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St. Vincent de Paul's Community Center Help Desk

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ORGANIZATION: Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Volunteers assisting a client at the Help Desk

The SVdP Community Center is located in 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!

SVdP welcomes students, ages 14 and older, to complete service hours in Downtown Oakland. Youth under the age of 18 will need a waiver of liability signed by a parent/guardian. Youth under the age of 16 will need an adult (someone who is 18 years or older) to accompany them the entire day of service. We love to have families volunteer together! We also accommodate small groups of students for high school service days.

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 9:00am and 3:00pm. We especially need help in the afternoon from 12:30pm to 3:00pm.

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 9:00am-3pm. Volunteers typically will work half days in the morning or the afternoon.

If you're interested or would like to find out more about this opportunity please don't hesitate to ask! You can call 510-277-6435 or email Zachary Zwijacz at
We look forward to hearing from you!!


As of August 9th 2021 the state of California is requiring that if you volunteer here, you must have your complete vaccination card. If you are not vaccinated but still want to volunteer, California mandates that you get tested for COVID seven days before volunteering and bring your negative test results with you once entering the site. We will be keeping a copy of everyone's vaccination cards for our records. Please feel free to email John Sterns with any questions or concerns.


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About Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County


2272 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, US

Mission Statement

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County is dedicated to serving the men, women and children of Alameda County.


A non-profit, community-based organization, St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County (SVdP) offers emergency and social safety net services to its neighbors, relying on a vast network of volunteers to carry out our mission. We operate a free dining room, thrift stores, an e-waste recycling program, men and women's drop-in centers, workforce and culinary training programs and much more. St. Vincent de Paul serves everyone regardless of origin, creed, or affiliation. Our staff and volunteers are a diverse and talented group, representing a wide range of experiences and perspectives.

St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam, a 20-year-old student of the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Similar groups began to form in Paris, then spread throughout France, and eventually throughout the world.

Volunteers, known as Vincentians, are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing. St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County was founded in 1938, and has been serving the community of Oakland ever since.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Homeless & Housing, Hunger


Wed Nov 01, 2023 - Tue Jan 30, 2024
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask for a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly commitment
  • Must posses basic computer skills

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