VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS & GROUPS

Make a tangible impact on the families we serve. 

 

Volunteer Opportunities


 The Brandeis School of San Francisco presents Compass Family Services with a donation and a presentation on family homelessness and Compass' work.

The Brandeis School of San Francisco presents Compass Family Services with a donation and a presentation on family homelessness and Compass' work.

FUNDRAISE AT YOUR SCHOOL

Help us raise money for the homeless and at-risk families that don’t have a warm bed to sleep in at night, sufficient food and water and basic household necessities.

How to begin: 

  1. Reach out to your fellow philanthropy chair, teachers, and/or parents and let them know that you’re interested in raising money for Compass Family Services.
  2. Introduce them to Compass Family Services! Here's everything you need to know and use to spread the word:
  3. Present at your school and don’t forget to invite Compass!
  4. Please send any donations to:

49 Powell Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102


 Volunteers helping parents and children pick out costumes at our annual Halloween Costume Giveaway hosted by Microsoft.

Volunteers helping parents and children pick out costumes at our annual Halloween Costume Giveaway hosted by Microsoft.

HELP WITH SCANNING AND ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS

We could use all the help we can get to scan paper, keep our database updated and our offices organized. 

What the opportunity entails: 

  • Scanning, filing and shredding paper files
  • Updating our database and forms
  • Data entry, spreadsheets and compiling information
  • Mailing, which includes labeling, stuffing, sealing and stamping
  • Collecting corporate donations and distributing to Programs
  • Sorting and organizing donations

Requirements:

  • Once a week for 2-3 hours
  • Availability during business hours
  • 3-6 month commitment
  • Clear background check

HOST A DRIVE

Help our families meet basic needs by hosting a drive to collect supplies. Our most needed items are travel-sized toiletries, new socks and underwear and grocery store gift cards. 

WHAT TO COLLECT

Clothing: 

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Socks (must be new)
  • Underwear (must be new)

Toiletries (Ideally travel-sized):

  • Shampoo
  • Bar Soap
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Hair conditioner
  • Hand/Body Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Toilet Paper
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Razors
  • Aftershave lotion
  • Diapers

Other: 

  • Car seats/strollers (must be new)
  • Toys, arts and craft supplies
  • School supplies/books
  • Canned food items

WHERE TO DROP IT OFF

For all toiletries, clothing, canned food items and hygiene donations:

Compass Family Resource Center
995 Market Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Mon / Wed / Thu / Fri
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tue
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For all diapers, strollers, car seats, toys, arts and crafts supplies, and books:

Compass Children’s Center
144 Leavenworth Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Mon – Fri
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Yammer employees host and prepare a hygiene drive for Compass families.

Yammer employees host and prepare a hygiene drive for Compass families.

 Samantha Grier from Caring for Children takes a group photo after collecting teddy bears for Compass children.

Samantha Grier from Caring for Children takes a group photo after collecting teddy bears for Compass children.


 BlackRock employees helping our students at Compass Children's Center learn gardening.

BlackRock employees helping our students at Compass Children's Center learn gardening.

FULFILL AN AMAZON WISH LIST

Help families immediately by fulfilling a program or classroom wish list. All items on our wish lists are items that a family needs or an item that will be used to help continue services for families.

Compass Family Shelter's wish list


 

HELP SERVE SUNDAY DINNER 

Help serve Sunday dinner at Compass Family Shelter. Each Sunday, Sherif Israel Synagogue cooks and delivers a Sunday meal for our families and we would love your help! 

Time & Location:
Sundays
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Compass Family Shelter
626 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Dates: Sunday dinner dates

Guidelines:

  • Maximum of 4 volunteers per dinner. 
  • To sign up, contact nnguyen@compass-sf.org.
 Compass Family Shelter volunteer serving Thanksgiving dinner.

Compass Family Shelter volunteer serving Thanksgiving dinner.


 
 Twitter employees help paint a map to guide clients on the different districts in San Francisco.

Twitter employees help paint a map to guide clients on the different districts in San Francisco.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING WORKSHOP VOLUNTEER NEEDED

Program:
The Housing Outreach team helps homeless families find, obtain and maintain housing.

We run a workshop every Monday and Friday from 10:30-12 for homeless families who want to apply to affordable housing wait lists and lotteries. Families can drop in during that time and get help identifying opportunities and filling out applications. We are looking for a volunteer who can commit to coming to the workshop each week and, with the support of our staff, talk with clients about what they are interested in and help with any questions that arise on the applications. We also would love help researching and keeping tabs on new affordable housing opportunities that arise so that we can include those in our workshop too. No knowledge of affordable housing applications needed - we can train you! We do, however, need someone who is comfortable talking to a wide range of people and who is good with details.

Responsibilities:

  • Help clients figure out which available housing opportunities fit their needs
  • Answer clients’ questions while filling out applications
  • Conduct research for new openings/wait lists
  • Maintain and organize applications for future workshops

Requirements:

  • Clear background check
  • 2-4 hrs/wk, 10 am-12 pm on Mondays and/or Fridays
  • 3-6 month commitment

 

SKILLED PHOTOGRAPHER NEEDED

Program: 
Twitter NeighborNest is a family-friendly technology learning center with a mission of creating new possibilities by cultivating digital literacy and a love for knowledge.

Help capture candid, high-quality photos of our clients participating in groups, classes and other activities at the NeighborNest. We would like to use these photos in our promotional materials (flyers, Compass website, and social media) to help spread the word about what we do at the NeighborNest.

Requirements:

  • 2-4 hours/month
  • Ideally, the volunteer would come to each class once or twice to take photos with a DSLR and then do some post-processing/editing of the photos. 

Group/class programming takes place on the following days/times:

  • Mondays, 10-11 am (music class)
  • Tuesdays, 10-11am (story hour & craft time)
  • Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am (baby class)
  • Thursdays, 5-6:30 pm (computer class)
  • Thursday, every other month, 5:30-7pm (movie night)
 Silver City Bound performs for families at the Twitter NeighborNest.

Silver City Bound performs for families at the Twitter NeighborNest.


 

VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS

For more information on our group volunteer events throughout the year, please click here.

*Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!