St. Vincent de Paul's Overnight Shelter

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


St. Vincent de Paul's West Oakland Direct Service Campus provides those most in need with the basic necessities for everyday life.

St. Vincent de Paul is currently the largest and only free shelter in Oakland. We are able to house 100 guests every night.

In the last two years the homeless population in Oakland grew by 44%. Now is the time to help those most in need in our city.

By volunteering in our shelter you can help your neighbors and build a stronger community.

Volunteers help set up the cots, prep food and assist with meal service.

We are open 7 days a week, and the shift is from 5-10pm.

If you have any questions, or would like more information please don't hesitate to ask!

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


We'll work with your schedule.


675 - 23rd StreetOakland, CA 94612



  • Data Entry
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • weekly, bi-weekly or monthly
  • Must join for a meeting/orientation prior to your first shift

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