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Project SHINE

SHINE stand for Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders. Students provide ESL and Citizenship training for elders at downtown agencies and residential communities such as John XXIII Community Center.

Contact: Rosalyn Coronado

Phone: 408.924.6963


Address: One Washington Square, Clark hall 203 San Jose, CA 95192


Project YEA!

YEA stands for Youth Education Advocates. One of the major projects we are working as is the Education Rights Project. The project gets special education for minors in the juvenile justice system. The goals of this project are to: Train social workers and probation officers, help them find the children who need special services, make sure that kids get tested for disabilities and teach parents and other caregivers that they can ask to have their kids tested. Be trained as an advocate for juvenile justice. Project Yea! Kids with learning disabilities have problems growing up.

Contact: Project Yeah!

Phone: 408.278.6066


Address: 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113


RAFT – Resource Area for Teaching

A non-profit organization that believes hands-on teaching is the best way for teachers to teach and students to learn. We provide creative hands-on activities, educational resources, workshops and inexpensive materials, (many donated by local businesses), to enrich pre K-12 education and community group programs. Our goal is to assist teachers, non-profits and community groups, by providing materials and ideas for day-to-day teaching and for supporting professional growth.

 RAFT relies on over 500 volunteers a month to sort, process, and assemble our 55,000 educational activity kits each year! Shifts are 3-4 hours and take place Tuesday – Saturday.

Contact: Leif Christiansen

Phone: 408.451.1429


Address: 1355 Ridder Park Drive San Jose, CA 95131


Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a local educational nonprofit, seeking students and volunteers to work with students, K-5th grade, struggling with reading. One-on-one tutoring takes place on campuses throughout the Bay Area all the way to Los Angeles with 32 locations. We offer internships for a variety of majors, emphasizing education and english majors. Our program has had a success rate of over 86% of our students jumping an entire letter grade with only 25 hours of tutoring.

Contact: Laura Burns

Phone: 510.444.9800 


Address 1: Montague Elementary School Reading Center, Room 19, 750 Laurie Avenue Santa Clara, CA 95054

Address 2: Horace Mann School Reading Center, Room 301 55 North Seventh Street San Jose, CA 95112

Address 3: Kennedy Elementary School Reading Center Portable #4, 1602 Lucretia Ave San Jose, CA 95122

Address 4: Los Arboles Elementary School Reading Center, Portable #7, 455 Los Arboles St. San Jose, CA 95111


Region V Avid Program

Region V Avid wants SJSU students to become an AVID Tutor (Work Study Students are especially encouraged to apply as well as future educators) AVID is a program that prepares middle and high school students for four-year college eligibility. Tutors serve as role models and are trained to facilitate tutorial groups using the AVID tutorial and the inquiry learning process.

Contact: Kathy Romero

Phone: 408.453.6658


Address: Various Locations


Sacred Heart Community Service

Our mission is to change lives and impact poverty by distributing food, clothing, and hygiene items, as well as providing those in need the tools for self-sufficiency and ministering with dignity, compassion, and respect. Serve multiple programs: Basic Needs, Welcome Center, Embracing Families, Youth Education, Adult Education, JobLink, Administration. Well structured service programs.

Contact: Terri West

Phone: 408.278.2189 or 408.278.2171


Address: 1381 South First St. San Jose, CA 95110


San Jose Conservation Corps

Provides youth with quality high school education and teaches valuable work and life skills empowering them to become responsible, productive, and caring citizens. Tutoring

Contact: Kerry Murphy

Phone: 408.591.9757


Address: 1560 Berger Dr San Jose, CA 95112-2703


San Jose Peace & Justice Center

The center educates and engages the South Bay community around critical issues of peace and justice. Volunteer and internship opportunities include video production, research, community outreach, data entry/office work, assisting with events and publicity, writing for our website and blog, and participating in social justice campaigns.     

Contact: Charlotte Casey

Phone: 408.297.2299


Address: 48 S 7th St # 101 San Jose, CA 95112


The Salvation Army - San Jose, CA

The Salvation Army Senior Nutritional Center needs students to help with data entry for Senior Nutritional Center. Students must be able to follow instructions, be accurate in data entry and dependable. Hours of the program are 12noon-4pm. Minimum of 2 hour shifts

Contact: Ligay Sorich

Phone: 408.282.1165


Address: 359 N. Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95112


Santa Maria Urban Ministry

Provide a gathering place for those in the neighborhood where they feel safe and can share their concerns with caring individuals. Get to know those whom you serve – their stories, struggles, gifts, joys and hopes. Offer homework sessions and computer training TTH.

