Volunteer With Us

A lot has changed and continues to change rapidly, during these crises. Currently 10 of our sites are open Mondays-Fridays and serving youth in-person. They are following the City’s Community Hubs Initiative structure, where youth are doing distance school in cohorts of 12 with two staff members supervising and supporting each cohort. These are huge adjustments and Clubhouses, staff, and youth are still adjusting and will continue to need to pivot, as we anticipate more changes.

Therefore, as of now, most volunteering at BGCSF is temporarily on pause. Some virtual volunteer opportunities are starting to resume. All virtual volunteer needs will be communicated with our existing volunteers via email. Thank you for your patience as we continue to pivot and adapt. 

If you are a new individual volunteer, you can contact Carter Ashforth directly to learn how to start the process of becoming a volunteer. If you are looking to volunteer with your corporate team, please also contact Carter for more information. 
Thank you so much for continuing to support local youth and families. We appreciate you!

Sincerely, 
Carter Ashforth
cashforth@kidsclub.org
Volunteer & Corporate Outreach Manager


CLICK BELOW TO LEARN HOW BGCSF IS SUPPORTING YOUTH AND FAMILIES DURING THIS CRISIS.

Success Stories!

Build Great Futures with BGCSF

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco! Volunteering in our Clubhouses is one of the most meaningful (and fun!) ways to have an impact on the lives of young people in our community.

Group & Corporate Volunteers

Volunteer groups provide support to our Clubhouses on either a one-time or recurring basis. Groups can choose to help with daily programs, beautification projects, and/or Clubhouse events. We can accommodate groups from three to 30 participants. To get started, please fill out our interest form.
Fill out interest Form

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS

Every day, individuals like you make a positive difference in the lives of local youth at our Clubhouses across San Francisco. There are countless ways to get involved -- like providing academic support, art instruction, general mentorship, coaching sports, and more. Attend an orientation to learn more!
Learn More
Want to check in to volunteer? Click here.

Meet Some Volunteers

Meet some of the awesome people who are changing the lives of young people in San Francisco every day.
Our People
COO Maxine Wilson Receives Prestigious Herman S. Prescott Award

We are proud to announce that Chief Operating Officer Maxine Wilson has been named the 2020 recipient of the Herman S. Prescott Award for the Pacific-West Region by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, for her work towards diversity, equality, and empowerment.

Learn More
Youth Voice
Citywide Youth of the Year Kionna on What the Club Meant to Her

Matt Henry, Clubhouse Director of the Greater Visitacion Valley, recently caught up with 2020 Citywide Youth of the Year Kionna — a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley studying political science — to learn more about what the Club meant to her and why, as a young leader, Kionna is driven to speak up for meaningful change.

Learn More
Thought Leadership
Learning Loss During Covid-19 Is a Real Concern. Our Team Found a Way To Help.

Citywide Director of Education Brian Sauer shares some of our key successes in helping combat the long term effects of the pandemic on students’ learning, by transitioning to virtual and distance-learning support, strengthening our relationships with schools, and maximizing our incredible bonds with youth.

Learn More

Success Stories!

Volunteer Resources

Click here to view a copy of our volunteer waiver form. Questions? Reach out to our volunteer team at volunteer@kidsclub.org.

Success Stories!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the sign-up and orientation process?
It can take 2-6 weeks from start to finish. We hold orientations monthly, so the quicker you can sign-up and attend, the faster you will go through the process. After the orientation, it will take two weeks.
Where are the volunteer orientations held?
Orientations are held at the John N. Callander Administrative Offices, located upstairs from the Don Fisher Clubhouse on 380 Fulton Street, in the Hayes Valley neighborhood.
What are the days and times for volunteering?
Most volunteer opportunities are Monday - Friday, anytime between 2:30-7:30 pm. The majority of our opportunities fall between 3:00-6:00 pm.
What are the steps to becoming a volunteer?
At BGCSF, we put the safety of our Club members first. To this end, all individual volunteers are required to clear a rigorous criminal background check before working with children.
What is the volunteer commitment?
Most of the volunteer opportunities are weekly commitments. We ask that volunteers commit to volunteering at least one day a week for four weeks. However, we understand that there may be some schedule conflicts for volunteers and we will work around your schedules.
Are there one-time volunteer opportunities?
Yes. Every year, we have a handful of one-time opportunities that involve event support, art projects, and more.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Individuals must be 18 years old (and not in high school) or older to be a part of the BGCSF volunteer program and sign up for volunteer orientation.
What If I Am Younger Than 18 But Want to volunteer?
Youth who are 17 years old or younger or 18 years old and still in high school should not sign up for or attend volunteer orientation. They must go to their local Clubhouse and complete a Club membership application. Club sites have volunteer opportunities for youth to participate in during afterschool programming and summer camp. Youth volunteers will benefit from Club programming, sports and recreation activities, character & leadership development, job readiness, scholarship opportunities, and more. For more information, contact your local Clubhouse.
How long is the sign-up process for group volunteers?
The sign-up process usually takes 1-2 weeks. We ask that groups schedule volunteer opportunities at least three weeks ahead of time.
What types of volunteer activities are available for groups?
The majority of our group volunteer activities consist of working with youth to support them with academic, sports/fitness, and arts programs. We also love having groups help us with Clubhouse clean-up and beautification and/or Clubhouse events.
What is the maximum number of volunteers per group?
The volunteer capacity for our locations varies. We have one site that can take up to 25 volunteers; three sites that can take up to 15 volunteers; and six sites that can take up to ten volunteers. For special Clubhouse beautification projects, we can take up to 40 volunteers.
What is the dress code for volunteering?
We ask that volunteers wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Volunteers spend a lot of time on their feet, so we highly recommend wearing sneakers or other comfortable shoes.
What age group do volunteers usually work with?
Our Clubs support youth between the ages of 6-18.
Where are the volunteer locations?
You can find a full list of our Clubhouse locations here.
Do volunteers need any previous youth development experience?
No. Volunteers just need a positive attitude, patience, and the willingness to have fun and work with others!

Contact Us

Questions? Check out our FAQs.
‍Still need support? Reach out to our volunteer team at volunteer@kidsclub.org.
Get in touch