Our Service Component focuses on volunteer activity that directly serves those most in need throughout the Bay Area.
East Bay Service Agencies
Catholic Charities of the East Bay is a diverse, multi-service nonprofit Human Services agency. Since 1935, it has played a central role in providing social services and advocacy to those most in need in Contra Costa and Alameda counties regardless of their religious faith. The Family to Family Program is staffed by a member of Ignatian Companions, Ms. Carolyn Kranz.
Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO)
CCISCO helps everyday people win extraordinary victories, not by speaking for them, but by providing a vehicle for them to speak, act and engage in the public arena for themselves. Since 1996, we have been organizing a voice for justice and equity in Contra Costa. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, interfaith federation of 25 congregations and youth institutions representing over 35,000 families.
Diocese of Oakland
The Office for Life and Justice supports social justice, respect life and restorative justice ministries in parishes, deaneries, schools, ethnic centers and other institutions, recognizing that our efforts in education, service, advocacy, and solidarity are an essential aspect of the Christian life.
Loaves & Fishes
Contra Costa County
The mission of Loaves and Fishes is to feed the hungry of Contra Costa County by providing free hot nutritious meals at dining facilities.
Next Step Learning Center
An adult literacy program serving the residents of Oakland, and especially West and Downtown Oakland. Founded in 1994 by the Sisters of the Holy Names, Next Step addresses with energy and innovation the critical problem of illiteracy.
Order of Malta Clinic (free clinic)
This health clinic, a co-operation between the Diocese of Oakland and the Order of Malta Western Association, was created with the hope of helping people who have no access to medical services because they lack health insurance.
St. Mary’s Center, Oakland
St. Mary’s Center pursues its mission with deep regard, concern, and respect for all people. We provide services for low-income seniors, families and preschoolers in Downtown and West Oakland.
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Alameda County
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County provides direct assistance to anyone in need in Alameda county. Our emphasis is on volunteer-driven, one-to-one assistance, in collective fellowship and spiritual growth
STAND! For Families Free of Violence is a catalyst for breaking the multi-generational cycle of violence, promoting safe and strong relationships, and rebuilding lives
San Francisco Service Agencies
In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, the mission of St. Anthony Foundation is to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, lift the spirits of those in need, and create a society in which all persons flourish. We are committed to providing the poor of San Francisco with basic needs and services as a gateway to reclaiming their sense of dignity and progressing towards stability.
The mission of the Care Through Touch Institute (CTI) is to care for and educate poor and marginalized people through massage therapy and holistic health practices that transform body, mind and spirit.
Founded in 1907 and rooted in our faith traditions of charity and justice, Catholic Charities CYO supports families, aging and disabled adults, and youth through social services and opportunities for healthy growth and development.
In a spirit of justice and charity, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco works to serve anyone in need—at the neighborhood level, through volunteer efforts in local parishes; on a city-wide level, through professional social service programs—working to break the cycles of homelessness, substance abuse and battering. By servin
South Bay Service Agencies
Bill Wilson Center
Founded in 1973, Bill Wilson Center is a nonprofit community-based organization serving over 10,000 clients in Santa Clara County annually. Bill Wilson Center’s vision is to prevent poverty by connecting youth to education, employment, housing and positive relationships. Our mission is to support and strengthen the community by serving youth and families through counseling, housing, education, and advocacy.
Casa de Clara Catholic Worker: Casa de Clara is a small house of hospitality for women and children, located in downtown San Jose. We offer shelter, meals, and a safe, peaceful place to call home for up to 8 women and children at a time. We are staffed by a full-time, live-in volunteer community of Catholic Workers. Any of our volunteer opportunities can be done in pairs as well. We are looking for spiritually grounded, caring, relationship-oriented people who are looking to take ownership of a project at the Casa.
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County changes lives for good. We help people of all cultures and beliefs rise up out of poverty and overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency. Because most lives are a complex pattern of choices and circumstances, we take a holistic approach to helping people change their lives, taking into account the whole person as well as their family and life situations. The organization has multiple programs, including the Eastside Neighborhood Center and the John XXIII Center servicing low-income seniors, with over 40 programs throughout the county.
CityTeam Ministries provides hot meals, safe shelter, showers, and clean clothing to this city’s homeless population. CityTeam also has a wonderful staff, that care for and meet the needs of the youth and families in San Jose. A recovery program is in place for those men and women that are on a road of destruction from drugs and alcohol. CityTeam is involved in real life situations with the people that walk through our doors. The caring staff at CityTeam, reaches out to those people in need and shows them there is real hope in Christ in order to formulate an everlasting real change in their lives.
