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San Francisco Volunteer Opportunities and Charities

Thank you Gary P. for sharing this info with us!

With the holiday season officially here, many people seek out ways they can help others by means of donations or volunteer work. Below are several suggestions:

Bay Area Food Banks — http://www.bayareahunger.org/
A collaboration of 7 local food banks serving low income individuals/ families in ten northern CA counties.

City Impact — http://www.sf911.com/
Serving SF’s Tenderloin community for 25 years, providing food, toys, and other assistance.

Food Runners — http://www.foodrunners.org/
Picks up excess perishable and prepared foods from businesses such as restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels and delivers directly to shelters and neighborhood programs that feed the hungry.

Glide Memorial Church — http://www.glide.org/
A San Francisco institution that provides meals, toys, health services, job training, housing, and more.

La Casa de las Madres — http://www.lacasadelasmadres.org/
Offers shelter, advocacy, and support services to battered women and their children.

Meals on Wheels — http://www.mowsf.org/
Delivers meals to low-income and/or chronically disabled seniors.

One Warm Coat — http://www.onewarmcoat.org/
Provides any person in need with a warm coat, free of charge.

Project Open Hand — http://www.openhand.org/
Since 1985, serving meals to seniors and people living with serious illnesses in San Francisco and Alameda County.

Red Cross — http://www.bayarea-redcross.org/cprfirstaid/
Provides relief to those who have suffered a disaster and helps people prepare for and respond to a variety of emergencies.

SF Fire Dept Toy Program — Provides new toys to needy children in SF. Call 777-0440 for details and drop-off locations. (In South Beach, drop-off is at our local Fire Dept, Bluxome Street near 4th Street)

SPCA — http://www.sfspca.org/home.shtml
Provides housing and medical assistance to abandoned dogs & cats.

St Anthony Foundation — http://www.stanthonysf.org/home.html
Providing food, clothing and housing since 1950 to SF’s needy residents.

St Vincent de Paul Society — http://www.svdp-sf.org/
Since 1860, providing support, shelter, and affordable transitional housing to those suffering from homelessness, poverty, addiction and domestic violence.

Toys for Tots — http://www.toys4tots.us/
Sponsored by the Marines Corps Reserve, delivers new toys to needy children at Christmas.

United Way — http://www.uwba.org/
Supports programs that provide the building blocks to a better life: education, income and health.

For other suggestions, check with local churches, hospitals, shelters, etc.

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