Volunteer in California

Volunteer in California

Interested in volunteering in California? Keen to give back? Find short and long term volunteer opportunities with non profits, charities and worthwhile organizations throughout the state. Positions are open to students, adults and anyone keen to give service and make a difference.


How to Volunteer in California

Wondering how and where you can help in California? There are projects open all year round and some organizations recruit volunteers at specific times of the year like summer, Christmas and thanks giving. View our guide, search the best volunteer opportunities and apply today.


Popular Places to Apply

You can find volunteer opportunities throughout the state and will be able to find options near to where you like. Popular places to help include:

  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • San Jose
  • San Francisco
  • Fresno
  • Sacramento
  • Long Beach
  • Oakland
  • Bakersfield
  • Anaheim

You will also find some programs in rural areas of the state for example helping nature and wildlife.


Types of Programs

There are flexible part time positions where you can give a few hours per week/month and also more fixed long term positions. You can help in a wide range of areas including:

  • Animals
  • Arts & culture
  • Charities & non profits
  • Children & youth
  • Community projects
  • Crisis support
  • Disabilities
  • Education, teaching, literacy & computing
  • Elderly care
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Environment 
  • Homeless, housing, shelters & soup kitchens
  • Religious & faith based
  • Hospitals, health & medicine
  • Immigration & refugees
  • LGBTQ+
  • Nature and conservation
  • Religious & faith based
  • Sports & recreation
  • Training, employment & skills


Summer Volunteer Work in California

Got your summer break free? Keen to give back? Make the decision to apply for summer volunteering positions in California. There are flexible short term projects which recruit volunteers to help make a difference. These placements are very popular with students on summer breaks from studying.



Every organization is unique and has different requirements. Most positions are option to individuals (adults and students) whilst some accept families and corporate placements.

You will usually need to be aged 16+ unless participating with your family or as part of a structured group e.g. with your school. A lot of general positions do not require any previous experience. All positions are open to United States citizens and some also allow internationals applying from overseas. 

Some organisations offer board, meals and a stipend salary if the position requires you to live in the location.

You will find some organizations especially those helping animals might require you to pay a fee to participate - this is like a donation which goes to the charity work.


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