Samaritan House is working to create more opportunities for parents with young children and teens 16 and older. Children must be 12 or older to volunteer. Children 12 through 15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian. Teens 16 though 17 can volunteer individually with a parental permission slip in some programs. Anyone 18 or older can volunteer without a parental permission slip.

Parents can not apply on behalf of their children for volunteering or community service.

See some possible opportunities that you could help with if we have available openings.


  • Deliver Mobile Meals This is a great opportunity for parents with young children to perform direct service for our clients and create an understanding of community service. Your two person team will collect pre-packed meal servings from our Kitchen and drive them to clients who otherwise would not be able to get to one of our meal services. You can collect the meals from our Kitchen any time Monday-Friday between 2:30-4:00 pm, and the routes take between 1 and 1.5 hours to complete. The regular shift can be a weekly or bi-weekly commitment. We are currently looking teams of volunteers to help us on several weekdays approximately two times a month.  
  • Serve Meals in our Dining Room in downtown San Mateo – We may have a few openings for youth volunteers (preferably aged 14 and over) who must be accompanied by a parent to serve at our Dining Room. We have a few days available which can be scheduled either weekly, biweekly or monthly. Service is located offsite on Monday-Friday from 4:00-6:30 pm.
  • Pack Pantry bags – Parent and child teams of volunteers help to fill brown grocery bags with supplies to give to our clients when our Pantry opens. Saturdays and Sundays 9-12 noon at our main site. Spaces for this role are very limited so please check in to see if we have vacancies.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please Apply Here and explain what is your preferred volunteer role.

You can also think about supporting us with other options such as:

  • Run a donation drive – Samaritan House is in great need of all sort of items to help our clients. You can find the items that we are most in need of listed on our Wish List page and then check out our Drives page and see how easy it is to help.
  • Run a “sponsor me” event – swim, walk, run, bake, complete chores etc. to raise money to donate to Samaritan House. We will acknowledge your time involved as volunteer hours. Tell us if you are interested in doing this when you apply and we can send you some materials to advertise your event.


School or College Community Service Hours

We do not accept Court Ordered, Parole or Probation Community Service at Samaritan House.

If you are interested in completing Community Service for your school, we require a minimum of 20 hours of service from you – either by volunteering with us or coordinating a drive or “sponsor me” event for us. To make a start, Apply Here.