Volunteer in the City of San Mateo

Volunteer Program

Citywide Volunteering

Citywide Volunteering Site

The City of San Mateo is excited to announce the launch of a new website dedicated to volunteerism!

The City’s Get Connected website highlights the ways volunteers can connect with volunteer opportunities in the area. Volunteers take on important roles of coordinating community education events, leading book sale fundraisers, and modeling good sportsmanship as a youth sports coaches. Volunteers provide the City with a broad source of expertise, talent, and people power for San Mateo services and programs. Whatever YOUR talent or interest is, there is likely to be a volunteer opportunity for you!

How to Volunteer?

Look at our active programs and available opportunities on our Volunteer site. Once you have found an opportunity, share your interest with us by creating an account and applying to the opportunity. You will receive an email with next steps.

Contact us: 


Phone Number: 
(650) 522-7277

Stay informed:

Visit our Volunteer site to apply and view volunteer opportunities,

Sign up for email updates and we’ll notify you when new volunteer opportunities are posted.

City of San Mateo Volunteer Opportunities

Visit the City's Volunteer site to view and apply for available volunteer opportunities. 

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Organization Volunteer Role Apply
San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team(CERT)  Email
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Special Advocate Email
Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal and Support Services Office and Bilingual Volunteers Email
Homework Central Remote Tutor Email
HIP Housing Office Volunteers Email

COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

The COVID-19 outbreak and "shelter-in-place" ordinance will disproportionately impact our most vulnerable community members. The City of San Mateo is actively working with other neighboring cities, non-profits, and community-based organizations to identify the needs of our communities and volunteer opportunities. Many community-based organizations and non-profits will continue providing essential services during this time, including food, shelter, and health services and need the help of volunteers. We hope that together we can join forces to continue providing service to those without means to survive during this health crisis. Please click on "Volunteer" or "Donate" to learn more about how you can help during this critical time. 

  1. Volunteer
  2. Donate

Countywide Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering throughout the County, please refer to their website to see the available opportunities.

Samaritan House 

The Samaritan House invites those not at-risk (or in a position where they risk transmission to someone at-risk) to offer temporary volunteer services to help fill the need created over the last few weeks. Positions are available for their food services such as Mobile Meals, Grocery Rescue, and Safe Harbor food delivery. If you are interested in volunteering with the Samaritan House, please email volunteering@samaritanhouse.org

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

The Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is in need of finding volunteers to fill up their Volunteer Calendar. If you are interested in helping the Second Harvest of Silicon Valley within San Mateo County, please check out their online calendar to see what volunteer opportunities are available. 

Volunteer Match

Volunteer Match has an ongoing volunteer list that is regularly updating itself. Please check out their website to see how you can help with COVID-19 by viewing their remote and on-site volunteer opportunities. 

Catholic Worker Hospitality House

Catholic Worker Hospitality House continues to operate its emergency shelter operations as well as offer takeout breakfast service to those in need at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church in San Bruno.  

COVID Assist

Help your fellow neighbors by assisting with things such as grocery shopping, delivering items, and more by signing up as a volunteer on COVID Assist