Volunteer

Be part of a community that takes action to protect children by volunteering with us. We have volunteer opportunities to suit a variety of schedules, skills, and interests — from serving meals to our families to answering calls for our 24-hour parent helpline.


Individual

All of our individual volunteer opportunities require a volunteer application, interviews, training, and ongoing commitments ranging from six weeks to a year.

Group

Whether you’re volunteering with your workplace, church, school, or another community group, there are several group volunteer opportunities that are suitable for teams of 5 – 25 volunteers.


Individual Volunteer Opportunities

We’re currently recruiting for the following volunteer positions. Those interested should click the “sign up” button and submit an interest form or contact our Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager,
Tommy Thach  |  volunteer@safeandsound.org or (415) 213-7416

talk line telephone counselor

Time Commitment: 1 year, 4 hours / week
Training Required: 2 weekends
Location: Virtual

The TALK Line, a 24 / 7 parental support line, is staffed primarily by volunteers.  The TALK Line, short for Telephone Aid in Living with Kids, handles about 10,000 calls per year, offering round-the-clock telephone counseling to anyone seeking support on topics related to caring for children. As a TALK Line Telephone Counselor, you will be part of a supportive network that parents can reach out to in times of need and lean on to cope with stress.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Serve as a compassionate, non-judgmental listener for parents and caregivers in distress
  • Make weekly, outgoing calls to a caseload of 1 – 5 assigned clients desiring ongoing support
  • Attend a weekly, one-on-one, meeting with a supervisor to debrief calls

TALK Line volunteer shifts are currently available 5 days per week between 8am and 11pm (Mon-Fri). Volunteers must complete an initial 32+ hours of training over the course of 2 weekends of virtual classroom instruction; followed by 5 – 10 hours of hands-on training, listening and responding to live calls with supervision.

Once trained, volunteers are expected to spend 4 hours per week handling calls at the Safe & Sound, virtually, for 1 full year.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age to participate and pass a criminal background check.

Children's playroom caregiver

Time Commitment: 6 consecutive months, 3 hours / week, Mon-Thurs daytime hours preferred
Training Required: 2 evening nights, 8 hours total
Location: Safe & Sound, main office in Haight-Ashbury

The Children’s Playroom provides therapeutic childcare for children while their parents meet with counselors, attend workshops, or utilize other services offered by Safe & Sound Family Support Center. As a Playroom Caregiver, you’ll help parents with young children receive the supportive services they need and help children build valuable social and emotional skills.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Supervise playtime, read stories, lead crafts, and serve snack for children up to age 12 – primarily babies, toddlers, and preschoolers – while their parents are utilizing services at the Safe & Sound Family Support Center

Playroom volunteer shifts are available Monday & Thursday:  9:45am – 12:30pm (2/5 hours), 12pm – 2:30pm (2.5 hours), Tuesday: 1:45pm-5:15pm (3.5 hours), 5:45pm – 8pm (2.25 hours), Wednesday: 1:45pm – 5:15pm (3.5 hours).

Volunteers must attend an initial 8-hour training on 2 weekday evenings, provide COVID Vaccination proof or a weekly negative COVID Test result, pass a criminal background check, and pass a TB test.

Once trained, volunteers are expected to spend 2.5 – 3 hours per week volunteering for a minimum of 6 consecutive months.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to participate.

Community Dinners

Schedule: Every Monday, 3:30 – 6:30pm
Group Size: 1-5
Location: Safe & Sound (1757 Waller Street / Haight)

Purchase, prepare and serve dinner to 40+ parents and children. This is a hybrid dinner of dine in and take out. Due to COVID, we are restricting having a full capacity of dining in. Half will be dining in while half will take the food home to eat. 

For available dates, contact our Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager, Tommy Thach at volunteer@safeandsound.org or (415) 213-7416

Workshop Meals

Schedule: Varied Weeknights
Location: Safe & Sound (1757 Waller Street / Haight)

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Purchase and prepare meals for family workshop participants
  • Prepare food and set up before workshop starts
  • Volunteers do not serve the meals or dine with families

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you’re volunteering with your workplace, church, school, or another community group, there are several done-in-a-day projects to choose from that are suitable for teams of 5 – 25 volunteers.

We have the following group opportunities currently available.

Community Dinners

Schedule: Every Monday, 3:30 – 6:30pm
Group Size: 1-5
Location: Safe & Sound (1757 Waller Street / Haight)

Purchase, prepare and serve dinner to 40+ parents and children. This is a hybrid dinner of dine in and take out. Due to COVID, we are restricting having a full capacity of dining in. Half will be dining in while half will take the food home to eat. 

For available dates, contact our Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager, Tommy Thach at volunteer@safeandsound.org or (415) 213-7416

Workshop Meals

Schedule: Varied Weeknights
Group Size: 3-6
Location: Safe & Sound (1757 Waller Street / Haight)

Purchase and prepare meals for family workshop participants. Volunteers do not serve the meals or dine with families – purchase, preparation and setup only.

Holiday Toy Drive

Schedule: November & December
Group Size: 50+
Location: Flexible

Collect brand new toys, books, and clothing for parents to select for their children at our Holiday Toy Store.

Holiday Toy Store

Schedule: Full Friday & Saturday in December
Group Size: 50+
Location: Safe & Sound (1757 Waller Street / Upper Haight)

Help 200+ parents select brand new toys, books, and clothing to give to their children as gifts for the holidays. Volunteers serve as personal shoppers, keep the storeroom stocked and styled, pass out gift wrap materials, and care for children while their parents shop.


Are you interested in volunteering with your workplace? Take a look at our corporate engagement opportunities and spread the word to your colleagues.