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Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency



Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) is an award-winning social justice organization that provides solutions to mass homelessness, mass incarceration, and community violence. We operate housing and service programs in Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward that serve 4,000 people every year.

Several BOSS programs need volunteers to assist with basic office support, including:

  • Greeting visitors
  • Answer phones
  • Organizing and filing
  • Updating binders and bulletin boards
  • Other basic/admin. help

BOSS programs have provided crisis intervention and life-changing support to people in need for 50 years - during COVID our services have remained open with safety protocols in place so those most impacted (including low income individuals and communities of color) can access urgently needed information and support, including shelter, housing, education/employment services, health care, PPE and more.

Assistance is needed during the daytime, but within that, the exact times are flexible: mornings or afternoons - weekdays or weekends - we will use help whenever it's available!

Benefits to you:
- Help people in need!
- Meet amazing activists & advocates for community change
- Learn about how social service agencies work, the challenges, and the solutions

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About Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency


1918 University Ave. #2A, Berkeley, CA 94704, US

Mission Statement

Our Vision BOSS believes in building a community where everyone has access to affordable housing and the means to care for themselves and their families, and where there is inclusive participation in community decision-making. Our Mission BOSS's mission is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. Our Values In order to be most effective, BOSS strives every day for excellence in behavior and ethics, excellence in service delivery, excellence in systems, and excellence in leadership. Our relationships are guided by the principles of active compassion, courtesy, and dignity.


Since 1971 BOSS has provided housing and services to over 1,500 homeless people each year. We have programs for both single adults and families with children. Most BOSS participants are dealing with multiple challenges: mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, illiteracy, lack of job skills, social isolation, trauma, and entrenched feelings of exhaustion and hopelessness. BOSS programs focus on teaching life skills, connecting people with community resources, and creating supportive and positive environments that motivate people and build hope.

Our services address 4 areas:
- HOUSING: Shelter, transitional/special needs housing, permanent housing assistance.
- HEALTH: Physical and mental health services, medication monitoring, drug/alcohol recovery counseling, socialization, case management for the seriously mentally ill.
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Job readiness assessments, resume-building, job search assistance, job development with employers, job creation, adult education.
- SOCIAL JUSTICE: Community building, leadership development, and collaborative action campaigns on targeted policy goals.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Crisis Support
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Oakland, CA 94612



  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service
  • Office Management
  • Office Reception
  • Organization


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • 5-10 hours per week
  • TB test

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