Volunteers make our community stronger.

We offer a range of opportunities with varied commitments of time, energy and skills. We welcome your ideas too.

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Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers make it possible for us to carry out our daily work on behalf of the community. We depend on our volunteer helpers in many ways, from making dinner for a homeless shelter to coaching kids on the great game of chess.

Our programs depend on your support and we’re deeply grateful to the hundreds of people who volunteer with Homeward Bound every year.

Your support helps people leave homelessness behind

We partner with hundreds of volunteers every year who take action to maintain vital services, including meal providers, helpers in our 26-row produce garden and teams for food pantries, craft fairs or holiday needs.

We look forward to connecting with you about ways to work together to end homelessness.

If you’d like to volunteer with us, please contact Andrea Rey, Community Engagement Coordinator.
415-382-3363 x212.

Sharon and Jim smiling in the kitchen

Back-to-School Shopping Day

We need early risers for a shopping blitz on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Target store in San Rafael. With support from the Salvation Army, we will purchase back-to-school clothing for kids in the Homeward Bound community following detailed lists from each family. You’ll send our students off to school looking their best!

Location: Target, 125 Shoreline Parkway in San Rafael (close to Home Depot).

Meal providers

Nourish connections for shelter residents by providing an evening meal at Jonathan’s Place. Groups can provide a meal for 40 people on one evening or a recurring basis. This is a satisfying opportunity for congregations, service groups or assorted friends, neighbors and colleagues. Your meals can come from a store or be made in an institutional kitchen like your school or church. We have lots more to share and even some tried-and-true recipes if you want them.

Location: 190 Mill Street, San Rafael

Stylist or barber

Do you love helping people look and feel their best? We need trained stylists and barbers to put their talents into action by offering haircuts in our programs. Along with giving hair a fresh look, you will lift spirits and share smiles. We’re looking for people to visit for two hours on a regular basis at one of our shelter or housing programs. It’s a great way to offer direct assistance to participants working to build new futures.

Location: Programs in San Rafael, Corte Madera, Larkspur and Novato

Clean team

Being part of a Clean Team is a chance to provide direct assistance to families and staff. We’re looking for ad hoc teams of two to six people that can spend 2 to 4 hours cleaning, organizing and doing house laundry. Our staff provides needed supplies and brooms, mops or whatever you require to get the job done.

Location: 430 Mission Avenue, San Rafael

Other ways to help

Along with hands-on volunteers, we appreciate people who contribute by bringing useful items for families and adults in our programs. Gift cards from Safeway, Target or other stores are much appreciated year-round. Volunteers who would like to learn about organizing a donation drive may contact our Community Engagement Coordinator, Andrea Rey.

Please see our wish list for our current needs.

View our wish list
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A group of volunteers pose in the garden.