Group and One-time Volunteer Opportunities at Larkin Street Youth Services
Group volunteering is a great way to strengthen your team, demonstrate your commitment to the community, and have fun. We are regularly supported through various group projects that help us complete facility updates, provide additional special services, and save staff valuable time that can be spent working directly with youth.
Groups can participate in a wide variety of projects based on group number, scheduling, and current program needs. Below you will find a handy list of some of the ways you and your team can help us out on site.
To inquire about setting up a group project, please email [email protected]
Sponsor & Serve a Meal
We serve lots of meals every day across our many program sites. The volunteers get to build rapport with each other and interact with the youth, and our staff get to take a break from the kitchen – talk about a win-win!
Generally this project takes place on weekdays during lunch hours (~10:30-1 p.m., meal served at noon). Up to 7 volunteers can fit comfortably in the kitchen at one time, but we always have more than one kitchen cooking! If your group is willing to split up, we can send some to another site on the same day. Another option would be to plan a recurring project, where your group “adopts” a regular day each month to come in and cook. It’s immensely helpful when our corporate supporters offer to adopt a recurring meal day!
At our Engagement & Community Center on Golden Gate, we typically serve lunch to about 60 youth per day. Volunteers should wear kitchen-appropriate attire.
Sort & Organize Donated Items
At Larkin Street, we rely on in-kind donations to meet everyday needs in our programs. That means we’re taking in and storing lots of stuff every day. Volunteers play a critical role in helping us to sort through and organize in-kind donations, especially gently-used clothing.
This project takes place on weekdays, usually within a 2-3 hour time window. Many groups like to come in from 2-4 p.m. so they can enjoy a happy hour together afterward!
We can accommodate up to 25 volunteers. All project supplies will be provided on site. Volunteers should wear comfortable footwear and bring a water bottle.
One of the best ways we can build trust and help our youth is by being able to provide them with basic necessities like hygiene items or safety kits. Our supply is always in need of replenishing, and this is a great project for volunteers to pitch in!
This project can be done on-site or at your own offices, and timing is flexible. Sometimes groups provide the kit supplies themselves, and sometimes we have the items on-site and volunteers simply assemble everything into kits. We’ve done bag lunches, treat bags, cold-weather kits, first aid kits, hygiene kits, holiday related goodie-bags, and much more! We’re always open to new ideas.
We operate over a dozen facilities throughout San Francisco, and this means that something is always in need of a fresh coat of paint. If your group is looking to make a big impact, helping us out with a painting or renovation project might work well! When planning large-scale facilities projects, it is extremely helpful if the corporate partner can help to cover some of the supply cost.
Our needs in this are are always changing, so please inquire with the Volunteer Program Manager to find out what’s currently high on the priority list.
For questions about any of the above, please contact [email protected]