Volunteers serve in every department of Samaritan House including administration, data management, food services, client service assistance, marketing and financial empowerment. We would not be able to fulfill our mission without the wonderful support of our dedicated volunteers.
Our core hours for volunteering are Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm. We have very limited weekend opportunities – check below for possibilities. We require a longer term commitment of at least 3 months service with us. We do not offer one-time opportunities, except for groups.
Volunteers can serve alone if they are 18 and older or between 16-18 years old with a signed parental permission slip. Volunteers between 12-16 years old can volunteer in some of our programs, but only if they are accompanied by a parent.
If you are interested, we will try to match you with an available opportunity you will enjoy. Current openings are shown below.
We do not accept Court Ordered Community Service volunteers.
MOST NEEDED: Doctors, Dentists, Spanish translators, Pantry and Kitchen helpers, Facilities volunteers, Data entry, Kids Closet helpers.
Dentists and Doctors are needed to help in our two free medical clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City. You must be currently licensed to practice in the state of California. Days, times, and shift lengths are flexible.
Doctors: Apply Here
Dentists: Apply Here
Nurse practitioners, nurses, physician’s and medical assistants, and dental hygienists work in our two free medical clinics. You must be currently licensed to practice in the state of California. Days, times, and shift lengths are flexible.
Nurses and Nurse Practitioners: Apply Here
Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants: Apply Here
Medical Assistants and Physician’s Assistants: Apply Here
We also need volunteer Spanish translators as well as Dental and Medical Clinic Administration Assistants to help in the clinics. Apply Here
Kitchen Food Preparation – Help us prepare the 500+ hot meals we supply to the community every day. Two-hour shifts. Openings on Tuesday through Friday 9am-12 and Friday afternoon 1-4pm. Apply Here
Pantry – Sort donated food, pack grocery bags and help clients shop in our food pantry. We give out more than 50,000 bags of groceries each year. Three-hour shifts are available. Multiple openings are available Monday through Friday between 9am-12 and from 1-4pm. And there is a limited opportunity for Saturday 9am-12. Apply Here
Family Harvest – Help distribute fresh produce and groceries to our clients on the third Friday of each month from 2-5pm. The distribution is held at an off-site location in San Mateo. This is a good opportunity for children and families to work together after school. Apply Here
Kid’s Closet – Help our clients shop for gently used and new clothes and shoes in our free children’s clothing store. Sort and accept donations from the community. We are currently looking for volutneers to work in a new shift on Friday: 1 – 4pm. Apply Here
Administration and Client Services
Client Services Assistants are needed to work our front desk, to greet clients and conduct phone interviews. Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese speakers are a plus. Shifts are between 9am-12 and 1-4pm. Multiple days and times available. Apply Here
Administrative Assistants help us with a variety of tasks to keep Samaritan House running smoothly. You could assist with data entry, greeting the public, training volunteers, and a variety of other jobs. Shifts are between 9am-12 and 1-4pm. Multiple days and times available. Apply Here