A Life-Changing Volunteer Opportunity: Support People Living with Cancer or HIV/AIDS


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


730 Polk Street3rd floorSan Francisco, CA 94109


"My volunteer is a very important part of my life and a tremendous help. It is hard to quantify how significant he is and I can't imagine what my life would be like without him." - Shanti client

For 42 years, Shanti peer support volunteers have been providing emotional and practical support to underserved San Francisco residents battling life-threatening illnesses. If you would like to tangibly enhance the life of someone who needs it the most, we encourage you to contact us and learn more about this truly unique opportunity.

As a peer support volunteer, you will:

--Go through the internationally-recognized Shanti Model of Peer Support training

--Be matched 1-on-1 with a client to whom you will provide companionship, a non-judgmental ear and light practical assistance

--Join a community of thoughtful, supportive volunteers and staff

For this program, we ask for a commitment of 2 to 6 hours a week for at least 6 months. We also organize support groups once a month, and ask all volunteers to attend. The 2-6 hours can be done according to volunteer's schedules--a lot of our volunteers visit their clients on weekends or evenings--so it's definitely flexible.

If you decide to enroll in the Peer Support Program there is a mandatory volunteer training. Each interested volunteer must attend ALL of the training dates listed below.

The dates for the next trainings are as follows:

· Friday, January 27th from 6pm-9:30pm

· Saturday, January 28th from 9am-6pm

· Sunday, January 29th from 9am-6pm

· and Wed., February 1st from 6pm-9:30pm

The purpose of this training is to prepare volunteers to work with individuals with life-threatening illnesses. The training will supply information about cancer, HIV/AIDS and other disabilities as well as teach communication and listening skills through a variety of interactive exercises. The training is pretty intensive, but our volunteers typically find it to be an enriching, community-building experience.

You can make an invaluable difference to an underserved person battling cancer, HIV/AIDS or other disabilities - and have your life changed in the process.

Shanti was founded in 1974. Since its inception, Shanti has trained more than 18,000 individuals in the Bay Area and 600 organizations around the world in compassionately providing emotional and practical support to clients grappling with life-threatening illnesses and poverty. Recognized as the first community-based AIDS Organization in the world, Shanti serves over 2,000 underserved San Francisco residents with cancer, HIV/AIDS and other disabilities annually.

To learn more about how to get involved, please contact Volunteer Services at 415-674-4726 or email volunteerservices@shanti.org

To view an inspirational video on the work of a Shanti volunteer, click on the link below:



  • Mental Health
  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Mandatory training starting November 11, 2016

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