Community Resources

Use this list to get through a tough time, or to locate a place to give back to your community. 

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA)

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) provides quality affordable homes and services that empower people and strengthen neighborhoods. Satellite Affordable Housing Associates is committed to providing quality, service-enriched, affordable housing to East Bay residents. SAHA offers volunteer opportunities that range from leading arts and crafts classes, bingo games, English-as-a-Second-Language classes, group exercise classes, and more.


Ages of volunteers: Adolescents to adults (13+)

​Contact:, (510) 647-0700



The Gardens at Lake Merritt

The Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt is a volunteer group that oversees the strategic development of a visionary, broad-scale garden plan and fosters hands-in-the-dirt community involvement. Volunteering activities include pruning, weeding, planting, raking of paths, etc.


Ages of volunteers: 18+




Alameda Food Bank

The Alameda Food Bank is a food program that is run by unpaid volunteers, led by a Director and Program Coordinator. Volunteering at the Food Bank provides an opportunity to assist people in our community with some of their most fundamental needs. This program offers different volunteer positions—ranging from picking up food from grocery stores to packing the foods for distribution—which are posted on their website.


Ages of volunteers: 18+

Contact:, (510) 523-5850


Similar programs:

Feed My Sheep Food Pantry

Tri-City Volunteers Food Bank



Alameda Meals on Wheels

With the help of community volunteers, Alameda Meals on Wheels has been delivering hot, nourishing meals to Alameda residents seven days a week. The program provides low to no-cost solutions that address the issues of hunger, loneliness, lack of transportation and increased risk of falls. Volunteers provide the delivery system for the meals that are prepared daily by the kitchen staff at Bayview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. These volunteers often provide the only personal contact and conversation our homebound recipients have on a daily basis.


Ages of volunteers: 18+

Contact:, (510) 865-6131


Similar programs:

LIFE Eldercare

SOS/Meals on Wheels (serves: Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley and Oakland)



Ashby Village

Ashby Village is an organization that serves residents of Berkeley, Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito, and parts of Oakland. The program offers one-stop shopping and assistance for daily needs for the program’s members. Volunteers are critical members in helping the program run smoothly by helping to volunteer their time to help Ashby Village’s members with daily needs (which ranges from helping to transport grocery to helping with computer work).


Ages of volunteers: 18+

Berkeley, Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito, Oakland

Contact:, (510) 204-9200



City of Fremont - Volunteering Opportunities for Teens

The City of Fremont Recreation Services Division offers several ways for teens to volunteer and earn community service hours. These include helping with recreational programs for children, families, pre-teens and teens such as: 6th grade dances, Trick or Treat on Safety Street, Kids and Kite Festival, Leprechaun Land, etc.


Ages of volunteers: 12+ (Teens)

Contact:, (510) 494-4344



City of Fremont - Environmental Creek Cleanup

The Environmental Services Division administers more than thirty garbage, recycling and storm water programs for Fremont residents and businesses. Volunteers participate in creek or street cleanup events.


Ages of volunteers: 6+

Contact: (510) 494-4570



East Bay Regional Park District

The East Bay Regional Park District offers a variety of volunteering opportunities for individuals, families and friends, or school or civic groups through their programs. Volunteers can contribute to their environment by helping to prune, weed, and water plants, cleaning trails, planting, etc. (Much more information about the different programs are listed on their website).


Ages of volunteers: Age depends on program

Contact:, 1-888-EBPARKS (325-2757)



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