Volunteering in San Francisco


Calvary members and friends volunteer with SF Achievers.

Calvary offers many volunteer opportunities throughout San Francisco. If you’d like to volunteer or want more information, please let us know by filling in the form on this page or call the church office at (415) 346-3832.

CALVARY IS HELPING BREAK CYCLES OF POVERTY by partnering with four specially selected nonprofit organizations in San Francisco: Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, New Door Ventures, Raphael House, and San Francisco Achievers. These four organizations do exemplary work in breaking cycles of poverty by providing critical support in the areas of education, housing, and/or job readiness.

You will not only make a difference in your San Francisco community, but will find that you’ve made a difference in yourself.

Volunteer in San Francisco Through Calvary’s Breaking Cycles of Poverty Initiative:

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco

Volunteers are essential to our youth development programming and we are always looking for positive role models who can offer their energy, time, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of our youth.  We work with youth from the Western Addition and Hayes Valley, ages 6 to 18 years old, after school, on weekends, and during the summer and school vacations. There are many ways to contribute based on your schedule and interests- tutoring, mentoring, homework help, arts & crafts, science, sports, job readiness with older youth, and more. Click here for more information on the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco.

New Door Ventures

New Door Ventures helps disconnected youth – those without a job and not in school, between the ages of 16 and 24 – get ready for work and life.  Many of our youth have experienced homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, or other challenges.  We help them learn job readiness skills as well as provide real jobs at our social enterprises.  We depend on volunteers to help us with mock job interviews, resume review, career panels, and much more. Click for more information on New Door Ventures.

Raphael House

Raphael House provides transitional housing and a full program of support for homeless families.  Our mission is to help families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity.  We need volunteers to help prepare and serve dinners for the families staying at Raphael House, organize special events and field trips, tutor our children, help with facility upgrade projects, and fill many other roles. Click here for more information from the Raphael House web site.

SF Achievers

SF Achievers focuses on supporting African American male youth, helping them achieve success through educational support.  We provide scholarships to college, as well as volunteer mentors for our high school seniors and our college students. We organize career panels, internships and employment help, camping, field trips, and graduation and other celebrations.  We are a small organization, always welcoming volunteers for a variety of tasks, such as mentoring (we provide mentor training), social media assistance, career panels, newsletter writing, and providing nutritious lunches for our Wallenburg High School boys’ discussion group. Click here to visit the SF Achievers web site.

Calvary also has long standing relationships and regular volunteer opportunities with the following organizations:

San Francisco Food Bank

The mission of the San Francisco Food Bank is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin.

Serve Food Bank food at Old First Presbyterian

Each Saturday, one of five churches uses Old First Presbyterian Church’s meeting hall to organize and distribute a week’s worth of groceries to around 300 of the city’s families. Calvary staffs the Pantry approximately every 6th Saturday from 7:30 – 11 am. The food is dropped off by the San Francisco Food Bank. Volunteers unload the truck,  setup the distribution room  and reception area, and assist in the food distribution. No training is needed. Old First provides free parking validation stickers to volunteers.

Food Bank Sundays

On the third Sunday of each month worship attendees bring in canned and packaged goods to our food barrels, which are picked up later in the week for donation to the San Francisco Food Bank.  Calvary is a neighborhood drop-off location so everyone in the greater community is welcome to bring in donations of packaged food.

Martin de Porres House of Hospitality

Martin de Porres House of Hospitality, or Martin’s, as it is affectionately known, is a free San Francisco restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on Sundays.

On the 5th Saturday of every month that has one, Calvary has a standing volunteer reservation at the Martin de Porres House of Hospitality  ”soup kitchen.”  Volunteers prepare, serve and clean up after a soup lunch for San Francisco’s hungriest citizens. There are two shifts:

  • 9 – 11:30 am (primarily food preparation);
  • 11:30 am – 2:45 pm (serving food, busing tables, general clean-up)

Our greatest need is generally for the second shift. Here is a short video about volunteering at Martin’s:

Christmas / Winter Outreach

Making the Holidays Brighter in San Francisco

During the Advent and Christmas holidays, Calvary supports a number of charities that strive to make the holidays brighter for others. Calvary’s Deacons solicit donations for the Raphael House “Adopt-a-Family” program; a group creates homemade Christmas stockings (which are then stuffed with small gifts from the congregation) for women staying at SafeHouse; members and friends contribute unwrapped gifts to the Family Giving Tree;  and dozens of volunteers for Pack-a-Sack Day to  prepare hundreds of brown-bag Christmas Day lunches distributed to the needy from Martin de Porres.

Winter Interfaith Shelter, Preparing Meals

During the cold and rainy month of February each year, Calvary partners with other San Francisco houses of worship within the San Francisco Interfaith Council to shelter and prepare meals for the homeless of San Francisco. On consecutive days, groups of Calvary volunteers cook and serve warm, home-cooked dinners for a group of men sleeping overnight at the Unitarian Church.

How Would You Like to Volunteer?