Volunteer in the City of San Mateo

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 read the information below to learn more about volunteering during this critical time. 

County-wide Volunteer List

If you are interested in providing your name and information as an interested volunteer for the COVID-19 outbreak, please sign up on the County-wide Volunteer Interest List

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.

The following programs are still operating and those with a * are in critical need of immediate support:

  • Food Services - Mobile Meals*
  • Food Services - Pantry*
  • Food Services - Kitchen*
  • Food Services - Grocery Rescue*
  • Food Services - Family Harvest food distribution on March 20th*
  • Food Services - Produce Mobile food distribution on March 23rd*
  • Food Services - Dining Room
  • Food Services - Safe Harbor food delivery
  • Food Services - Sandwich-making and other ongoing food donation partnerships

Please note the Samaritan House altered the format of all Food Service programs to minimize person-to person contact. All food is now pre-packaged and “grab and go.” They are also providing gloves, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Samaritan House, please email Jenny Saba. 

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-time volunteer opportunities listed below.

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.

Other San Mateo Opportunities

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Please check out our Other Non-Profit Volunteer Opportunities page to see a list of local non-profit organizations who are in need of volunteers. 

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