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.
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.
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
Address: 1355 Ridder Park Drive San Jose, CA 95131
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
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
Address: Various Locations http://www.regionvavid.org/default.aspx?_c=schools_SchoolList&CountyID=43
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Address: 2625 Zanker Road San José, CA 95134
Contact: Pat Plant
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
Address: St. Joseph Day Worker Center, 749 Story Road San Jose, CA 95112
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 www.SundayFriends.org 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
Email: email@example.com 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
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
Address: 160 N. Third Street San José, CA 95112
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
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!
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
Address: 2151 Plaza de Guadalupe San Jose, CA 95116
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 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
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.
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).
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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