Be the difference between zero and one for a San Franciscan in need of compassionate support.

Founded in 1974, Shanti was one of the first volunteer organizations in the United States to work with terminally ill individuals, and later became one of the very first community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in the world. Each year, hundreds of Shanti volunteers provide emotional and practical peer support services to some of San Francisco’s most underserved individuals, from those with challenges such as HIV/AIDS, women’s cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses to LGBT seniors and adults with disabilities facing isolation.

Animal lovers also help keep those most at risk in our community together with their beloved pets within our PAWS Program (Pets Are Wonderful Support). Volunteers provide a continuum of services such as dog walking, distributing and delivering pet food from the PAWS food bank, transporting pets and clients to vet appointments, and providing temporary pet foster care.

Join a community of over 15,000 individuals in and around the Bay Area who have served as Shanti volunteers by contacting us today at (415) 674-4751 or by email.

Be an Emergency Volunteer

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Shanti Project launched the COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteer (CERV) Program in collaboration with The City of San Francisco.

Interested in providing support to vulnerable San Francisco residents during this critical time? Learn about CERV >>