Teach English to seniors in Oakland (The Orchards)

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ORGANIZATION: Satellite Affordable Housing Associates

In December 2012, Satellite Housing and Affordable Housing Associates merged to create SAHA, an organization dedicated to providing quality, service-enriched affordable housing to East Bay residents.

Do you want to be a positive influence in bridging communication barriers? Volunteer to lead an English class for seniors living at The Orchards in Oakland! Ideally, we are looking to bring on a volunteer who is fluent in English as well as Mandarin OR Cantonese so they can easily engage and assist our seniors! SAHA serves a very diverse demographic of seniors in the East Bay, a large percentage of which have limited English-speaking proficiency. The volunteer will work with residents who are eagerly seeking accessible English instruction to learn how to communicate in emergencies, converse with doctors and health care providers, and interact with others in everyday conversation. They are enthusiastic and greatly appreciate their ESL instructors.

If you're looking to make a difference in your community, this is a wonderful opportunity to gain teaching experience with students who are eager to learn.

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday from 9:00am - 11:00am or 12:00pm - 2:00 pm.

Requirements: Ongoing SAHA Community Volunteers must commit to volunteer once a week for a minimum of 4 months, and must complete a volunteer orientation, volunteer forms and background screening prior to beginning their placement.

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About Satellite Affordable Housing Associates


1835 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703, US

Mission Statement

Our Mission: SAHA provides quality affordable homes and services that empower people and strengthen neighborhoods. Our Values: We believe that: Every person needs a home. We commit to communities for the long term. Services in housing best support our residents and empower people to thrive. High quality design inspires people and builds community. Green building and practices lead to a healthy, sustainable society. Innovation and thoughtful risk-taking are part of how we pursue excellence. Financial health and sustainability are essential to the endurance of our mission and impact. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our work. Our workplace reflects the same values we bring to our homes.


The purpose of the SAHA's Volunteer Program is to improve the quality of living and promote health and well-being for Satellite Housing's residents. Volunteers will help foster community by facilitating activities for the residents, such as exercise groups, art classes, discussion groups, providing health and wellness information, leading or participating in games, assisting with special events, etc. The residents really appreciate the effort that is put forth by the volunteers, and look forward to the weekly interactions.


Education & Literacy
Homeless & Housing
Education & Literacy, Homeless & Housing, Seniors


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2719 Foothill BoulevardOakland, CA 94601



  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Elder care
  • Adult Education
  • Bilingual
  • Cantonese / Mandarin
  • People Skills


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1x/week or 2x/ month, 2 hours
  • Bilingual, available during the week, orientation, volunteer forms, background screening

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