Current Volunteer Positions:
Serve a Shelter Meal
Adult Education Tutor
Shelter Librarian
Database/Administrative Volunteer
Volunteer with Community Members through Meetup with Get Volunteering
Grace Cathedral Ministry Dinner with Grace


Serve a Shelter Meal:
Volunteers are needed to help serve meals every morning and evening at both of ECS's homeless shelters, The Sanctuary and Next Door. Volunteers are very important to our day-to-day operations at the shelters. Become an important member of the community by volunteering to serve those in need. Individual volunteers or small groups (up to 8 people) are needed to serve. Sign up for a one time opportunity or a recurring shift.
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Meal Serving Shifts:

Breakfast: 7:00 - 9:00 am
Dinner: 4:30 - 6:00 pm (shift A) and 6:00 - 8:00 pm (shift B)
Check out our meal serving calendar here!

Adult Education Tutor:
Tutor adult students in basic literacy or math during the weekday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Students come to the Adult Education Center to work towards getting their GED, and volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with students needing extra help. Fill out a volunteer application today.

Shelter Librarian:
The Next Door Shelter (1001 Polk Street) has a full library with over 2,500 books that are checked out daily to clients living at this emergency shelter. The clients love and respect the library and take very good care of the books. Volunteers run this library so that it is open Monday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Shifts are available daytime, weekend or evening. Shift are typically 2-3 hours. You must be willing to commit to your shift every week (unless you are sick or on vacation) for a minimum of 3 months. Fill out a volunteer application today.

Database and Administrative Volunteer:
Help with some small administrative projects such as data entry, filing, and cataloging old photographs. This volunteer position requires an individual who is detail oriented and available on weekdays. No experience is necessary. Fill out a volunteer application today.

Volunteer with Community Members through Get Volunteering Meetup
If you are looking to get involved but you don't want to do it alone, volunteer with Get Volunteering! Get Volunteering is a volunteer-run Meetup group that organizes opportunities to serve lunch or dinner, socialize with seniors or attend seminars on social service based issues in San Francisco. The members serve weekly at both of our homeless shelters and monthly at the Canon Kip Senior Center.

Dinner with Grace
A collaborative ministry between Grace Cathedral and ECS
Through the preparation and sharing of a healthy meal, Dinner with Grace builds community, engenders empathy, ends isolation and combats loneliness for those served. Volunteers gather once a month to cook a filling, healthy meal and serve it with style to residents of the Mentone Hotel and the Crosby Hotel (housing programs of ECS) in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. The mission of Dinner with Grace is simple, yet transformative: bring diverse people together to discover their common humanity, and feed hungry bodies and souls. Find out more or sign up to serve here.


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