Volunteer Opportunities


Opportunities listed on this page:

Name Date Posted
Give a Struggling Parent Hope: Become a TALK Line Volunteer Counselor April 17, 2015
Nonprofit Board Service, Youth Spirit Artworks March 30, 2015
Adult Literacy/Numeracy Volunteers - Berkeley Adult School August 19, 2013
Intern with Tikkun Magazine / Network of Spiritual Progressives February 9, 2015

Give a Struggling Parent Hope: Become a TALK Line Volunteer Counselor

Telephone Aid in Living with Kids, TALK Line, is a 24-hour hotline hosted by the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, staffed entirely by volunteers. TALK Line handles over 3,800 calls per year, offering round-the-clock telephone counseling to anyone seeking support on topics related to caring for children.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Spend 4 hours per week answering calls at the TALK Line Family Support Center in Haight-Ashbury for a minimum of 6 months
  • Serve as a compassionate, objective listener for parents and caregivers in need of support
  • Complete 27+ hours of initial and ongoing training led by professional psychologists

No previous counseling experience necessary!

TO APPLY: email volunteer[at]sfcapc[dot]org, call 415-668-0494, or visit www.sfcapc.org.

To learn about other volunteer opportunities at the Prevention Center, click here.

Nonprofit Board Service, Youth Spirit Artworks

Youth Spirit Artworks, the award-winning, interfaith nonprofit empowering homeless & other under-served young people through jobs and jobs training, seeks progressive clergy members for our growing Board of Directors! Be a part of a deeply Spirited, innovative and youth-driven Bay Area organization helping over 175 youth this year build healthy and productive lives!

Board meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month in South Berkeley, 7:15 pm to 9 pm. We seek Board members who can contribute financially (or are open to helping approach others) and who are willing to contribute a minimum of 5 hours a month to Board meetings and other Youth Spirit Artworks activities.

Youth Spirit is committed to a diverse Board and we seek representation from groups traditionally marginalized including glbtqi participants and representation from African American and Latino leaders. Over 85 percent of our participants are youth of color and as many as 25 percent are glbtqi young people.

If you cannot serve on a Board right now, but would like to volunteer or carry out a special project, such as something involving a congregation, we are very grateful for all opportunities to connect with members of the faith community.

For info call/text or email Sally Hindman, 510-282-0396 or shindman[at]youthspiritartworks[dot]org

Adult Literacy/Numeracy Volunteers - Berkeley Adult School


Volunteer in an Adult Literacy/Numeracy Class:

The Adult Basic Education (A.B.E.) classes which seek volunteers are part of the Academic department at Berkeley Adult School. We provide instruction in basic reading, writing, math, and other subjects with an emphasis on critical thinking and developing greater self-sufficiency to assist learners in achieving their personal goals. These goals may include moving on to High School diploma or GED programs, improving job skills, helping children with school work, recovering from disabilities, etc.

The ABE classes provide learner-centered educational experiences designed to help build needed skills. These often include readings about and discussions of relevant economic, social and political issues that affect our community. We encourage learners to express themselves and become active in seeking improvement in their lives and the lives of others.

Volunteers help learners by providing additional one-on-one tutoring under supervision of the class instructor.

Volunteers must complete a 1 hour orientation to volunteering in the Berkeley Unified School District; go to www.bpef-online.org/volunteer for more information.

We are currently seeking volunteers who can come at least once a week on an ongoing basis. The ABE English class meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The ABE Math class meets at the same time on Tuesday and Thursday.

About Berkeley Adult School:
The mission of the Berkeley Adult School is to ensure that adult learners have equal access to learner-centered education and training as a lifelong process in a cohesive, supportive, and multicultural environment. Berkeley Adult School provides a number of different programs and services to the community, including a large English as a Second Language (ESL) department, a Career and Technical Education department, and an Academic department, as well as programs for older adults, adults with disabilities, collaborative services, and community services.

Contact Wendy Hoben, ABE teacher, for more information:
(510) 205-3025

Berkeley Adult School
1701 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

Posted: August 19, 2013

Heal and Transform the World INTERNSHIP

with Tikkun Magazine and the Network of Spiritual Progressives (interfaith and secular-humanist and atheist-welcoming) a few blocks from the UC Berkeley Campus

Are you worried about climate change and upset about how the destruction of our environment is threatening our collective future? Are you outraged by the amount of power that corporations and the top 1% of wealthy people have over U.S. politics and our lives? Do you want to build a future in which "homeland security" is achieved through ending global poverty rather than through the military invasion of other countries?

If so, come intern with Tikkun magazine’s Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP), an interfaith organization that is also welcoming to "spiritual but not religious" atheists and agnostics. The Network of Spiritual Progressives is a project of Tikkun Magazine. Internship is at 2375 Shattuck Ave between Durant Ave and Channing Ave in Berkeley. Tikkun is a Hebrew word which means “healing, repair and transformation.” The NSP is co-chaired by Rabbi Michael Lerner and environmental activist Vandana Shiva. Please read our website at www.spiritualprogressives.org.

Interns help us get support and endorsements for our Global Marshall Plan www.tikkun.org/gmp and our Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would not only ban all private money (not just from corporations but from everyone) in elections and require public funding only, but would also require any corporation (located in or selling its products or services or advertising in the U.S.) with incomes above $50 million a year to get a new corporate charter every five years which would only be granted to those that could prove to a panel of ordinary citizens a satisfactory history of environmental and social responsibility (check it out at www.tikkun.org/esra). Other areas of work include: *recruiting young and brilliant writers for Tikkun magazine editing articles for our magazine, website, and blasts *redesigning our NSP website *creating a campus chapter of NSP *helping us create a “spiritual progressive” festival for 2016 and a national conference *working with Rabbi Lerner on a spiritual commentary on the Torah *organizing demonstrations and protests against the materialism and selfishness endemic in capitalist society *organizing professionals around Tikkun’s New Bottom Line.

To get a sense of our organization, read Tikkun magazine’s home page www.tikkun.org, and then read the article that explains our strategy at http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/yearning-for-a-world-of-love-and-justice. The fullest way to understand our approach is to read Rabbi Michael Lerner’s 2006 national best-seller: The Left Hand of God—Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right, and his 2012 book Embracing Israel and Palestine: A Strategy for Middle East Peace (you can read about this one at www.tikkun.org/EIP and see why it has been endorsed by former US President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former chair of the Knesset Abrum Burg, Palestinian non-violence leader Sami Awad, social theorists Robert Bellah and Zygmunt Bauman, Cornel West, Jessica Benjamin and many others).

We are currently seeking spring and summer 2015 interns, to start in May or June, and Fall 2015-Spring 2016 interns, to start in late August or early September 2015. Unfortunately, there’s no pay or stipend for this internship (though former interns have used their internship with us to open many doors for employment--particularly in academia, publishing, media and politics—you’d be surprised at how many people in positions of influence read and respect Tikkun magazine).

To apply:

Write a self-revealing letter to Rabbi Michael Lerner, telling about yourself, your passions, what part of the Network of Spiritual Progressives' vision you share and what part seems problematic to you, what your special talents are, what your time availability is (starting when?), and about your own passion in life, goals for yourself, and reason for wanting to work with Tikkun/NSP. When are you available to start and for how long? We need a minimum commitment of sixteen hours per week. Email to: RabbiLerner[dot]Tikkun[at]gmail[dot]com.

Tikkun Magazine / The Network of Spiritual Progressives
2375 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Mailing address: 2342 Shattuck Ave, Box #1200
Berkeley, Ca. 94704

Posted: February 9, 2015