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Volunteering with Homelessness Non-Profits to Confront COVID-19

The Chronic Homelessness Initiative is working with the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) to help the dozens of nonprofits they work with resolve immediate staffing shortages as a result of COVID-19.

These amazing organizations serve our unhoused neighbors with grace and determination. Many of them need staff to fill essential positions, which interested jobseekers can find on the job board here.

Some organizations could use volunteer support at this critical time — in locations like dining halls, shelters, and service centers. Below, please a find a list of volunteer roles needed. Note that these roles are likely to…

  • Be in close proximity to other people. Nonprofits will each have their own safety protocols, and volunteers and/or nonprofits may provide PPE. Ensuring the health of all, especially our unhoused neighbors, is a top priority.
  • Require a regular commitment of several hours a week for several weeks (details below).
  • Be very rewarding. Now is the time to step up and support each other, especially unhoused San Franciscans!

If you are interested and match the criteria for a position posted below, please contact

Updated as of 5/5/20 

Opportunity: Cantonese or Mandarin speaking greeter with North Beach Citizens, W 9-11am

Name of nonprofit: North Beach Citizens

Contact to learn more: Tipping Point volunteer coordinating hub,

Description: Support Cantonese-speaking guests picking up to-go meals at the food pantry. Schedule is Wednesday, 9-11am.

Requirements and other details: No physical requirements. Organization can provide gloves and masks. No background check needed. Ideal volunteer(s) will be excited and able to commit to regular shifts for a few weeks.

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