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We highly value our volunteers who generously provide a variety of services to their neighbors who are homeless and/or low-income. ECS is pleased to offer a variety of opportunities for people to engage with and serve people in their community.

There are a number of regular opportunities to provide much-needed services at our senior center, shelters, and supportive housing sites, whether it’s facilitating social activities, serving meals, helping with food pantry distributions, beautifying a building, or donating much-needed supplies.

We’re also looking for skilled professionals like beauticians, manicurists, fitness instructors, and others interested in sharing their talents with our guests and residents.

Read on to learn about our regular volunteer opportunities.

Questions? Contact Us 
If you'd like to offer a special skill to volunteer for our residents and guests, or if you have other questions about volunteering with ECS, please contact our volunteer coordinator at:

(415) 487-3300 x1247

Regular Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up for any of the opportunities below using our ECS Volunteer Sign-Up Request Form.

Meal Serving

Individual Meal Serving Volunteers: Sign up directly using our meal serving volunteer webpage.

Next Door Shelter  (1001 Polk St.) - Daily
  Breakfast - Men's Dining Room:  5:45am – 7:15 am  |  Women's Dining Room: 7:15am – 8:45am
  Dinner - Women's Dining Room: 4:45pm – 6:15pm  |  Men's Dining Room: 6:15pm - 7:45pm 

The Sanctuary Shelter (201 8th St.) - Daily
  Breakfast - Men's Dining Room:  5:45am – 7:15 am  |  Women's Dining Room: 7:15am – 8:45am
  Dinner - Women's Dining Room: 4:45pm – 6:15pm  |  Men's Dining Room:  6:15pm - 7:45pm

Canon Kip Senior Center (705 Natoma St.) - Mondays - Fridays
  Lunch - 10:45am - 12:30pm

Food Pantry Distribution

Canon Kip Senior Center - Tuesdays: 1:15pm - 3pm

To help address food insecurity for residents, food pantry items are distributed to up to 150 older adults and young adults with disabilities at the Canon Kip Senior Center. Help prepare with setup/breakdown of our farmer’s market-style distribution of fresh produce and pantry items.

Social Activities

Arts and Crafts (The Sanctuary Shelter or Canon Kip Senior Center)
Daily: 10am - 11am

Lead an arts and crafts class from beaded jewelry to watercolor painting to greeting cards and guide older adults through a variety of art processes in a friendly and engaging environment.

Bingo (Canon Kip Senior Center)
Daily: 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Following lunch service, be our guest caller for a lively game of Bingo with up to 100 older adults.

Beautification Projects

Indoor Painting and Gardening (ECS Supportive Housing Sites)
Weekdays: 1pm - 4pm

Volunteer as a group in a 3-hour painting project or indoor gardening project to help enliven community rooms and lobby areas in ECS’s single-room occupancy buildings.

Dining Room Mural Painting (The Sanctuary Shelter)
Weekdays: 10am - 3pm

Help design and paint a mural at the Sanctuary Shelter Dining Room with a group and Shelter guests.

Care Package Drives

Hold a drive with your group to help collect and distribute goods like food, bedding, clothes, personal care products, school supplies, and more for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Times and locations TBD (usually weekday afternoons)

Skilled Services

Meditation, Movement, and Fitness Classes (The Sanctuary Shelter or Canon Kip Senior Center)
Weekdays (Times TBD, 1.5 - 2 hrs)

We are looking for trained instructors to lead group meditations, movement or fitness classes for Shelter guests and Senior Center participants.

Haircuts and Nail Care (The Sanctuary Shelter or Canon Kip Senior Center)
Weekdays (Times TBD)

We are looking for skilled barbers and hairdressers to provide haircut and shaving services, as well as skilled nail technicians to provide cosmetic nail and foot care services, for Shelter guests and Senior Center participants.

Your Other Skilled Services
Have another skilled service you'd like to offer? Let us know by emailing volunteer@ecs-sf.org.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities:

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.