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, Parole or Probation Community Service volunteers. 

MOST NEEDED: Financial Empowerment Volunteers, Doctors, Dentists, Spanish Translators and ESL Teachers, Facilities Volunteers.

Current Openings:

Financial Empowerment Volunteers

Join our Financial Empowerment program and help our clients become more financially stable.

For Financial Coaching volunteering – learn more and apply here.

Medical Volunteers

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, Pharmacists and Optometrists: 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

Food Pharmacy Volunteers: Our Redwood City Clinic is in need of volunteers to help in the new Food Pharmacy on Wednesday. Shifts are available in the morning (10:30-12:30) and the afternoon (1-4). Morning volunteers will help unload and pack the delivered food and generally prepare the pantry. Afternoon volunteers would help clients with their food prescriptions. Volunteers who can speak Spanish are preferred for the afternoon shift and will receive some nutritional training before they start so they can advise clients as needed.

We also need volunteer Spanish translators as well as Dental and Medical Clinic Administration Assistants to help in the clinics. Apply Here

Food Services

Kitchen Food Preparation – Help us prepare the 600+ hot meals we supply to the community every day. Three-hour shifts. Limited openings are available Monday 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. Limited openings are available Monday through Friday between 9am-12 and from 1-4pm. Apply Here

Family Harvest – Help distribute fresh produce and groceries to our clients on the third Friday of each month from 3:30-5:30pm. The distribution is held at an off-site location in San Mateo. This is a good opportunity for children over 12 and their families to work together after school. Apply Here

Children’s Services

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 volunteers to work in existing shifts on Monday afternoons (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. 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

Worker Resource Center

ESL teachers are needed to help our clients at the Worker Resource Center improve their English skills. Spanish speakers are preferred. Apply Here


Facilities Assistants are needed to help our Facilities Manager maintain our multiple buildings across San Mateo County. The shifts are on an “as needed” basis, so if you are handy and have some flexiblity in your schedule Apply Here

On Call Drivers – from time to time we need additional help with collections or deliveries. If you are interested in this role, and are happy to be contacted when needed, please email Rosie Coleridge to learn more.