CPC is a service, education, and medical organization that provides compassion and care to individuals in Santa Clara County. Our goal is to serve the whole person. This includes assisting in practical, emotional and spiritual needs. Community Pregnancy Centers provide peer counseling and accurate information on all pregnancy options; however we do not provide or refer for abortions.
Sacred Heart Community Service Center
Our mission is to change lives and impact poverty by providing essential services, offering tools for self-sufficiency, and ministering with dignity, compassion and respect. We engage the community and inspire volunteers to love, serve and share.
Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos & Los Altos Hills
Provide vital social services for residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. We understand that hardship can come at any time and knows no age limit. We provide a safety net so independence and self-sufficiency can be restored and maintained. Our clients may be a young, working poor family or an elderly person looking for companionship.
Day Worker Center of Mountain View
Connect workers and employers in a safe and supportive environment. Empower workers to improve their socio-economic condition through fair employment, education, and job skills training. Participate in advocacy efforts that support the day laborer community.
Detention Ministry/Restorative Justice, Diocese of San Jose
Provides a Catholic pastoral presence to the over 4,500 men, women and children incarcerated in the Diocese of San Jose in our county jails, juvenile facilities and prisons that reflects a sensitivity to the ethnic and cultural differences and needs of this special population.
Juan Diego Society Women’s Center
The Women’s Center exists to aid women who may not be aware of abortion alternatives. The Center provides the information and support needed to deal with the stress of a crisis pregnancy. All services are offered free and are strictly confidential.
Learning and Loving Education Center
A non-denominational women-focused nonprofit organization that provides education, outreach, and resources to low-income immigrant women and their children. The Center was established to teach skills, foster hopes, and provide direction to marginalized immigrant students who are limited by illiteracy, poverty, and lack of access to educational opportunities and services to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Our programs teach skills that assist underserved populations in overcoming the multiple barriers to education, literacy, employment and self-reliance. We serve the Morgan Hill, San Martin, Coyote, and Gilroy areas of south Santa Clara County in Northern California. See Services for more detail. All classes are open-entry and childcare is provided all classes and workshops.
Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen is committed to providing nutritious meals and support services in a dignified, safe and caring environment for our guests. We provide these services to all needy individuals, with special concern for families and senior citizens.
Hours: Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 7 am to 2 pm Tuesday and Wednesday: 6 am to 5 pm
Serves meals to needy the men, women and children of the San Jose area. Special provisions are made to meet the needs of families with children.
Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries
Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States. The program is an opportunity to examine your abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted you in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post abortion trauma.
Sacred Heart Nativity Schools
Here at Sacred Heart Nativity School we strive to afford our students with one of the most important opportunities – a high quality Catholic education. SHNS is dedicated to providing quality, low-cost private education to at-risk youth in the 6th through 8th grades. It is an academically challenging and a highly structured environment. These youth, 96% Latino, are in danger of dropping out of school and risking a lifetime of poor outcomes.
St. Vincent de Paul
The Santa Clara District Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society has a dual mission: to organize and assist parish SVDP Conferences in order to provide help to neighbors in times of need, and to help laborers in San Jose earn a living with honor.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies, and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need.
Sunnyvale Community Services
Prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and seniors facing temporary crises. We provide financial aid, food, and other support that prevents larger problems with more expensive solutions.
St. Joseph Family Center
To improve the quality of life through comprehensive services that help establish food security, shelter, gainful employment, and other opportunities toward achieving self-sufficiency.
Step Up Silicon Valley Step Up Silicon Valley: Campaign to Cut Poverty is a network of service providers, businesses, congregations, schools, and government offices in Santa Clara County/diocese of San Jose who have pledged to work collaboratively to cut poverty. Companions volunteer in several organizations within this network. The impact of our service is strengthened by this shared vision and focus. Step Up partners are committed to a mutually reinforcing plan to monitor programs and communicate regularly to assess and measure this collective impact.
Volunteer Silicon Valley
The portal operation is exclusively an online service that works to match individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, schools and government agencies to help address community needs.
West Valley Community Services
Provide direct assistance and referral services to the community for more than 35 years. We provide a continuum of basic needs, housing assistance and family support services including: information and referrals, food, clothing, shelter, affordable housing, financial assistance and case management, serving individuals and families in the West Valley communities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, West San Jose and the unincorporated mountain regions.