Volunteering is your chance to thank the city of San Francisco for all of the outstanding culture, art, nightlife, nature walks, and good eats that it provides you each and every day. San Francisco looks beautiful, yet there are many economic and social problems that cannot be solved through a paycheck. Hence, the need for over 10,000 volunteers(Source 1). If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this beautiful region, then check out one of these two amazing organizations that seek to provide San Francisco’s needy a better tomorrow.
The California Dictionary Project
Each year, the California Dictionary Project seeks to give out free dictionaries to local third graders throughout the state of California. Why third graders? Last year, 53% of California fourth-graders scored below the national average in literacy(Source 2). This is sub par for a state that values education above all else. Sna Francisco is at the heart of this project, as it is its birth place.The all-volunteer, non-profit organisation was started in 202 and is completely virtual.
This volunteer project is great for the person that wants to heighten childhood literacy in San Francisco. You must posses internet skills, marketing and communication skills, as well as a strong work ethic. As a volunteer, your main goal will be to do fundraising to earn the money needed to purchase dictionaries for these children in need. To learn more information, please go to their website or call them at ( 415) 248 – 1660.
St. Ignatius Shelter Meal Program
Homelessness is a huge problem in the city of San Francisco, but there is none larger than hunger. Homelessness increases the number of people in the city that are hungry every day. Due to the monstrous amount of homeless people that are malnourished, the St. Ignatius Shelter set up the Meal Program to help eliminate hungry tummies on the streets of San Francisco. Volunteers are in the kitchen cooking meals for the homeless and the hungry, in hopes that these folks can make it through one more day. Volunteers will cook on the USF campus on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month and are welcome to come back to the shelter and serve the meals, as well (Source 3). Go online to their website to find out what day would be best for you.
Volunteering gives back to the community in a way that money cannot. It links the haves and the have nots together. It demonstrates the high values of humanity that are still left in this city. Most of all, it is a chance for you to say thank you to the city that works and plays for you every day, all day.
Source 1: http://thevolunteercenter.net/
Source 2: http://www.californiadictionaryproject.org/how2.html
Source 3: http://www.stignatiussf.org/shelter_meal/shelter_meal.htm