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Volunteering in person at The Arc SF is temporarily suspended in response to COVID-19, with the exception of drivers needed for food delivery 1st and 3rd Mondays for Online Dinner Club. Please contact Barbara Streett, at for more information.

Volunteers at The Arc San Francisco bring our mission to life every day! 

Whether you are looking for a place to share your artistic skills each week or a wonderful location for team-building through a done-in-a-day group project, The Arc has something for you. Volunteer by yourself, with a friend, or as a group; we welcome your fresh ideas and diverse talents.

Please note: The Arc SF is a scent-free workplace. Thank you for not wearing any of the following during your visit: cologne, aftershave lotion, perfume, perfumed hand lotion, fragranced hair products, and/or similar products. Our chemically-sensitive co-workers and participants thank you.

The following volunteer opportunities are available at The Arc San Francisco:

Board Service

The Arc San Francisco is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and led by key staff and self-advocates. We also value the input and experience of our family members and client circles of support. Board members generally serve two three-year terms with an optional 3rd term, and elect to serve on various board committees that meet in advance of regular board meetings. 2020 Board meeting schedules can be found here.

For more information about Board service, download the Board Member application form and application instructions and email to Kristen Pedersen, Executive Director. Application instructions may be found here.

Weekday Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Daytime 9:30am-3pm:

  • Fitness classes including walking groups, yoga and dance
  • Arts programs in our open studios, art classes, art shows, music classes and performing arts
  • Wellness and nutrition classes including healthy habits, cooking and nutrition classes
  • Senior services including reading groups, seated exercise classes and arts and crafts
  • Healthy Relationships classes included men’s and women’s groups, and how to stand up to cliques and bullies

Evening 3pm-9pm:

  • Recreational groups including game and movie nights, monthly dances and occasional weekend outings

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Done-in-a-Day Projects:

  • Organize a great day of giving back and team building at The Arc. We welcome groups range in size from 5-60 people. Projects include, gardening, painting, cleaning and supporting large scale client projects. (For consistent group volunteering opportunities please see PULSE)

Skilled Volunteers

Healthcare, Dental, Beauty and Education:

  • We are always looking for professionals to donate their time and talents to The Arc.  Areas where we need support from volunteer professionals include healthcare classes and screenings by healthcare professionals and students, dental hygiene support from dental professionals and students, haircuts and makeup tutorials by beauty professionals and education support from special education professionals.

Other Unique Skills, Knowledge and Talents:

  • Other unique skills which have been requested by our clients and staff are yoga classes, massage therapy, jewelry making, life skills, gardening, technology classes and energy efficiency apartment living. We are constantly growing our education and outreach program and encourage professionals and talented volunteers to contact our volunteer office if they would like to lend their expertise to our programs.

PULSE of the Arc

PULSE is our young professional’s volunteer group for individual and group volunteer opportunities. PULSE organizes fundraising events like happy-hours, art shows and bowling nights, plus quarterly client outings. 

Business Advisory Council

The Business Advisory Council is a networking organization that creates employment opportunities for clients of The Arc San Francisco.  The group meets monthly with The Arc employment specialists and individual client prospects seeking to enter the workforce, offering guidance and job leads for possible placements. 

Please fill out our weekly Volunteer Application and email to Barbra Streett, Volunteer Manager,

If you are interested in Board Service, please fill out the Board Service application and email to Kristen Pedersen, Executive Director.

Now you can pay your parking tickets through community service at The Arc. Visit San Francisco’s Project 20 Program to learn more.

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