Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Saxton at to sign up for, or learn more about the opportunities listed below.

Homework Enrichment Program

Help school-aged children academically and socially. You will be working under the guidance of the program’s teacher. The tasks include assisting with homework tutoring, leading or supporting various group activities to increase specific skills, and supervising play yard time.

The commitment is once a week for three months. The minimum age is 18. Must be able to arrive by 6:30 pm. This program operates Monday-Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Evening Child Care for Preschoolers

Help preschool children with social and cognitive skills in a safe and positive environment. Here children can focus on learning and growing. Tasks will include assisting with story time, circle time, various activities aimed at increasing specific skills, supervising play yard time, and other tasks as directed by the teacher.

The commitment is once a week for three months. The minimum age is 18. Volunteer times are 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Monday-Thursday only.

Educational Workshop Facilitator

Facilitate an educational workshop for adult residents. Topics will fall under at least one of the following general headings: Relationships, Education, Financial, Legal, Health, Safety, Nutrition, and Computer Skills.   We offer workshops in both English and Spanish. Groups can be gender-specific, issue-specific, or address the entire adult population. This can be one time, a series, or a single workshop presented at various times throughout the year.

You must have an area of expertise appropriate to the needs of the residents.

Workshops are scheduled Monday-Thursday 7:00 pm-8:00 pm with occasional daytime scheduling.

Dinner Servers

You will also help set up the serving line as a dinner server. This volunteering opportunity can be done once or regularly.

The commitment is once a week for three months. The minimum age of a child volunteering with a parent is 12. To volunteer alone minimum age is 16. This is available 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm Monday-Thursday and some Fridays.

Adult Weekday Volunteer on Call List

The San Jose Family Shelter periodically needs daytime adult volunteers for short-term projects or activities. Typically this would be for a few hours on one day but could conceivably be a full day or two. Possibilities include:

  • Babysitting for a few hours
  • Decorating for an event or holidays
  • Representing the shelter at an event or volunteer faire
  • Translating
  • Organizing
  • Doing administrative work like addressing envelopes, covering the front desk during a staff meeting, copying, filing, shredding

Note: Being on the list would not obligate you for any particular project or time.

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Questions on our programs or events? Send us an email and we'll get back to you, ASAP.

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