Helping America's most vulnerable.

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.

Step 1: 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 2: Schedule a volunteer orientation by emailing:

Northern Nevada: lgrace@voa-ncnn.org

Bay Area: volunteerbayarea@voa-ncnn.org

Sacramento: eduenas@voa-ncnn.org

Northern Nevada Opportunities

  • Family Shelter

    • Sponsor a monthly birthday party for children residing at the Family Shelter (including games and snacks for about 60 people, birthday presents for the birthday children, and goodie bags for about 50 children).
    • Plan a special activity such as craft night, game night, or holiday party.
    • Participate in Operation Backpack during the months of June and July. (Backpacks filled with school supplies are collected for children served by Family Shelter, ReStart, and WCSD Children in Transition program).

  • Women's Shelter

    (Background check may be required)

    • Help with cleaning activites between 8-10:00 a.m.

  • Men's Shelter

    (Background check may be required)

    • Help with cleaning activities between 8-11:00 a.m.

  • ReStart Programs

    • Clerical assistance including filing, Excel spreadsheets, and transcription (background check required).
    • Accompany ReStart case manager to home visits (Background check required).

  • Resource Center

    • Help staff the Resource Center front desk by greeting visitors, answering telephone calls, and sort mail (Background check required).

  • Collection Drive/ Fundraiser

    • Hold a fundraising event in support of our programs.
    • Hold a collection drive to collect the following items for shelter residents:
      • Toiletries (i.e., deodorant, shampoo, dental hygiene, feminine hygiene, diapers, men's razors and shaving cream, toilet paper)
      • Blankets, gloves, hats and socks during the cold months
      • Used luggage or backpacks (suitcases, backpacks or duffel bags)
      • Crockpots or other household items for family "move out packages"

Bay Area Opportunities

  • Be a Mentor

    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

    Dream Store: Open every Tuesday. 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 children 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 csmith@voa-ncnn.org

  • Join the Development Committee

    Interested in being part of a team? Our development committee is a group of passionate community leaders who help to bring much needed resources to the individuals we serve through fundraising efforts and community engagement activities.

Sacramento Opportunities

  • Senior Safe House

    Sacramento, CA

    Preparing, serving, & clean up after meals; changing bed linens and doing laundry; running errands; baking or making soup or casseroles.

    • The times these are needed are 10:30am-1:30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, and 5pm-8pm Tuesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays.
    • Night shifts midnight-8am helping with food service and cleaning.

  • Senior Safe House Adopt-a-Meal

    Sacramento, CA

    Provide a meal for the residents. Here are some options of how to do this:

    • 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)

    *For example: Buy eggs, ham, hash browns, bread and orange juice, or butter, syrup, and a package of pancake/waffle mix or frozen waffles. Then, drop it off at the Senior Safe House for the staff to prepare, or stay to prepare it yourself at the House and eat with the residents!

    • Restaurant meal ideas: Pick up Subway sandwiches and chips or potato salad, or have Round Table deliver two large pizzas.
    • Gift card ideas: A gift card to the Grocery Outlet, Walmart, Target, or Winco.
    • Meals can be delivered 24/7.
    • Please note: Meals low in salt are ideal.

  • Birthday Parties

    • Hosting a birthday party for the kids at our Family Shelter or Transitional Housing programs 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 host, you would provide the gifts, cupcakes/cake, goody bags, decorations, paper goods, and entertainment/games for the party.
    • There can be anywhere from 3-10 birthday kids with about 40-45 kids at the party.
    • If you are interested in hosting a birthday party, contact Elyse Duenas at eduenas@voa-ncnn.org

  • 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.
    • Please note: We ask that you please choose crafts that do not include paint or items that can stain and be very messy.

  • Adolfo (Former Foster Youth Services)

    • Teach a life skills based workshop once or twice per week. Some examples of class topics could be motivational or public speaking, dance class, budgeting, etc.
    • Be a part of monthly events or projects. Some examples of previous events have been trips to Sky High, mini golf, etc.

  • Options for Recovery

    • Help with childcare while mothers attend classes at our Options for Recovery program.
    • The times this is needed are Thursdays and Fridays 9am-2pm.
    • Volunteers must be age 18 or older.

  • Administrative Offices

    Sacramento, CA

    If you are a graphic designer or have skill and interest in creating graphics for flyers and informational items, we can use your help!

  • 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.
    • Time commitment: 3-7 hours per day, multiple days per week (if possible).