wonderland by contacting Cynthia Shane Smith at

Step 2: Review our volunteer policies and click below to fill out the volunteer application.

Northern Nevada Volunteers Application

Bay Area Volunteer Application

Sacramento Volunteer Application

Step 3: Schedule a volunteer orientation by emailing:

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Bay Area: