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Update 3/11/21
Due to COVID-19, we are unable to schedule volunteer groups at our Oakland location but we still need volunteer help in San Francisco! Individuals can sign up online for one-time shifts or recurring shifts.


Project Open Hand has served Alameda County since 1989. Today, we are increasing outreach and building new partnerships in the East Bay so that we can more effectively reach this diverse, dynamic community.

Updated 10.21.20: Group volunteer opportunities in the East Bay remained canceled until further notice. We are currently accepting small groups of up to 5 people in San Francisco on Mondays and Fridays from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. To inquire about specific availability, please complete our Group Volunteer Inquiry Form.


Our Grocery Center is the heart of our East Bay operations. Located in downtown Oakland, it’s where clients pick up meals and groceries, Monday – Friday.


Groups are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Lunch is provided for all volunteers, to be eaten before or after their shifts.


Grocery Center Shift

We are able to accommodate small groups (2-8 people) during our hours of operation, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Volunteers greet and check-in clients, assemble client grocery and/or frozen meal orders, sort and stock grocery items and support the Grocery Center, as needed.


Repackaging Activity

We are able to accommodate groups of up to 10 people, Monday through Friday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Volunteers package dried goods into individual serving sizes for distribution to our clients at the Grocery Center.


Important Information                                                                     

  • Volunteers must be 15 years or older and dress appropriately in close-toed shoes, shirts with sleeves, and full length pants.
  • Group must confirm total group count, at least one-week before the volunteer shift.
  • Volunteers will be required to sign a waiver before volunteer shift begins.
  • Group volunteers must be able to work well with others and be comfortable engaging with our diverse community of clients.

TO VOLUNTEER AS A GROUP, email [email protected] or call (510) 622-0223. Please be prepared to provide potential dates and tentative group size.



1921 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 622-0221
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San Francisco

730 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 447-2300
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