Volunteers make it possible for us to carry out our daily work on behalf of the community. From making dinner for a homeless shelter to packaging gourmet products made in our training kitchen, there are many ways to get involved.

Woman and child reading
Dad and son volunteers

If you’d like to volunteer with us, please email us at volunteer@hbofm.org or call 415-382-3363 x212 to discuss your interests. At this time, we have opportunities in several programs:  Mill Street Center, New Beginnings Center, Family Center, Fireside Apartments, Admin Office and Oma Village.

Our programs depend on your support and we’re deeply grateful to more than 1,000 people who volunteer at Homeward Bound every year.

Volunteer Heroes

Michelle Wall

Michelle Wall reaches hearts by cutting hair

Michelle Wall arrived in Marin in 2013 with a dilemma. After years of cutting hair both professionally and for friends or relatives, she knew no one. “I thought, whose hair am I going to cut now?” she says.

Her question led her to Homeward Bound of Marin, where her generous gift of time and talent helps dozens of residents every month.

She visits three programs – Mill Street and New Beginnings Center shelters along with Warner Creek Senior Housing – for a total of five visits monthly.

“A lot of people are looking for jobs or they’re going to an interview,” she says. “I’m busy every time I go.”

Michelle realizes her visits aren’t just about cutting hair. “I think it’s special just that someone is touching them. It’s just that feeling of someone caring for them,” she says.

San Domenico Grows Giving Spirit

San Domenico quilt volunteers

An abundant garden at San Domenico School in San Anselmo planted seeds for an enduring service learning partnership involving students and Homeward Bound of Marin.

“It all started years ago with fourth-graders making vegetable soup for the family programs,” says Gail McCallister of San Rafael, a parent with 12 years of experience in the projects. “They brought vegetables freshly harvested from our school garden.”

The fourth-graders switched to making vegetable lasagne and the fifth grade launched a tradition of collecting needed items like diapers or first aid supplies for residents.

The projects now extend into high school, where a freshman group recently made a lovely quilt for the family programs. The seventh grade makes monthly birthday cakes for Voyager Carmel Center, a 36-bed home for residents with persistent mental illness, and works in the Family Center garden. The middle school also sells Halo Truffles at the holidays and wraps up cozy socks as gifts for Voyager Carmel residents.

“It’s such a great relationship. The kids really feel empowered to make a difference and feel connected to their community,” Gail says. “We never have problems getting parents to volunteer. They’re excited about it.”