Category Archives: Volunteer

Working together to Help Florida during Hurricanes

Wells Fargo Story – How one community kept a hurricane at bay

I love volunteering in our community, this is a great example of what a community can do to increase environmental awareness and protect and expand the natural habitats in Florida dunes.

FABMO – a great choice for Fabric

Fabric and clothing make up a large amount of the filling in the local dumps throughout the US and this is true in the SF Bay Area. People throw out clothes, fabric and other items like yarn, buttons and thread in enormous quantities. It’s a shame because it could be diverted into useful items. I really enjoy this store, with volunteers running the show and bundles, bolts and baskets of beautiful fabric, it is a fun way to take a dream project into reality.

How did FABMO commit to making a difference in fabric dumping? Here are some commments from an article in the Mountain View Voice, Sept 24, “”Saving the Fabric of Society”: 

The idea to organize, expand and create a nonprofit around FabMo happened almost without trying, Welstein recalled. As their collections grew, someone had the idea to accept cash donations, then someone had to the idea to launch a website, and so on, she said. One regular FabMo customer asked if something similar could work in Santa Cruz, and now they hold multiple giveaways in that coastal city each year. They’ve also trucked out supplies to give away in Vallejo and the Sacramento area.

“We just grew little by little, and it just continues to be organic,” Welstein said. “That feeling of not wanting to throw away good stuff, I think more and more people are feeling that way in the world.”

The FabMo philosophy — take only what you need, don’t waste anything — might seem old fashioned, yet it was ahead of the curve for the larger do-it-yourself movement that has taken root in the Bay Area.

FabMo is open for three consecutive days each month for its free drop-in giveaway days at its main showroom at 970 Terra Bella Ave. More information can be found at its website.

Next month, FabMo will be organizing its Textile Art Boutique, the group’s largest annual event. This event exhibits dozens of different artists’ works that were designed using recycled materials. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge at 4249 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

Need a great place to volunteer? Fabmo volunteers love what they do!

Identifying Plants on Mt. Tamalpais – Environmental Forum of Marin

One TamBookjack BioBlitz and Rare Plant Treasure:

  • Friday, May 11 — 9:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Help identify and document every living species on Mt. Tam. A second BioBlitz will take place on June 9.

This group is a great resource for the Bay Area, with many classes, activities, talks and training sessions. They also have a video library that chronicles their projects and classes. — the editor


Master Class 44 Graduates Ready to Stir Up Some Trouble!

Each year, as the Forum’s Master Class students present their stewardship projects and graduate, we feel emboldened by our “Education for Action” mantra. Master Class Director, Norma Fragoso, and MC assistant Tom Arthur, organized expert speakers at various venues throughout Marin and provided engaging coursework to strengthen our students’ knowledge about environmental issues.


  • Environmental Forum of Marin | P.O. Box 151546, San Rafael, CA 94915 | 415-484-8336

Real Garden Schools

Not many nonprofit organizations listget your hands dirty” as one of its core values.

For REAL School Gardens, that’s exactly what it’s all about. Since 2003, the organization has built more than 100 learning gardens at low-income elementary schools throughout Texas. It then implements a multiyear training program on how to best use the garden as a teaching tool, based on each school’s unique design.

According to the organization, schools with gardens have seen standardized test score pass rates increase by 12-15 percent.

When I first started reading to kids we often read stories about gardens or growing plants. When I asked them about BEES, they often yelled “I hate bees” or “I’m scared of bees”…. this lead me to talk more about gardens and add information about pollination. We also discuss how bees navigate, where honey comes from, what the Queen and Workers do! It is a great way to learn science. When they start their spring time gardens at school, I have noticed that they are more curious. Gardening opens minds, inspires kids and encourages curiosity. — the editor

The gardens also have a number of immeasurable outcomes, “from the teacher who can truly engage her students in a meaningful way, to the student who maybe doesn’t get some of the teaching when it’s in the classroom, but out here (in the garden), boom, a light bulb comes on — and they know what it means because they can see it, touch it and feel it,” said Lannie McClelen, senior project manager for REAL School Gardens.

CUESA Volunteer Orientation at the FERRY PLAZA

CUESA Volunteer Orientation, San Francisco Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Board Match, Serve on a Nonprofit Board, April 6

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, you’ll get to talk to current board members about their non-profit service, Make sure to ask, what they love, what they learn, and if they would do it again. It is a wonderful way to build skills, meet new people, and discover a world outside your regular job. The non-profit benefits from your volunteer hours and your specialized knowledge. You can share what you know and also learn together. So many boards need volunteer professionals to help them expand or build new ideas. Many groups and agencies go to this event, you are bound to find someone that is a great fit.

Signup on Event Brite

— Read the names & descriptions of the nonprofits that are attending

— Make a list of questions for the groups you intend to visit.

— Focus on the best fit, there are many organizations: from environmental, to learning, to broadcasting and youth exercise, camping, clubs and more….

5:00 – 7:30 pm Hilton San Francisco, Union Square

Hilton San Francisco Union Square  

333 O’Farrell Street   Grand Ballroom   San Francisco, CA 94102   View Map

Sponsored by:   Ascent | Google | Pacific Gas and Electric Company

The Board Match® – You Have to Meet to Match

Executive and board leadership from 150 nonprofits, in one place, at one time, for one purpose… to meet you.

