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, Kids Closet Volunteers, Food Pharmacy Volunteers, Doctors, Dentists, Facilities Volunteers, Spanish Translators at our clinics.

Current Openings:

Financial Empowerment Volunteers

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

For VITA Tax Assistance volunteering between February and April – learn more and apply here.

For Financial Coaching volunteering – learn more here and apply here.

Medical and Dental Volunteers

Help us 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. We have volunteer Doctors, Pharmacists, Optometrists, Physician’s Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Medical Assistants, Dietitians, Mental Health Professionals as well as Clinical Administrators and Interpreters. We are also expanding our Food Pharmacy Services to help our diabetic and pre-diabetic patients control their disease with a better diet.

We provide free dental care to our clients in need at our clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City. You must be a currently licensed to practice in the state of California. Again, shifts are flexible and we are looking for Dentists, Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists.

If you are interested in helping in either of the medical or dental clinics, please Apply Here and tell us how you can be involved.

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. 

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.

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.

Mobile Meals Drivers – we would love help delivering meals to some of our client’s residences in and around San Mateo. The route is ideal for a team of 2 and normally takes about an hour and a half to complete depending on traffic. You must be able to collect food from our Kitchen on Pacific Blvd, between 2:30 and 4pm. We have some openings on various weekday afternoons and would require you to commit to a regular schedule.

Safe Harbor Shelter Dinner Servers – If you are 18 or older, you could help us as a meal server at our Safe Harbor Shelter in South San Francisco. Safe Harbor provides transitional housing for up to 100 adult individuals. Shift times are 5pm – 6:30pm. We have a few openings available Monday – Friday. Please note, under 18s are not able to do this role.

Food Pharmacy Assistants – we are looking for two or three volunteers to help set up our Food Pharmacy at our San Mateo Clinic on Wednesday mornings. Our Food Pharmacy helps pre-diabetic and diabetic patients manage their symptoms with food so as to reduce the need for medication. Please note, under 18s are not able to do this role.

For more information about Food Services support Apply Here.

Children’s Services

Kid’s Closet – We provide more than 4,500 items of free children’s clothing to our clients each month from a fun and beautiful store. 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 established shifts on Wednesday afternoon (1 – 4pm).  

For more information about Children’s Services support 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. 

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. 

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

For more information about Administration and Client Services support 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, and we are looking for volunteers who are handy and have some flexibility in their schedule.

Parking Lot Attendant – help us to manage the flow of traffic for deliveries and people in our parking lot in San Mateo. You should have a patient and calm temperament and experience in dealing with the public. Shifts are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9am – 12 noon.

On Call Drivers – from time to time we need additional help with collections or deliveries. The shifts are on an “as needed” basis, and we are looking for volunteers who are handy and have some flexibility in their schedule.

For more information about Facilities support Apply Here