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Activity organizer @ Homeless Shelter

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ORGANIZATION: Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency

  • 8 people are interested

HELP ORGANIZE RESIDENT ACTIVITIES at BOSS' homeless shelter in West Berkeley!

We are looking for volunteers to lead or organize many types of activities - whatever most interests you or aligns with your skills:

  • Life skills: goal-setting, budgeting, time management, etc.
  • Self care: meditation, yoga, time/stress management, etc.
  • Health: tending to physical/mental health, fitness, nutrition, etc.
  • Computer literacy: basic computer skills, internet searching, using specific applications, etc.
  • Art: painting, drawing, writing/poetry, music, etc.
  • Other: Do you have ideas for an activity that could be useful or healing? Let us know!

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) is an East Bay nonprofit organization that is dedicated to fighting against mass homelessness, mass incarceration, and community violence. Volunteers would work at our largest homeless shelter, located in West Berkeley, called Ursula Sherman Village (USV). USV provides shelter, meals & amenities, and on-site services to up to 98 people a night - both single adults and families with children.

HOURS: Flexible! USV is a 24/7 program. Reach out and we can figure out what will work best!

REQUIREMENTS: Completion of volunteer paperwork; TB test.

* Create life-changing or healing activities for homeless community members
* Supporting an amazing local shelter that is striving to TURN LIVES AROUND
* Share your talents - learn, grow, and meet people working for social change!

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About Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency


1918 University Ave. 4th Fl., Berkeley, CA 94704, US

Mission Statement

The MISSION of BOSS is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. BOSS develops solutions to mass homelessness, mass incarceration and community violence and is dedicated to the inclusion of people marginalized by addiction, trauma, criminality, incarceration, poverty, racism, sexism, homelessness and violence. Our CORE VALUES are: SYSTEMIC CHANGE (addressing the root causes of inequity); INCLUSION (creating a sense of love, respect, safety and belonging, and hiring people with lived experience at all levels); INNOVATION (using both traditional and non-traditional evidence-based, culturally relevant approaches); COLLABORATION (maximizing impact by combining strengths and resources with allies); and EMPOWERMENT (empowering people to self-identify their needs and goals, and developing new leaders from impacted communities).


BOSS is a nonprofit social justice organization that is committed to ending mass homelessness, mass incarceration and community violence: we help people achieve health, housing, safety, stability, and full socioeconomic inclusion no matter what barriers they face. BOSS operates programs across Alameda County, California - from shelter and housing to education, training and employment programs to violence prevention/intervention and community healing to health and mental health initiatives. BOSS believes that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution: over 50% of staff (80% in reentry programs) have lived experience and are expert peer mentors and agents of change. Our programs are divided into three core strategies:

HOUSING SECURITY: Emergency shelters, permanent housing facilities, rental assistance, housing search/placement support, and housing retention support.
WELLNESS & EMPOWERMENT: Multidisciplinary services for individuals and families (primarily people of color) impacted by systemic inequity including incarceration and criminal justice system involvement - health/mental services and trauma response, violence prevention/intervention and neighborhood outreach, education, training and employment services, safe neighborhood events, and more.
SOCIAL JUSTICE: Changing the root causes of inequity through collaborative advocacy/organizing, leadership development, civic engagement and voter education.


Homeless & Housing
People with Disabilities
Community, Homeless & Housing, People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


711 Harrison StreetBerkeley, CA 94710



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Event Design & Planning
  • Life Coaching


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Flexible - let's discuss!
  • Sensitivity to the needs of homeless, very low income community members - a passion for social change, good heart, sense of humor, flexibility!

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