Volunteer in Our Winter Shelter

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Located in one of the most distressed neighborhoods in Northern California, St. Vincent de Paul's West Oakland Direct Service Campus provides those most in need with the basic necessities for everyday life. In the winter months we open our campus to those who do not have a home so that they can sleep in a safe a warm place. We are able to provide 100 cots for the community and are currently looking for volunteers to help in the evening.

Volunteers would arrive at 5:30pm to help set up the cots, prep any food that needs prepping and assist our staff in whatever it is that they need that day.

After our doors open volunteers assist with serving our guests the food, checking people in, doing the intake process, entering data into the computer and when we are able to help run a group activity.

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to be part of the intake process and/or the data entry, we do require each volunteer to go through an HMIS training. These happen twice a month and you will need to let us know in advance so that we can reserve a spot for you. This training will prepare and teach you about the homeless shelter protocol as well as the process which we follow.

If you do not wish to be part of the intake and data entry, then you don't need to do the training and we would still love to have your help here! You would be focusing on set up, clean up, serving the meal, and group activities.

We are open 7 days a week and looking for a weekly or monthly commitment.

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

Volunteers can submit an application online at www.svdp-alameda.org and/or contact us via email or phone:

We look forward to hearing from you and are so grateful for the donation of your time and for you support! We cannot provide the services that we do without the help of volunteers!

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

Community Homeless & Housing Hunger


We'll work with your schedule.


675 - 23rd StreetOakland, CA 94612



  • Data Entry
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service


  • People 55+


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

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