St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco’s invaluable programs serve over 1,000 people each day. It is through the dedication of generous and community-minded volunteers that we can continue our mission to help those suffering from homelessness and domestic violence. 

Even a single hour of your time can make a profound difference in someone’s life. Please consider volunteering at one of our locations below!

Multi-Service Center South Homeless Shelter
525 5th Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107

In addition to covering basic needs, such as food and a place to sleep, the MSC-South homeless shelter also offers medical, employment, education, mental health, and housing assistance.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Serving breakfast or dinner 
  • Deep-cleaning and laundry
  • Purchasing and making sandwiches 
  • Assisting clients in the computer lab

If you would like to volunteer at MSC-South, please sign up online at Shiftboard to schedule a time and date.

To schedule group and corporate volunteer projects, please contact Michael Alvarenga at malvarenga@svdp-sf.org or (415) 757-6493. 

The Riley Center for Survivors of Domestic Violence
1175 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

The Riley Center consists of several offices and living facilities aimed at providing a safe, secure place for victims of domestic abuse and their children. Programs include counseling, legal aid, safety planning and assistance in securing permanent housing.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Answering Support Line calls
  • Children’s Program at our shelters 
  • Co-facilitating Support Groups (English and Spanish groups)
  • Peer Counseling
  • Administrative, outreach, and community education support
  • Translation for written and verbal communication

Note that in order to volunteer at the Riley Center, you must participate in a mandatory 40-hour domestic violence training program. Upon successful completion of the program, volunteers commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week and/or a consistent schedule for a period of 1 year. 

Please contact the Riley Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Paméla Tate-Roger at ptate@svdp-sf.org or (415) 757-6500 for volunteer opportunities and information.