Nonprofits count on volunteers like you to lead them to success. The Board Match is an event featuring 150 Bay Area nonprofits whose leadership will be on hand to talk to interested candidates about serving on their organization’s board of directors. There will be a variety of organizations from large to small, focusing on everything from the environment to arts to youth.

Nothing compares to Board Match events across the Nation in scale and matches.

Serving on a nonprofit board can provide fantastic opportunities for your personal and professional development. You can build new skills, network and broaden your knowledge of the community while providing essential skills to community nonprofits. We recommend bringing business cards and copies of your bio or résumé to the Board Match to share with your potential match.

March Towards Health

Kids & Art is a fabulous non-profit organization, they are leaders in the art world, and in sharing the gift of strength through making art. Kids are battling cancer, and this group makes sure they have inspiration and fun in their lives too.  

A note from Art & Kids

March Towards Health — Kid’s Art Exhibits around the Bay Area!

This year is already proving to be a busy year for us! We are collaborating with Maker Therapy and are going to be part of the Summit on April 4 at the Tech Museum.

  • From April 4 to 28 our pediatric cancer families art will be exhibited at the San Mateo City Hall.
  • From May 1 to June 30 the San Mateo Main Library will exhibit our work on the 2nd floor gallery.
  • Save The Date: April 22-23 for our upcoming Art Fair and Fundraiser at Art Attack SF’s new gallery in the Castro. We have many celebrated artists presenting their work.
  • Our 16-week pilot at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay is in full swing.
  • If you would like to know more about this program please do feel free to call or email me directly. Our facebook page has photos from our weekly workshops. Thank you for supporting our mission to heal through the arts. Happy Spring,

Kids & Art contact info: 1443 Howard Avenue, Suite 218, Burlingame, CA 94010 | 650.877.2750 |

Getting Involved – Urban Ed Academy in SF

Volunteer for our kids, for our community. This group is involved in helping youths, primarily in Bayview and Hunter’s Point increase their education, skills and …… stay on the path of a productive engaged life.  Urban Ed Academy is really a place that needs our support and care, they will MAKE A DIFFERENCE. If you can spare some time, this non-profit is a wonderful choice.

A Note from a local Educational group:

Urban Ed Academy is having program this Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at Willie Brown Middle School. We would love to have as many volunteers present as possible. We will be having various activities for the day, however,  we will be short staffed.

We are requesting volunteers for the normal times 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to help support during our academic rotations. In addition, we are also requesting that volunteers who are available for the whole day to please stay until 2:15 pm to help support students during our enrichment activities. We can provide you with lunch! 😉

If you are interested, please send me your rsvp by 8:00 pm Wednesday evening. March 8th. Please let me know if you can volunteer until the afternoon or only during the morning academic rotationsAlso, you are always welcome to bring others along with you to come and volunteer. The boys enjoy having volunteers come support them and it is such a major help to the UEA staff. We really hope you are able to come to program this Saturday.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Thank you so much for time. I hope everyone has a great work week! 🙂

Warmest Regards,


Corina Cato, Program Manager

Urban Ed Academy

Where Boys Become Productive Young Men

1485 Bayshore Blvd., Suite 135

San Francisco, CA 94124

Office: (415) 330-1015

Cell: (415) 341 – 6996 

Kids & Art

Kids & Art is a great organization –  they work with children surviving cancer and bring them art. The artists, parents and community get involved as volunteers by giving the gift of their time and creativity. Volunteers can get involved in a multitude of ways: helping at Kids & Arts events, sanitizing our art supplies, prepping for our art workshops, or creating art bags for the hospitals. Volunteers also deliver the program services and expand our mission of healing through the arts. This organization has an exemplary board and many devoted corporate sponsors.  Their work is compassionate and essential – a great place to help, get involved, give back.

kids and artThe volunteers perform a happy creative service to families and kids.

There are also parties and lots of volunteer appreciation!  The Volunteer Appreciation Party is held on Saturday, January 28 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Cafe 360, 101 Post Street, San Francisco.

Contact them, connect and you’ll be grateful for what they do in our community. Purvi Shah is the wonderful Founder and Executive Director of Kids & Art.


Volunteer Spotlight: Matthew Robertson, Volunteer Artist and UCSF Workshop Manager I am a fine artist living and working in Oakland, CA. I discovered the Kids & Art Foundation in the Fall of 2016 during my search for local volunteer opportunities. The mission of Kids & Art deeply resonated with me and I feel honored to be able to take part and lend a hand. I serve as a Volunteer Artist, as well as a Workshop Manager for the Kids & Art workshops at UCSF where I assist with set up and management of the waiting room art programs. My favorite aspect of the workshops is interacting with the children. Kids are natural artists and it’s both refreshing and inspiring to see them effortlessly and happily delve into the projects


  • Volunteer Events Manager – Do you have a love for event organization and coordination? We are looking for an Events Chair for our upcoming Art Fair this Spring.
  • Volunteer Exhibition Manager – Do you have prior knowledge of art installation? We have two exhibitions planned for 2017. One at City Hall in Redwood City in April and one at San Mateo Main Library in May.
  • Volunteer Fundraising Manager – Can you develop and implement an effective fundraising strategy? Are you excited about kids, art, and making sure we can continue to heal our pediatric cancer population? If so, please do contact us.
  • Volunteer Marketing Manager – Can you create and execute a public relations and marketing calendar for the organization?

Email if you have any questions.