Community Center Help Desk

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Volunteers assisting a client at the Help Desk

The SVdP Community Center is located in the heart of one of California's most distressed communities, West Oakland at San Pablo and West Grand Avenues. The center occupies one square block on the border of downtown and West Oakland. The Help Desk serves as the main point of entry for our clients within our Community Center and connects clients with SVdP services, including free access to clothing, hygiene kits, laundry, showers, shelter, referral services, and support groups. Join our team of volunteers to help our neighbors in need and make them feel welcome at SVdP!

Volunteers will be asked to:

  • Welcome, check-in, and refer clients to appropriate departments.
  • Assist clients with accessing direct services (showers, laundry, clothing etc.).
  • Oversee waiting area.
  • Conduct intake forms for new clients.
  • General tidying of waiting area, including wiping down tables and chairs, as well as cleaning up small spills.
  • Sorting and handing out mail to our clients as they come in
  • Lend an ear when someone needs to speak with someone

Time: 3 hour shifts are available Tuesday - Saturday between 9:30am and 3:30pm. We especially need help in the afternoon from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

Commitment: One shift per week is ideal; commitment of 2-3 months is appreciated.

Volunteers will attend an orientation and receive training on or before their first day of service.

Our services are open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30am-3pm. Volunteers typically will work half days in the morning or the afternoon.

5 More opportunities with Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Community Homeless & Housing Hunger


We'll work with your schedule.


2272 San Pablo AvenueOakland, CA 94612



  • Administrative Support
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills
  • Data Entry
  • Crisis Intervention


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask for a weekly or monthly commitment
  • Must posses basic computer skills

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