Friendship Center Host/ Hostess- Mental Health Association of San Mateo County


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Mills Peninsula Senior Focus1720 El Camino Real, Ste. 10Burlingame, CA 94010


The Mental Health Association of San Mateo County, a nonprofit organization, enriches quality of life, restores dignity, and reduces homelessness, particularly for those affected by mental illness and HIV/AIDS. Mental Health Association strengthens hope by providing shelter, support and opportunities for socialization. The Friendship Centers are friendly, warm gatherings for adults with mental health diagnoses to socialize, play games, enjoy arts and crafts, and eat a simple lunch. Sometimes staff and volunteers take the participants on field trips. We're looking for volunteers who are friendly, outgoing, and enjoy taking initiative. Volunteers should be comfortable talking one on one and joining group activities, such as bingo. We also look to volunteers to help prepare a simple lunch. An agency orientation is provided to new volunteers with on-going invitations to attend workshops, conferences, site visits, and events related to mental health issues. The Friendship Centers meet in Daly City, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, and East Palo Alto. The Friendship Centers are hosted at church community rooms or in meeting rooms at the county mental health centers. Some volunteers have been with us for decades. Both volunteers and participants experience the Friendship Center as an extended family.


  • Public Speaking
  • People Skills
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Community Outreach
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 55
  • Orientation or Training

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