Community Service and Volunteer Opportunities

** Updated 11/27/18**

Check out this list of area Service Organizations that need volunteers, and make a difference in your community today! This guide gives a wide range of volunteer opportunities from animal care, food and meal programs to health and arts, with contacts, websites and phone numbers provided for most listings.

Also attached is an additional list of area volunteer opportunities and their webpages.

If you would like to get further support in finding a volunteer or Service Learning opportunity that is right for you, contact Tim Galleher the SHS Service Learning Coordinator at

Community Service Form 2018-19

Please use the SHS Community Service Form to track your volunteer hours and to get more information about obtaining volunteer service recognition at graduation. Another great way to be engaged in your community is to GET OUT AND VOTE!! If you are 18 or will be turning 18 this year you can easily register online to vote at

Please see additional information below on current volunteer opportunities:

Breakfast with Santa (Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation): How would you like to volunteer for the most popular and exciting activity the Rec offers each year?  Breakfast with Santa has been a tradition for years and our youngsters are never disappointed!  You can work in our photo booth, assist with the activities stations (painting ornaments, stringing necklaces, making stuffed animals, decorating cookies, etc.) serve breakfast and of course, clean up.  We have several shifts available during the week for set-up; December 3rd through the 7th at 3:00pm-5:00pm.  We have 2 shifts for the actual event on Saturday, December 8th 7:30am-12:30pm or 12:00pm to 5:00pm. 

Please help with making our children's visit with Santa magical!  You too will get in the spirit of Christmas just by volunteering.  Sign up now at  Please do not forget to Register first!

Tutor at Sartorette Elementary School: Sartorette Elementary School needs your help providing free tutoring services to young students. According to Fall 2017 data, 25% of their students are socioeconomically disadvantaged and 50% of their students "nearly met" or "not met" the CA standard. Your tutoring will make a difference in their lives. Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays (once a week) from 3-4PM. Location: 3850 Woodford Dr, San Jose, 95124. Interested? Email Click here to view more information. 

Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation: they
 have a variety of activities and events to choose from – all of which are fun! Volunteering offers you excellent experience to place on your resume for future paying jobs! Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation is an outstanding reference provider. Click here to view more information. Click here to view the list of activities.

* Have your parents create an account under their name and add you – they need your parent to sign an on-line waiver to allow you to work with them.

The steps are simple:

  • Click on
  • On the top of the opening page, click ABOUT US
  • Scroll down and click VOLUNTEERS
  • Click on the red bar that reads 2018/2019 VOLUNTEER CONTACT LIST
  • Have students register first, then they can go in and choose the specific events they wish to volunteer.

If you have any questions, please email or call Karen Moultrup at 408-207-4938 or

Santa Clara County Parks: Santa Clara County Parks needs volunteers for a variety of projects. Click the links below for more information and to sign up!
Every Saturday and Sunday Weeding Parties at Hellyer and Santa Teresa Park

Park Beautification Days for all County Parks year-round

Monthly Park Beautification Days with Bowhunters at Steven’s Creek

Monthly Historical Orchard Beautification Days at Anderson County Park  

September 15th California Coastal Clean-up Day at a variety of County Parks (great for families and groups!)

October 6th Harvest Festival at Martial Cottle Park (need 200 volunteers - great for clubs and groups!)

October 7th Day on the Bay at Alviso County Park (need 200 volunteers - great for clubs and groups!)

October 27th La Fuente at Bernal Ranch in Santa Teresa Park

December 1st & 2nd Fantasy of Lights Walk Thru at Vasona County Park (need 200 volunteers - great for clubs and groups!)

December 4th-29th Fantasy of Lights Drive Thru at Vasona County Park

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View is now accepting applications for their 2018-2019 Teen Volunteer Internship. The program will run November 3rd –August 10th with up to a $500 stipend for each calendar year!

Teen Volunteer Interns will:


·         Explore the Museum’s content through research, hands-on experiences, and team projects

·         Interact with Museum professionals and guest speakers from around Silicon Valley who will share stories about the history of innovation

·         Research the transformative impact of technology on our past, present, and future


·         Develop tours for young visitors and intergenerational audiences

·         Design hands-on activities to be piloted in the Museum gallery on the “Innovate and Create!” activity cart


·         Deliver Family Tours on Saturdays for intergenerational audiences

·         Facilitate hands-on gallery activities on the “Innovate and Create!” activity cart

·         Manage the Exploration Station, an interactive station in the Museum’s lobby with genuine artifacts from computer history

·         Participate in the Teen Takeover Event produced by CHM’s Teen Engagement Council (TEC)

Apply through their website at  

 The application will close on September 19th, 2018 at 5pm.

Fellowship Plaza Senior Citizen Retirement Home, Saratoga: Volunteer high school students are needed to assist senior residents learn computer skills and help them go online or learn more about their laptops, iPads, tablets, etc. Bilingual students are also much appreciated to serve their diversified community of English, Mandarin, Persian, Korean and Russian speaking residents. If you would like to volunteer call the Fellowship Plaza office at 408-867-1105 and leave your name and number for Mia or Susan, who will call you back to set up a schedule based on your availability.

Good Samaritan Hospital - If you are interested in volunteering at Good Sam, call the Junior Auxiliary at 408-559-2345 to have an application packet mailed to your home. Students are now placed as needed on a monthly basis throughout the year. You can check the website also for updates at

Cystic Fibrosis Research located in Mountainview funds research, provides educational and personal support and spreads awareness of cystic firbrosis. This non-profit organization has volunteer opportunities for students. For more information call 650-404-9975 or go to

Our City Forest: Volunteers are needed for planting, outreach and general duties. For more information go to or call 408-998-7337.

West Valley Community Services: Many volunteer opportunities are available at this private, non-profit community based agency in Cupertino that provides a continuum of basic needs, family support services, housing resources and case management to low-income or homeless clients. Please see the attached flyer below for more information.