Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Sara Tran at (408) 926-8885 to sign up for, or learn more about, the opportunities listed below:
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 aimed at increasing specific skills, and supervising play yard time.
The commitment is once a week for three months. Minimum age is 18. Must be able to arrive by 6:30. This program operates Monday-Thursday 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Assist the Voyager Child Development Center’s teachers as they work with infants and preschoolers. Activities include helping with snack time and lunch, arts and crafts projects, story and circle time, various skill building exercises as well as supervising outside play. Help us give our children the extra attention they need.
The commitment is once a week for three months. Minimum age is 16. This program takes volunteers Monday-Friday from 9:00am-11:30am and 2:30pm-4:30pm.
Evening Child Care for Preschoolers
Help preschool children with social skills, motor skills, 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 one month. Minimum age is 18. Volunteer times are 6:30pm to 8:30pm 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 7:00pm-8:00pm with occasional daytime scheduling.
As a dinner server, you will also help set-up the serving line. This volunteering opportunity can be done once or on a regular basis.
Minimum age of child volunteering with parent is 12. To volunteer alone minimum age is 16. This is available 4:30pm- 6:30pm Monday-Thursday and some Fridays.
Help our cook with a variety of tasks from unloading donated food from trucks, rotating and organizing food, meal preparation, cleaning, and other tasks assigned by the cook.
The commitment is once a week for one month. Minimum age is 16. This program takes volunteers only Monday-Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm and 3:00pm-5:00pm.
Clothes Closet Aide
Help staff sort and organize donated clothing in the Clothes Closet so that residents can easily “shop” for just what each family member needs. Volunteers will also be helping to prepare rooms for new incoming families including making beds with fresh donated bedding, leaving clean towels, toiletries and even some cute stuffed animals to welcome family members.
This is a once a week for one month commitment. Minimum age is 16. This program takes volunteers Monday-Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm.
Adult Weekday Volunteer on Call List
On a periodic basis the San Jose Family Shelter has the need for 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
- 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.