Special One-Time Volunteer Opportunity!

sanmetroCalling all bacon and beer lovers! Volunteer with Samaritan House at the 4th Annual Bacon and Brew Festival. We are partnering with the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce and need many volunteers to help out on Oct. 1 and 2. Volunteers receive free admission, a Bacon and Brew backpack, and two free drink tickets. You must be 18 and up to volunteer.

CURRENT VOLUNTEERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER FOR BACON & BREW: Log into your account by clicking here: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/?from=97243 Use your email as your username and the password you created or click the the forgot my password link if you need to make a new one. Go to the my schedule tab, scroll to October and click on the orange help wanted signs. You can sign up for the job, shift and day of your choice.  or for NEW VOLUNTEERS FOR BACON & BREW ONLY – please fill this out: www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=441694152

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Samaritan House relies on volunteers in every facet of our programming. Volunteer service defines our core value of Neighbor helping Neighbor.

We have a list of programs that have volunteer opportunities below. If you see an opportunity that fits, click this link to apply.

If you have volunteered with Samaritan House before and have already completed an application, please email Rosie Coleridge at rosie@samaritanhousesanmateo.org to discuss a new or different volunteer opportunity.

Urgent Needs:

Facilities Volunteers:

We have a new Facilities Manager who would like to have  a group of volunteers to help him. Volunteers are needed who have a trade or are very handy with home repairs. Please  fill out a volunteer application and in the job preference box, write Facilities Volunteer. (Apply Here)

 Data Entry Volunteers:

We are looking  for administration assistants to help review, collate and input historical data into our database. Applicants will be trained by our data team to do this important task. We would prefer  volunteers to be able to serve at least 2 shifts a week in order to be familiar with the system. Please fill out a volunteer application and in the job preference box, write Data Assistant. (Apply Here)

Volunteer Needs:

4444The Kids Closet:

The Kids Closet is our free kids’ clothing store. Volunteers help to selectively accept and sort donations to find good kids’ clothes, stock the rails and help our clients in the store. Groups are welcome to take a shift each week with volunteers serving on a rotating basis.

We are working to increase the hours that the store is open to better serve our clients. By the end of 2016, we aim to get the store open Monday through Friday between 9am – 12 and 12 – 3pm. We are starting to look for volunteers for a new shift on Tuesdays between 9am – 12 and anticipate starting this in mid to late September.

Please fill out a volunteer application and in the job preference box, write Kids’ Closet. (Apply Here)

43boys holding mushrooomsKitchen or Bread Pantry:

Prepare food in the Kitchen or give out groceries in the Pantry, or sign up to do both. Shifts are Monday through Friday from 9am – 12 and 1 – 4pm. Help prepare the more than 600 meals a day and pack the more than 12,000 bags of groceries we give out every year. (Apply Here)



Header 1Drivers:

Help get food to our Safe Harbor Shelter in South San Francisco residents on Saturdays. Volunteers use their own vehicles and the shelter is a 24 mile round trip from Samaritan House and the delivery takes about one hour, and can be done between 3-4 pm. – (Apply Here)


client servicesClient Services:

Get involved  assisting our families. Greet clients, answer the phone, conduct surveys, translate and learn more about how we help by helping out. Mon-Friday 9-5, three months commitment. Bi-lingual in Spanish is highly desirable. (Apply Here)


M5555edical Clinics

Our free clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City, are in need of registered dental hygienists, dentists, doctors, nurses, and medical assistants to volunteer Monday through Saturday.  Click on the links to apply.

Doctor – (Apply Here)

55555666Dentist – (Apply Here)

Dental Hygienist – (Apply Here)

Registered Nurse – (Apply Here)

Medical Assistant  – (Apply Here)

Clinic Assistants and Interpreters- (Apply Here)

Community Service


Samaritan House is committed to providing high quality community service opportunities. We consider this as a way to build relationships between our volunteers and the families we serve. We require a 20-hour commitment over a three-month period.

We are not able to accommodate court-ordered community service.

Currently we have openings for donation sorting Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 9 am and 5pm  and Thursday between 9am  and 1 pm. Please fill out our application form and our volunteer coordinator will contact you. (Apply Here)


Office work is never done. Help us keep the organizational wheels turning. Answer phones, send mailings, do data entry and greet visitors. Work with our development department, human resources, volunteer services and administration. This is a great way to gain valuable job experience. Mon.-Fri. 9-5, three months commitment.  – (Apply Here)

Group Projects

Samaritan House welcomes corporate, church and community groups. Projects usually last 2-3 hours and go from serving meals at our dining room, to job skills training at our Safe Harbor Shelter. We need groups to bring some entertainment to our 90-plus shelter residents, by running bingo nights, karaoke parties, arts and crafts projects, musical evenings, weekend BBQs, and a whole host of other fun things. We will work with your team to create the perfect volunteer opportunity. – (Apply Here)


Samaritan House Volunteers – Neighbor Helping Neighbor