Volunteer in the City of San Mateo

Citywide Volunteering

What is Volunteer Source?

The City of San Mateo’s Volunteer Source makes it easy to connect volunteers with opportunities in the area. Volunteers provide the City with a broad source of expertise, talent, and people power for San Mateo services and programs.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering means meeting new people, learning new skills, gaining service credits, securing employment references, learning more about city government, and finding personal satisfaction - all while making a difference in the community.

Please check out our ongoing, seasonal, and one-day volunteer opportunities listed below.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, some of our volunteer opportunities may not be available to the public depending on social distance regulations.

Contact us: 


Phone Number: 
(650) 522-7277

Stay informed:

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

One Day Opportunity

Title Location Date of Service Register
Spring Cleanup TBD May 15, 2021 Register
Summer Cleanup TBD June 19, 2021 Register
Summer Cleanup TBD July 17, 2021 Register
Summer Cleanup TBD August 21, 2021 Register
Fall Cleanup TBD September 18, 2021 Register
Fall Cleanup TBD October 16, 2021 Register
Fall Cleanup TBD November 20, 2021 Register
Winter Cleanup TBD December 18, 2021 Register

Seasonal Opportunity

Title  Location Dates of Service Application
Fitness Monitor Via Zoom  Spring 2021 Apply
Jr. Giants Baseball Coach Los Prados Park or King Filed June 14th - August 7th Apply

Ongoing Opportunity

Tile  Department/Location Application
Adopt-A-Drain Citywide Apply
Do-It-Yourself Volunteering Citywide Email
Team Up to Clean Up Citywide Email
Computer Aide Library Apply
Friends of the Library Support Library Apply
Welcome Greeter Library Apply
San Mateo Dance Association Parks and Recreation Email
Golf Marshal Poplar Creek Golf Course Apply

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