Contact: Santa Maria Urban Ministry

Phone: 408.292.3314


Address: 778 South Almaden, San Jose, CA, 95110-2919


Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara County

Second Harvest Food Bank provides food to low-income people in Santa Clara and San

Mateo Counties. We distribute food into the community through a network of 316 partner

non-profit agencies including shelters, pantries, soup kitchens, and a variety of Food Bank


Contact: Veronica Torres 

Phone: 408.266.8866


Address: 750 Curtner Ave., San Jose, CA 95125


Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)

SIREN is offering internships with its Organizing Program to assist with our campaigns/projects: Just and Humane Immigration Reform, Preserving California’s Safety Net Programs, Immigrant Phone Survey and Electoral Campaign.

Contact: Cesar Juarez,

Phone: 408.453.3003, ext. 112.


Address: 1425 Koll Circle Suite 109 San Jose, CA 95112


Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter, Palo Alto

Work on chapter campaigns, research, other projects.

Contact: Melissa Hippard

Phone: 650.390.8414


Address: 3921 East Bayshore Road, Suite 204 Palo Alto, CA 94303


Silicon Valley FACES

Inspire and empower youth in our community by volunteering for a variety of educational programs. There are several opportunities to be a positive role model and engage with students of all ages.

Building Connections: Develops a positive self-image and introduces conflict resolution to elementary school aged children (kindergarten through 5th grade)

Common Ground: An enrichment program to help incoming high school freshmen feel safe, wanted, connected, and motivated at a critical transition in their lives and education

Camp Everytown: A nationally recognized program that facilitates a transformative experience for high school students (six to ten volunteers are needed for each four-day retreat)

Contact: Silicon Valley Faces

Phone: 408.286.9663


Address: 777 N. First Street, Suite 220 San Jose, CA 95112


STEP UP Silicon Valley

STEP UP Silicon Valley allows students to participate in our Poverty Simulations  in which large groups (up to 80 people!) participate in a simulation of urban poverty where each participant plays an assigned role of an impoverished individual.  Each time our Poverty Simulation team does one of these events we need a variety of helpers to make the activity go smoothly. Besides helping with these events, we have teams working on poverty issues (hunger, housing, health care, income, advocacy, etc.) which would be interesting for students to participate in.  We also need help administratively with the campaign (office work, phone calling, etc.). Sign up for our informational campaign emails on our website:

Contact: Terrie Iacino

Phone: 408.325.5132


Address: 2625 Zanker Road San José, CA 95134


Contact: Pat Plant

Phone: 408.279.0220


Address: 2625 Zanker Road San José, CA 95134


St. Joseph the Worker Center

Teach ESL and employment-related skills to day workers; market the day worker program and develop employment opportunities.

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 408.249.2853


Address: St. Joseph Day Worker Center, 749 Story Road San Jose, CA 95112


Sunday Friends

Co-lead activities in cooking, nutrition, crafts, academics, writing, shopping and money management – with children from very low-income families. Or, help the children’s parents learn English, literacy or other practical skills. Programs are held on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month. Begin by visiting and clicking on “How to Volunteer”. Take ten minutes to read the Volunteer Orientation and to fill out and submit the Volunteer Application. Call or email only if you have difficulties with this process or remaining questions.

NOTE: Be sure to complete the application process before coming the first time.

Contact: Sunday Friends

Phone: 408.793.0441
Address: 625 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Team-Up for Youth (TUFY)

TUFY signature initiative is Coaching Corps, which recruits college students to serve as volunteer coaches in low-income neighborhoods and trains them to use the teachable moments in sports to impart valuable life lessons, build youths’ confidence and love of learning, and instill in them a life-long identity as physically active individuals. Coaching Corps seeks volunteers who are as passionate about sports as they are about being positive role models for kids, and who wish to nurture their commitment to social justice and public service through sports.

Contact: Annie McShane,

Phone: 510.663.9200 Ext. 114.



The Tech Museum

The Tech offers volunteers a chance to be Exhibit Explainer in the Tech Museum's Galleries. Volunteers will answer questions, perform demonstrations and inform visitors about exhibits to help guests have fun while sharing content and programs that feature "The Spirit of Silicon Valley." Each volunteer will be trained on their responsibilities, what to say and how to operate the exhibits before they begin their volunteer work. Volunteers should be comfortable with talking to diverse guests and groups of people. Enthusiasm about science and technology is a plus!

