Volunteer in the City of San Mateo
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are interested in volunteering throughout the County, please refer to their website to see the available opportunities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
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
San Mateo County Strong
San Mateo County created the Strong Fund to provide grants and financial assistance to individuals/families, small businesses, and non-profits. All the money donated will stay inside San Mateo County so you have confidence that you are helping your neighbors.
Meals on Wheels - Peninsula Volunteers
Meals on Wheels is looking for donations of the following items: hand sanitizer, face masks, toilet paper (individually wrapped), household supplies (such as dish soup), individually wrapped non-perishable food items, and anonymous notes to Meals on Wheels recipients. Donations are accepted at 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, Monday - Friday from 8am to 4pm. If you have any questions, please call (650) 326-0665.
Local blood banks are facing shortages and continue to rely on volunteer donations. Healthy, eligible donors are encouraged to make a donation to ensure there’s lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most. To donate blood at a blood bank in San Mateo, please schedule an appointment online.