Contact: Carrie Pogorelc

Phone: 408.795.6190


Address: 201 South Market Street  San Jose, CA 95113


Third Street Community Center

Tutor, mentor and teach children in our After School Academic Program (1-6pm: M-Th.). Mentor youth in the Robotics Program (9am-12: Sat.) so they can compete in the annual Tech Challenge competition. Bring books to live through the use of art as well as other fun outdoor activities in our Summer of Learning Program (8:30am-3pm, M-Th.). For those interested in working with adults, we are in need of instructors for our English as a Second Language (basic level) and computer classes. There is always a high need for bilingual Spanish speakers!

Contact: Third Street Community Center

Phone: 408.295.8722


Address: 160 N. Third Street San José, CA 95112


Timpany center

The Timpany Center staff, interns, and volunteers offer a great wealth of knowledge of the complexities of the human body, because most are educated in the field of Kinesiology (human movement).

Contact: Timpany Center

Phone: 408.283.9036


Address: 730 Empey Way San Jose, CA 95128



We have workdays at Emma Prusch Park every Sunday starting at 10am. We would love to have you with us for as long as you can stay! On each workday we may do tasks such as planting, weeding, composting, harvesting, and more. You don't have to have any previous gardening experience; we will show you what to do. If you do have some gardening experience, we would love to learn from you!

Contact: Veggielution

Phone: 408.905.PEAS (7327)


Address: 647 S King Rd San Jose, CA 95116


Villa de Guadalupe, Neighborhood Network Center

Help Seniors and area residents learn about computers, the internet, and web resources. Seniors also need ESL classes once or twice a week of one to two hours.

Contact: Sandra M. Pinal

Phone: 408.937.5578


Address: 2151 Plaza de Guadalupe San Jose, CA 95116

Website: N/A

Vision Literacy

Volunteers needed in to tutor adults in English language skills one or two mornings a week. Volunteers tutor the parents and/or caretakers of children under the age of 6.
Contact: Israel Velazquez
Phone: 408.676.READ (7323)
Email 1:,
Address: 540 Valley Way Milpitas Ca, 95030

Washington Elementary, HOST – Helping One Student at a Time (to succeed)

Tutor needy students in the Language Art Program between 10:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Contact: Stephen Hulse

Phone: 408.535.6261


Address: 100 Oak St. San Jose, CA 95110


Washington United Youth Center (A Catholic Charities Program)

Provide at-risk youth and families with support needed to be successful in school, employment, and in the community. Help build life skills with youth while playing various sports at the Center. 

Contact: Tony Rodriguez

Phone: 408.938.6731


Address: 921 S First St. San Jose, CA 95110


Works/San Jose

Gain transferable work experience, make professional contacts in arts and education, meet new people and most importantly make a difference. Oversee and coordinate activities for Youth and Family Art Connection (YFAC) a free summer art workshops for local children and their families and a teen mentoring program called Teen Advisory Board (TAB).

Contact: Works/San Jose

Phone: 408.286.6800


Address: 451 south 1st street San José, CA 95113


YMCA of Silicon Valley

Serve as mentors, facilitate workshops, and assist on field trips in Y-Achievers for high school students and J.U.M.P. program for middle school students.

Contact: Michelle Mitchell

Phone: 408.351.6400


Address: 1922 The Alameda, 3rd Floor San Jose, CA 95126


YWCA of Silicon Valley

The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. As a local association of the national and world YWCA's, the YWCA of Silicon Valley shares in the long history of advocacy for women and girls. Volunteer with our following programs:


is a highly successful nation-wide YWCA after-school empowerment program that provides girls ages 5-14 with opportunities to increase their skills and confidence in the use of technology and engineering.

Contact: Steve Cardinale, Director of Child Care

Phone:  408-295-4011 ext 215


Address: 375 S. Third Street San Jose, Ca 95112


Project Inspire is an after School Program is to improve academic achievement and provide students with the opportunity to earn credit recovery within an after-school setting and provide a wide-range of services and activities to students enrolled within the East Side Union High School District in order to build developmental assets.
Contact: Jennifer Ramirez, Director of Youth Services
Phone: 408-295-4011 ext 228
Address: 375 S. Third Street San Jose, Ca 95112

Center for Community Learning & Leadership One Washington Square Hall, Clark Hall 203 San Jose, CA 95192-0246

Email: Phone: 408.924.3540Fax: : 408.924.2569

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